Meet Elaf, Fitness Fanatic and Care Champion. We sat down with Elaf to discover more about her love of fitness and life at Allianz Care
Have you always been interested in health and fitness?
What’s your favourite type of exercise?
Do you think it's important to have regular exercise?
Of course! There is nothing better than the feeling after finishing a training session, run or even a walk. You feel strong, relaxed and feel a great sense of achievement.
I think keeping active is key to staying confident, healthy and putting you in the right mind-set. Training is not only a physical activity, it is important for our mental health, it teaches us discipline, self-love, body respect and acceptance. Training tests your limits and pushes you out of your comfort zone. I also find competitive sports, particularly, help relieve stress and are a great way to focus and tame your competitiveness!
What advice would you give to someone new to exercising?
Take it easy and do it knowing it will eventually make you a happier and healthier person. Don’t do it because you want to punish yourself for eating that donut or you want to look in a certain way.
It is OK not to enjoy it at the beginning, it can be challenging, but once you get used to it you will really notice the difference - it takes 21 days to start a habit, so keep going - patience is key! Also, try to set realistic goals to keep you motivated, because if you don’t, you will be throwing in the towel after a week.