Let’s have a fence leaning moment. Let’s push aside running goals, races we want to enter, times we’d like to achieve, distances we’d like to conquer. Let’s just stop for a moment and smell those fitness roses.
As runners and keeping fit, living the fit life, we are doing amazing things for ourselves.
- Our metabolism is boosted and we are able to burn off fat better.
- We decrease the risk of heart disease and cancer.
- We maintain excellent blood pressure.
- We do amazing things to our self-esteem and sense of wellbeing – endorphins are so good!
- We create strong muscles and bones, improving our posture.
- We cope better with stress.
- We sleep better.
- We are more alert and able to focus.
- We have more energy to face life and all its joys and challenges.
Feeling good about being fit? You should be, look at all that awesome stuff you are doing for yourself. It doesn’t matter where we are on the fitness scale, if we are living the fit life every day, we are well on the way to all these benefits.
This morning over my pre-breakfast coffee I caught up on a bit of blog reading. I was so excited to read that Cynthia of Ups and Downs ran her very first official timed 5km race. I love this blog! Cynthia is so real and honest about her weight loss and her struggles to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I love cheering her on. It was just so exciting to read about her 5km race AND she won a medal for fastest in her age group! Cynthia is living the fit life and this little post is inspired by this amazing milestone she has achieved.
How good does fit feel? It feels amazing, just ask Cynthia!
Yesterday I visited the dentist. I have a huge phobia of the dentist but make myself go regularly. It was just a teeth clean yesterday BUT I so don’t like having this done. I hear the drill and get so nervous (I know it’s not drilling but cleaning…but it makes the same noise!). At my last visit the Dentist said I really needed to have the clean done and since I’m so nervy I should have happy gas – for a teeth clean…yes, I am a big sook!
The Dentist fitted me with a heart rate monitor prior to starting the gas. He looked down at my resting heart rate and was a bit alarmed. He knew I was a runner since I run in the same group as his lovely nurse. My resting heart rate, even though I was so nervous and clenching my fists was 49 bpm. Guess what category that puts me? I’m an ATHLETE! The Sporty-Athletic-Unsporty Woman really is an athlete.
Last time I did the fitness test using my Polar RC3 GPS and heart rate monitor and had a resting heart rate of 44bmp so I guess that makes me very fit! Yay! And let’s not forget that I’m turning 50 in November. Fit Fabulous and Fifty! If I can become this fit ANYONE can!
Yes, I live the fit life. I love the fit life. As I stop for a moment and think of Cynthia and her fitness story and then of my own I’m just so proud of all of us who dare to live the fit life. At first it’s so hard to get into it. We feel we are NEVER going to get there. That it is always going to be so hard. Then we have little wins along the way. We conquer that first 1km, we finish that race, we crank out an amazing number of pushups… We feel great! (And by an amazing number I mean more than we have done before, more than we thought possible).
Lean on the fence with me and celebrate where you are right now. I know for many of my lovely readers you are fitter and stronger than you ever have been before in your life. Celebrate it because you are amazing!
Happy running 🙂
PS This is the web site that I read to create the list of benefits about being fit: http://www.healthshare.com.au/questions/2836-what-are-the-benefits-of-being-fit