Becoming healthy and fitter doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s bike to work day and I think it might be fitting to share with you my own journey.
Way back when in the mists of time (in my 20s) I found that I could pretty much eat and drink what I wanted and not exercise with no real side effects. I mean I could get up the day after a big night(s) and still function fairly well. More importantly I wouldn’t put on too much weight (fat) and if I did, then I would lose it just as quickly as I had gained it in the first place.
As I got further into my 20s and into my early 30s the status quo started to change. With a stressful job that demanded long night shifts and a young family, it was easier to sit and eat a tub of ice cream then get my butt down to the gym to sweat for an hour. And this carried on for a few years, not really paying attention to my body and the carnage that my neglect and ignorance was doing to it.
Before too long I was 3 stone heavier than I had been, I had to request new, larger work uniform and doing normal activities with my family were getting harder and harder.
This all came to a head one day when, after a busy night shift I had to carry my kit up the three flights of stairs to pack it away into my locker. Half way up I had to stop and catch my breath! I mean at the age of 30-odd, in the prime of life I had to stop for a rest climbing up three flights of stairs, this was not on!
This was my eureka moment, that point in time when the fog lifts for a split second and you get a moment of clarity. I knew that I was at a crossroads between becoming worse or making the difficult decision to make a difference in not only my life but also to the lives of my family. I didn’t want to become that Dad who struggled to play football with his son in the park.
So I decided to take it slowly and started with monitoring my food intake and walking a bit more during the day. Within a couple of weeks I was starting to feel better in myself, less bloated and mentally much happier.
I then went on to buy a push bike on the cycle to work scheme and again started slowly. Starting to cycle to work one day a week until I felt able to do more. Within a couple of months I was cycling four out of six days and within three months I had dropped 3 stone in weight. I felt amazing!
This was just the beginning of my health and fitness journey. I had to learn about nutrition, proper technique and how to balance my training but from small acorns, mighty oaks grow!
From there I went on to spend many hours on my bike and even went on to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
So it doesn’t have to be hard. All you need to do is place one foot in front of the other and the rest will come.
If you think you would like help with your own fitness journey, get in touch. I don’t bite!
First published on Fitbox blog in May 2017