This National Fitness Day we are taking a deep dive in to what fitness means to our team here at Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Within our team there are rugby, tennis & hockey players, runners, swimmers, weightlifters, hula-hoopers, crossfitters, walkers & loads more! We all participate for very different reasons and are proud to share these with you today.
Lorea - Project Manager - Adult Participation
Fitness to me is part of who I am, a crucial part of my lifestyle that contributes to my physical, social and mental wellbeing. A way to enjoy the outdoors, learn new skills and set personal challenges!
Bronwyn - Project Officer - Marketing and Communications
Fitness is about a sense of achievement, challenging myself and overcoming barriers. It's the sense of pride when I achieve something I didn't think was possible.
Bethan - Youth Engagement Officer
Fitness to me is being healthy and kind to my body but also being able to push myself through physical challenges.
Rosie - Project Support Intern
Fitness to me means a wide-range of things! From being engaged in the fast paced, adrenaline filled and challenging sport of wheelchair-basketball, to relaxed sunrise walks up the Malvern hills.
Huw - Project Manager - Children and Young People
Staying fit and active has been a central part of my life since I was in school. Although I was a relatively overweight child, I enjoyed taking part in an array of sports. Fitness has meant different things to me as I have grown older and my lifestyle has changed. When I was young it was about image and being able to compete as a junior squash player at a high level. In my 20s it was about keeping weight off and now it is about being able to enjoy my passion for long distance running and being active with my family. The biggest challenges have been the ability to maintain my activity levels around life changes and fitting in with new routines. To begin with this is hard, however, part of the enjoyment has come from taking those changes day by day to start, sticking it out when it gets tough, seeing those adjustments happen and continuing to enjoy the benefits.
Sarah - Head of Business Development
Keeping myself healthy and active but also its about being able to push myself out of my comfort zone and seeing what I'm capable of achieving. Doing it with great friends just adds to the journey because we are all there to support each other regardless of what our reasons are for doing it.
Sarah - Project Officer - Children and Young People
Fitness to me is much more than just going to the gym and doing a workout. I have always found the gym a daunting place and have always worried about feeling embarrassed whilst I'm there. Will I look silly? Am I using the equipment correctly? Will somebody laugh at me? And so on. However, with the support and encouragement of my friends, I am now much more confident with entering a gym. Although, this is never my preferred choice of working out. I personally prefer being involved in sport and physical activity and play football and netball for local clubs. To me fitness is my 'me time'. It's my time to let my stresses out on the pitch or court and also to socialise with friends. I love the feeling after a good training session or fixture; my mind feels refreshed with an improved mood and it makes me feel healthier! I also associate fitness with socialising as I get to do what I love at the same time as catching up with friends and working as a team. I've met so many people through the power of sport and so to me fitness doesn't just improve my physical wellbeing but also my mental and social wellbeing too!