Define Women Fitness for WF viewers.
For me it’s a hub, where we can get up to date fitness advice, healthy food tips, and a way to connect with people.
Share your workout in a week now during lockdown?
I teach so it seems like a lot more than what it is. When you teach you aren’t always completing the full class as you are checking people on Zoom etc. My weeks schedule currently looks like this
6 x Pilates Class 45min-1 hour
2 x Ab class (30 mins)
2 x Stretch classes (40 mins)
How are you using this time productively?
I am non-stop working out lol. In-between this I am either planning classes, responding to the never ending admin of teaching, on the phone to my WIFI company (stress), and trying to catch up with friends over the phone. I’ve taken up a couple of self-love workshops and retrained in my Pilates teaching so that I have all my shit on point. I’m actually busier now than I was before lockdown.
You recently posted a before and after picture of you and talked about mental health and stress attached to weight loss. Share with us more about it? Five steps to handling stress and achieving optimum mental health.
This before and after picture was all about the mental side of how we look at ourselves. I grew up as a dancer so there was a constant pressure to look a certain way. I spent years not being happy about what I had, and then I got to an age where I just thought, I am who I am, and it is what it is. I always thought curves where a bad thing until I embraced them. Now I love them.
You can see from my Instagram that I’ve never really been one to post lots of body photos as it feels quite unnatural. In the world that we are in now, this has become very acceptable and the norm, whether we like it or not. I always ask my lovely students to take before and after pictures, and to make a mental note of how they feel too.
It’s such a good way to see how far you have come both physically and mentally. I felt like I was being a bit of a hypercritic because I wasn’t practicing what I was preaching, and I was moaning to friends that I’d put on 3kg. I then remembered I had taken a picture of me on holiday in Tenerife 4 months previous.
I’d booked this mini break on my own because I was feeling really low mentally. I took a picture of myself in my bikini because I knew I’d lost weight and I felt ‘nice’ in that moment. Hair done, make up on, tanned etc. Now when I look back at this, I remember how unhappy and how much pain I was in. So the ‘after’ picture is me comparing mentally how far I’ve come, it’s me taking my own advice, and it’s to share that the scales me, all because I’ve put on weight.
My 5 tips would be;
- Eat right (bad food=bad mood)
- Meditate or do a yoga class
- Listen to meaningful podcasts
- Zoom your friends and family
No 6. Work out with me 😉 We’re a super supportive team who have a lot of good energy to share x
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