My energy journey…

Juggling the demands of work, family and the never-ending list of life admin is hard and tiring. I know, I’m a mum with two young kids and a home and business to run. Let’s face it, when you’re tired, you don’t feel much like exercising or eating healthily. All you really want to do is collapse on the sofa and watch a box set on TV with a packet of biscuits or glass of wine (or maybe both).  If this is how you feel most days and you’re fed up with it, I want you to know that it doesn’t have to be this way.

My own journey as a stressed-out lawyer, mum of two young boys and shock breast cancer diagnosis led me on a path of wanting to feel healthy, strong and energised every day. I know what it’s like to have masses of work stress and how draining that can be. I’ve had my fair share of nights with broken sleep when my boys were very young so I know what it’s like to emerge in the morning feeling barely able to switch my brain on. I also know what it’s like to face a major health challenge and the huge physical, emotional and mental toll that it takes.

What I discovered

throughout these experiences is that the choices I made about my diet and exercise had a direct effect on how I felt and how I coped.

On the days when I chose to prop myself up with caffeine and less than healthy food, my energy levels suffered (especially in the afternoon). I quite often felt a bit overwhelmed. I didn’t sleep well because I was feeling stressed and over-caffeinated. I was tired and wired, which can be a hard cycle to break.

But on the days when I made healthy food choices and went to the gym or for a run, I felt much more energised throughout the whole day and I coped much better.

My journey from lawyer to energy coach

Before I became an energy coach, I spent 16 years working as a lawyer. I knew right from the start that being a lawyer not my calling. I knew there was something else I was meant to do, but it took me a long time to find it.During my years, as a lawyer I experienced the pressure and stress of a demanding and highly intellectual job, which I’d often struggle to switch off from. However, it was my diagnosis of breast cancer in 2014 that finally pushed me towards setting up my own business as an energy coach. You can read more about my breast cancer story here

My journey into energy coaching began when I finally quit the law into 2016 to become a personal trainer. It was a radical change but one that made complete sense for me given my lifelong passion for fitness and healthy eating and my breast cancer experience.

Fairly soon after I started working as a PT, I knew I could help the clients I worked with in a bigger and more holistic way. I could see that so many women struggle with low energy, lack of motivation and quite often feel overwhelmed. For many of them, feeling energised, fit and healthy seems like an unachievable dream.

I knew I could help them make that dream a reality by working with them to develop healthier habits and mindset which then makes healthy choices become second nature.

I love nothing more than a client getting in touch months after we’ve worked together to say that she is still putting into practice the healthy habits we talked about during their coaching sessions and they’re feeling energised and on top of things, even when life is extremely busy!

I’m passionate about good nutrition and I love to spend time in my kitchen developing healthy, energising recipes. I also love horse riding and have recently taken up competing in dressage (at a very beginner level!).

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I absolutely love seeing my clients fall in love with exercise…especially the ones who’ve spent much of their lives hating and/or avoiding it!⁠
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This lovely testimonial is from one of my 1 to 1 PT clients who is making huge progress in building her strength and most importantly, she’s enjoying exercise!⁠
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“Before working with Emily, I hadn’t exercised in years and in fact pretty much hated exercise. Not a problem for Emily who was just the person I needed to motivate me. She took the time to understand exactly what my goals were and tailored our sessions to enable me to achieve those goals. Her workouts are fun, varied, challenging and never boring. The sessions fly by and I always feel so energised afterwards. My flexibility has improved, I am a lot stronger and my arms have toned up beautifully (my friends have commented on how good they look!). Most surprising of all, I WANT to exercise now and that’s all down to Emily and her positive, fun, results-oriented approach to fitness.”⁠
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I’m taking on a few new 1 to 1 PT clients this month - and I have a couple of prime time morning slots still available.⁠
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If falling in love with exercise (or just falling out of dislike with it) is on your list of things to do before the year is up, I'd love to hear from you. ⁠
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Drop me a DM or use the contact form on my website. ⁠
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#energise ⁠
#betterenergy⁠
#healthyhabits⁠
#fitforties⁠
#fitmum⁠
#strongmum⁠
#healthgoals⁠
#healthyliving⁠
#berkhamsted ⁠
#tring⁠
#energise ⁠
#fitand40⁠
#fitand50⁠
#strengthtraining⁠
#fitnessgoals⁠
#strongbody⁠
#perimenopause⁠
#strongbones⁠
#personaltrainer
I absolutely love seeing my clients fall in love with exercise…especially the ones who’ve spent much of their lives hating and/or avoiding it!⁠ ⁠ This lovely testimonial is from one of my 1 to 1 PT clients who is making huge progress in building her strength and most importantly, she’s enjoying exercise!⁠ ⁠ “Before working with Emily, I hadn’t exercised in years and in fact pretty much hated exercise. Not a problem for Emily who was just the person I needed to motivate me. She took the time to understand exactly what my goals were and tailored our sessions to enable me to achieve those goals. Her workouts are fun, varied, challenging and never boring. The sessions fly by and I always feel so energised afterwards. My flexibility has improved, I am a lot stronger and my arms have toned up beautifully (my friends have commented on how good they look!). Most surprising of all, I WANT to exercise now and that’s all down to Emily and her positive, fun, results-oriented approach to fitness.”⁠ ⁠ ⁠ I’m taking on a few new 1 to 1 PT clients this month - and I have a couple of prime time morning slots still available.⁠ ⁠ If falling in love with exercise (or just falling out of dislike with it) is on your list of things to do before the year is up, I'd love to hear from you. ⁠ ⁠ Drop me a DM or use the contact form on my website. ⁠ ⁠ #energise ⁠ #betterenergy⁠ #healthyhabits⁠ #fitforties⁠ #fitmum⁠ #strongmum⁠ #healthgoals⁠ #healthyliving⁠ #berkhamsted ⁠ #tring⁠ #energise ⁠ #fitand40⁠ #fitand50⁠ #strengthtraining⁠ #fitnessgoals⁠ #strongbody⁠ #perimenopause⁠ #strongbones⁠ #personaltrainer
You know you should be doing it, but have you ever wondered what exactly counts as strength training?

I was recently speaking to a group of women about the benefits of strength training. 

One of them asked me what I meant by ‘strength training’. 

It made realise that as Personal Trainer, I often assume that people get what I’m talking about (and perhaps worry about asking what they might think is a stupid question). 

Asking what strength training is is definitely NOT a stupid question. It’s actually an excellent question. 

You see, most types of exercise will help strengthen the muscles in your body to some degree. 

So it can get a bit confusing as you could say running and walking count as strength training. 

I think it’s more helpful to use the term ‘resistance training’, which can be defined as any exercise that causes the muscles to contract against an external resistance with the expectation of increases in strength, tone, mass and/or endurance. 

The external resistance can be weights, exercise bands, bottles of water, or your own body weight - basically any object that causes the muscles to contract. 

You can find elements of strength training in Pilates, yoga, barre and of course during your gym or PT sessions! 

It’s not always about lifting weights but about your muscles contracting against resistance.

More to come on how you can incorporate strength training into your life - it’s easier than you think! 

#energise 
#betterenergy
#healthyhabits
#fitforties
#fitfifties 
#perimenopause 
#fitmum
#strongmum
#healthgoals
#healthyliving
#berkhamsted 
#tring
#Strengthtraining
#personaltrainer 
#strongwomen 
#fitnessexpert
You know you should be doing it, but have you ever wondered what exactly counts as strength training? I was recently speaking to a group of women about the benefits of strength training. One of them asked me what I meant by ‘strength training’. It made realise that as Personal Trainer, I often assume that people get what I’m talking about (and perhaps worry about asking what they might think is a stupid question). Asking what strength training is is definitely NOT a stupid question. It’s actually an excellent question. You see, most types of exercise will help strengthen the muscles in your body to some degree. So it can get a bit confusing as you could say running and walking count as strength training. I think it’s more helpful to use the term ‘resistance training’, which can be defined as any exercise that causes the muscles to contract against an external resistance with the expectation of increases in strength, tone, mass and/or endurance. The external resistance can be weights, exercise bands, bottles of water, or your own body weight - basically any object that causes the muscles to contract. You can find elements of strength training in Pilates, yoga, barre and of course during your gym or PT sessions! It’s not always about lifting weights but about your muscles contracting against resistance. More to come on how you can incorporate strength training into your life - it’s easier than you think! #energise  #betterenergy #healthyhabits #fitforties #fitfifties #perimenopause #fitmum #strongmum #healthgoals #healthyliving #berkhamsted  #tring #Strengthtraining #personaltrainer #strongwomen #fitnessexpert
Strength training is an essential part of any exercise programme if you’re a woman over 30.⁠
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Why? ⁠
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The simple (and somewhat depressing) fact is that your body naturally loses muscle mass by approximately 3-8% per decade after the age of 30. This applies to men too.⁠
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It genuinely is a case of
Strength training is an essential part of any exercise programme if you’re a woman over 30.⁠ ⁠ Why? ⁠ ⁠ The simple (and somewhat depressing) fact is that your body naturally loses muscle mass by approximately 3-8% per decade after the age of 30. This applies to men too.⁠ ⁠ It genuinely is a case of "use it or lose it".⁠ ⁠ All too often as we age, it’s fat that takes its place and a high percentage of body fat carries health risks such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. ⁠ ⁠ Aside from this, there are other health risks associated with decreased muscle mass:⁠ ⁠ 1. It’s a fundamental cause of and contributor to disability in older people - it increases the risks of falls and vulnerability to injury. ⁠ ⁠ **Most of us don’t think about our 80 or 90 year old selves very often, but it’s important to be thinking ahead - the things you do now can really help you as you age**⁠ ⁠ 2. Bone density decreases (which for women over 35 is already triggered by reduced oestrogen) which means a higher risk of osteoporosis.⁠ ⁠ These are some of the most important reasons why, if you're over 30, you should be doing some form of strength training at least once a week.⁠ ⁠ But how to start???⁠ ⁠ �Over the next few days, I’ll be giving some more tips on how to build strength training into your exercise programme. ⁠ ⁠ And answering the question “what counts as strength training?”.⁠ Photo credit @ajburrowsphotography ⁠ Happy Wednesday 🧡 💪🏽⁠ ⁠ #energise ⁠ #betterenergy⁠ #healthyhabits⁠ #fitforties⁠ #Fitfifties⁠ #Perimenopause⁠ #fitmum⁠ #strongmum⁠ #healthgoals⁠ #healthyliving⁠ #berkhamsted ⁠ #tring⁠ #strengthtraining⁠ #personaltrainer⁠ #strongwomen⁠ #exerciseinspiration⁠ #fitnessexpert