I rejoined Facebook last year after deleting my account nearly 6 years ago. The only reason I got back was because the social media programme I was studying recommended that Facebook was a highly effective tool to get your blogs to spread like wild fire. I can confirm that it’s true.
Shanee reached out to me a few months ago and told me about her Facebook Page. I’m not a fan of groups but after we had a little chat I decided to check her page out and I was not disappointed. It’s highly interactive and she asks the uncomfortable questions that our Zimbabwean society tends to sweep under the carpet. If you are on Facebook and would like a space to have a good laugh and get down to some serious issues then be sure to follow her. Please note that some of her posts are in Shona so Google Translate is your friend. You can follow her from here.
Shanee sent me a few questions related to fitness a while back and my answers are below:
Why do you do what you do?
I love to exercise, it’s my happy place. It took me out of a very dark phase of my life to a brighter and more purpose driven one. In the past I struggled with being overweight and the emotional and mental baggage that comes with it. What started as a journey to lose weight has turned into a journey to gain life; to find meaning. Fitness has made me grow into a strong and confident woman!
What are the pros and cons of exercising?
There are countless pros to exercising but my favourite one is the “feel good hormones.” Each time I exercise I feel happy, refreshed and energetic. That feeling is priceless. The other advantage of exercising is that it’s a personal pursuit, you are constantly challenging your mind and body to push boundaries it never thought were possible.
The only real con is that you have do it. I have been on this journey for three years now and there’s no stopping me. It’s a lifetime thing. I actually have to stop myself from oversharing my running addiction on Facebook incase my friends unfriend me. Exercising is a deliberate act that involves making some tough choices every single day.
What’s the best age to start exercising?
Any and all ages. It’s obviously easier for younger people because the condition of your body plays a part. I have a daughter who is 5 years old and she loves to imitate almost everything I do, exercise included and even though she doesn’t realise it but exercise has become a part of her daily life.
How much does it cost?
It depends on how you choose to approach it. It can cost next to nothing to look up a few exercise plans and start working out. I am your go to person here; I host challenges each month(free) on my Facebook Page. You can also opt to join a gym and that will cost you anything ranging from $40 to $120.
The alternative that I offer is a customised weight loss plan that costs as little as $20 a month. This is a plan designed to fit into your life and achieve the body you deserve!
Where do you exercise?
The comfort of my home, the open road or even in a park. The Fitness In The Park team will be hosting Harare ParkRuns starting from the 2nd of September and they will bring a great new element for those who need some motivation to get up and do something!
Who do you exercise with?
Fitnesss Bae of course! You should join the movement too and come #RunWithFitnessBae
Why is it important for both men and women to exercise?
Fitness is for every one. A healthy body performs better for longer. It can help prevent some major health problems (type 2 diabetes and heart trouble, hypertension) or even manage existing ones. Exercise also helps better your performance at sex. Imagine how strong your body will get when you do full body exercises, whichever position you choose to try, you know you will be able to hold it the entire time.
What are other varieties of exercises do you do besides running?
There are many fitness programs and types like running, cycling, swimming, Zumba which all have great weight-loss benefits. There are also dietary programs. I use a combination of both fitness and diet to achieve my weight-loss and weight management results.
Any advice for those starting out on their fitness journey?
Make small deliberate changes into your life and you will soon see the results. You can start with cutting down your food portions, aiming for 5 000 steps a day, drinking a certain amount of water each day; whatever small change you make will gradually add up. You don’t need anything fancy to get started, just a positive attitude. It will go a long way.
Stay logged onto my Health and Fitness Journey Series Episode 10 will be live on Tuesday at 9:00am. It will be the last episode of Season 1.