Sunday, 29 January 2017

Sweat & Smile

My latest post on motivation, January and just the general atmosphere around exercising have got me thinking a lot about why people workout nowadays. The pressure to look like somebody on social media or a famous person can be overwhelming and sometimes it seems like many of us workout only to look more like them. People want round bums and flat tummies. And they'll do hundreds of squats and crunches daily to achieve their "dreams". While I too enjoy seeing the results of training in my body, I think this is all a bit wrong.


Friday, 20 January 2017

How to stick to your goals and stay motivated

It's no secret that gyms and fitness classes are packed up at the beginning of the year. There are loads of resolution makers on the move and each and every one of them wants to be fitter this year. For some reason though, the crowds are gone by the time summer starts. It takes some effort to stick to goals and the only person who can decide to reach for them is you. You can hire as many personal trainers as you like, and for sure they can help you in many ways (getting you to do your workout, planning workouts for you, even giving you meal plans). But you need to decide to stick to those plans and do something about them.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

My Fitness Story

I guess this is a good place to start with the new direction of my blog: to tell you where I am now and how I got here in terms of fitness. I've certainly had my own ups and downs in the past years and I'm a bit nervous about publishing this. But I really want to share my story, so here it is. Enjoy!

As a child and adolescent I was a skinny little thing, who always managed to make all the doctors and nurses concerned about my weight. I didn't do it on purpose, I was just a very active kid. I think I ate like a horse but was also a picky eater. E.g. If we had fish for dinner, it had to be "pink" (also known as salmon). At the age of nine I started gymnastics. It went from a second hobby to a very serious activity, which took all of my time. I loved it, but was planning on quitting almost every year because of the team I was on at first. My mum had a better idea, and when it was physically possible, I changed teams and loved my dear hobby even more. Training got very intense and my team practiced about five to seven times a week, three hours at a time. Needless to say, when you train that much you're physically in very good condition. I even won the junior world championships with my team.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Change and Taking the Next Step

Can you guys imagine how it feels when you only have two days left of your two week holiday and you find out there's a new season of Modern Family on Netflix? 

It's a similar feeling when you remember you haven't updated your blog in ages: feels bad man! Kind of. Because truth be told, I've had a wonderfully relaxing holiday and I've been very very happy. I've spent time charging my batteries, working out, sleeping late, reading good books and all sorts of other things you do on a long holiday. I even wrote a blogpost about a week ago, which unfortunately disappeared somewhere unknown because of the weak wifi. So I'm writing another one now. Don't worry though, the first one was just as rambley as this one is probably going to be. 

There is an actual reason why I wanted to have an honest chitchat right now. It's a new year and although I made no resolutions whatsoever (I checked the ones I made last year, and had forgotten about half of them... But in my defense, I had also succeeded in many of them) I have plans for the future of this blog. It's true that my autumn was crazy busy, my new job took most of my time and resources and as the days became shorter I also had less and less energy to do anything extra after work. But I still believe that if I truly love something, I will find time for it. I for example instruct fitness classes after my day job. Do I have time for it? Not really, but I make time for it, because it's one of my favorite things to do. So I think I had a bit of a problem with my blog.
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