I have always had a strong interest in food, health and fitness despite working for many years in banking! In my 20’S I was a bit of a gym bunny and like most 20 somethings, I burnt the candle at both ends. Later , as a mum of three young children, I was very aware of how sleep deprivation and stress impacted on my health but didn’t really do anything about it. As I entered my mid 40’s I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I was exercising a lot but not really taking care of myself in other ways. More recently, I have seen first hand how nutrition and lifestyle can affect both short and long term health.
The illness and subsequent death of my brother at the age of 53 plus my mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, lead to me reassessing and changing many aspects of my lifestyle. I am now healthier, fitter and stronger than I was in my 30’s.
As a Health Coach I see my role as someone who can help guide you to making changes to your behaviour and habits so you can improve your overall health and wellness. I support my clients through the process; a process which will leave you feeling empowered and more resilient.
I am also a certified Personal Trainer and Nordic Walking instructor. I have a Referral qualification which enables me to work with people who suffer from specific medical ailments such as diabetes or arthritis. I am also a certified Nutrition Coach (level 1 Precision Nutrition) . As with most lines of work it is imperative to keep up to date with new developments and new research and I find it exciting and stimulating to keep on learning!
I am a great believer in functional exercise, that is, exercise which enables us to remain fit for purpose! This is particularly relevant for people in mid life. Who doesn’t want to be able to run for that bus; lift and carry the shopping or a grandchild; reach for something from a shelf; walk up that hill without feeling uncomfortable etc etc ? For this reason, I recommend a combination of weight training, moderate cardio work and flexibility work. You don’t need to lift heavy weights. Your body itself is a weight and body weight training alone can be excellent. Of course, a combination of good nutrition and exercise can make us look better too – a toned body looks good both dressed and undressed. This in turn can make us feel better about ourselves; more confident and more able to cope with what life chucks our way.
If you are interested in health coaching and/or personal training I offer several different packages. Until I have updated my website please contact me by email at email@example.com