What Does Fitness Mean to You?

What Does Fitness Mean to You?

Fitness: More than just exercise.

A simple enough question, right? I was asked this the other week and it really got me thinking, sure I love to work out because it makes me feel healthier and improves my body, but when I actually sat back and thought about it fitness has made a huge impact on my life and really developed me as a person.

For me, the most important thing about fitness is feeling like I WANT to do it, not doing it because I feel I HAVE to. Some people loathe the gym, some people love it, some enjoy jogging and some wince at the thought, it’s about finding a style of exercise that makes you feel good and it will truly have an amazing impact on your life!

Here are a few things that I have achieved from fitness aside from being more fit and healthy:

Confidence. When I first started training a few years ago I was SO self-conscious! I couldn’t even do one push up and the thought of picking up a weight seemed ludicrous to me and pretty damn intimidating, I saw the weights as “the boy's area”. Since becoming fitter and more confident with my training I LOVE weight training more than anything else, it’s knocked the silly idea out of my head that I had to be super skinny and muscles were manly. I love my muscles and it has made me feel so much more confident with myself and my body!

Mental strength. This is a very personal one for me as it is something I have always struggled with in many aspects of my life. I always struggled with motivating myself and faced so many mental obstacles that I just used to give up. I started rowing about a year ago which really helped me with my mental strength and inspired me to keep pushing through the pain and the burn, which trust me feels almost impossible! I work out roughly 5-6 times a week and I am constantly pushing myself to do that last rep or lift that little bit heavier and I feel invincible when I achieve that! Challenging myself mentally in my training has also made me overcome mental obstacles I face in everyday life, from doing that extra blog post when I feel like I have major writer's block, or something as simple as getting out of bed in the morning ‘cause let’s face it, sometimes the struggle is real.

Recognising my strengths and weaknesses. Everybody has these, but more often than not it’s much easier to point out our weaknesses than recognise our strengths. I suppose it ties in with mental strength and confidence as by only looking at our weaknesses we develop low self-esteem, therefore we will lack the mental strength to better ourselves. Fitness has taught me to love my body, but also strive to improve it. There are certain parts of my body that I feel confident with and certain parts I don’t, just like everyone, but instead of dwelling on it and letting it knock my confidence, I see it as a challenge. Nobody’s perfect but you can damn well challenge yourself to be!

This goes to show that such a simple question can be some complex and lead down so many different paths. What I am trying to say is use fitness to better yourself, not just because you feel like you have to go to the gym or have to lose weight because that’s what you should do, find a form of exercise that you love, recognise your weaknesses to improve but also embrace your strengths, feel free to shout about them! And set yourself challenges, you are your biggest competition.

So that is a little bit about what fitness means to me, I would love to hear from you about what it means to you, we may have some in common or maybe you could make me look at fitness in a whole new way!

Check out my blog liveeatsweatlove.wordpress.com for other posts on fitness and healthy lifestyle!

Emma x

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

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You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

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You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

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After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

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Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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After seeing the negotiations pan out between the Philadelphia club and the star outfielder, experts started asking what this agreement will mean for the other big names in baseball. Although Harper was not the only one to receive an insane deal, with Manny Machado signing with the San Diego Padres for $300 million after two consecutive World Series appearances with the Dodgers, his stood out the most.

As soon as Harper declared free-agency, all eyes were on him and where he would end up for the 2019 season. The months of speculations and predictions ended abruptly with a shocking sum of money promised to the outfielder from a Phillies team that had a sub-par season in 2018. Soon after, all eyes were on Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels star, who is nearing the end of his time with the Los Angeles club.

Trout had by far the most impressive and successful personal season in all of the MLB in 2018. His power at the plate and speed in the outfield set him apart from nearly everyone in the league. However, the Angels' lack of success held Trout back from being in the spotlight.

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