Female health and in particular maternal health is my specialist area and I have spent a lot of time training and researching to ensure my knowledge in this area is second to none.
However, Female health is just part of what I specialise in. I’m a fully qualified personal trainer, antenatal and postnatal trainer, certified bronze ZUU Affiliate and one of the first UK ZUU Silver Certified Coaches.
I get a lot of support and training from the OneFitMama panel of experts. Whilst there are probably a great number of personal trainers who may list this as their specialised skill it is important to look at maternal health as a whole which is where I come in. I focus on the life changing times in women’s lives and how that affects their motivation and ability to exercise. From pregnancy to parenting to menopause there are several physiological changes that can affect how a woman needs to adapt her fitness regime and I can tailor programmes to ensure they are working with rather than against the changes.
With over 66% of the population of Gloucestershire being female I definitely feel like I could have a lasting and meaningful impact on the wider community.
Aside from the physiological changes it is often the changes we can’t see that affect our ability to exercise the most. I am a strong campaigner for exercising for mental health and often write about my own personal experiences in an attempt to end the stigma of mental health.
Several studies have shown that exercise can not only reduce the risks of depression, but that it can also treat the symptoms and this is very important to me. Whilst weight loss will always be the number 1 reason women choose to work out, I like to encourage them to change their attitudes to fitness and teach them to really love exercise and their bodies in order to have a healthy mind.
Finally, as a fitness professional I feel it is important to not only educate and support clients with exercise but also with their eating habits. I particularly enjoy helping families eat more healthily and making good nutrition fun and affordable means that they are more likely to continue with the changes. I often share recipe ideas and videos on social media and really champion growing your own produce.
Fitness is not a lifestyle choice, it is essential for optimal health! In fact it can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.
Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise can help new mothers manage postnatal depression and even prevent it!
“If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented”, says Dr Nick Cavill, a health promotion consultant.
I enjoy going for a run once a week and to me it’s like soul food… just me, my music and the open road.
I love cooking and eating and believe in a good balance when it comes to nutrition. I always say I workout so I can have cake and eat big portions of food I enjoy. My plates of food are well balanced with lots of colourful vegetables often home grown on my own allotment. I cook most of my meals from scratch and big favourites in our house are my lasagne, chicken and leek pie, roast and cheeky chilli nachos.
I became a personal trainer and fitness instructor to help others create a healthy, active and balanced lifestyle.
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I have been going along to these classes since June and I absolutely love it.
I can’t recommend One Fit Mama enough!! I love attending these classes once a week.
My little one likes watching it all going on and if she starts crying I just add her to my exercising!
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