Week 41: a life on the move

The importance of physical actvity

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This experiment has not had a profound impact on me as my life is one where I seek out opportunities to be active but then also relish in the opportunities to let my body relax.

When I was younger I had a pretty unhappy relationship with food and my body. When I went to university I started to respect myself more – I was so happy to be studying that I allowed myself to find joy in the strength of my body. Fast forward to now and I can pretty much say that a youthful middle age has meant in many ways I have fallen in love with what my physical being can do.

I used to run and have completed a half marathon in a pretty decent time, but after a while I realised I felt the need to be seen to take part in something competitively measurable. In fact, wearing lycra in the school playground had become a cult that there was a lot of pressure to be part of! That phase of my life probably did my fitness levels good and I felt pride but it didn’t really fire me up with pleasure!

So now I don’t run often but I am at peace with my body. I want to carry on enjoying it, being a youthful woman of a certain age (!) who has stamina and strength. To that end I work-in activity to my day. I work full time in a non-sedentary job which helps, but any opportunity to get outside, stand up, stretch and walk – I take it. When I meet with friends for a catch up, it is often to go for a walk together. If I want to reconnect with my husband – yep, we walk together.

I think being sedentary can be a habit that can sap your confidence, self-respect and joie de vivre. There is a wisdom in getting off your bum and letting your body move around and get some air! So the experiment is probably an important starting point for many. I think all the Great Wake-uppers out there would be also reminding you of step two: imagine the music, stand up and dance!


Mother, wife, daughter, teacher...

Firmly stuck in the 'sandwich generation' category, I am 46 years old and looking to shake things up a bit! I am a teacher, which I love - but it takes over your life! A mother of three - two daughters, 16 and 15, a son aged 11. Wife to Simon for 19 years. Carer for rather eccentric mum, aged 89.


Go to the profile of Vanessa
over 5 years ago
So true!
Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
over 5 years ago
Jacqui, I felt guilty sitting here drinking my coffee as I read that. But it is great to read someone happy in life and everything else so I doff my cap to you big-time. Unfortunately I can't get the image of you, head to toe dressed in bright coloured lycra with a whistle in your mouth barking orders at the kids in the playground, you fit as fiddle and all these youthful kids blowing for tugs wondering why "Miss is fitter than us!" It makes me smile though. Take it easy.
Go to the profile of Jacqui
over 5 years ago
Bloody hell mark what do you think I am! I am absolutely not super fit but fit enough to get on with a pretty active life. I do find habitual laziness annoying though. As for barking- I am more your nurturing teacher. Rarely raise my voice. But if you wish to imagine me in Lycra imagine away!
Go to the profile of Fiona Dolben
over 5 years ago
Well done Jacqui... I do agree with you on so many things... booking my train tickets today :)