With the fourth and final vaccination phase being rolled out, it is time to resume activities and return to movement. The Swedish Times is starting a weekly column with inspiring stories and this week we decided to combine the theme movement and exercise with inspiring insights from Patrik Mårdh.foto: Patrik Mårdh
With the fourth and final vaccination phase being rolled out, it is time to resume activities and return to movement. The Swedish Times is starting a weekly column with inspiring stories and this week we decided to combine the theme movement and exercise with inspiring insights from non-other that Patrik Mårdh.
Patrik Mårdh (37) positively chooses to describe himself as an early riser with a profound love for movement, a father, a husband, and a physical education teacher.
To different extents, movement is usually something that is a part of people’s lives. Patrik’s parents motivated him at an early age to try any form of sport. And it was individual sports that stuck with him as he got older.
TST: Why did running pique your interest?
PM: “After High School, I noticed that it was getting harder to place all the right pieces together as everyone in my surrounding got busier with life. At that time, it struck me that running, doing an individual sport simplified everything. (...)
As for now, ultrarunning is what has his attention, a demanding sport where motivation is everything.
PM: (When Running) You need to always remind yourself of the end-goal, and why you subject yourself to it. When it is bad during a race, these are the thoughts you need to think of”.
Patrik explained that when you feel physically drained out, mind over matter is what usually needs to be applied to the situation. Your head needs to be at a good place, mentally,
PM: “There is a great quote saying, if you never give up, you will never lose, and that is the type of mantra I try to live for because if I never give up, I will reach my destination sooner or later."
Feeling joy during workout routines is especially important, something he tries to convey to his students and followers on Instagram. Patrik, who initially created his Instagram account 8 years ago for his students to inspire and inform them, changed his target audience when he joined ASICS Frontrunners Sweden.
PM: “When I joined the group, I felt like I had to start sharing my workout routine with a larger target group and not just focus on my students. But still, in the back of my mind, I want to show how easy and joyful exercising can be”.
He further explained that:
PM: “The great thing about being part of a running community is that you have a group that loves running, that loves movement. Where you can share different workout routines, be inspired, and be a part of people’s successes.”
As a physical education teacher, he believes that his most important task is to make his students feel joy when exercising while teaching solidarity.
PM: “I find it very sad that this is what we come to with sports and health in school, that it is no longer a physical subject. Today, teenagers need physical activity and not another subject where they are graded on the accuracy of their wording (...). On forums for PE teachers, it is possible to see the division. Many teachers like the current development since more students can reach higher grades. However, others (like me) disagree and want to increase the presence of physical activity. (...) Now, especially after the pandemic, a big reason why some people have been feeling worse is because of low levels of physical activity. I believe we need to start thinking about that. How we can make people feel better physically and mentally in our society(…) We need to make physical activity more accessible and approachable for everyone no matter your age or background”.
The pandemic surely disrupted everyday life for most people, and daily exercise activities have simply not been a priority when studying or working remotely from home. We hope Patrik’s love for movement and exercising inspires you to pursue more physical activity in your daily life.
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