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Beat Yourself - Walking category – interview

We want you to meet our colleagues and winners from the Walking category in the Beat Yourself challenge, Simona Petrovska, Filip Stevanovic, and Dushan Stefanovski.

We asked them a few questions about themselves and their sports activities, and of course about the impressions from the Beat Yourself challenge.
 

1st place – Simona Petrovska, Intermediate Engineer, Microsoft Technologies | Skopje

How often do you usually exercise or go for a walk?

S: I walk every day, but not for long distances as this time. I am really enjoying the morning walks, and I believe that every day is more special if we start it with a good exercise.

How did the challenge Beat Yourself change your active lifestyle?

S: This challenge definitely changes some of my daily habits. I have started walking every day, without exceptions, which was even one of my goals this year.

Did you really beat yourself and achieve your personal record?

S: At the beginning of this challenge, my target was to walk 10km per day, but how the days were passing, I’ve started to increase the distance. So last days I’ve been walking over 20km per day. I can say that definitely I beat myself with this challenge.

What would you advise your colleagues that didn’t participate in this challenge? Would you suggest them to apply for the next one?

S: The best thing that someone can do it for itself is to start exercising. It’s always worth trying new things, especially when they will bring you new healthy habits. I would recommend to all colleagues to take part in the next challenges because it’s fun, it’s healthy and it’s a great experience.
 

2nd place – Filip Stevanovic, Intermediate Engineer, Telecom | Kragujevac

How often do you usually exercise or go for a walk?

F: I don’t usually walk so much, to be honest. Maybe during the weekend adventures. I’m mostly active in other ways, like running from time to time and actively playing table tennis.

How did the challenge Beat Yourself change your active lifestyle?

F: This challenge has temporarily changed my lifestyle since I’ve sacrificed other activities (mentioned above). But anyway, I’ve enjoyed it very much.

Did you really beat yourself and achieve your personal record?

F: Speaking strictly in terms of walking, I did definitely beat myself. Although I didn’t push my limits even nearly to the end, daily walking sessions really helped me relax from day to day.

What would you advise your colleagues that didn’t participate in this challenge? Would you suggest them to apply for the next one?

F: I would always say: “Go for it!” Just tell yourself what is a minimal distance that you MUST pass each day. For me, the minimum has been at least 10 kilometers each day, no matter what. I would suggest to apply anyway, it’s a great way to stay fit and healthy. Bonus advice: Be a very competitive person, it also helps to motivate each other to try a little bit harder. 😊

 

3rd place – Dushan Stefanovski, Junior Testing Engineer, Telecom | Skopje

Hi, I’ve won the 3rd place in the category Walking from Beat Yourself! Challenge and this was actually the first time that I was measuring my daily walking km.

I think that it would be great to have this type of challenges every year, but it also would be nice if we make an application for measuring the distance and time spent walking because I’m walking 5+ years every day and I still ain’t able to walk from Kumanovo to Skopje (Chento).

How often do you usually exercise or go for a walk?

D: I walk 10 000+ steps (8.50+km) every day, no matter the weather, only exception is during the quarantine.

How did the challenge Beat Yourself change your active lifestyle?

D: How? I don’t really know, but during the challenge Beat Yourself I started to eat more and more sweets, candies, cakes and still didn’t get fat. So, it didn’t change me a lot.

Did you really beat yourself and achieve your personal record?

D: I don’t know, but I’m going to say ‘Yes’ because this was the first time that I’m measuring my daily walking activity.

What would you advise your colleagues that didn’t participate in this challenge? Would you suggest them to apply for the next one?

D: Torturing yourself with being on a diet could only lead you to depression because when you reach the end of your diet and start with eating your usual daily food, in less then two months your kilograms will be back and that’s because more then 50% of the people on this planet don’t understand the concept of getting weight and they always ask the wrong people of getting off of the weight – nutritionists.

Here is the simple formula: If on a daily based level you take more calories then you burn, you get fat.

And that’s not a problem. I mean during the quarantine I got 15kg+, but after quarantine when I started with my daily walking sessions I burned down 23kgs and I’m still eating the same “unhealthy” food.

If you want improvements in your health, on your body, do something that your body likes. Go for a long walking every day, do running, exercise, participate on marathons or Beat Yourself! This will keep you much healthier, then being on a diet.