My love for exercise and all it brings

Chris is the founder of Vivi Nation. He has completed duathlons, triathlons, cycling challenges and more. Read here about his love for exercise and all it brings.

When I’m exercising, it’s my favourite time for collecting my own thoughts. It’s a time when I really feel good about myself.

I take part in team sports like football and cricket, but my main activities are cycling and running. Sports are, for me, my chance to feel alive and reflect.

I find exercise to be the perfect opportunity to clear my head, get myself in the right frame of mind, and so on.

Often, my best ideas come while I exercise. It provides me with clarity. A freshness that only arises when my heart is pounding. Something I simply can’t achieve when stuck on my laptop in an office.

Today, I think too many are bogged down by desk-based work and stress. It’s easy to forget how fresh air and getting your blood pumping can boost your mood and productivity. How a short half an hour run can quickly change your attitude. Or how a quick spin session in the gym can totally de-stress you.

I cycle to work as much as I can so I’m energised in the office. I do high-intensity interval runs to blast away stress and calories. However, the benefits of exercise aren’t always the obvious health & fitness ones.

Exercise, fitness and physical activity have developed me as a person. Without it, I wouldn’t have Vivi. I wouldn’t have the skills and ambitions I have. I wouldn’t have the same drive to succeed. That’s the true power of sport and exercise. It’s defining.

The harder I exercise, the more I want to do everything. My career, home-life and general output all benefit.

There is great comfort in knowing the more I hone my body, the more I hone my mind. Exercise does that. It strengthens you in every way. And that’s what helps motivate me.

I’m currently training for my first marathon (something I never thought I’d do) and I see every mile run not only as improving my physical performance but my mental performance too.

Getting active is my favourite thing to do. It’s my time to better myself. In every way. It drives me, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Chris Smith
Founder of Vivi Nation, sports enthusiast, occasional triathlete, keen cyclist and optimistic Liverpool FC fan.

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