Doing sports is not about being attractive or heaving the right weight. There is no such thing as overweight or a healthy weight. Every single human is beautiful and perfect, the way they are. Our standards in terms of beauty and attraction changed so much over the last centuries, that it is very hard to measure aesthetics. The same goes for standards that are parts of a certain culture. Pale skin vs. bronzed skin, wide hips vs. a skinny silhouette or make-up vs. a natural appearance are just some of the issues, that come to my mind.
Personally, right now I don’t train for a certain appearance. I train, because I like to play, I wanna achieve certain goals like handbalances or splits and become a better surfer and skater. It was not always like that.
When I started to workout, sports felt like torture. I started, because I felt very bad about my appearance and I knew, that I was not even capable of running through a train station. I would have rather missed my train… I told myself all the time: “This is not for me. This is for fit people. My strength is more an intellectual one” I had plenty of other excuses and totally ignored my back-pain and the chronic migraines I suffered from.
It was around the time, that I went vegan, when I decided to start doing sports. I have been practicing yoga before, but I never saw my practice as a real physical thing.
So I decided to go for a run. I started on a Saturday morning very early, so nobody could see me. I was able to run for one minute, after I had to stop. My lungs and my legs were not capable of more. After I had a horrible headache and almost threw up. But I kept running and over the months, I started to like it. I got myself a pair of running pants and began to run on a daily basis. And something incredible happened: I started to see myself as a runner. The lazy person, that I had identified myself with for years and years slowly disappeared. After I tried a lot of different sport: Boxing, parcours, pilates, free-climbing, mountain-biking, dancing, bodyboarding, surfing, movement arts and sailing are just a few. I got really addicted and reached the point, where I though: Everything is possible! If I wanna learn a new movement or a new pattern, it does not take anything more than willpower, focus and repetition. The fact, that sports shaped me, became a byproduct of my activities. Like my relaxed sleep, the ability to keep the focus and my general happiness, that I experience every day.
If you are struggling or if you are scared: Don’t hesitate! Just try it out and never stop being curious and playful! If you don’t like running or cycling, try something else – maybe you will fall in love with climbing, skating, dancing or beach volleyball. I am sure, that there is the right sports for everyone!
Did you make a similar experience? Leave a comment and tell me about your journey!
I am Julia, vegan by heart, traveler and minimalist based in beautiful Portugal. I love simple but delicious food, ashtanga, skating, surfing and having a nice conversation over snacks and a glass of wine. I am blogging about vegan food, my minimalist journey, life hacks and my experiences as a traveler.