To help promote fitness, Sian is going to be blogging with us for the next few weeks about her journey towards living a healthier lifestyle. She is a 28 year old woman who lives in Derbyshire with her husband and her house plants.
I’ve always wanted to be a fitness fanatic without wanting to put in the hard work. I’d love to wake up one day and be fit, toned, athletic…but I know that doesn’t happen unless you are willing to put in the hours. It’s not even enough for me to just want to lose weight. It’s about wanting to change my lifestyle, to improve my quality of life by not getting out of breath walking up the stairs, or feeling sluggish in my own body.
A few weeks ago, I decided I was ready to change my lifestyle and become fitter and healthier. I will be walking to work more often, drinking more water, eating healthily without eating too little or obsessively calorie counting, and going to the gym three times a week to do weights and cardio. It’s often assumed that wanting to work out is synonymous with wanting to lose weight, and while I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t like to lose a few pounds (with a BMI of about 34, I am well into the ‘obese’ category) my main goal isn’t to get thin, but to get healthy.
Lots of studies have been done on the link between exercise and mental wellbeing, which is something I’m particularly interested in experiencing first hand. For the past few years, I’ve been living bipolar disorder, a condition which has caused me to become less active, eat more junk and lose any fitness levels I once had. The stories I hear of exercise helping with mental as well as physical wellbeing make me really keen to give it a go, and I look forward to having you all join me on this journey to improve my quality of life!