I have so much love and respect for fitness brand Sports Philosophy, having enjoyed their free bootcamps and running club and having had the pleasure of representing them at a recent event in London. I was therefore 100% on board when they invited to contribute to their recently launched #MySportsPhilosophy campaign.
They started this in light of the recent articles in which fitness bloggers have come under a bit of scrutiny. The campaign is all about influencers in the fitness community sharing their motto/philosophy towards leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle, with the aim being to empower and inspire people to live a healthier life.
I feel honoured to be a part of spreading such a positive message and spent a long time working out how best to summarise my approach to health and fitness in just one simple sentence.
After much deliberation I concluded that…
#MySportsPhilosophy is to use health and fitness to enrich your life, not restrict it.
What I mean by this is that you should workout because is makes you feel happier, more energised, fitter, more alert and not because you see it as something you have to do or as some form of punishment for over-indulging.
I find one of the most relaxing things about my day is smashing a great session in the gym and getting really sweaty. Fitness enriches my life, as I make a conscious effort to workout in ways that I enjoy. Don’t spend an hour everyday on the treadmill if you hate running, try out a dance class, or pilates or boxing- keep trying things until you find out what you’re passionate about.
I also take this approach to food, and eat healthy 80% of the time, whilst allowing treats every week. I find that so many people get caught up in diets, fads or feeling that they have to mimic someone else’s diet in order to see results. As soon as you let all of these restrictions go, fitness and health become so much more enjoyable and maintainable. I genuinely love looking at instagram and blogs to get recipe inspiration and ideas, and trying out new meals each week.
If you begin to focus on all the positive things that being fit and having a healthy mindset can do for you, it becomes less of a chore and more of a hobby.
I hope this has inspired you in some way and would love to know what your sports philosophy is!