We love to feature people who used to hate to exercise but somehow figured out a way to hate it less, do it more, and sometimes even love it. Here's Andrea's story:
"First, I started by walking 5k and then joined a Couch to 5k group. And a miraculous thing happened! I loved it! They taught me to run SLOW. And once I realized I could do it at all, albeit very slowly, I knew I'd changed. I've come in last more than once. But each time I ran more and walked less until the day I ran the whole 5k. I cried when I crossed the finish line.
Here's the thing. I grew up thin. One of those annoying 'I can eat anything and still stay super thin' people. I was never, however, "in shape." I would have my dad, who is a doctor, write me notes to miss gym class. I could not and would not run the mile for the presidential fitness test. And now, I'm 45, overweight, and a runner. Who now also has a trainer 4 days a week to really get me in shape. So now I love exercise. I still, however, also love FOOD so there is still work to do for me to LOOK as good as I FEEL!"
The best part of the whole story is when someone at work that I vaguely know was told the story of how I started running. One day she came up to me and said, 'You might not really know me, but you inspired me to start running and now I love it!' Basically, her story is the same as mine, and hearing how much it changed my perspective changed HER perspective too!"
Do you have a hater-to-lover story to share? We'd love to feature you on ih8exercise.com. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story and inspire another "hater."
Photos courtesy of Andrea Tuyn