When I was younger, I was quite into sport. I loved to dance and was part of a competition team as well as weekly dance lessons. As well as dancing, I played hockey at county level for a while and played netball. I made so many friends through sport and dance especially was a massive part of my life which I loved.
Recently, I became one of the Girls Active ambassadors. The Girls Active campaign is all about encouraging young girls to get into sport, be active and be confident about it.
I’ll let you into a secret. Even though I was pretty ‘sporty’ in school, I hated PE. If you’re still in school, please don’t let PE be your only experience of sport. I always found it so forced and there were always certain people who were preferred. I was definitely one of those people who often had a note to get out or a clarinet lesson or a random dentist appointment when I was meant to be in a PE lesson.
If you don’t fit the ‘sporty’ image, why not try going to your local sports centre and see what classes they have. One of the best things I ever did was go to dance lessons. They were completely separate from school, I had such a supportive group around me and, most importantly, IT WAS FUN.
Find an activity that you enjoy. I may have played hockey at county level, but I hated it. I didn’t like how competitive it was, or that I had to be outside on a freezing cold Sunday morning. Not every sport will be for you. Try things out and don’t be afraid to try new things. Running isn’t for anyone (I know it’s definitely not for me!) but cycling might be. Try a dance class or see if somewhere does trampolining. There are so many different activities out there, you’ve just got to try them!
It’s so easy to listen to the voice in your head which tells you you’re not sporty. But don’t listen to it. Don’t limit yourself before you even start, You might think that something looks difficult or hard work, but the pay off is always worth it.
I always remember when we would start learning a dance, it would seem impossible that you would ever remember it all and be able to do it. The feeling when you were on stage performing though was always worth it. That feeling of achievement and success, whether you win something or not, really is one of the best feelings in the world.
Getting back into fitness (or into it for the first time) is always daunting. I know I’m trying to get back into fitness and it’s quite scary to know where to start. Here are a few tips to help you going;