Sunday, 21 December 2014

not so sporty // exercise for the fainthearted

PHOTO FROM ROOKIE, By Maria Fernanda
I'm going to put me cards on the table right now and say I've never liked team sport. I don't like PE class, never really been into the whole let's all come together and competitively kick balls around. 

But that's not to say I don't love exercise. I love yoga, I love really love long walks and I even like running through my neighbourhood.

It's all too easy to associate exercise with toxicity and negative body vibes. This whole no pain no gain attitude to exercise has never really worked for me and it wasn't until I took my matters into my own hands that I started to enjoy for the ambivalent and the non-conventional, here are some of my favourite ways to get your body moving. 

Every day I aim to walk 10 000 steps. Because walking is just about the easiest thing you can do to move your body and walking through a beautiful city with some rocking tunes is, quite frankly, entirely underrated. If you want to take it to the next level hiking is also a lot of fun.

Also in the category of 'exercise that doesn't feel like exercise,' is dance and zumba. I really love Zumba, I love the way it makes you feel -  confident and very much in your skin. I love the fact you don't feel like your working that hard because your having fun and I love the fact that it gives you an excuse to listen to shitty pop music. Zumba classes are super easy to find and dancing is something you can just do in your living room. 

There was a time, when I was in the 'I refuse to run' boat. I hated running more than anything else. I hated the way it made my body ache, the way it got painful so fast, the way I was terrible at it. It wasn't until I shifted my focus to my surroundings, to my music, to plans for cute cakes and for new blogs as I ran that I began to enjoy it and the rhythm it brings. Once you get into a constant pace, can feel the wind in your hair and start to blast the Frank Ocean, running isn't half bad. In fact, I would even say I enjoy it.  


Yoga is a wonderful way of killing two birds with one stone, in that you can stretch every inch of your body and physically do yourself a massive favour as well as keeping your mental health in check, to an extent. The act of focusing on your breathing and finding a flow of movement is for me, incredibly freeing and almost cathartic. My favourite way to do yoga is with YOGA WITH ADRIENNE who is a Youtube based gal who allows you free online yoga lessons in the privacy of your own home! It’s pretty damn good. 

Similarly to running, swimming holds a super calming rhythm, for me at least, that's only improved by the feeling of cool water and the warm ache of your bones after a day of swimming and a warm shower. 

The gym. It brings feelings of joy to some and memories of disgust and discomfort to others. I relish my time at the gym and I especially enjoy the serotonin running through my system after a good, fulfilling workout. It is important that when you go to the gym you feel comfortable with the people you are surrounded by. Often having a community at the gym, or at least people who are in similar situations to you helps to promote comfortable feelings and healthy thinking. Small business gyms and specialised gyms such as Fernwood, etc. are good examples. The other important factor is knowing what you are doing and being safe. I definitely recommend having at least a few personal training sessions a year so that you can gain new inspirations for how to use the gym. I have a personal trainer to whom I go to 1-2 times a week. I have had the same one for 4 years and I find that by doing this I know that I have a professional looking after my muscles and body. - this paragraph by BEA TUCKS 

In getting body positive vibes going, for me, exercise is super helpful. So, go on, give it a go...I dare you. 

Stay cool, 
Bella Sucks xx

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