Giving back and appreciating the amazing community that I live in
Its been a long road to get to this point of opening my own fitness and well-being studio.
Many of you already know that this dream was ignited by my late husband when I first became a trainer. He gave me a box of business cards and two caps that said 'Mother Earth Fitness' (I think he always saw me as his little hippie girl)
i never thought this dream would ever be possible, but late last year I decided to make my dream a reality. It was a huge decision and a risk, but now all these months later and a huge adventure in itself - i now have my studio. "Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being ready to launch,
I wish that Paul could have been with me on this journey but in my heart I know that he is pushing me... along and proud of me for following my passion. Life is too short not to jump off a cliff every now ad then and shoot for the stars.
i also would like to thank my children, my parents, and three of the most incredible friends a girl could ask for - for taking every step along the way. I don't think I would have got to this point without their love, patience, hugs and humour along the way.
I hope that many of you can find your way to stop in and share an afternoon with me at the launch of my new studio on the 10th of July.
This is a moment that I want to celebrate and i can't think of anything better than to share it with the people who have followed and shared my journey with me.
Giving back and appreciating the amazing community that I live in.
It would be great to get an idea of numbers so please RSVP if you are coming.
If you have never attempted yoga – now may be a perfect time to try it
Exercise doesn’t always have to be vigorous to be effective and for many of us fitness isn’t about smashing ourselves to have the perfect body – it is about maintaining our health and fitness so that we can have a better quality of life!
Exercise can be going for a walk with a friend, playing football in the park with the kids – I like to refer to exercise as moving and I always think that if it is fun there is a greater chance of continuing with it and having success in achieving your goals.
These days I see we all have such stressful busy lives, it is challenging to fit everything in and sometimes it is hard to take the time to care for ourselves and we find it more difficult to wind down and to relax – this is where I see holistic exercise as a fantastic solution as it incorporates fitness and relaxation all in one class.
Wellness classes such as Pilates and Yoga have become very popular for this very reason and recently there has been a real trend towards the introduction of holistic exercise in Toowoomba. Quite a few studios now specialise in Pilates, yoga and meditation classes.
If you have never attempted yoga – now may be a perfect time to try it and you may find that you have everything to gain and virtually nothing to lose by giving it a go. Not only can yoga improve your general health and fitness, as well as challenge the body, it can provide relaxation and pain relief depending on the type of yoga you wish to try. There is a yoga class to suit whatever you are looking for, whether you are 18 to 90 years of age, a beginner to advanced.
6 Reasons to give yoga a try
1. Pain relief – Yoga has been shown to assist pain relief, ranging from back, arthritis, joint pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia and much more.
2. Anxiety and depression – Yoga is a mind-body exercise, which means it benefits both you physically and emotionally. The combination of physical activity with mindfulness can help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, improve sleep pattern and enhance overall quality of life.
3. Increase flexibility and balance – as we get older, our flexibility and balance can suffer greatly, which can increase our risk of serious falls and fractures. Yoga is a fun and effective way to assist in the prevention of future injury. As it maintains muscular upper body and lower body strength, flexibility, posture, improve your gait, and can assist in weight loss.
4. Better Breathing and Lung Capacity – if you suffer from any respiratory issue such as asthma than yoga could be of benefit to you. As it involves deep purposeful breathing, which can help to improve breathing capacity and respiratory function.
5. Improved Heart Health – by assisting in the reduction of risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, blood sugar and stress.
6. If you are already exercising yoga could be a great exercise to incorporate into your regular routines as it will help to build core strength, stretch out those tired muscles and help to prevent injury.
This week could be the perfect week to try something new, and yoga could be just the thing you have been looking for!
The giant fridge door opened to this amazing quirky space and suddenly I knew I had a new home for my dream.
6 months ago I left my job at Usq Works gym to follow my dream to have my own business and studio.
I thought I had found the perfect spot in Russell St to set up in. But over the past 5 months I have hit road block after road block with finalising the venue - making the dream almost feel unattainable.
There was even a moment when I questioned whether to continue working towards my passion and that maybe it was time to let go (not me at all but it has been a long few years )...
In this moment I realised that my hope for Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being is the one thing in the last four years that has finally given me hope for my future happiness. That I was not to give up but to refocus and reshape my vision and find a new way forward.
I am especially grateful to a few good mates who have been there for me over the last few weeks and have encouraged me to let go of what was not working and to look in a new direction.
Last week I looked at this spot in Brook St at the Old Butter Factory. The giant fridge door opened to this amazing quirky space and suddenly I knew I had a new home for my dream.
So starting this Monday Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being will be based at The Fridge and I will be officially open for business.
Finally I can start to put into reality what has been in my heart and head for so long.
So stayed tuned and watch this space.
There is much to come.
Never give up and make your dreams happen.
These are a few pictures taken over the last week, there is still much work to be done to get ready for the launch - but the studio is starting to take shape. A warm welcoming space to build a community and to help people achieve their goals
A fitness challenge it can be a fantastic way to motivate and kick-start you back into achieving your goals
A fitness challenge it can be a fantastic way to motivate and kick-start you back into achieving your goals, especially if you have been struggling to find your mojo during winter.
During winter we tend to live less active lives, spending more time inside avoiding the cold, as a result we can sometimes find ourselves experiencing a mild form of winter blues from the lack of vitamin D, sunshine, physical activity. You may even find that you have a tendency to put on a few unwanted kilos; lose muscle tone and feel as if your fitness is at an all-time low.
With winter here I thought that is week I might give you all a little exercise challenge to keep you on track with your routine of fitness.
A Simple fitness challenge can be perfect as it always feels achievable, sits comfortably in the can do basket and there is always the personal satisfaction one feels when the goal of the challenge is completed. Once finished you may even find yourself feeling more confident to set a new challenge and before you know it you are on your way to a new healthier fitter you and feeling energised for spring.
Enlisting a group of friends and making a pack to do a fitness challenge can also extremely fun and motiving, especially if you are in contact each day and harass and push each other to follow through with the daily exercises.
This week I thought it would be fun for me to set you a 14 day lower body challenge as way to ready for the spring and the warmer season around the corner. The purpose of this challenge is to tone your legs, booty, and lower body in 14 days, each day the repetitions will increase in order to give to something a little more difficult and to produce better results.
For this challenge we will start combine three exercises squats, lunges and burpees.
The benefits of squats and lunges are many – they produce great results as they are both compound exercise that recruit many muscles at the one time, assisting with improving balance, mobility, fat burning and muscle development.
Burpees are also an awesome way to burn fat, build strength throughout the body, tone, and increase your fitness level as they utilize 10 muscle groups at the same time.
Most of you may be familiar with doing squats and lunges but for some of you – you may not have performed a burpee before:
5 steps to the perfect burpee!
First, stand up straight, then get into a squat position with your hands on the floor in front of you.
Kick your feet back into a push up position and immediately drop your chest to the ground.
Bow your chest up, then return your feet back to the squat position as fast as possible.
Immediately jump up into the air as high as you can.
Add a little clap at the end.
If you would like to turn the daily routine into a full body workout add in some push ups, sit-ups and a plank into the mix.
It is always important with any exercise to adopt proper form to prevent yourself from injury and if you have any pre – existing lower body injuries that may be aggravated from the constant repetition then this may not be the challenge for you and you.
Day 1 – 20 squats/5 lunges/10 burpess
Day 2 – 25 squats/10 lunges/15 burpees
Day 3 – 30 squats/15 lunges/20 burpees
Day 4 – rest day
Day 5 – 35 squats/20 lunges/25 burpees
Day 6 – 40 squats/ 25 lunges/30 burpees
Day 7 – 45 Squats/30 lunges/ 40 burpees
Day 8 – Rest day
Day 9 – 50 squats/35 lunges/45 burpess
Day 10 – 55 squats/40 lunges/45 burpees
Day 11 – 60 squats/45 lunges/ 50 burpees
Day 12 – rest day
Day 13 – 65 squats/45 lunges/55 burpees
Day 14 – 70 Squats/50 lunges/60 burpees
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.