Fitness Bae : Behind The Name

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.

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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.

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You Can Make It Happen!

I like to describe myself as a “Go Getter” because from a very young age I have managed to make things happen on my own.  I think the huge age gap between my siblings and I played a part in that because I felt like an only child.  They were in boarding school the greater part of the time and I was at home with my parents with no one else to play with except myself. That right there is the one reason I became one adventurous child.  I had nothing but time on my hands and I experimented with climbing trees, playing tennis and attempting to walk from preschool to our house because my dad had delayed in picking me up.  The adventures are plenty and I am going to tell you all about them.

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3 year old me 🙂 Kariba

Swimming

Anyone who claims to know me will tell you that I LOVE to swim.  That’s my summer highlight.  I am out in my swimwear ready to dive into some cool, calming water.  It’s my next exercise of choice, actually, it’s not even an exercise it’s one of the many things I love to do.  How did it all start?  Everyone in my family can swim and the time we stayed in Kariba we would all go to the pool for an afternoon of fun in the sun.  They took me with them, put some floaters on my arms and let me enjoy the water.  When we moved to Chinhoyi a few years later my swimming obsession went crazy because we had a swimming pool by our house and at every given opportunity I was out there trying to learn how to swim with or without supervision.  I remember the one time I slipped and nearly drowned; I thought if my mother had found out  I had gone unsupervised I was going to die twice!! I continued to teach myself how to swim and by the time I started preschool I was water confident and remember graduating from the shallow end to the deep end in a matter of weeks.  Years later, Miss Kupsy has inherited my love for swimming and I take her with at every opportunity.

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Riding A Bike

I had a cute little red and yellow tricycle. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of it but I remember it very vividly.  I loved that little tricycle, it got me to the swimming pool faster than the speed of lighting. I soon outgrew it and got a bicycle with helpers as a birthday gift.  Seeing that my parents were at work the greater part of the time it was up to me to learn to how to ride the “big bike”.  I don’t know how many times I fell off that little bike but with every fall I kept getting back up and trying again.  That very day I remember my dad driving in and me racing my bike down the drive way to show him that I had figured out how to ride my bike.  He was so proud of me and promised to let me ride it to see one of my friends who stayed close by after a few days.  I still have scars on my knees from the countless falls I had on that day but they were all worth it because if I had not pushed myself I probably would have never learnt how to do so.

60e946cc-7cba-4ca4-b3ab-fdfc6e93561aSocial Media

I remember begging the father of my child to teach me how to use Twitter.  The guy would act like I was talking to myself.  He just said open an account and figure it out.  I was thoroughly annoyed.  I really thought he would sit down with me and give me a full on lecture on how to Tweet!  I was dying for a break from Facebook so I decided I would sign up and give it a try.  My first tweet read; “Tweet tweet hurray” not bad for a first timer right?  Don’t ask about the hash tags though, in my defense I was still new to the application and I was trying to navigate my way around it.  6 years later my followers have grown and not only do I have a Lifestyle Blog; I also have a Fitness Blog and a Fitness Movement that stemmed from my use of Twitter and social media.  My social media presence has exposed me to different opportunities and I continue to network with people who have dropped some valuable gems in my life.  I can safely say that the use of social media helped me to find my purpose.

If there is one thing that I have learnt through all the above experiences it is the fact that self taught skills are the best experiences life has to offer.  If you really want something sometimes waiting for someone to come and spoon feed you is not the best of decisions.  Get up and do something about those things you want to learn or do.  It can be writing a book,(watch this space for my book in December 2018!!) going back to school, designing a website, applying for that Visa and get to explore a whole new continent.  Whatever the case might be the power is within you to make it happen.

 

However, you must remember that it will take time.  If you want to build something worth your while make an extra effort to learn as much as you can on the subject at hand, network with those in the know, keep voice memos when an idea comes to mind; you don’t want to let it slip your mind!  Above all else, keep believing that you can do anything you set your mind to.

You are the creator of your own destiny.

Do tell me about some of the things on your to-do-list.  Have you already started working on them or you are waiting for a miracle to happen?

©MaKupsy 2017