Over the past few months, I’ve lost my fitness mojo. I’m not really sure when it happened or what caused it but for the first time in years I just couldn’t be arsed to work out. Even the “Hi Claire, we’ve not seen you since May” email I received in September didn’t give me a kick up the arse.
I have become “that person” who pays a gym membership but never goes – oh the shame!
For the majority of time, I do workout regularly and I am in the main very fit and healthy. I try and do a variety of different exercise methods and am always up for a crazy fitness challenge. But recently, I’ve barely worked up a sweat and I’ve had no desire to do so.
As a personal trainer I think everyone assumes that I workout all the time and am super fit. It’s what’s expected from a personal trainer…..isn’t it?
The thing is, I am not JUST a personal trainer – I’m a mother, a business woman and a volunteer. All of these roles not only take up huge chunks of my time but also my energy.
As much as exercise is my ‘me time’ and my way of managing stress, sometimes I’m so wiped out after a busy day training other people, after school clubs and everything else that my workout is the last thing I want to do at the end of the day or early the next morning.
It’s so easy to fall out of a routine and as a result, so difficult to get back into one.
I must admit, I do feel immense pressure that people have these expectations of me to look a certain way or to be working out all the time and as much as I’d like to say it doesn’t bother me – it does.
At the FFA we are constantly working to promote body confidence and positive self image for woman – and sometimes we need it to.
We are only human – yes we have the skills and knowledge to be able to put together a training programme to get lean and ripped. BUT we also have the stresses of every day life that result in us comfort eating and slacking off the gym and not liking what we see in the mirror.
After a ten day break doing the Inca Trail – no work, no social media, no pressures of life, I feel revitalised and full of energy! I’ve given myself a much needed break (and a kick up the arse) and climbed back on the fitness wagon. Watch this space to see how I get on over the next few weeks.