What I'm trying to say is life is about taking risk and chances and you never know until you try.
Monthly adventures are back now that the studio is up and running.
This month has been a very special adventure with Emily, Matt and myself climbing Mt Coolum to remember and mark Paul's 50th Birthday.
This was one of Paul's favourite hikes that he liked to do with the kids and I when we went to Mt Coolum to visit his mum and dad. Very special memories of family fun!
Thinking about this day has brought up so many thoughts of a very special man who has changed my life forever. We met when we were kids, we grew up together, we had and raised our family together. Every birthday, every milestone we shared, celebrated and made each other feel loved and so very special. Spending this day without him has not been easy, but spending it with my family has meant much to me. Even catching up for lunch with Paul's parents who also share an unconditional enduring love for him.
If you have love in your life - please make sure that you take the time to tell them, spend time with them and to make the memories. It is a gift to find love but worst is to take it for granted and to let it slip away.
If you haven't found love but there is someone out there that you care about, who turns your head when they walk in the door, whose smile makes your heart skip a beat, or who can make you laugh till your belly hurts. Then reach out and ask them for a coffee or a catch up - maybe even tell them - you never know they might just feel the same way about you.
What I'm trying to say is life is about taking risk and chances and you never know until you try.
I am so glad that I took that chance with Paul and I would never have changed it for the world - as love is an incredible experience.
All you need is love - love is all you need.
Happy 50th Birthday Mr Paulie Myatt
Foam rollers are an inexpensive, versatile piece of equipment that can help with releasing muscle tension and loosing those tight trouble spots
Last week we took a look at the benefits of daily stretching for the body, and how it can improve your movement, flexibility, increase blood flow, assist with exercise recovery and help prevent injury. All important reasons to start to incorporate stretching into your routine.
This week I thought we could take a look at the use of foam rollers as a way to assist and enhance the benefits of stretching. As the foam roller also as similar and added benefits.
Foam rollers are an inexpensive, versatile piece of equipment that can help with releasing muscle tension and loosing those tight trouble spots in the body.
The beauty of using a foam roller is that it is an affordable way to give yourself a deep tissue massage. By rolling slowly of different parts of your body, you can help to break up the adhesions and scar tissue in your muscles, this can assist in the healing and recovery process, especially if you are regularly exercising.
Form rollers work by using the body’s response to pressure, so as you roll over tight spots, the muscles begin to relax. For those especially tight spots, apply extra pressure.
When to us a foam roller
Position yourself on top of the roller and use the weight of your body to slowly roll back and forth over it (pretend you are a rolling pin and you are rolling out dough). Try not to use your arms for support, but focus on your body weight and relax as much as possible to move over the muscle you are targeting.
You can pick almost any muscle in the body and apply this method to relieve the muscle successfully, some of the more trouble spots in the body are usually the outer thigh or iliotibial band, calves, quadriceps, hamstrings and the upper back and neck.
Here are two roller exercise to help with tightness in your neck and upper back.
Believe me your body will than your afterwards. So keep on rolling on!
As time moved on and as my view of the fitness industry started to mature into a more holistic approach to fitness
Last night I was sitting down to think about what I wanted to say today. There were so many things that rang through my mind, I didn’t know where to start.
So firstly, I thought maybe I should break down what Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being means to me.
Something that is so incredibly important to me is being thankful and showing gratitude. You see I look at every one here today and I think how grateful I am to have had so many wonderful people in my life, especially the last four and a half years since Paul and Imogen died. Many of you here today have followed my journey and have been an important part of my healing – you have shown support, love, kindness, generosity of spirit to me time and time again. But most of all you have believed in me and believed in my ability to rebuild my life after such a life changing moment. You have given me the strength and the courage to take those steps forward to create a new life of happiness and to find my identity as Shelley Myatt and not Paul and Shelley Myatt.
Part of this has been your support for me to follow my passion to start Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being and here you are today once again showing me your support and belief in me by sharing this special moment with me.
I would especially like to thank my children who are my sunshine and reason to keep moving forward. They all have encouraged me to jump off the cliff and to follow my heart and passion for an industry that I love – wanting only for me to find a happiness and peace.
I would also like to give a special thanks to Peter Rookas for his friendship and support over the last four and a half years, especially last year when I was making the decision to leave my position as manager.
Then there is my lovely son in law Matt and Tiff, Julie, Julian, Tracey, Mark, Katrina, Tom, Hazel, Leia, Liz, Krystal, Heather, Ans, Mitch, Janeta, Anthony, my amazing clients and of course my beautiful turn back time girls – who have all been there in my corner the last months cheering me on, encouraging me and celebrating all the milestones as Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being has come together and taken shape.
Lastly, I would like to say thank you to the very best friends a girl could ask for, Nettie, Jo and Sean. They have shared every moment with me the last few months, the good, the bad and the ugly and believe me there have been some moments. They have loved me, supported me, given me pep talks and the self-belief that I could make my dreams a reality. They have helped to fill the void of not having Paul here with me to share the journey and I am so grateful that they are part of my life. I love you guys so much.
When I think of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being – I think of dreams. For this business started as a dream that my husband Paul had for me many years ago when I first became a trainer. I remember when I received my certificate to become a Trainer, Paul gave me two caps and a box of business cards with Mother Earth Fitness written on – he told me he believed in me and that one day he wanted me to have my own business.
At the time I was so touched by his belief in me – I thought it was a nice dream but I didn’t think it would be possible for it to become a reality.
Life moved forward, I started working at The Works and then the accident happened and everything at once was changed. The dream was truly put to the side as I grieved and put all of my energy into surviving and rebuilding my life with my kids. The Works gym became my haven and I loved working for the members who had been such a support to me during such a difficult time in my life. Wanting to give back to them all the love and support they had given me.
As time moved on and as my view of the fitness industry started to mature into a more holistic approach to fitness – which now includes not only just fitness and exercise, but nutrition, motivation, mindset – all with the goal to assisting people to create positive life changes in order to improve the quality of their lives.
I slowly realised that managing a large impersonal gym was not the place for me.
Suddenly Paul’s dream came back into the picture but this time it became my dream. At the end of last year, I knew it was time to let go of the fear and jump off the cliff to start Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being and to create a space where my dream and my vision for the type of service I wanted to provide could become a reality.
I decided to back my-self and as a result I have created this space to be able to provide a service to the community that fits in line with my life values.
You see – I believe life is a precious gift – it can change at any given moment and we can find ourselves with challenges, I have lived this and I know my belief in Strong Body Strong Mind and Strong Spirit has given me the tools to get through the challenges I have faced.
It is my goal that Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being will be a warm personal space to support people to achieve their goals, and to live a fitter, healthier and happier life.
This will be done through fitness, motivation classes, nutrition, wellness talks and the development of strong bonds and a strong community of support.
Lastly, when I think of Shelley Myatt fitness and Well-being I like to think of community – the love of people and the love of community is especially important to me. I have a strong belief that bringing community together can create positive change. Especially when community has a similar goal or value set.
This is an important part of the uniqueness of this venue – I want others to know that not only will I be there to motivate you, I hope to foster a supportive environment where we all help each other to make the life changes important to us – through mutual appreciation of fitness, wellbeing and friendship.
Have a backup plan for the mornings that you’ll wake up and it’s colder than usual
This week I thought it might be good to look at the impact of the winter months and address some strategies to combat the colder weather and maintain your mojo!
For many of us winter can completely change our lifestyle and we create habits to suit the colder weather, health and fitness can for many of us can be placed on the back burner and replaced with lazy days in front of the television curled up under a doona trying to stay warm. We can also crave the warm comfort food of hot pots and partake in those little extra treats – anything to keep us toasty inside and out. But unfortunately they can have a negative impact on our health, weight, metabolism and overall general wellbeing.
If we aim to stay active and fit over the colder months it will put you in good stead for the summer months ahead when you are ready for more activity and embrace the outdoors-including putting on the summer swim suit or bikini!
Here are six helpful tips to staying in shape over winter:
1. Create a seasonal timetable that suits your lifestyle changes over winter – if you are finding it a struggle to get up in the mornings and exercise then try finding another time of the day that suits you better, like lunchtime or straight after work.
2. Setting a winter training goal can often help to stay motivated – pick an event to train for and even get some friends on board to do it with you and you can all work together to achieve your goal. Register for an event or buy the tickets and that way you have already made the commitment. It’s a great opportunity to try something new and have some fun.
3. Diarise your workouts – it is completely okay to set the bar a little lower during the winter months especially if you are looking to maintain the gains you have made during the warmer months. Get yourself a diary and commit to a minimum number of workouts and mark them off once you have done them. If you treat them as if they are an important meeting that you cannot get out of then you are more likely to do them. Remember no excuses!
4. Go shopping and get yourself some new gear for the gym to keep you motivated – if you look good and feel comfortable you are more inclined to show up and stay on track.
5. Utilize your workout time better so that you can maximize your training and have more down time under the covers at home. Try some high intensity training where you work harder in a shorter space of time – these workouts have been proven to get amazing results.
6. Have a backup plan for the mornings that you’ll wake up and it’s colder than usual. Get some Personal training and make the trainer ring you to get you out of bed and to show up – if that doesn’t work then get a trainer to come to your house. Arrange to meet a friend to workout with and you can even car pool it so that you have to get out of bed.
Most of all exercise is a great way to combat those winter blues that we can suffer from over the colder months when the skies are a little greyer and gloomier and our energy levels become lower.
So stay focussed and on track and before you know it our warm summer days will be back again and we will be ready.
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.