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In collaboration with THIS GIRL CAN, we spoke to some of our favourite bloggers about their fears and motivations on fitness. From novice gym goers to marathon runners, each one of them has a story to tell about their journey
to getting active.

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I know you’re active now, but was there a time when you weren’t or when you stopped for any reason. Did you ever feel worried about that? Did you ever feel these worries held you back from starting up again?

I recently got active in March, due to months of being ill due to my condition of Crohns. I have had it for 10 years but never took pride in exercise, as I always felt like it would make me worse. I started off doing light work outs at the gym and yoga classes. After a few weeks I could feel an improvement in myself and my energy! Now I love to excercise and when I am having a bad day, that's okay also! It's about feeling happy, and not forcing yourself into something you won't enjoy.

Did you ever worry about whether you were good enough to go to the gym? How did you get over that?

I used to worry all the time that it would make me hurt and that I'd look silly. I never had expensive trainers and good sportswear, so I thought people that went would all think I looked stupid. Sometimes there are girls there in tight tops that look great, but that's okay becase they've worked hard to look like that. I realised I needed to do it for my health and my body, and in turn it made me feel better mentally about it because I was doing it for me.

What would you say to other girls/women who might want to get involved in exercise but don’t because they’re worried about being judged for how they look or not being good or fit enough?

I'd say that first of all you have to WANT to do it for yourself, and not because your friend or someone else is doing it. It isn't a competition and everyone has to start somewhere. So always remember, even if you start really small, you are still on your way to getting where you want to be

Did you ever worry about whether you were good enough to play sport? How did you get over that?

I always used to worry about not being good enough to run or play sport. I shied away from any exercise or sport for a long time. I figured I eventually had to once I plateaued with my diet, and I found the
courage to just do it!

" Just do it because afterwards you'll realise 98% of what you were worrying about was all in your head, and when it comes to not being fit enough, that can always be worked on. "

What would you say to other girls/women who might want to get involved in exercise but don’t because they’re worried about being judged for how they look or not being good or fit enough?

Everyone has to start somewhere. We all sweat when we exercise and if I'm honest when I exercise I'm so concentrated on myself that you shouldn't worry about people staring. It's admirable, people trying new things and giving stuff a go so that should never be put down. Just do it because afterwards you'll realise 98% of what you were worrying about was all in your head, and when it comes to not being fit enough, that can always be worked on.

Do you ever consider starting a new activity or exercise routine?

I joined the gym 2 months ago, so I'm in the early stages of sorting my full routine out, and now I am training for the marathon. That's a big routine to have to deal with.

Is there anything about that idea that makes you feel worried or concerned?

Worried that training for the marathon is scary but it has to be done.

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