Motivation and keeping a positive healthy mindset and lifestyle can be challenging for most at the best of times, and considering the dramatic changes we have all had to endure recently I can imagine that some of you may be finding it more difficult.
I wanted to talk to you a little bit about my background, how I became a Personal Trainer and how I can help keep you on the right track and maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle throughout this period so that you come out the other side feeling as strong as you did when it all started both mentally and physically.
I have always loved sports and anything outdoors, I grew up watching my mum go for runs and doing her at home Rosemary Connaly legs, bums and tums videos in the lounge so this was my first inspiration to exercise. I went through school doing all the sports I could, joining a netball team, signing up to a tennis club, trampolining club and went on to be a member of a golf course (teaching my now pro golfer sister, Charlotte Thompson, everything she knows!)
When I left school I went travelling for a year and a half, which soon turned in to the next 9 years of my life! I was forever on a budget and moving from country to country all the time, I didn't have the money to join a gym but I needed to keep fit mainly for my mental well being and to balance the not so healthy travelling lifestyle!
So I learnt how to keep fit without sports and without a gym and without any equipment. I lived out of a backpack for 9 years I couldn't carry weights around?! I love to run, (thanks mum) so I did, I ran every where, in every country where every I could I ran however, I was a young English girl sometimes in countries where I couldn't go for a run by myself so I had to get creative and use my body weight for a workout, so I did and I loved it. I loved looking up heaps of different exercises and ways I could work myself just by using my own body weight and challenging my body everyday.
When I moved to Australia, I ran an outdoor bootcamp, training ladies that didn't like going to the stereotypical gym but still wanted to exercise. I ran 15 classes every week outside and every single class each week would be different. I used mostly body weight but then a little equipment that I could fit in my car, and I ran this for nearly 2 years before moving in to a studio where by we can train through all weather conditions!
This is why I am now prepared to keep you fit and motivated throughout this period in your lives. Just because your gym is closed it doesn't mean you have to stop! You have your body and that is the only tool you need to stay strong, healthy and motivated, and it will challenge you, trust me.
I am running virtual classes live 6 days a week, so if your needing a little push in the right direction to keep you motivated during this time or if your bored of the workouts your doing and would like to mix it up then get in contact with me NOW to find out how you can start with me today!
Its not just exercise though that will help you during this time. There are other factors that you should consider
Perhaps one of the most important facts of health and wellness is nutrition. It's important right now to strengthen your immune system with the right balance of healthy foods and strong nutrition.
Because all of us are spending extended amounts of time at home, it’s important to keep a watchful eye on our diets and stay focused during this time.
Making bad food choices will only lead to feeling guilty, more sluggish, foggy minded, gain weight and then it just turns in to a vicious circle. Making good nutritious choices will firstly help keep your body and gut strong to better fight off diseases, improve your brain clarity, give you more energy, sleep better and generally feel better within yourself.
Every Friday I sit down and find healthy recipes for the week ahead, from breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I plan my week and this helps to keep me accountable and on the right track. I share these recipes each week with my clients so they to can plan their weeks ahead.
I follow nutritionist's for inspiration through my social media, a few of my favorites are @sofievankempen, @myfoodreligion and @nutritionist_stephgeddes.
Good mental health helps you enjoy life and cope with problems. It offers a feeling of well-being and inner strength. Just as you take care of your body by eating right and exercising, you can do things to protect your mental health. Activities that will contribute to a healthy mindset are sticking to some form of routine within your day, getting some fresh air by taking a walk outside each day and slowing down and taking the time to think of other ways that you can fill in your leisure time. Think of all the projects you have put off, all the books that you haven't had time to read, and all the things on your "to-do-list" that get pushed aside. Now is the perfect time for personal development and to get these jobs done. When we take measurable steps toward enhancing our skills, we feel better about ourselves. With the availability and ease of access to online courses and instruction and plenty of idle time, you just might emerge from the corona virus crisis both smarter and happier.
I hope this encourages you to make the most out of a crappy situation and realize that although this may be a bit of a set back in your business, finances, family life, it could also open a new door for you and be the start of something new and exciting.
Keep well, be active and please... STAY HOME.