Virginie - "I felt like I just wasn’t made for sport"

For Virginie, the world is divided into two categories: those who are naturally athletic, and those who aren’t. But one day she had a breakthrough: it’s not as simple as that....

Virginie takes up sport again

For Virginie, the world is divided into two categories: those who are naturally athletic, and those who aren’t.

But one day she had a breakthrough: it’s not as simple as that....

Virginie : Comment prendre goût au sport ?

What’s turning you off to sport?

I just found it so tiring. It wasn’t fun, and I was terrible at it. I felt like I just wasn’t made for sport. And it wasn’t like I wasn’t trying, I'd enrolled at gyms five or six times!

I should have just taken myself on holiday for all the good it did... I knew I wanted to do sport, but I didn’t know what I wanted from it. What is sport, really?

Why did you want to start?

I saw my friends going out on hikes, and I couldn’t go. Same for skiing or roller blading... I started keeping to myself. And it wasn’t fun.

Admit it: it’s not always easy to find the motivation to do sport. We sweat, it's hard, sometimes you’re sore afterwards, and not just for a day. So why bother when your comfortable couch is right there? There are lots of good reasons, but here are 4 that will get you off the fence

Virginie takes up sport again

What made you go for it?

My 7 year old! I was missing out on moments with my son... And even in day to day life: I was out of breath just going up stairs.

What changed?

I saw a video in a Decathlon City… The coach was saying: “you're not athletic? That’s not a problem, come workout with all the other losers!”. I mean they didn’t say that exactly, but that was the idea. So I decided to go for it, three times a week.

And that schedule changed everything. After my son was born, I started back up, going about once a week. This time, each week I did a yoga class, a cardio class, and a weight-lifting session. It was thorough, varied and fun!

The first month was hard.

The second month I was bored, but happy afterwards.

The third month I was happy to go.

 

And I saw a difference in things I did every day! I was less tired than before, peppier, more energetic.

I was happy to do it, and happy with the results.

And today?

I've enrolled in a gym again. It’s hard going alone.

The whole point is exercising with other people, sharing the experience.

What would you say to someone who doesn't exercise?

The cliché “if I can do it…”.

Or else, “it's the gift you give yourself!”. Because it really is. For your health, yes, but not just that. For your overall well-being. For every day. For your self esteem. And so you can join in on more activities.

OTHERPERSONAL ACCOUNTS? This way, please!