You are more than a number.
This is just one of the problems I have with using the Body Mass Index (BMI) as a gauge of our weight, fitness, health and wellbeing.
It’s a very one-dimensional measurement, and we are three dimensional beings living in glorious technicolour!
In less than a decade, the popular hashtag ‘fitspo’ (fit inspiration) has gone from the motivational message it was intended to be, to a damaging concept that has had severe and lasting harmful effects on girls and women.
So, what is #fitspo?
Exciting news - BUPA has just become the first health insurance provider in Australia to offer cover for gym memberships, including personal training!
There are stringent controls around how it works, which is just as it should be - your health and wellbeing is too important to mess around with.
And because I am officially registered with Fitness Australia, that means I am automatically a BUPA Recognised Provider - so if you are a BUPA member, then yes, your health insurance may cover your personal training sessions with me!
If you want to keep your independence, minimise risk of falls and injury and prioritise your health and wellbeing into your later years, investing in a good Personal Trainer can pay back in dividends. How? Read on ...
It wasn’t all that long ago, that most of us wouldn’t have even considered the possibility of online personal training.
But then along came this pesky little pandemic which has totally changed the way our world works, forever.
One of those changes has been how quickly we have adapted to the online world, for example:
And ... should you hire one?!
You’ve probably heard of holistic medicine - an alternative to western medicine where both the mind and body are addressed. But have you heard of a holistic Personal Trainer? My guess is no.
A holistic Personal Trainer is someone who places equal importance on mental, physical and emotional health.
My clients are human beings (shocker right?!) with full lives outside the gym, ranging from young mums to seniors - and they experience emotional and mental ups and downs every day. This influences how I tailor my Personal Training sessions and means the women who work with me improve more than just their fitness and strength. My clients become empowered, their self-belief grows, their confidence skyrockets, their anxiety lessens, their negative body image fades.
Blending the physical, mental and emotional into one just makes sense – because you are so much more than your fitness!
After nearly a year off from lifting weights (due to a herniated disc), I recently started again - and it wasn’t as easy as I remembered!
It took a while, but I got my abilities and my confidence back.
However it just goes to show that “if you don’t use it, you lose it” (although I did have medical reasons!).
What have you lost along the way?!
You know when you go to Coles to buy milk and there’s 27 different types starting back at you and you don’t know which one to pick so you just go with whatever’s closest?
That’s exactly how I feel it might be when you're trying to find the right Personal Trainer. With literally thousands across Brisbane to choose from, how do you know who will be the best one for you?
Mention the words “self-care” and most people immediately think of a massage or other luxurious treatment at a beauty spa, where they can enjoy being pampered.
While I’m all for that, by thinking only of self-care in terms of a massage, my concern is that it becomes an indulgence reserved for special occasions or ‘every now and then’.
In a relatively short span of time, the body positive movement has morphed from a quirky idea that few were familiar with, into a mainstream concept whose presence is found in our every day.
From body image activists disrupting social norms, to front page stories, heated online discussions and even shaping our use of language. Terms like ‘body image’ and ‘body acceptance,’ once unheard of, now grace the lips of popular body positive advocates, plus size models, social media influencers and perhaps even the sleep-deprived post partum mum, navigating the minefield of accepting her changing body.
hi! I'm sally.
I love cheese and I think burpees suck. I provide women with a positive health & fitness experience unlike any other. Stick around! You might just find something you like.