Recently, I attended a seminar at my gym Les Mills Howick on winter wellness. The presenter was a very experienced personal trainer called Sheree Beaumont, who is also a qualified nutritionist. We’re in the middle of winter at the moment and a lot of people suffer from the winter blues. I have been feeling unmotivated lately and lost my passion for training. Getting through my daily work out was a struggle and something which I really didn’t enjoy doing. As you may recall me mentioning in my post about how to beat procrastination, lately I have been putting off my morning work out until the afternoon and I often didn’t feel like doing it then, either. I knew that if I didn’t develop a better attitude to my fitness soon, there would be no hope of competing in the North Harbour Triathlon Club’s Swim and Run series this summer, which remains my fitness goal for 2019. At the moment, I can swim 1000m continuous freestyle at the local pool and run 5k, which is the maximum required for the races. However, braving the elements outdoors and swimming in the ocean is another matter entirely. I also need to improve on my speed if I want to keep up with the other competitors, most of whom are triathletes and are even fitter than the runners at the YMCA. Sheree’s seminar was just what I needed to motivate me and two weeks on, it has already helped me tremendously to get back on track. Here’s a summary of the points she made:
1. Look at your body like a house
It will be your home for the rest of your life, so you have to look after it. Sheree’s house metaphor resonated with me on another level. With Auckland house prices at an all time high, a lot of people are understandably worried about investing in property before it’s too late. But don’t forget that you also need to invest in yourself, and this isn’t something you should put off until later in life. You need to work on improving your health and fitness every day of your life. A lot of people feel that gym memberships and personal training are luxuries, but to me, they’re not as they’re necessary to looking after my health. If you don’t look after your health first, you won’t be well enough to work and provide for anyone in your care. It’s all very circular. A simple point but one that many people tend to forget.
2. Remember the 5 Ss
3. Some final points
Sheree finished by emphasising that we don’t achieve anything by trying to do everything. Take things a step at a time and focus on one of the 5 Ss that you need to address most. Once you have made progress, you can start on the next one.
A big thank you again to Sheree for putting this presentation together and delivering such a dynamic seminar. As I told her, not many people would take the time to do this and I do appreciate it. We hope this write up of the excellent points she made will help others, too.
Sheree can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org