“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.

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