We shop around for the best doctors, best specialists and best advisors when it comes to health conditions right?
Yet when we are looking to invest in our own health and fitness (for those that do) many are looking for the cheapest options to get fit and healthy rather than the best fit for our needs?
As a fitness trainer, I often speak to people that tell me the following
“I used to be fit but…..”
“I want to get healthy”
“I want to get fitter”
“I want more energy”
“I want to look after myself”
“Ive had a gym membership for two years but don’t use it”
“I go to the gym, but Im not getting the results that I want”
This is all great – the right sort of stuff! I want to help all of these people.
However, the very same people will use the excuses of:
“I dont’ have time”
“I have kids activities so I cant make your classes”
“I want the personalised service but its too expensive”
“ I want to work with you, but need to ask my…. husband”
My general feeling at this point is WOW!
It just doesn’t make sense to me.
Why would you need to ask your husband, wife or partner if its okay for you to “look after yourself? to be healthy?”
Since when was it someone else decision? Since when have we become dependent on others to keep us healthy?
If its that important to you, then you would find the time / money / commitment not to me – but to yourself to look after yourself? To commit to being healthy? For yourself? For your children?
When did we decide that we should compromise on the best care and advice when it comes to our fitness, nutrition or health?
If we were to just stop focusing on bandaid solutions and start investing in our own health and well being many of us would actually save money in the longer term.
I am often told that its easier for me because I am a fitness trainer. Why? Because it may seen that I don’t have commitments of family, work, study, and the rest? Im really just like the next person with the same type of stresses in life.
What make me different is that I do not compromise on my health, fitness or general well being. I know why I want to be fit and healthy, not just now but for my lifetime.
I shift the non-important stuff like Netflix, and following series on TV etc to ensure I give myself the time and opportunity to work on my mind and body.
This means I make time for exercise, I free up time to work on my mental health, I free up time to prepare meals for myself, my baby and my boys.
Let me share some of my story with you that helped me transform
A number of years ago I decided to move into a complete natural lifestyle. I got sick of the pills, tablets and bandaid solutions.
I had asthma for most of my adult life and started to get chronic wheezing frequently. Every visit to the doctor resulted in new medication, stronger medication and eventually steroids to manage the asthma. It didn’t actually help it per say, just made me angry and hyper most of the time.
So one day I just threw out all the pills, medicines and puffers.
I looked for natural approaches.
I started to diffuse natural oils – Doterra to be specific.
I haven’t stopped diffusing and do this every time I sleep whether its day or night.
What the result has been?
I have not had problems with my asthma for over 3 years.
I have saved money – no more pills, puffers and doctors visits.
I have stopped putting harsh chemicals into my body and my body is thanking me for it
I generally feel better – I hardly ever get sick.
I can undertake my exercise most days without any difficulty breathing
I am more focused on what I put into my body every day
Because I only have one body and it needs to last me my lifetime.
What this meant for me
1. It meant investing in myself
2. It meant taking the time to research what the best options for me were
3. It meant looking for the best not the cheapest
4. It meant freeing up money from other things (rubbish foods, expenses that were not necessary) so I can keep investing in products that make me feel great
5. It meant freeing up time to learn about the oils that I use not only for my asthma but for everything in my life – my general well being, my overall health, and around the home.
Now some may stop and think that I have lots of free time to do this… its not true.. I am just as busy, over committed as the next person.
What Do I Do?
I make time
I make the investment
I commit to myself
I commit to being healthier
Because I only have one body and one mind – and I want both to be working for a long long time.
Want to Learn More About Yourself?
1. How to free up your time?
2. How to prioritise yourself?
3. How to be healthier?
Than drop me a line for a free 15 min call to discuss where you are at and how to kickstart your healthier living.
If you are not 100% ready to commit to yourself, but want to learn more about how to work on yourself – follow us at Kappas Fit Bodies – we want to connect and help as many people as possible. All the information on this group page is for you to use and share.
Most of us already know that exercise helps release endorphins which are wonderful mood boosters.
But did you know that exercise is a great contributing factor to help you build your mental resilience?
We often lack the self awareness and understanding on how we should promote our own self care, to ensure that we are mentally in a good space more often than not.
When we create that self awareness, we can build our resilience to endure through more difficult and stressful days.
Why is this important?
We are often so focused on works deadlines, tonnes of tasks, issues at work, busy family lives, helping and supporting others and being so overwhelmed through our never ending to do lists that we often forget to care for ourselves.. this leads to illness both physically and mentally, adrenal fatigue and feeling of overwhelm.
Unfortunately, in my work as a fitness trainer, and mindset coach I see this all the time. So I thought I would share my top 3 tips on how I build my mental resilience through exercise.
3 Tips to building your mental resilience through exercise
1. Own It
We often blame others, and situations instead of taking action and recognising that we are responsible for our own health and wellbeing. Whether it be exercise or focus on better nutrition, or taking time out or what I like to call “mental health time”, is our choice whether we will make time for it or not. Using fitness and exercise as a strategy to hold yourself accountable will not only help increase your self esteem, but boost your mood and keep you living longer.
2. Commit to yourself
Commit to yourself – its the best investment you will make. We so often commit our time and efforts to others, whether they be our family members as we are responsible for dependents, our partners, or social outings with our friends. However we struggle to make the same commitment to ourselves. Commit yourself and invest in your health right now – recognise why this is important to you in the bigger picture, and why you should not compromise your health and well being. Being committed helps create meaning in our lives. Exercise helps our be committed to ourselves and our wellbeing.. If I were to ask you to answer the following… I exercise because… and after exercise I feel… ? What would you answer? Bank those answers and feelings into your long term memory bank and remember them each time you don’t feel like investing time or energy in yourself.
3. Grow your adaptability
Whilst we tend to cope in conditions that are familiar to us – work situations, life situations, many of us struggle to adapt when situations change – we allow stressors to creep in, we lose our focus, and we end up being at risk of poor mental health for at least a temporary period of time. If you throw yourself into different types of exercise, this places a variety of stressors on your body – thus teaching you subconsciously to learn and adapt. This could mean different fitness sessions types, different styles of classes, trying out new activities or sports.
Practice to create new habits
By practicing these steps to building resilience, you will learn things about yourself which will give you the strength to harness that little voice that creeps in every now and again.
If you want to take it one step further, our face to face group sessions at Brighton Le Sands or Penshurst, or check out our online fitness, exercise and mindset programs. These are specifically designed to help you build your toolkit. This toolkit is what you can tap into to build your personal resilience to obstacles and handle the stress that shows up in your life.
By committing to a trainer weekly in a group exercise session or to online sessions you will achieve these 3 key principles and will have the support to face any adversities that may arise.
We focus on giving you support, guidance and tools through our holistic approach to your well being to continue to grow and develop your best self.
If you would like to follow our health, wellness and exercise tips connect with us at on our public page Kappas Fit Bodies
As always, would love to hear your thoughts and tips, and shares are always welcome.
I often get asked how I manage to be constantly motivated to run my outdoor bootcamp sessions at St George and Brighton Le Sand, work full time, and have time for family, a new baby, and part time thesis study. Getting up by 4.30 or 5am most mornings for over 5 years now, with only a few hours of good sleep, and finding ways to run interesting fitness sessions outdoors is no easy slog! Being a trainer is definitely not glamorous like some tend to stereotype.
When I sit back and reflect, I don’t believe that I go out looking for things to motivate me. Rather its the realisation that I get my energy from people, love the outdoors, and love fitness, thus its easy to find ways to stay motivated each and every day. I dont think of being motivated as something that I consciously do.
I focus on positive energy through open minded conversations with people, through knowing that I can make a difference to peoples lives and knowing that I can not only share my knowledge each and every day, however learn from others with every encounter that I have every single day. When I reflect on o
So then when I see great results from results from members in programs such as the body transformation and reboot challenges that we undertake at Kappatalize Fitness, I know that I have made a difference, that I have been able to energise my members to set themselves up for success in their fitness and nutrition goals, whether it be weight loss, getting leaner, or generally just feeling better about themselves. This then helps not only keep me motivated, but increases my motivation.
You see about 12 months ago I came to the realisation that for most of my clients, fitness is not just about the weight loss – its about making time for themselves, for ourselves. Coming to the outdoor bootcamps gives us the opportunity yo enjoy nature, to train within an open environment with other like minded individuals, and to also allow ourselves some “me time” away from our hectic lives. In the process we get to move, meet people and enjoy a fitness session where we dont necessarily have to think about what we do next.
Im a strong believer in being good to ourselves and in order to achieve that we need to focus on increasing self awareness, working on mindset and knowing that a good part of achieving our intentions is all about working on ourselves and working on our mindset to develop our best selves. This could mean learning from others, reflecting, being grateful for what we have, acknowledging our achievements daily , journalling, taking time out to enjoy our surrounds and knowing how we can best set ourselves up for success each and every day.
So to get you all thinking, I have listed the top 10 things that I try and do all the time to ensure that my motivation levels are at a premium:
1. I take action every day by setting my intentions for the day, and making the commitment. So set your intentions and commit or recommit to these!
2. I have a plan nutrition and exercise – I stick to it and avoid getting distracted
3. I try and simplify my life – focus on getting to the end game with a few things, and enjoying the journey in the process
4. I move every day – whether its my weight training, a kappatalize fitness @ home workout, or walk, cycle, yoga… I make sure I move as much as possible
5. I reflect and appreciate how far I have come as a person and how much I have grown
6. If I have had a bad day, I let it go and move on!
7. I spend time reflecting on what I have done well and self critique what I could do different, what I have learned and what positives I can take from my learnings
8. I am grateful every day that I live in a free country, that I have opportunities and that I am surrounded by wonderful people that I choose to be amongst
9. I cut myself slack – we only live once so its okay to enjoy life – I choose however to do it in moderation
10.I repeat this every day
Think about these tips and the ones that resonate with you – what would work for you and why? Developing your best self takes time, means putting work into you, and can sometimes be very confronting. I would rather confront myself, call myself on my shit and live a genuine life… its who I am.
Final reflection and thoughts… put these practices into place..rather than constantly look for ways to be motivated, work on yourself instead and the motivation to continue to step up your game will naturally be there.
I welcome any comments, and for those that would like more information, receive tips and ideas on how to develop your best self through mind and body, please link with us through our social media channels.
See you all soon
So over the last few months I was confronted with self confidence issues around my body image. Adapting to a growing belly was something that took effort and a change in mindset.
To combat some of the thoughts I was having, many of you will remember that I posted pregnancy training videos to take myself out of my comfort zone, to show that you can still train whilst pregnant and to help me deal with my fears of my body shape changing.
Whilst I believe that we are all given the body that we have and we should love that body, it’s human nature to always aspire to something more.
I’m a big believer in putting in 💯 percent effort and commitment to developing your best self… if you do this and are true to yourself that you have taken action, then you are developing your best self – that’s all you can aspire to.
Self love is really important, and having a great mindset leads to self love…
Now most of you would know that I’m not big on posting selfies (except on my personal page when travelling 😂)….
However I want to post these selfies to show you that you can transform your body:
– if you work on your mindset
– if you set out your goals
– if you prioritise those goals
– if you focus and commit to want you want to achieve
– if you believe you can achieve
Then you will transform your body to achieve your goals!
Our biggest challenge is overcoming our own thoughts, own fears and the bullshit stories and excuses we make for ourselves.
Time is usually one of the stories… we all have 24 hours in a day – it’s how we choose to use those hours that differentiates us. Exercise only takes 4% of your day… it could take less than 2%.
To work on yourself takes ongoing effort and commitment.
One of the biggest barriers to not achieving our goals tends to be our mindset.
So if you work on your mindset, focus on your priorities and you will achieve what you set out to achieve.
These selfies also take me out of my comfort zone 😜
So if you are ready to commit 💯 percent to yourself, contact us below and I can show you how at my Brighton Le Sands and Peakhurst group outdoor fitness sessions.
Pre pregnancy at 38 weeks, had Danae at 39 weeks and 5 weeks after having baby.