“Back to Basics” – exercise for mind, body and soul.

Why do I call my program “Back to Basics”? I believe that to enjoy exercise getting back to the basics is important. Knowing how to move properly and safely, good technique results in more fun and less injury. Being able to move freely in your everyday life – exercises that are simple to do, fun to work with – bring inspiration, motivation and better health.

We are not designed to sit around and do nothing in our days. If we look back at our ancestors they were always moving, hunting and exploring. Being creative with ideas to improve their lifestyle, health and fitness. Its great these days we are not out running from dinosaurs or have to hunt for food like they did. A hunt in modern life could be going into the supermarket or market, finding what you are looking for then going home and cooking it. Much simpler than times gone past.

Back to Basics focuses on exercises that suit you the individual. It’s not a one size formula for everyone. Functional exercises that promote strength, flexibility, stability and endurance. I use a mix of different activities from free weights, boxing, circuit training, walks/runs, stretching, aquatic activities and more.

Fitness needs to be affordable and available to everyone. Back to Basics aims to address this and give people equal opportunity to train and become fitter. A fitter body results in a happier person – better quality of life. Lets get “Back to Basics” and see what you can do!

Teenagers, Diabetes and Exercise

Sometimes people have trouble with their teenagers and managing their diabetes type 1 or type 2. Sometimes the people who do everything they can to manage the condition properly still have odd things happen. Diabetes is not easy to live with at times and throw in some growth hormones associated with being a teenager it can make for some unusual activity in the world of blood glucose management.

The human body is amazing and the people I know with diabetes as in teenagers all have days when they get frustrated or elated by good news. Some young people I know are doing everything in their power from eating well, exercising and getting a balance or rest plus sleep. Their bodies are throwing curveballs like in baseball. Mixed blood glucose readings leading to higher HCL tests than they can explain. You are not alone in getting frustrated at times as the human body will often do its own thing. All you can do is have knowledge, learn to trust your body and listen to it. Everyones experience of diabetes is different and there is no manual one size fixes all. Every day is different and with time plus experience you learn to manage those curveballs being thrown at you.

Despite having diabetes the people I know have productive and happy lives – learning to manage the illness does not have it dominate them. When you first get diagnosed with diabetes your whole world gets upended and changed. You learn about things you never knew before and a whole new world is placed into your hands to manage. Knowing what medicines do what, how to take them, how to allow for exercise, sick days, travel and food. Its confusing and at times scary as anything.

Having high and low blood readings, knowing what to do when each hits, having a team of health practitioners and support make a world of difference. Good news despite the often umpredictable nature of this growth period in adolescence and the curveballs that come our way, you can have a happy fulfilling life.

Mindfulness and Exercise

 

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Ever woke up and wanted to close your eyes, pull the covers back over your head and snuggle in again to your soft pillow? Not wanting to get out of bed and face the day?

Yes I am sure you have as its something we all do at some point. We may not want to go to school, to work or see our family across the road. At some time it happens and even may be a fairly common occurrence.

On cold, overcast, dark, wintery morning I have no desire to drag my body out of bed. It’s warm and cosy plus the sun isn’t even out of bed yet! Still I stretch, say a few things I am grateful for as I start to get up with gravity pushing down at same time.  My first stop is through the kitchen and turn the jug on for hot water. Coffee is essential for me that time of year.

The weather has been crazy this year – extreme wind, rain and cold temperatures. Getting in and out of the pool, going to the car and from the car – I often wondered why I did it – teach swimming through winter.

It’s a passion and once I licked the negative thoughts out of my head – my day brightened no matter how dull the world looked in the weather.

Even fitness professionals struggle to get out of bed so you are not alone. Enjoy the little things in your day and know you are enough as you are now. Be the conductor of your own lives – live in the moment. Being mindful is a good place to be that takes practise.

New Beginnings and old endings

For years I struggled with my weight, depression, self esteem and my aversion to eating normally as I had no idea.

Four years have transformed my life on many ways. Down from a size 18 – 20 Australian to a healthy 12 – 14, I still have work to do and am healthy. My energy levels are up, clothes fit and are comfortable, feel good when looking in mirror – still working on the camera thing 🙂

Being a personal trainer is nothing like I originally thought them to be. It’s hard and rewarding work getting the qualifications – I have been blessed by great support from my work in Goulburn, my clients, friends and family. Even the strangers I have met in the places I visit inspire without realising it.

Change begins one at a time. With our body its at a cellular level – not skin deep as I originally thought. Things like stress can make  you keep on weight due to a hormone called Cortisol – a byproduct of survival caveman days.
You may have a resistance to insulin which I had never heard of before and am working on.
That baby is a pain as you can be healthy as, eat well, train hard and still be slow with the metabolism. As crazy as it sounds the body does not burn energy as well as it can and stores the energy for later – ie fat. So I am working on food to help with this solution and exercise and still have weight to lose.

At five foot 2, I am not skinny, young or glamorous. I want to be comfortable with myself as I am – bumps, lumps, curves and the person I see in the mirror – me. I have to be real in order to help my clients by first believing in me and that’s been a big challenge which is a struggle at times even today.

Our bodies are amazing things they get us through every day. Even when we sleep our systems are running – automatically converting energy and using what you need on a daily basis.

Learning to like yourself, leads to self love and you being happy in your own skin. Its not about what you will look like when you lose weight, losing weight for someone else – its gotto be for you. Results can be acheived for other motivations and seldom last – this doing it for yourself is life changing and you benefit. Its not what others think of its your choice.

Remember you are good enough as you are now no matter the weight or reflection or even medical conditions you may have. You have the ability to change your mind and choices even if you are in a wheelchair. Lifes what we make it 🙂

Have a great day – till next time,

Susan