Name: Flora Beverley
Favourite Activity: Countryside walks
Motto: If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. We can all do a lot more than we think.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am from London and I have been blogging about food and fitness for around 8 years now. I first got into fitness consciously when I was around 16 years old, if only for the weight loss! What I eventually realised was that keeping active and fit was also massively benefitting my mental health, so although I started it in a bid to keep slim, since then the main reason I’ve continued is for my mental health (and the amazing sense of purpose it gives me).
Since studying biology at university I now also love to write, and I have a blog and write for various other publications, debunking health and fitness myths where I can using science.
- What are your favourite challenges you’ve overcome so far?
By far my most enjoyable challenge was my recent trip to the Azores, an ultramarathon on a small island in the middle of the Atlantic! I’m actually quite obsessed with challenges, as every single one I doubt myself on, and yet always seem to be able to complete. The Azores as so extremely far out of my comfort zone, I nearly pulled out the day before, but I’m so glad I didn’t. Over my time out there I ran 114km, and completed my second and third longest runs EVER back to back. I struggle massively with injury anxiety (having been injured on and off for the last five years), so to be able to run what I did made me so proud of myself. There are few things that make me truly proud of myself, but this was a highlight.
- What mental health benefits would you say you’ve experienced from sport?
Although exercise was tied up in an early eating disorder I had, I also think that it helped me get out. Allowing myself to eat more and feeling the renewed sense of purpose and achievement from sport (squash was my sport at the time) massively helped my self-worth. Beyond that, the immediate mood boost from cardio is something that I crave every week, and taking too much time without moving my body makes me feel very down. The link is undeniable!
- What tips would you give to people struggling with motivation?
I’ve actually done a whole vlog on how I keep motivated! I try to use myself as my inspiration – I’m not always improving, so sometimes it’s nice to look back at when I was faster, stronger or generally fitter to remind myself of where I can get to. I would advise people to think about how good they’ll feel after they get something done, and I have the 2 minute rule – if anything will take 2 minutes or less, do it now! It’s amazing how much we procrastinate even the most basic of tasks.
Here’s a video on How Flora Keeps motivated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiUDwzcm0PA
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YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ9i30yMclSeBacaB9Jd0eg