Sport with lipedema: Vanessa's journey from couch potato to triathlete

No one is responsible for your life except you.

True to this motto, Vanessa Reins shows on her Instagram account @rundundsportlich with a focus on “sports with lipedema” authentically and bluntly Responsible handling of lipedema. She received her diagnosis in 2014, but initially tried to suppress the chronic illness. After her first lipedema rehab in 2017, the relationship with compression changed: Today it is love, because the flat knit care helped Vanessa realize her dream of the first triathlon with lipedema on 9.7.23/XNUMX/XNUMX.

From couch potato to sports freak

On May 01, 2020, she got back on the bike after years and has since developed into a sports freak through continuous training and persistence. Racing bike, Pilates, hula hoop, swimming, jogging, strength training, Tabata, step aerobics - it doesn't matter, she does what makes her happy and is good for her. And all in compression (except when swimming). Because this is what matters most, even when exercising with lipedema to wear the compression and find out what you like and what is good for you.

Three years and -32 kg later, she is inspiring lipedema fighters online and offline with her story. She proved what we should all know we can do “Round & sporty” be! But it also shows every day that Sport with lipedema and self-management is not a sure-fire success. There are times when she is more active than others and - most importantly - it's okay if things don't go well. Even if you fail in the meantime, the only important thing is that you start again. You only have this one life. Forget what others think! Go to the swimming pool, buy colorful clothes, feel good. Leave the “would have, would have, bike chain” behind you and then: Do anything but give up!

We think this motto is so great that you can do it in the Power Sprotte Shop Round & sporty T-shirt can order. Vanessa's motto is also available as mirror decal, which reminds you every day to start again.

Triathlon with lipedema

On July 09, 2023, Vanessa's sports career reached a special peak and she took part in her first triathlon with lipedema. The path there wasn't always straight or easy. In May 2023, Vanessa was ill for a long time and her condition suffered greatly. She stuck with it, kept the goal in mind and started full of motivation. Despite the heat, she ultimately crossed the finish line with a time of 1 hour 39 minutes. Vanessa describes her experience in the blog article “My first triathlon with lipedema: my way to the goal”.

Sport with lipedema – you want that too? You can do it too!

Now if you feel inspired by Vanessa's story and want to start your own journey to an active lifestyle, we have prepared something special: this Round & Sporty-Set. It includes a practical sports water bottle, a stylish T-shirt and a motivating mirror sticker - all with Vanessa's motto "Give up everything but give up!"

But that is not all! When you purchase the set you will receive your personal sports workbook for free. It's chock-full of questions, tips and support to help you find your way (back) to a sporting life. Whether you're just starting out or already on the move, this workbook will help you set your goals, overcome obstacles, and become the best you can be.

So, what are you waiting for? Immerse yourself in the world of “Round & Sporty”, let yourself be inspired by Vanessa’s motto and start your own journey to a fitter, healthier and happier life today!

Strong Girls United

Lipedema awareness is extremely important to Vanessa and as a true lipedema fighter, she works every day to ensure that it is Strong Girls United grow together more within the community and support each other, no matter what stage you are or whether you go the route with or without liposuction. Every 10th woman is affected by lipedema. There are so many of us and you are not alone! You will notice that one or two women in your environment are certainly affected. This makes it all the more important that we stick together as a community and support each other.

And don't forget: Do anything but give up!

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Author: Christine Bauer

Hello everyone, my name is a Christian and a lipoedema fighter from beautiful Augsburg. I received my lipoedema diagnosis back in 2014, but I didn't really accept it until the summer of 2022. Since then, I've delved deeper into the world of flat-knit compression and lipoedema every day. I produce text and image content for Power Sprotte and invite you to share my insights. I also love putting together fair fashion outfits that show off my compression.

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