Get moving and start making an adventure list!
Living a healthy and active lifestyle is very important to me for so many reasons. I love to eat well, and I enjoy exercising and always endeavour to try out new ways to keep super fit!
One thing that I enjoy the most is getting out and being active in nature. Last July I went on a trip to 1770 and had a fantastic time exploring the local area – it was amazing and I loved every minute I spent bush walking and enjoying the ocean. At that time I sat down and wrote out a list of places and activities that I wanted to start to do as part of an adventure list – but unfortunately on my arrival home from the trip and heading back to work, my adventure list got put to the side and gathered cob webs.
This year in 2016 I want to make this different. I made some personal changes in my life so that I can incorporate fulfilling my adventure list – with all I have experienced through the death of my husband and my daughter four years ago, I know that life is too short to not make our dreams and goals a reality.
One of my goals this year is to get moving and start making my adventure list happen – each month I am going to do something from my list and slowly through the year I will get to experience some amazing places, do fun things, conquer a few fears (like riding a horse), spend time with people I love – plus at the same time fit some exercise in doing these activities along the way! How good is that!
Yesterday was my very first Shelley Myatt adventure – a road trip with my daughter and a friend to Queen Mary Falls, it was a fantastic day, and our day was jam packed with so much activity.
Our day was filled with:
But most of all we had fun living life and enjoying each moment that presented itself to us throughout the day.
I share this with you for several reasons
It’s fun to change your routine, step out of your comfort zone and try new things - you just never know what you might find out about yourself and might even discover some new hidden passions.
I encourage you next week to get out and enjoy the outdoors while this weather is so beautiful and before the cool of seasonal change drives us indoors.
Do what you love – love what you do!
You just never know what life has install for you.
Yesterday I let go of the only man I have ever loved and the person who has captured my heart so completely all of my life - even these last four years without him.
Six days ago I travelled across an ocean to Thailand to take the trip we always intended to do together to recommit our love for each other.
Yesterday I found the perfect moment in the most beautiful place surrounded by the ocean to write my last ever love letter to him. The hardest letter I have ever written - but one that was necessary to mend my broken heart.
I placed the letter in a bottle with the ring that has bound our love for so long. Then by the oceans edge I stood and reflected on a beautiful life I had shared with this man - a life and a love I cannot have anymore. Even though I have been trying my hardest to cling to it.
Then with all of my might I tossed Paul's letter out to sea where our love now forever sails until we reconnect.
Perhaps this moment was the most romantic gesture I have ever made for him - and I know in my heart he was standing there with me as I let him go.
Now my heart can begin to fully heal and I can completely embrace my life and all that comes my way.
Making changes to improve health, fitness and wellbeing
This week I find myself sitting at a desk in Phuket Cleanse, Thailand. I have come here to have a holiday but also to embrace and experience new ideas about health, fitness and wellbeing.
Something all trainers need to do - learn and grow and improve their own health, fitness and wellbeing. If we are not on top of our game, we cannot give the best we have to our clients, especially when it comes to assisting change.
This week I have also had the opportunity to meet likeminded people and trainers who share my passion for changing your mindset, health and fitness in order to live a happy and more active lifestyle.
It has been so exciting; I have been experiencing a whole new way of eating with juice cleansing and raw eating with fruit and vegetables (I have tasted and eaten some of the most incredible dishes!).
During the week, I have been fortunate to attend lectures based on topics extremely important to creating a permanent healthy lifestyle change. To name a few, nutrition, hormones, sleep health, mindfulness and meditation.
The week has been filled with lots of physical activity which included hikes that explored some of the most beautiful sights of Phuket. I have also participated in many varied exercise classes and met talented trainers who utilize different training methods and exercises to get the best results for the people they are working with. This I have loved so much and now feel deeply inspired about my life as a trainer and the positive changes I can incorporate with my clients and with my own life.
I have taken part in loaded movement, functional movement and strength training, TRX, med ball, speed and agility, stair and hill training, core, boxing and boot camp classes and last but not least, hot yoga and aerial yoga.
For me, one of the most special classes I attended was sunrise yoga on a pier overlooking a beautiful lake – it was incredible to watch a spectacular sunrise appear before my eyes whilst exercising.
As a trainer I have always believed that we need to look at health and fitness from a holistic perspective. We all have our own experiences in life and the way we need to approach making changes is by looking at a person as a whole in order to achieve the best results. This is what I loved about my stay at Phuket Cleanse; it provides many pathways for each individual to initiate the changes they are seeking.
For me as a Personal trainer, motivator and life columnist here in our Toowoomba community, this fits in line with how I see a person’s journey to be when endeavouring to make change in their life, especially with their health, fitness and well-being.
Change doesn’t have to be big – it only has to start with small simple steps that continue to progress you forward with your goals and this is my job - to provide you all with the tools to help you on your way to a healthier, fitter and happier life.
This experience has provided me with clarity around my recent decision to leave my gym managing position and to create Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being studio which I am extremely excited about!
Health and fitness is a very personal experience and my goal is to tailor to your individual needs so you have the best opportunity to live your life to the fullest!
“Life is the greatest journey you will ever be on”
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.