The gym for many, myself included, can be an intimidating, narcissistic and overtly sexual hellhole. It's not exactly the kind of environment that encourages women to want to keep fit, but another area of society where women are left feeling demoralised and in competition with one another over their looks.
My mum's not an athlete. She's not a catwalk model, either. She's my mum, my best friend and my biggest inspiration. Exercise has added another layer to our relationship - it's provided a new, fun way to spend quality time together. She's encouraged me, and thousands of other women across the country, to believe we can.
All this time only barely seeing the beauty of the world go by and getting time to take it all in. Always living by the routine that works so that when the weekend comes it can be used to party or visit the countryside although once there, it is more often than not bypassed as heading to a smaller city to have lunch and shop is more familiar.