1. I always make time for my own training. When you teach it’s easy to forget about your own training, so I always book out space in my diary as an appointment to myself.
2. I prioritise self development. This is key for me, it helps me stay inspired so it’s always a priority. Reading about something new, going somewhere I haven't been or trying something different each month to expand my knowledge or take me out of my comfort zone.
3. I always meal plan. I don’t eat meat and I love to eat fresh, healthy food, so for me planning & prepping my food is a must to ensure I have enough variety and balanced meals when work and life gets super hectic. It keeps my energy up and allows me to teach, train and still have extra energy.
I love training on holiday! I usually start of the day start with a 20 min run followed by resistance training for 20 min. The beauty of doing barre is you can do it all without any props even if you don’t have a gym. Push ups, planks, lunges , bridges and I normally take a resistance band to do my lateral leg lifts glutes and waist work. Short and sweet is the key! If I’m in a city with good fitness I’ll always try some new classes as well.
For me it’s all about being organized. I like to have a list of everything I need to have completed by the end of the week. Even if things don’t quite go as planned, I don’t get stressed if I’ve approached the week with a calm and level head. I find for me if I’m organised I’m far more motivated.
Don’t compare yourself to others and follow your own journey. When I was a dancer I spent a lot of time comparing myself to others. What I looked like, my body, where I was in my career or personal life and it created so much pressure and stress that I felt I could never fail. When I actually let that all go was when I realized that what I’m going through and what I need is my own journey and comparing myself to others only held me back. Everything will happen when it's supposed to and when I focused on myself, it did - 10 times better than I ever thought it could! Accepting we are going to make mistakes is the only way we get stronger and learn. Nobody is perfect and we've got to be our own best friend not our own worst enemy.
I've been a Pescatarian since the age of 10 so I've never missed meat in my diet. At 22 I got diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis so food became a huge battle for me. Since that point, I had to spend so much time trying to work out what I could eat without flare ups. I have cut out most dairy and gluten in my diet and found it made the world of difference – I went into remission and finally had energy again. For me, a plant based diet is the best for my digestive system. I’m healthier and stronger now that I’ve been in years - I feel leaner, more energized and most importantly, have hardly any food reactions.
Sleep! So many people spend a ton of time focused on their training, their diets, but if you don’t have the rest & repair to go with it, your energy will be awful. I struggle with getting enough sleep but I crash and burn if I don't make it a priority. I eat little and often which suits me best and try to exercise 6 times a week on top of teaching.
Be kind to your mind and body. Self care is usually low down on the list of priorities but it’s one of the most important things you can do. Nourish it with wholesome food, drink before you get thirsty, have time out, walk outside without your phone for 10 minutes. Put your exercise in your diary and don’t change it. Sleep. We are all too hard on ourselves so take take the pressure off... if you eat a bad meal or miss a workout it's not the end of the world.