Fitmark Ambassador, Diana Stanhope, talks about her fitness journey
I think the hardest part of getting started on my journey to healthier lifestyle, was actually getting started. I know a lot of people who struggle with those first steps, and the feeling can be overwhelming. A healthy lifestyle is a million different things to a million different people, and it can be hard to visualize where you fit in.
When I started out, I had an image in my head of a toned athlete, running marathons and doing aerobics but as I took the time to listen to my body and assess my needs, it turned out that image wasn’t ‘my fit.’ To make the first steps in your journey to find your own fit, you first need to be honest with yourself about where you want to go, and whether you are capable of getting there.
My health will never allow me to run or do aerobics, so by holding that idea in my head I was setting myself up for failure, and it was no wonder I had no idea where to start. Once I started to look at things openly, I found wonderful healthy things that were in my reach, my favorite of which are: short walks, lifting light weights, and yoga. The really important part is that I try to push myself, and when I do that I feel good.
Only you know your needs and ultimately your true limitations, and only you will know when you are on the right path to your fit. In starting your journey, I hope you too will find something suited to you that you can love, because that love of what you are doing is what will keep you doing it, for days, weeks and years to come.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013