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“I needed more than being a mum.”
Today we’d like to share with you Kerrie’s personal fitness story with you all. As of right now, this story was first posted two years ago, and so many great things have happened since then. Enjoy!
[First posted June 27, 2014]
I thought it would a nice idea to share my story of where I began my fitness path with all of you who like my page.
I went to high school in the Campbelltown area and I always had a love for tennis. I played in Adelaide and continued for a short period in Sydney. The more I got involved with school work and friends, the more I let tennis go by the wayside.
I started my career as an administrative assistant at a law firm in the city. After 9 years it was time for Trevor and I to start our family.
I was lucky enough to be a stay at home Mum. I had always loved babies, it was my dream come true. I couldn’t have been more excited that my time had arrived. I could give up work and do what I had always wanted; take care of my little family. I was only young, 24, so parenthood was a humongous shock to my system. I wasn’t coping with the sleepless nights, dealing with mastitis from breast feeding, the endless crying (both myself and bubs!) and being responsible for this little being. Work, I thought I had given up, yet this was more work that I could have ever imagined!
I took myself off to the gym and started exercising, using the treadmills and other equipment in front of the mass of televisions. One hour and I was done, feeling happier than when I entered.
It didn’t take long for me to become completely and utterly bored with the hamster wheel equipment! I would always peek in the group fitness studio doors and think, Gee they look like they’re having so much fun. I was so shy. If anyone would speak to me I would go bright red in the face!
One day I thought, enough is enough, and I went in for a BodyStep class. Well I tell you, I never looked back. Group fitness was the bomb. Music pumping, everyone having fun together. It was just what I needed.
It wasn’t long and I was pregnant again. Our 5 year plan wait for our second was not going to be the case. It was already written in the stars. Our two gorgeous babies were going to be close in age! (I wouldn’t have it any other way now. It was meant to be!)
I was very blessed with another wonderful pregnancy and continued group fitness right up until the week I gave birth! My obstetrician was always up to speed on where I was at, and I never pushed myself to the extreme (like I do on a daily basis today!!).
It didn’t take long after being at home with two children under two to find myself back in a fog, a haze, feelings I couldn’t explain. I mean, this was what I always wanted. Why was I feeling like this? It was hard trying to appreciate my gorgeous family when I was in a constant state of sadness.
I would get up, do what I had to do, but go back to bed in the middle of the day. Trying to hide from the world. Through family support and recommendation from my doctor, I started medication for depression. I could now finally see clearly. Appreciate everything and everyone around me. The haze lifted. If only I’d sought help earlier instead of suffering.
It was apparent I needed more than being a mum. I needed to get out in the world and make people feel good about themselves. Give them purpose to get out of bed in the morning. Take their health and fitness on like a job. You get up, you do it, and you can have fun all at the same time.
My constant talk at the dinner table to Trevor, then at family gatherings to my Mum, Dad and sisters about group fitness, music and new exercises I had learnt lead to my family banding together for me to go and get myself trained.
I’d found my calling! With my youngest only 9 months old, I took my passion for group fitness and became an instructor! Thanks to my family I was able to go and complete my Certificate 3 in Group Fitness, followed by training in my Les Mills programs.
I was hired at the gym I trained at, Fitness First Campbelltown, and couldn’t have been more thrilled! It wasn’t much longer and I was also teaching at Fitness First Bankstown and Wollongong.
I was living the life. Loving everything Les Mills. Loving the joy I brought to those who attended my classes.
For ten years I taught non stop, except for Christmas holidays, never missing a class. I was recognised by Les Mills and awarded Australia Asia Pacific Instructor of the year in 2008.
I was loving it.
Then the news came that Fitness First was selling numerous clubs. I was devastated Campbelltown was on the list.
As the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens. Nothing ever stays the same forever.
Christmas 2012 were my last classes with Fitness First Campbelltown. I continue to work with Fitness First Bankstown and love every moment.
Trevor’s words, “I should open you your own studio,” came back to bite him! We spent December 2012 to July 2013 trying to find the perfect place to open our own studio for my loyal and faithful members from Campbelltown. It was no easy task. There was blood, sweat and tears put into building our dream studio!
Every waking moment when I’m not learning Les Mills and Zumba choreography, I’m trying to come up with new ways to torture- oops, I mean train, my wonderful members with KERRIE CORE and KHIIT!! Motivating you through Facebook is a daily occurrence to keep you all coming. As you will be well aware, fitness isn’t a quick fix. Once you achieve what you set out to achieve, you need to maintain it!
I couldn’t be more proud to have my gorgeous little fam all involved. Trevor is now an instructor. Not to mention builder, handyman, cleaner, supporter for all I do and sounding board before it hits you guys! Our beautiful kids, Keely and Tyler, help out in Junior Care.
Life is sweet.
In just one week KERRIE FITNESS will have been open for 1 whole year. O.M.G. Time flies. I have met the most beautiful people who have become not just members, but friends. There are genuine connections. I feel a part of their lives and couldn’t be happier. Each class is like hosting a party and the excitement comes with seeing who shows up to join in on the fun!
It’s been a big first year. I was privileged to again be awarded Les Mills Australia Asia Pacific Instructor of the year 2014. We were also awarded a finalist in the Campbelltown Local Business awards. What an achievement!
Everyone has their own struggles in life. Whether it’s with weight issues, family issues, mental issues. What ever it may be. The best thing about group fitness; it’s your escape. You take yourself away from your worries, you de-stress at the same time as having fun, you make new friends. The bonus: You become fit, strong and lean machines in the process!
The most exciting thing about my whole story, which I would never have thought would have been possible, is I haven’t been on anti-depressants for 9 years now. I’m pretty sure it’s been that long since I’ve seen a doctor too!
Exercising releases happy endorphins. There is so much more to exercise than just the way you look. It’s the way it makes you feel too. I’ve found my calling and I just hope others get to experience this high I have to offer at KERRIE FITNESS 🙂
By the way, I no longer go red in the face when someone talks to me!!!!
You may be reading wondering why I’ve decided to get so personal. I asked my members this week if they would like to share their fitness stories so I can post them on my page on a weekly basis. I believe in leading by example. If I’m going to tell my story, it needs to be my whole story, the truth.
Even if there is only one person reading this now thinking there is no hope out there for them, I tell you THERE IS; turn to exercise. It will be your saviour. One day at a time. The fog will lift. Lean on those around you. We’re all on this earth together. Kindness is in everyone. Once you show you’re vulnerable side, you will see it 🙂
Thank you for reading about “ME”. I couldn’t finish without a WHOOP WHOOP!!
Side note: After asking Keely (13) and Tyler (11) to read my story before I post and ask me any questions afterwards, here were their responses:
Tyler: “Good girl Mummy. You spelt every word right!!!”
Awww melt my heart, too sweet 🙂
‘Till next time, Kerrie <3
First posted on the Fitness Australia site.
How you start your day sets the tone for the day ahead. Start it with a focus on inspiration, self-nourishment and goal-setting, and it’s likely you’ll have a highly successful day. On the other hand, if you kick your morning off frantically checking your emails and social media notifications, you’ll be on the backfoot from the get-go.
“One of my favourite expressions is ‘don’t start your day with emails or you’ll end up as someone else’s priority’,” says Chantal Brodrick, host of The Fitness Business Podcast. “That’s exactly how many of us start our day – thinking we’ll quickly check our emails to see what came in overnight, then all of sudden time rolls over and we’re still there replying to emails.”
Instead, Brodrick recommends allocating a specific block of time to emails (for instance, 1 hour at 11am), and being strict about it, and instead filling your precious morning time with the following five rituals:
- Learning and professional development
Committing to doing some type of learning and expansion of your skills and knowledge – whether it’s reading up on the latest fitness science or listening to a business podcast, will enrich you professionally, and put you in the headspace for a productive day.
“It doesn’t mean you need to commit an hour; it might just be 15 or 20 minutes of time spent learning something new every single day,” advises Brodrick.
- Move your body
Yes, it’s likely that as a fitness professional you’ll spend all day running around coaching clients, but even if you’re not desk-bound, it’s still a great idea to kick-start your day – and energy levels – with exercise. “It can be as simple as a couple of squats when you get out of bed or it could be doing some form of structured exercise,” suggests Brodrick.
“We know as fitness professionals that movement and nutrition are huge part of how well our clients function, but all too often we’re so busy we neglect our own personal wellbeing,” says Brodrick.
Rather than racing out the door to your first client session, toast or coffee in hand, make a healthy breakfast (think a veggie-packed omelette, homemade bircher muesli or a superfood smoothie) a morning self-care ritual.
- Plan your day
Rather than writing down a massive ‘to do’ list that will leave you feeling overwhelmed and scattered, Brodrick recommends a goal-setting practice called the 3×3.
“Write down the three major tasks you need to accomplish that day that will move your business forward or you forward professionally in the role that you do,” she says. The second aspect of the 3×3 is identifying three overarching, long-term goals that you want to achieve, for instance setting up a website, writing a book or expanding into online training.
Keep your long-term priorities somewhere you can see them easily (for instance, on a whiteboard). “It might not be that every single day you chip away at them, but every few days you should do some type of action that contributes towards you reaching those goals,” says Brodrick.
- Practice mindfulness
Taking even a few minutes to calm and centre your mind at the start of the day can help you better ride out any stresses or challenges that the day throws at you.
“You might use a meditation app, do a few simple breathing exercises when you wake up, or writing down your 3×3 might be part of your mindfulness practice,” suggests Brodrick.
“Meditation comes in many different forms, so it’s about discovering what is that place for you where have clarity.”
At KERRIE FITNESS not only will Kerrie help you move your body but she will also advise you on what you should be eating. (For example her healthy green drink) Not to mention when you leave you will be feeling like you have achieved. That’s good for the mind and you will have learnt something new (what you should eat and how much!) That’s about four boxes ticked, and if you are ticking boxes, then you’ve planned your day. Well done. All boxes ticked.
If you are unable to make it to the studio to train “LIVE” with Kerrie in person, then simply log onto kerriefitness.com.au and download your very own digital copy of her class.
Valentines day, a day for love. To truly love, one must first love themselves. To look after your mind and body is one sure way of doing this. Feeling good about yourself enables you to make good decisions. For example, the type and quantity of food you eat. Also #findyour30 … finding just thirty minutes a day to exercise and take care of your body. The benefits are limitless.
If you need help with either or both of these, visit KERRIE FITNESS.
If you are unable to make it to the studio to train “LIVE” with Kerrie in person, then simply log onto kerriefitness.com.au and download your very own digital copy of her class.
Some days it’s just good for the soul to get out and have a wander around Sydney. Remember to check in and talk to your significant other, a healthy relationship is just as important as a healthy body.
Need a place to work out? Then come down to Kerrie Fitness and train with Kerrie! Can’t make it when you want to? Then download your own digital class at www.kerriefitness.com.au and train at home or abroad.
Feeling the need to breathe in some fresh country air, Kerrie Fitness took a short road trip down to the Southern Highlands of NSW and found this fantastic spot. Ben Dooley Estate is a popular vineyard, restaurant and wedding venue. Set amongst the large open fields just east of Berrima, it is a great place to let your hair down and unwind.
Exercise is also a great way to unwind as it raises your endorphins, triggering a positive feeling in your body.
So come and train with Kerrie at her Studio KERRIE FITNESS, winner of the 2018 Campbelltown Local Business Award “Most Outstanding Fitness Services” to experience the endorphin high for yourself.
To train in the comfort of your own home, download #kezfit @ www.kerriefitness.com.au
I love growing my own herbs, vegetables and fruits. I had half a packet of frozen prawns in the freezer and I thought to myself, how about I just throw some of this together and see what happens. Short answer…empty bowls!!!
All I did was…
In a medium fry pan put;
1 x tsp Carolina Reaper Sauce
1 x large basil leaf
1 x sprig rosemary
Pinch of parsley
1 x stem of Shallot
2 x stems of chives
1 x tblsp olive oil
Brought it to temp ( softened the herbs )
Put in about 350g of prawns, cooked till pink, (approx 5 mins)
then placed on a bed of spinach!
Of course feel free to experiment with your own flavours, I just have all these growing so I grab it all.
So yummy and good for you.
Talking about whats good for you, that’s good food. Go to KERRIE FITNESS for good exercise. Head to KERRIE FITNESS in Campbelltown and train with Kerrie at her Studio today.
Can’t make it to the studio? Don’t worry, head to www.kerriefitness.com.au and download your digital copy today.
Another beautiful spring day in Sydney and what a great time to explore this wonderful city. We found an exquisite bar and managed to get a few happy snaps.
Being comfortable and happy in your own skin is super important as being content leads to good decisions. Good decisions, as in health and food, are circular. Meaning, if you make the right choices for your body, your body will do the right thing by you, round and round it goes. And when you are happy with the way you feel, it becomes even easier to make good choices, then these choices become habit.
Before you know it you are on the path of health and happiness. You are now subconsciously living a better life and can save your head space for all the great things in life, rather than just “food” and “exercise”.
Food for thought…
• We put money away each and every week for our retirement (superannuation)
• What good will that do us if we spend it in medical centres when our body no long wants to take care of us?
• We should use a routine of exercise and good eating to prepare our bodies for a long and happy retirement
• Exercise is superannuation for your body, invest well!
Start your superannuation plan today at KERRIE FITNESS, come and train with Kerrie at her studio in Campbelltown, Sydney.
Unable to make it to KERRIE FITNESS, then invest in your own digital class at www.kerriefitness.com.au and start working on your superannuation (for your body!)
Well, what a spring it’s been so far. Wettest in ten years and looks like that record is going to ba a hard one to beat. A bonus with all the rain and then sun is the flowers have come out and the grass is finally green. The historic site of St Andrews Cathedral was coloured by nature so we took some pictures for all to see.
Looking for a place to work out, where everyone knows your name? Then come to Kerrie Fitness and train with Kerrie.
Can’t make it to the Studio? Then download your digital class today at www.kerriefitness.com.au
The human race is plodding along at a leisurely pace towards rising rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, the latest report from the World Health Organisation shows.
Despite rolling government campaigns – and the rise of #fitspo – there has been no improvement in the global rates of physical activity for 15 years, found the first study to estimate global physical activity trends.
More than one quarter of the world’s adult population (1.4 billion people) were not active enough in 2016, according to the report published in The Lancet Global Health on Wednesday.
Australian ranked 97 out of 168 countries included in the analysis. Just over 30 per cent of the Australian adult population weren’t active enough, with Australian women more likely to be inactive than men (33.6 per cent versus 27 per cent).
Overall, one in three women (32 per cent) and one in four men (23 per cent) globally do not get enough exercise, highlighting a need to offer safe, affordable and culturally acceptable interventions to physical activity among women globally.
WHO’s recommended levels of physical activity are at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week to lessen the risk of non-communicable diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes as well as some cancers.
High-income countries have levels of inactivity that are more than twice as high as low-income countries (37 per cent versus 16 per cent).
Inactivity rates rose 5 per cent in the wealthier countries over the 15-year period, found the analysis of 358 population-based surveys that canvassed self-reported activity levels including incidental exercise at work, home, travel and leisure time.
Four countries reported more than half their adult population were not doing enough physical activity: Kuwait (67 per cent), American Samoa (53 per cent), Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
About 40 per cent of adults in the US were not doing enough exercise. The same was true of 36 per cent of adults in Britain and 14 per cent in China.
New Zealand and the US were among the countries with the highest increases in inactivity over the 15-year period.
The countries with the lowest levels of insufficient physical activity in 2016 were Uganda and Mozambique (6 per cent).
Some countries did improve significantly. Inactivity levels dropped from 26 to 17 per cent in east and south-east Asia, largely influenced by China’s recent enthusiasm for exercise, the authors said.
“Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide, on average, and over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health,” warns the study’s lead author, Dr Regina Guthold of the WHO.
Office jobs, sedentary and tech-heavy leisure activities and motorised transport were likely driving the higher levels of inactivity in wealthier countries, while lower-income countries were more active by virtue of physical labour and fewer motor transport options, the authors said.
Dr Guthold said countries needed to better implement policies designed to increase physical activity.
Heart Foundation spokesperson on physical activity, Adjunct Professor Trevor Shilton, said the Australian findings were disheartening.
“This study shows that the message about the importance of physical activity still isn’t getting through to many Australians, and there is much room for improvement,” Professor Shilton said.
“It is vitally important that we take notice of this research, because physical inactivity is a risk factor for heart disease, which continues to be the leading killer of Australians,” he said.
In August, the Australian government launched its “Move It Aus” campaign, aimed at coaxing Australians away from their screens to “Find Your 30”: 30 minutes of heart-rate-raising exercise.
The Australian Sports Commission described Move it Aus as “Life be in it 2.0”, referring a similar campaign launched in the 1970s.
Looking to change your own #fitspo?
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The data showed that older adults who participated in more than 5000 METs of exercise each week saw the greatest resection in chronic disease.
The researchers compiled data from The Blue Mountains Eye Study (BMES) — a population-based study of common eye conditions and a range of other health outcomes in a suburban population, which started in 1992. The analyses involved 1584 adults over 49 years old, living west of Sydney. The sample participants did not have cancer, coronary artery disease and stroke at baseline and were followed over 10 years.
Information was collected from the participants on their performance of moderate or vigorous activities and walking exercise. This was used to determine total metabolic equivalents (METs) minutes of activity per week. Successful ageing status was determined through a questionnaire and was categorised as the absence of depressive symptoms, disability, cognitive impairment, respiratory symptoms and systemic conditions like cancer and coronary artery disease.
The data showed that older adults who participated in more than 5000 METs of exercise each week saw the greatest resection in chronic disease. The current World Health Organization guidelines recommend at least 600 MET minutes of physical activity each week. That is equivalent to 150 minutes of brisk walking or 75 minutes of running.
The researchers found that participants who engaged in the highest level of total physical activity were twice as likely to avoid developing chronic conditions like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, angina and stroke. They were also more likely to have optimal mental and physical health 10 years later.
While some adults may not be able to engage in high levels of activity, the researchers encourage inactive adults to do some sort of exercise and those engaging in moderate exercise to increase their levels of physical activity where possible to ensure successful ageing.
Looking for somewhere to age sexy!!!
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Watsons Bay, Sydney. Looking out the window it was cold, raining, overcast and windy… I know, let’s go check out Watsons Bay!
And we did. Even managed to take some photo’s and had a great time exploring the area.
Just remember, you never know what life will throw at you next, so be sure to savour and enjoy what you are doing right now. Especially with the ones who are dear to you.
Looking for a group fitness studio? Train with me at my studio KERRRIE FITNESS, and while you are away you can still train with me… go to www.kerriefitness.com.au and download your digital copy today!