Okay, maybe fat was a little bit harsh, but unfit is nothing short of the truth.
For as long as I can remember, sport was never my forte. Not a born athlete, the fairly dire situation was only further compounded by a distinct lack of any competitive streak and a strong dislike for being made to run around a field in a skirt in the depths of December (Mrs Jones why such sadistic mind games tho?).
A lifetime of excuses that were only exacerbated with the development of body hair (thanks legs), periods, and all the other wonderful aspects of adolescence – a time that sees 63% of 10-year-old girls in the UK not “feel confident in themselves” – which is frankly just devastating.
But those kind of excuses don’t keep your heart ticking over for another century.
So there it was, I had to get fit. A realisation that probably came at the bottom of a family size sharing bag of Wispa – side note, please can anyone tell me if they’ve ever managed to share this with more than one person and not feel seriously hard done by? Yeah, me neither.
No more excuses, no more notes to get out of PE, and no more starving yourself in order to feel better about not having burnt any calories off (yes, I’m looking at you, we’ve all done it).
Instead I now run, and shockingly (most of all to me) I enjoy it.
I run to get the glow that you only get from cardio, to push my heart to beat faster than it ever will do at a walking pace, and to feel like I’ve used my body to do what it is meant to – move.
And I’d by lying if I said I didn’t also run to get the gear. Like almost every other woman I know, the ratio of lycra to non-lycra items in their wardrobe has skyrocketed in the last few years.
Although none of it is as gorgeous as the new Whistles workout collection – I mean, just look at it. I can’t help but feel that I wouldn’t actually want to sweat in it, you know, just in case I ruined it or somehow offended it. Instead just sit in it at home and take selfies in the mirror (yussssss).
So if you’re still struggling to motivate yourself to get your butt off the sofa, let this be the best reason yet to get fit this year.