MY STORY WITH FITNESS: FROM QUANTITY TO QUALITY
I´ve always had a very keen interest in health & fitness and I started doing sports at a very young age. It started with my mum trying to make me do ballet and then tennis, both of which I hated. I finally got it my way (I was 4) and found happiness in horse riding. In my late teens, I started taking a keener interest in how I could get into better shape so I started going to the gym and experimenting with cooking. I started loving my food a bit too much and even though I was exercising a lot, I started to put on a bit of weight.
When I moved to Australia in my early twenties, I was pretty obsessed with exercise and I was training every day, sometimes twice. At the same time, I was counting calories, avoiding fat, barely drinking any alcohol and mainly eating foods that had a health label on them: "low fat", "healthy" , "gluten free" you name it... Basically I was doing everything that was claimed to be "healthy" yet I was bitterly unhappy with the way I looked and the way I felt.
It wasn´t until I got injured from over training that I discovered Pilates and it was love at first sight. Pilates helped improve my posture and finally got me the long lean muscles I had trained so hard for before. What I didn´t know then was that the amount and the type of training I had been doing before I got injured were completely wrong for my body type and for what I wanted to achieve. So Pilates helped with realising that.
It also helped change the relationship I had with my body by making me realise that instead of pushing it through gruesome workouts, I needed to care for its specific needs by making it stronger in the areas it was weak, more flexible in the areas it was stiff and treat it with kindness throughout. This is what I now call SMART MOVEMENT and this became a real game changer for me. It is what has helped my body stay strong and healthy to carry on with my daily life but it is also what has helped me learn how to surf, ski better, learn how to snowboard, paddle board and improve my horse riding. By being smart with the exercise I do on a regular basis, it has improved my skill in the sports I only get to practice occasionally.