Q&A: Exercise, keeping motivated and healthy lifestyles

We interview Rheanne (@rhesgreens), a healthy living blogger and Instagrammer, to find out more about her fitness journey so far. We discuss her thoughts on exercising, keeping motivated, healthy lifestyles and more.

The interview:

Hi Rheanne, great to hear from you. Let’s start with a bit about yourself. What do people need to know about you?

I’m a 23-year-old psychology student (soon to be graduate) with an interest in mental health that stems from my own experience with depression. I’m also a secret video game addict!

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What does exercise mean to you? How did you get started?

I really got started being into fitness when I was diagnosed with depression at 16, my doctor advised me to join a gym and exercise to give me both something to get out of the house for and to boost my endorphins. But I’ve been a dancer since I can remember- from ballet to theatre, to jazz, and now cheerleading!  It takes a lot of stamina to be able to wave pom poms around while kicking and jumping and keeping a smile on your face, so I started running to improve my endurance and fell in love with that too! Now even just a quick run makes me feel full of energy and helps me stay motivated to keep up a healthy lifestyle. Fitness is part of who I am now, it’s no longer just a Saturday morning dance class or a prescribed activity but it’s one of my favourite parts of life!

Why do you love fitness so much? What are the main benefits to you? 

Keeping active and fit is so important for your body and I love my body! It’s what helps me get up in the morning, write my essays, hug my family and creates my smiles and I want to do everything I can to make sure I appreciate my body and keep it working at it’s best. I also know that fitness is important for mental well being and I definitely feel more awake and positive after a morning workout.

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What motivates and inspires you / what keeps you going when it gets tough?

I follow a lot of really cool people on Instagram who focus on lifting other people up and I find that really motivating. I also don’t mind having a day or two or more where I don’t care so much about fitness, sometimes I just don’t feel like it and that’s okay! Knowing that fitness and healthy eating is part of my lifestyle and not a strict diet or regime is really motivating, because I know that if I do have a day where I’m less healthy, I haven’t ruined anything or given up on anything, it’s just another day! I also have my showers in the morning and I think well if I’m going to shower anyway I may as well work up a sweat!

Do you have any tips for anyone looking to start getting fit and healthy, but not sure where to begin?

I began by just finding something that I wanted to work for – a good body for a holiday – and created my Instagram page @rhesgreens to help keep myself on track. The more I got into it the more I realized that I loved working out, loved cooking healthy meals, and loved sharing them with other people. If you’re not sure where to start, build on something you already enjoy! If you like baking lookup some healthy alternatives to your favourite muffins, if you love football, jog down to a local park and spend 20 minutes a day practising. There are opportunities everywhere and trust me when I say that a morning run makes you so much more motivated to remain healthy the rest of the day.

What’s your favourite types of fitness/gym exercises to do?

My favourites are sports. I live near a university campus and love going to the sports centre and playing basketball, swimming, cheerleading etc. If I can’t get down there I’ll go on a run which I love because I feel close to nature and can’t exactly just stop and lie on my bed if I feel tired because I’m outside and there are people around lol. I did use to go to the gym but a student budget meant I had to quit, so now for an intense workout I follow HIIT workouts on youtube, my favourite page is fitnessblender <3. Check them out here.

Summarise your thoughts on what a healthy lifestyle means to you? 

To me, a healthy lifestyle is one where you’re doing something that makes you happy. Personally, I feel my best when I’m full of energy and good tasty food, and know that I’ve smashed my goals for that day. It’s waking up with positivity and love for yourself.

Thanks again, Rheanne. You can follow Rheanne’s journey on Instagram here.

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