Double Paralympian Pippa Britton chats to us about how to get back in the game when trying to improve your health.
Opening a magazine the other day, I was struck by its contents; pages of young, slim models and articles on health. As someone with a disability, I find it really hard to relate to people who have the kind of figure that I can only dream of, and the articles on fitness and healthy eating didn’t really help. I thought to myself: it doesn’t matter what I eat, I can’t do the exercises that are in these articles, and I’ll never look like one of those models.
I thought it was quite sad that I felt that way, because actually being fit and heathy is an individual thing, and I shouldn’t really be comparing myself to others in a negative way. I decided then and there that I would share my experience and thoughts with you, because I am sure there are other people who feel the same as me.
Imagine you are me. I think I eat quite healthily. Don’t get me wrong, I like a pizza or takeaway on a Saturday night and I’m not averse to a glass of wine. But I’m a cereal for breakfast, light lunch, and lots of vegetables with tea kind of person. So, let’s say I want to lose weight. How am I going to do it if I don’t want to diet, or I think diet won’t make a massive difference? I guess I could skip the takeaway, but what you eat is only half of the puzzle. The other half surrounds how active you are.