Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
Well, I’m Emily. I’m 29 and originally from the UK but have been living in NZ most of my life. I love the relaxed and free lifestyle here, but I have and will always be an avid explorer/traveler. I have experienced a fair share of emotional and mental struggle throughout my life and as a result took a particular interest in well-being and how it can be improved. I have studied many subjects relating to health including Psychology, Nutrition, Massage and Yoga with the aim of mashing all my knowledge together to help others live a happier and healthier life.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
Fitness is such a multifaceted area, and I guess that is what I like about it the most. There’s something for everyone! One of the best things about physical exercise is the mental boost it brings. Stimulating the production of dopamine means that we feel good when we exercise as well as shaping our bodies to look better and increase invisible health inside the body i.e. improved respiratory and cardiovascular health. I personally enjoy being functionally fit, meaning you are strong with body weight, powerful, agile and flexible.
How long have you been into fitness?
How did you get into fitness?
I first entered the gym in 2009 in the UK when I had been quickly evacuated out of NZ by my parents after landing myself in a pretty dangerous and unhealthy situation at home. I was in a very dark place and SO far from being healthy mentally, emotionally and physically. I was smoking, taking drugs, under-weight, malnourished and extremely anxious and depressed. I was given a chance to rehabilitate myself living with my Grandmother in the smallest town imaginable on earth in Wales, I began going to the gym, for 2-3 hours a day because I had nothing else to do. It started to become something I looked forward to everyday. I noticed I had more energy, I slept better and my mood began to stabilize. I started copying what all the guys were doing, lifting heavy weights. Soon enough I became physically strong and it felt amazing!
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
I wanted to quit smoking and just became addicted to improving myself as much as possible. So in 2010 I decided to join a running club in the evenings and train for a half marathon. From that point on I just knew I could never go backwards.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has been an absolute life saver for me, these days I have refined and channeled my fitness more into Yoga as I really enjoy the unique aspects that this brings, i.e. flexibility and breath work etc. It’s a great supplement to other types of fitness and sports.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
Just start, don’t over-think it. Something is always better than nothing. What you will find is that positive results snowball, they may start slowly but once you gain confidence, routine and begin to build healthier habits, you will be so surprised about what you are capable of. But if you never start you will always stay stuck and stagnant. So you have to ask yourself, which is worse, the pain of being brave enough to make a change or the pain of forever staying the same? Life is about progression and development, challenge yourself! At the start it may feel really difficult, boring, or pointless. But if you can persist and push through those tests and barriers and obstacles, the rewards are priceless. Most of us don’t know how good we can feel until we feel it, and this is the message I would like to spread. It is always possible to improve our experience of being. Try not to get hung up on any kind of final result, more just enjoy the journey and what you learn along the way, you owe it to yourself.