Hey Hannah , welcome to your first Tone feature! Let's help our readers know a little about you! Where are you from & what are your passions?
Hey guys! I am 22 years old and am from Sydney, Australia. My main passion in life is leading a fit, active and healthy lifestyle for so many reasons that benefit me as a person. I also love to share this with others and show everyone their potential to love themselves and their life. I am studying Education at University to become a Primary school teacher as I work really well with young children! At the moment my life consists of going to university and going to the gym...and I am okay with that! :)
What are your tips to keeping fit & healthy?
Living an active lifestyle and going to the gym started around 3 years ago for me. When I started to go to the gym, I wasn’t doing it for the right reasons. I was doing it to ‘look good’ for other people, which I now look back on and feel quite sad that I thought that I needed to impress others to be content with myself. So that is my first tip. Be fit and healthy because YOU want to, and do it for YOURSELF. There is literally no better feeling than being proud of yourself. When you are content within yourself; you become content with every other aspect of life. Make yourself proud every day! Secondly, having a purpose or a goal is a MUST. I have come across many people who see the gym as a chore, and literally can’t stand the thought of doing a workout. Find what works for you personally, whether that is doing a boot camp in a group setting, investing in personal training, or following workouts off social media fitness gurus. Try new things every week! And set small goals that are achievable each week so that you feel that you are progressing week by week and not working for something that is too far out of reach. And last, EDUCATE yourself. When it comes to food, many people are uneducated on what is going to benefit their fitness journey. Talking to someone experienced or speaking to a nutritionist will show you how important your diet is in staying on track. You can train really hard, but not eat the right things or the right amount (too much or too less) and this won’t change your progress. Learn about the importance of protein, carbs and fat in your diet, and how it can personally benefit you. Every single person is different and need different foods, so sit down with someone and find out what’s best for you!
Spill, favourite go-to meal for breakfast
My breakfast never changes! Oats are the best. I have rolled oats cooked in water. Then I add sugar free maple syrup and cinnamon on top. Delicious! If I am ever in a rush, I will have a couple of pieces of rye toast with natural peanut butter followed by a can of tuna in Springwater for a protein hit.
What motivates you to stay fit & healthy?
For me personally, keeping organised, staying educated and keeping curious are the three things that keep me motivated. I make sure that I know exactly what I am going to train BEFORE I get to the gym. This way, I don’t get to the gym and ponder on what I should do. For example, I know that I’m training chest, so I pick the exercises I’m going to do and what machines I will use, along with how many sets and how many reps on each. When I get to the gym, I smash it out! If you’re unsure on what to train, ask someone who can help you or do your own research. Staying educated also motivates me. I think doing/training the same thing over and over again isn’t healthy for your potential or your mind. For example, walking on the treadmill for 10 minutes followed by 10 minutes on the cross trainer and ending in a couple of ab exercises isn’t going to push your body to change. You need to change your routine as training the same thing means the same muscles are being used and never being challenged. Always push yourself and if you struggle for motivation, find something that is going to give you that drive before heading to the gym. Always reflect on your progress and your goals! You also need to constantly be curious! Do your research, discover all new ways to train certain muscles, learn the different types of workouts, try something new every time you go to the gym! If you are scared or nervous and find yourself heading straight to the treadmill, start researching! Step away from your normal routine, try weight training, try high intensity circuit training, or even yoga! I highly recommend hot yoga (not Bikram) to align your mind with your body and to give yourself a new perspective. Don’t be afraid to want to push your body to see the changes that you have always wanted to see.
If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island, what are three items you'd pack?
1. A 3kg tub of Genetix Nutrition’ salted caramel flavoured protein with a protein shaker. The 3kg tub seems to last forever which would be handy on a deserted island!
2. A toothbrush with toothpaste. Who could go a day without brushing their teeth?! YUCK.
3. I would somehow fold my partner Mitch into my suitcase, because I’m not sure if I could live without him (vomit material I know), but he is my rock and has supported me through everything and anything that has been thrown my way.
What are your main goals for 2017?
A goal of mine has always been to compete in a fitness comp, which could potentially be on the cards later on in the year. If not, definitely next year! I would also love to complete my Cert 3 and 4 in Personal Training after I have graduated at university. This has been a dream of mine for a little while now and I would definitely love to pursue it at some point in time. In terms of my fitness journey, my goal for this year is to keep building muscle and work on some heavier lifting. My goal deadlift weight is to hit the 100kg club! And to also achieve a muscle up. I also want to step out of my comfort zone and try some different types of training, to explore my potential and push myself further.
Cheat meal? Anything in the world
If I could eat Nutella every day for the rest of my life, I would be the happiest woman alive! Anything to do with Nutella would be my first choice. I’m also a sucker for anything pasta (who doesn’t love pasta though?!).
Who is your main motivation?
I honestly don’t have a particular person who motivates me. All of the people in the fitness industry that share their passion for a healthy and fit lifestyle always prove to me that it is possible to get to where I want to be. One of my first influences was Emily Skye. I have always loved her because she is REAL. She shares her struggles and flaws and she doesn’t take steroids or enhancers. I love seeing their before and after photos and their success because it is proof that any of us can get to where we want to be with consistency, hard work and dedication.