“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!

The Perfect Body – A lie, Truth or Myth?

The perfect body differs greatly from one person and from culture to another. What would be considered “perfect” for one may be the exact opposite for someone else. So while we are human each of our own version of “the perfect body” is vastly different. What you may not like about yourself – someone else would think it is perfect and wish they were that way themselves.

I always wanted to be taller and thinner than I was – genetics and logistics won’t let me be taller. I will never be a Victoria Secret Model in height or size as I am a small height and solid build (which I am getting leaner/muscle toned). It took me a long time to be grateful for my body and weight. Still a work in progress as we always are – evolving and changing.

While you will have your version of the “perfect body”, I believe its more important to be the best version of you. As you are now and will be in the future. Appreciating yourself and being grateful for your amazing body that gets you through every day, every emotion, every meal and every breathe. The one that moves you around, helps you live each day and keeps you alive. No matter what shape, colour of skin, scars, age, wrinkles, muscles, height or anything else in your body – it is an incredible gift.

You are a miracle of creation – there is only one of you – even identical twins are different! You are more than the reflection you see and body you dress every day. You already are amazing even if you do not feel it or are unable to see it at the moment. You are complex, funny, inspirational and motivational. There is so much more to you than you realize. Yes being healthy is a huge gift, managing any physical or emotional illnesses challenging. Looking after yourself as you would look after others is a big change for many people.

You may not think so – you are “perfect” as you are and a work in progress. Like a beautiful artform created over a period of time. The artisan had an idea and saw something in that paint or piece of stone no one could see. Through time, effort, love – change took place and look what came from their vision. You are always evolving and changing – there’s only one of you. You deserve to be happy, healthy, loved and appreciated for who you are – starting with the one you see in the mirror.

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.