Today I am teaming up with Kaila from Healthy Helper for the 50 Shades of Fit series.
This series has such an important message that I think everyone needs to hear.
Here is an overview of what it’s all about and I have answered all the questions at the bottom of this post.
I encourage each of you to answer these questions for yourself…even if you don’t post them publicly. I think they are important to think about. If you want…you can email me your answers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the 50 Shades of Fit Featured Blogger Series? First read this post.
Fitness is defined differently for everyone. There truly are (more than!) 50 shades of fit in this world and as long as you’re incorporating fitness into your life in a healthy way for the right reasons, then you’re doing it right!
Fitness doesn’t have an end point. It isn’t a mountain that you can get to the top of. It’s a continuum that we’ll all be on for the rest of our lives and no one place on it is better than any other. Instead of criticizing, judging, or ridiculing others based on where they are, we should be lifting each other up, encouraging each other, and congratulating each other for making choices to stay healthy, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
So take a moment to appreciate where you are on your own fitness journey and try to remain positive and tolerant of where other people are on theirs. The 50 Shades of Fit Featured Blogger Series is a way to celebrate some of the diverse definitions of fit in our society!
Currently, what does ‘fit’ mean to you in your own life?
Fit to me is all about balance and being comfortable. I want to be comfortable in my own skin but I also don’t want to starve myself or restrict certain things. Being fit means that I am healthy and happy.
When did you initially get more interested in incorporating health and fitness into your lifestyle?
I got interested in health and fitness when I was 17. I had quit playing volleyball and needed a new goal so I signed up for an NPC Figure Competition. I love that I found these competitions because this is where my journey in health and fitness began…but I had to quit competing. You can read more on that story here.
What are some of your favorite ways to get moving?
Weight training is and always will be my favorite way to get moving. However, I have just recently started running and so far I am loving it. It’s important to remember though that a simple walk is an excellent way to get moving. It doesn’t always have to be an intense workout…once again it’s all about balance.
In what ways do you inspire and encourage others to add some sort of fitness to their own lives?
I like to think that this blog is inspiring to others. That is the main reason why I started it. I have learned so much over the years and I wanted to share my knowledge with everyone else.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey and exploring what works for them?
Be patient and have fun! Working out shouldn’t be something that you dread…especially nowadays. There are so many different options…weight training, running, sprints, cross fit, yoga, pilates, barre workouts, body pump, spinning, etc. The list goes on and on. Take some time to find something that you truly enjoy and don’t be afraid to mix it up every once in a while. Also, be patient. You won’t get results after one workout. It will take some time…but hopefully you can start to enjoy the process and learn more about yourself as you go.
Tag 3 other people to share their own ‘shade of fit’!