What was your journey to working in the health and wellbeing industry?
I grew up in in a very active and sporty family. I danced for 15 years and was a professional snowboarder for 10 years, so health and fitness has always been a big part of my life.
Following my debut at the 2010 Winter Olympics, my professional snowboarding career came to an abrupt end following a horrific career-ending injury. My physiotherapist described it as the equivalent of falling off the first floor of a building onto concrete and similar to the impact of a car accident. Put simply, I fractured and compressed two vertebrae in my spine, had nerve damage, broke five ribs, subluxed my hip, did damage to my pelvis, tore my hamstring and had haematoma and severe spinal whiplash, which still gives me grief to this day. Though devastating, this experience led me to my further exploration of health and wellbeing beyond the physical aspect I knew so well through sport.
What is one wellness myth you wish could be debunked?
When it comes to exercise, one of the most vital things that people don’t understand is that everybody is different. A type of exercise that works for you won’t necessarily work for your best friend, colleague or family member (in terms of both enjoyment and health benefits). You need to find movement that you truly enjoy.
What is your food philosophy?
I believe in the 80/20 rule, which encourages moderation. Most of the time I focus on foods that nourish me and provide me with the vitamins and minerals my body needs to perform at its best, however, I always leave a little room for indulgence, without guilt.
I do believe everyone needs to take an individualised approach to food. What works best for me may not be the optimal diet for you. I’m also a big believer in balance and would never deny myself a good glass a red and my favourite Mexican dishes!
Why is 101 Collins’ investment in workplace wellness so important?
Our partnership with 101 Collins represents the next evolution of corporate wellness. A cultural shift is gradually occurring in Australia, with evidence of workplace wellness programs setting the standard for optimising physical, mental and social health and performance. RISE by Studio PP is excited to be based out of Melbourne’s iconic 101 tower and be at the forefront of reducing the stigma associated with health and wellness initiatives in the corporate space.
I am of the belief that our ability to live happy and healthy lives is undoubtably linked to our work life balance. In short, if you’re not well, the business of you is not well.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting out on their health journey?
Start where you are and be ok with that. One of the best things you can do is resist the urge to compare yourself to others. Your health journey needs to be for YOU.
Set goals and intentions for all facets of your wellbeing, not just your physical health but also your mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Consistency beats intensity every time. Implement regular manageable habits which have a positive impact on your wellbeing. Accountability and routine are two of the biggest steps in taking ownership of your health. People usually see amazing results with a regular routine regardless of their level of motivation – commit to it and trust the process!
Focus on long term personal performance not just superficial short-term gains. We all love a quick fix, but if it’s not sustainable, it won’t stick. Finally, be kind to yourself. If being hard on yourself worked, it would have worked by now!
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