It was in my last year as a student in Ghent that I decided I needed to work out. Was it the going out part or the fast food part that activated me to do something ‘healthy’? I don’t know. I just know that my body craved for a healthy boost. I wanted to do something that didn’t cost me a lot of money. I preferred to spend every penny on clothes. 😉
So, I decided to start to run with Evy Gruyaert. I got me an iPod shuffle and bought me a pair of Nikes in the cheapest sport shop in Ghent and I started to run. I ran for 9 weeks. Then I had to go to Brussels for my internship and I stopped running.
In the past 5 years I tried a lot to run out the 0 to 5 kilometres with Evy and every time I had another excuse not to actually finish it. I was sick, it was too cold or rainy outside, I had a headache, I had a hangover, I had too much work, I needed to clean, … Until this year! I decided to give it a new try. The reason? If you gain 3 kilogrammes, you don’t worry that much. You just have to eat more fruit instead of cookies. If you gain 5 kilogrammes, you also leave the soft drinks and chips. If you gain 7 kilogrammes, you start to panic a little bit and you also try (with the emphasis on try) avoid eating French fries, pizza, chocolate, sandwiches and drinking wine. If you almost gain 10 kilogrammes, you start to realize you need to change your way of life.
I’m not a radical person. Don’t give me crash diets. I want to find a balance between sports and healthy, but yummie food and I also want my bag of chips once in a while. 😉
In the beginning I ran, because I needed to run. I didn’t like it that much and also afterwards I wasn’t satisfied, but still I kept on running with my new colorful Nikes and flashy outfit from the H&M. The more I did it, the more I actually wanted to run. I completed the first programme of Start to run and now I run 3 or 4 times a week for 35 minutes and I really don’t want to give it up anymore.
Running is good for a load of things. It keeps you fit, deuh. 🙂 Apparently it works against wrinkles, but it also fights against a lot of diseases, such as breast cancer. It keeps you away from mental diseases such as a depression. It is cheap and addictive. You just have to invest in a good pair of running shoes and you have to make sure you still can sing a song when you are running. If not, you are running too fast and that can also influence your body in a bad way.
If I can advice you one thing today I would say start to run and feel like a hero.