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Run, run, run

It’s finally happened! I’ve achieved something that I’ve always struggled with…I’ve started to enjoy exercise!hot pink trainers and bright blue leggings

Exercise and me have always been fair-weather friends – I give her my all for the briefest of moments and then give her up with barely a backwards glance.

That was until the luggage of my perimenopausal journey reared it’s ugly face – and by that, I mean the roll of something extra around my middle. I no likey!

I decided my only option was exercise. I started running about 6 weeks ago and to be very honest (please don’t hate me) I’m absolutely LOVE it! Blow me down with a feather, I really do enjoy it.

Tina and me may be very alike in some respects, but in relation to exercise, we’ve always been worlds apart. Tina loves it with a passion while until now I’ve never found a form of exercise that I really enjoy.

I only run twice a week – both days of the weekend as, with a full-time job, this is the only time I can really squeeze it in. I started off covering short distances and have gradually built up how long and how far I run for. It’s great – my body feels stronger, less wobbly, and my mummy tummy is decreasing, yay!

I didn’t realise that as we get older, our metabolism changes. It slows down, and starts to store more fat. Marilyn Glebville explains it beautifully:

“Your ovaries produce less oestrogen as you go through the menopause, so your body tries to compensate by making you fatter. Fat around the middle of your body manufactures oestrogen, which can offset the lower levels of oestrogen produced by the ovaries”.

So getting your wiggle on will really help to get rid of any extra fat you might find yourself with,

It’s important to find something you love, or at least like, that really gets your heart rate up.

Now, this is soooo me, but I just can’t run in any old thing, I want to look nice too. So I took myself off to H&M and got some really fabulous gym clothes that didn’t break the bank but look good and feel good too. My husband even bought me some hot-pink trainers, woo hoo!

I’ll keep you posted on how I get on. Fingers crossed that this newfound friendship will last forever!

Watercolour photo of a pinky red heart

 

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