how to be fit at any age

Welcome to Fitness At Every Age. My name is Abi, and here’s my fitness life story.

I began working out when I was 15. I slipped on my workout clothes and sneakers one morning and just started running.

That might not sound like such a big deal but I come from a place where fitness isn’t a priority for most people.

My sudden desire to start running every morning alarmed my parents. They started to fear I might have some sort of body dysmorphia issue.

After a week of gritting their teeth in silence, my parents arranged an intervention – that’s when my parents and all the kids gather in my father’s room to discuss whatever teenage shenanigans had been committed.

After I arrived in my father’s room, I soon realized the intervention was for me when he solemnly three-named me.

He then asked me to stand in front of the mirror and look at myself. Wondering exactly what was going on, I obeyed with a pensive eye roll.

He then said, “I promise you you’re beautiful. All my children are beautiful.”

I replied, “Er, ok. Thanks but I know that already. You called a family meeting to tell me I’m beautiful?”

His face collapsed in relief and he asked, “Then why are you running around the damn neighborhood at 6 am every morning.”

I replied, “Because I want to be fit.”

“But you’re not out of shape,” said my mother.

“It’s not about being out of shape. Skinny and fit are two different things,” I said.

My parents looked at each other as if wondering if they should have called a priest instead.

Try as I might, they couldn’t understand what running every morning was about for me but once they were sure I wasn’t having some sort of body dysmorphia issues, they were more than happy to leave me to it.

I shared this story to show just how long I’ve been a big fan of fitness at every age and how I didn’t let what anyone think stop me.

People always told me once I reached a certain age, my body and metabolism would peak and I would start getting out of shape no matter what I did. This has simply not been the case.

I’m in my mid-30s and I’m still not out of shape because of the way I have chosen to live and because I did not succumb to stereotypes about what a person’s body should and should not be able to do at a certain age.

This is one of the reasons I started this website. To show that it’s possible to be fit and stay fit no matter how old you are.

My Fitness History

Apart from being into fitness from a young age, I was also a competitive sportswoman and a martial artist for over 10 years.

I have a 2nd dan black belt in Taekwondo and won 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal at university and national championships.

Abi Gold Medal

I’ve participated in swimming, table tennis, and basketball at some level but not on a competitive level. 

Before the pandemic started, I was thinking of getting involved in kickboxing or pole fitness as well. I never get tired of keeping my body active. I’m currently studying to become a Certified Nutritionist. 

I welcome you to this journey and look forward to walking it together. I will be sharing my best tips and tricks for staying in shape, healthy and delicious recipes I try out, workout program reviews, and much more.

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