Kate Daniell – This Girl Can Case Study

Kate Daniell – Staff Member

This Girl Can Case Study

Don’t be fearful, don’t think what will I look like or what if I can’t do it, just do something and if you can afford it, go to a PT, they help you work out how to do new things and the results are much faster, which then motivates you to keep going.

Kate


What activity or sport do you regularly participate in?

I regular do the following PT, gym, pilates, running, walking, and cycling.

 

What do you love most about physical activity?

Being strong – I never thought I’d end up enjoying lifting weights, but I love it.

 

Can you tell us about your favourite activity or sport you currently do, why you enjoy it and what’s it’s like to take part in?

PT is my favourite, Emily and Amber are fun, funny, motivational and tough, they make me want to try harder. They’ve taught me how to lift weights (and other things), which has changed my body and my mindset.

 

Can you tell us how you got involved in physical activity?

I’ve always enjoyed walking long distances, but a few years ago I started cycling with a group of friends and, though I enjoyed it a lot and was giving it my all, I was always the slowest. That was annoying, I couldn’t understand what these other people had going on in their bodies that I didn’t.
I started going to see Emily for PT. I’d never been in a gym before and thought they were for super-fit people, not ordinary people. I was super-intimidated, but that stopped really quickly. Gyms are full of ordinary people, all body types, all ages and everyone’s just getting on with it.

 

What do you think the biggest challenge is for women participating in physical activity?

Getting sweaty, feeling intimidated by gyms, not knowing what to do, and hating the flashback to school PE changing rooms.

 

What motivates you to regularly continue participating in physical activity?

I’d like to be able to say I’ve always been intrinsically motivated to get fit, but that’d be a lie. In truth, I’m motivated by a lot of things: I want to please Emily and Amber, who I do PT with; they’ve shown me how to be strong and I’ve learned being strong makes me happy; having changed shape and dress size and having got rid of all my old (bigger) clothes means I now can’t afford to not keep exercising — the clothes bill would ruin me; I’m not keen to give up the endorphins; I’ve had cancer and trying to get fit and be strong is my two fingers up to that disease; and the more I do, the more I am motivated to keep trying.

 

How do you balance your studies/work, your social life and your physical activity?

It can be hard sometimes. I try to work out a way of fitting exercise in as often as possible, if I can’t get to the gym, I can probably go for a run after work or do some pilates at home. Weekends give me more time for longer exercise, a long walk or cycle. The more I do, the more I want to do. I read somewhere that if you try starting your week with (any) exercise, it’s easier to keep doing it the rest of the week. The trick seems to be to not keep putting it off. Sometimes that’s easier said than done though.

 

If you could give one bit of advice to those thinking of getting involved in physical activity, what would it be?

Don’t be fearful, don’t think what will I look like or what if I can’t do it, just do something and if you can afford it, go to a PT, they help you work out how to do new things and the results are much faster, which then motivates you to keep going.


This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England, encouraging women of all abilities to get active. Returning between the 19th- 25th of November, the week has loads of ways for you to get involved. Partnering with UPSU for the week, we have a great range of opportunities available. From FREE gym sessions to sport sessions to trying your hand at ‘Strictly’ style dancing, there is something for every girl.

 

The sessions are more focused on breaking down barriers, keeping you happy and healthy than your ability, so give it a go. There’s no judgement, so forget about your face getting red, remembering the steps and just get involved! Because after all #fithappens.

 

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