At 35, Sam Taylor struggled to leave the sofa in the evenings and prioritised a wine over a walk. Working full time and running around after three children, she was facing a sedentary future. And then she decided to try something different.
One hundred different things in a year, in fact.
As a self-confessed gymphobe, with a fear of heights and a questionable pelvic floor, she experienced challenges within challenges as she set about trying 100 different sports and fitness classes in a year. Her quest took her over 10,000 miles, as she tried everything from American Football to Archery and Boxing to Underwater hockey. She faced Olympic hopefuls, World Champions, European Champions and participated with people from 8 to 80, in all shapes and sizes.
During this podcast we learn more about her story, the challenges she faced, what she leant about sport, herself and others.
This episode will encourage you to get out there and to try new things!
Who Sam is
How the idea came about
Being into hockey and what community sports can do for you
Coming from a sporty background
Growing the junior section of her hockey club
Why sports are so good for you
How she got back into sports after having children
Getting the t-shirt and not thinking about the practicalities
Coming up to her 36th birthday
Telling people, putting it out on twitter and making yourself accountable to other people
Being determined and not giving herself time to think
Compiling the list of sporting activities
Doing the things she was scared of
Writing a blog about her experiences
Her first challenge
Which challenges pushed her outside of her comfort zone
The challenge she had the most difficulty with
Why heights were an issue
Getting injured playing croquet
The challenges that were the most fun!
Trampolining as a mother of three…. an extreme sport!!
Life savings with the little nippers
Challenge 66 and why she didn’t care what people thought anymore
Hating the gym and feeling terrified
Being intimidated by the instructors and how she became friends with many of them
How what she has leaned has impacted on her life
The dark side of the challenge
Getting to the end of the challenge
Getting her back fixed
Feeling emotional at the last channel - wake boarding
Taking up squash and playing golf
Her book - Sofa Dodger
The work she is doing in primary schools to help children
Advice for women who want to get back to health and fitness
Twitter - @SofaDodgerUK
Website - http://www.hermojo.co.uk
HerMojo is a joint initiative between two of the leading UK activity finders ( SofaDodger and ACTIVEMapX ). Our focus is identifying #FemaleFriendly locations where women can get ACTIVE together. HerMojo is the largest UK activity finder and the only one in the world focusing on getting more women, more ACTIVE.
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