Be prepared for a little ramble on the very important topic of fitness today…
I’ve always struggled with sports in general, even from primary school, I never really enjoyed it. I found that I loved horse-riding and for years, that was what I focused on, so I had some sort of exercise within my week. This slowed down as school work began to become a priority and unfortunately, I fell out of the loop.
Since then, I’ve tried all sorts of exercise to try and find what works best for me; running, Zumba, boxing classes, going to the gym, you name it. I loved going to a gym that did boxing classes in the evenings in the six months before going to uni and I think that’s when I was at my best weight, mind-set and fitness level.

Before I knew it, I was heading to university and I threw myself into the uni lifestyle at the beginning of the year (and it was great!), but slowly weight began piling back on and I didn’t have the motivation to change it. I did join a gym close to my accommodation, but as I didn’t have the motivation, I was just going to the gym, not setting goals or adjusting my diet. Looking back, although the gym was friendly, it wasn’t quite the same as going to a smaller one, where the personal trainers knew you and wanted to help you achieve your goals. As I’ve been back from uni for Easter break, and I know I will be at home next year for my placement, I’ve really tried to find what does work best for me and to understand what motivates me most.
Now, I’m closer to the uni campus this year, so my main exercise is swimming at the university pool and walking to lectures. I find swimming a therapeutic type of exercise as you do put your phone away for the hour and can just concentrate on your technique/speed etc, but the pool at home has been shut for most of the time I’ve been back. I have ventured to the outdoor pool in Hathersage, but it is quite a drive, so in terms of convenience I’ve turned to the gym at my local leisure centre.

ashbourne gym

One of the things I’ve learnt from going back to the gym is that people are really only there to concentrate on themselves, and my anxiety that everyone is watching me do things wrong, should be pushed to the back of my mind. Walking into the weights area is still a scary concept for me, but I try to pick my times right with how busy the gym is. The gym has a set of scales and although weighing myself for the first time was a bit of a shock, its been good to monitor and have a general idea of how my progress is going. I’ve also really enjoyed yoga for the last month, there’s a good yoga class in the village for an hour every week and I’ve learnt how good it is to switch off and focus on something that used to be so out of my comfort zone.

I’ve found its been really good to follow fitness bloggers on YouTube and Instagram as I would still class myself as a beginner when it comes to the gym! Joe Wicks, Zanna van Dijk and Carly Rowena are some of my faves to follow and find inspiration for workouts from.


So, although I’m heading back to uni soon and my fitness routine will change, it’s nice to be feeling confident within a gym again and now I’ve started seeing results hopefully this will keep my motivation going!

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