According to a survey by The Australian Institute of Management (AIM), the top New Year’s Resolutions for 2020 were to improve fitness and lose weight. In fact, 65 percent of Australian respondents opted to get healthy and exercise more*.
Whether it’s to improve confidence, or simply to improve your general well-being, thousands of Australians will be taking to the gym or outdoors to kick-start their fitness goals!
BUT, how do you make a fitness New Years’ resolution for the new decade that sticks!?
We sat down with Eloise Wellings- two-time Olympic runner and three-time Commonwealth Games athlete – to discuss her Top Exercise & Nutrition Tips & Resolutions for the New Decade and how you can stick to your health-oriented plans.
At age 36, with an extremely busy schedule juggling motherhood, as well as being a Ubiquinol ambassador, the founding director of her charity Love Mercy, and a professional athlete—she is excited to share her tips on how she manages it all.
What do you find the most challenging about juggling training with your family?
My husband Jony and I are a really good team but we are the first to admit we still don’t have it all worked out! Probably the biggest challenge is a logistical one. Managing my time and energy so that I can be fully present and contribute my best in the moments that matter. Making sure I transition well throughout the day from being a mum to athlete and vice versa. Being present with my family when I’m at home is really important to me as is ensuring I’m committed to being the best athlete I can be. The transition some days can be a real challenge when there’s a lot going on. I’m still on a journey of how to get this right.
What does a normal day look like for you?
At the moment I’m up early to breastfeed my 10 week old son. He’ll wake to feed anytime between 3:30- 5:30am and after that I’ll put him back down to bed and start stretching and preparing to go to training. I’ve usually pumped a bottle the day before so that when Sonny wakes again when I’m out training my husband can feed him before he goes to work. In a morning training session I’ll run anywhere between 12km and 25km.
I’m usually home by 8am and by that time my six year old daughter India is awake. We’ll have breakfast together and then walk her to school with Sonny in the pram. I’ll then either head to our local cafe or back home with Sonny and catch up on some emails for our Love Mercy foundation, for sponsors or for our speaking business “An Olympians Guide to Mindset”. The day goes quickly with feeding and looking after Sonny. At the moment my afternoon training session is 40 minutes on my Lifespan fitness elliptical in our garage gym whilst Sonny is asleep in the pram next to me. After that it’s time to pick Indi up from school and then time to organise dinner.
Jony gets home from work at around 8pm and we all eat dinner together and in bed by 10.
What‘s the one food you absolutely couldn’t live without/would be happy to eat every day for the rest of your life?
When I’m training hard, I’d say bananas. When I’m on a break I’d say pizza and Messina ice cream!
How do you maintain that mindset to stay disciplined? Do you have any tips?
- Remember my “why “ – Seeing the deeper purpose behind the small actions helps me feel motivated and find joy and satisfaction in the seemingly small things.
- Make it a habit – I personally find that if I organise my environment to make it easy to do the right thing it’s much more likely to become a habit. For example; I lay my training clothes out every night before I go to bed so that it’s motivation and one less decision to make in the morning.
- Do it with others – Where possible I like to make it social, for example meet a training partner for a run. This helps keep you accountable and makes the effort all the more enjoyable.
- When considering exercise after birth, take baby steps and consider supplementation.
It’s important to give yourself time to heal and adjust to your new life with your little bub(s). For new mothers looking to get back on (the running) track, they can speak to their doctor for the all clear on exercise as well as supplementation.
This might include energy boosting options like Ubiquinol, which is the active form of CoEnzymeQ10 responsible for energy production in the cells of our body. It helps with muscle recovery and also fights feelings of fatigue. There have been many studies that show Ubiquinol and its powerful benefits support energy production. Magnesium is also a great option for inflammation and achy muscles when you start getting back into exercise.
The biggest piece of advice you have for someone starting out on their fitness journey?
- Prioritize consistency over intensity – You are better off doing a 45-minute, moderate-intensity strength circuit three times per week than to do a two-hour, high-intensity workout six times a week, and then burning out in three weeks because it’s not sustainable. And remember that it takes time and consistency to build your body, but one workout can put you in a better mood. Any additional comments/advice?
- Celebrate showing up! – It’s so easy to be critical about ourselves and not feel like we’ve done enough but the simple act of getting out the door and doing something is often the biggest achievement. Every time you do this you reinforce to yourself that you are the type of person who prioritises health. The more this becomes your identity the easier it is to repeat.
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