When we were preparing this edition of FitNet, I was humbled and inspired by the lives and achievements of those featured. Congratulations to Hereford Harriers Wheelchair Rugby Club for their amazing 2018 season, and to Natalie Morgan-Dew for winning a clutch of awards last year for her Aerial and Dance Studio, including the National Happiness Award. The phenomenal rise of golf prodigy Morgan Radziejowski is documented by his strength coach Gareth Bennett, whilst dressage riders Jo Furst and Lucy Pincus feature their off-horse training with Ben Harwood. You will be familiar with physique coach and fitness model Meisha Pijot, who shares her views on workout mistakes, sports injuries and the importance of rest. These inspirational stories put in perspective the challenges we all face in life and confirm that where the mind goes, the body follows. If you believe you can do it, you are half way there!
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The careers of so many FitNet advertisers are great examples of how much we can achieve with dedication – for so many, health and fitness is their second or even third career. It is never too late to learn a new skill so sign up on that massage course or yoga workshop, you never know where it may lead and one thing is for sure – working in the health and fitness industry feels very rewarding.
Hopefully, you are fulfilling your New Year resolutions with enthusiasm. To stay committed to your goals, keep it simple in 2019, be clear about what you want to achieve and why, and balance your physical health goals with those relating to your mental wellbeing – the balance between the body and the mind is so important.
If you only make one resolution this year, make it a variety in your fitness, don’t limit yourself to whatever you’ve always been doing. Try something new this year, our county has so much to offer. Regardless of your age and fitness level, there is the perfect class for you out there!
Winter can leave us feeling somewhat depleted, and gentle exercise, a morning walk and a bit of mindfulness offer wonderful ways to relax and replenish our reserves. Why not book a massage or a spa day a couple of weeks away, and make a deal with yourself to commit to health and fitness goals in return? Using a bit of a reward system to motivate ourselves always pays off.
Special thanks to the local businesses offering the prizes featured in the competitions: The Great British Florist; FIT Hereford; Amatsu therapist Stephan Grabner; and Nelson Honey UK Ltd. for their offer on the wonderful Manuka honey. Thank you for all your support, comments and competition entries. Have a great year 2019!
Founder and editor of FitNet.
Previously gymnastics coach, massage therapist and personal trainer with 20 years of experience. Former gymnast and dancer.