I was only 8 years old, when I took my first step into the world of sports and fitness; two things that have stayed with me and helped me immensely during the most important and trying times of my life.
I was fortunate to have parents who introduced me to sports and fitness at a young age.
In my formative years, life was only about Table Tennis and training, diet, exercise, practice, and preparation. My life revolved around Table Tennis and big life decisions were taken keeping my passion for the sport in the forefront.
Sport gave me the confidence and mental strength to deal with difficult situations at school or outside and of course I became physically fit.
Life of an elite sportsperson is always a challenging one and especially during teenage years where I had to make decisions regarding my career. I gradually drifted away from sport and decided to prioritise my academics. I became a software engineer. Eventually, I got married, moved to Australia in 2007. Work and life continued and I found myself increasingly leading a sedentary life. Became unfit, gained weight, and suffered from confidence issues.
A few years later, after we had moved to the UK in 2012, with my son and I witnessed the London marathon.
It changed my life.
The atmosphere was electric with the cheering and support from the spectators. The competitors simply took my breath away. I was in complete awe of the runners ability, gliding effortlessly. But the true heroes were people like you and me who ran for the sheer joy of running. They were in pain and discomfort but were still smiling and enjoying every moment.
It was at that moment that I realised that I wanted to be a part of that group and take up running.
The following week I took my first steps towards running. And following a slow start, from walking to a slow jog and then finally running. I joined a running club, moving from a socially isolated existence in a new country until then, now I had friends and a support group in the form of fellow runners. I have not stopped running since and it has rekindled my passion for sports and fitness.
It gave me energy and life. For the first time in many years, I regained my confidence. I was fitter and happier. I was back playing table tennis and really enjoying it. I found my way into Warwickshire premier league team.
I also started exercising in the gym and exploring various ways to get fitter and stronger.
I continued exercising and running through out my 2nd pregnancy. My recovery after the 2nd c section was much smoother and easier than my 1st one.
This focus on health, fitness and wellbeing has kept me going through some of the most trying times of my life. When looking after two children gets challenging exercise is my remedy. It is my “me” time. Now, I identify myself more as fitness engineer rather than a software engineer. I have gained so much from exercising, not just as gains in physical and mental well-being but also helped me create a social network with like-minded individuals across cities and countries.
I love being fit and I love helping others become fit and staying fit.
Women tend to put family, work and other responsibilities before their health and wellbeing. They tend to put barriers around exercise and fitness. With my experience and journey from a sportsperson to working in IT to being a stay at home mum and then finally, being a fit mum of two very active children, now I want to help others get fit and lead a healthy life full of joy and confidence.
If I can do it then anyone can!