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In pursuit of fitness

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When I was younger, I was very sporty. My dad is an avid runner who greatly influenced me. My great passion between the ages of 11 and 14 was long distance, or cross-country, running. However, when my family moved, my new school was not very focused on sports, and had no after-school activities like football or running.

Over the next few years, I stopped exercising apart from during Physical Education lessons at school, and even then, I was very grumpy about having to participate. I'm lucky that I can eat what I want and – for the most part – not put on any weight, so I looked like I was healthy, whereas in reality I was very unfit.

When I started university I decided that I would try and get fit, but by then I was worried about embarrassing myself in front of other people. I signed up for volleyball (which I was terrible at) then football (but I never went to a training session) then Ultimate Frisbee (and then decided it was a very uncool sport). Eventually, I decided that I wasn't a sporty person.

However, this year, one of my New Year's resolutions has been to try and get in shape. This decision came after I was late for a bus, tried to run after it and was very out of breath in under a minute! I considered taking up running again, but my housemate had a very bad experience with men shouting after her and beeping at her from their cars when she tried to go for a jog one evening.

Finally, one of my friends suggested a swimming pool close to my house that she goes to a few times a week. Now, I'm a convert! I love feeling like I've done something productive with my day, and I find doing laps in the pool very relaxing. Experts say everyone should do 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day, so I'm starting with an hour three times a week and building up to every day. I hope that I will soon start to feel the benefits of regular exercise, and will become fitter and stronger. In the long term, I know it will be very good for me, and prevent all sorts of health problems that often occur in later life.

How do you stay fit and healthy?


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Griesmann2 1 February, 2017 - 15:46

I eat healthy food and train with the football team 3 times a week At school we do sport too. Last week in PE we played handball

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Persianman 2 May, 2016 - 15:30

just SWIM every day to stay fit and healthy because its the best sport in the World

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Ken 30 June, 2015 - 14:21

I've started working out at my school gym. I feel refreshed and good to get fit!Ohhhh, my mustles hurt by the way...

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NATALYY 9 June, 2015 - 19:08

I stay fit and health because I have one passion-I LOVE sport.I THINK: everybody should exsercise because there is one perfect sport for everyone!Mine is swimming(It's number one!)but I also like running and aerobic.

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hadia 1 April, 2015 - 09:09

Sports and games make us active, agile and energetic. They play a key role in making us healthier. I play basketball and badminton because they are my favourite sports. I also have a morning walk to keep myself fit. I have not done swimming from a long time and really wish that I could find time to do it!! well! I really love doing horse riding whenever I visit my farm house...... its an excellent sport to keep yourself healthy and fit. I also do cyclying . I think that we should adopt different sports to keep our body in shape.

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Elsa007 17 February, 2015 - 04:21

When I was younger, I was very sportive, too and an as agile as a squirrel enough to ask my mom if I could join a circus! But now I'm lazy. I haven't even been to a swimming pool since I was shocked to bump into an old lady who was wearing exactly the same swimming-suit with mine!…Now I'm looking for some small way to keep fit every day and of course, 'Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise'!

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TdimitrisGR 11 February, 2015 - 14:17

I exersise all the week sametimes me and my friend we are going with our bikes i also go to a kick box team where can make my body stronger and develop my running for example

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