With a new year just around the corner, resolutions and new starts are top of mind. TodaysFitnessTrainer.com has searched the globe for the “right” person to be a role model for a “new you” in the new year! Blake Worrall-Thompson, one of Australia’s leading health and fitness professionals, knows all about living a healthy, well-rounded and balanced life. As a celebrity trainer on “Eat Yourself Sexy” (on FOXTEL’s LifeStyle You channel) and contributing author to leading publications, including: Cosmopolitan, InStyle, CLEO, and Fitness First Magazine, he joins the TodaysFitnessTrainer.com team in sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience in helping people get fit and healthy for life!
Blake Worrall-Thompson – 12 Things I Do to Stay Fit and Healthy
As a personal trainer I think it’s important to lead by example if you want to have a positive influence on your clients. Below is a list of 12 things I do to stay fit and healthy:
1. Eat 5 to 6 times a day.
With most days turning out to be 16-hour days on my feet, I like to feed regularly but eat smaller portions. You need to do what works for you. Some people will enjoy three meals a day, and others will feel better with the Intermittent Fasting approach—but I’ve found the most success with my clients to come from 5 to 6 meals a day. (However, where many people get this wrong is that they go to town on all 6 meals a day. Keep it balanced!)
2. Eliminate stress.
Once a month, I assess my life and write down the 5 things that stress me out the most. Then I deal with them! These days my life is pretty stress-free (well, most of it, anyway) because I refuse to keep these stressors in my life.
3. Detox my body and my life.
Drinking green tea on a weekly basis and a mini cleanse (of either 1 or 2 days) every month can help detoxify your system. And not only do I like to detoxify my system, I love detoxifying my life. There is nothing quite like clearing your bedroom and car of stuff you don’t need and distancing yourself from toxic people. I refuse to work with people (no matter how good they are at what they do) if they have a shit attitude.
4. Get away.
While I’m writing this blog, I’m in Byron. It’s up there with the best spots on earth—seriously. Whether it’s Byron, Noosa, or my mate’s house down the coast, every 8-10 weeks I get away for a week and recharge. Most of the time it’s by myself, and most of the time I try to distance myself from EVERYONE so I can recharge properly. There’s nothing quite like lots of sun, surf, sleep, and relaxation (plus I get a lot of work done when I don’t have distractions).
5. Train 6 days a week.
If you are serious about results, you need to train regularly. Six days a week helps me stay in shape. Every 3 weeks I change my program, but it’ll always be 6 days a week.
6. One serving of fruit a day … AFTER training.
I’m not big on fruit, but I DO have it after training. Fruit has a massive amount of fructose and too much fructose will go straight to the love handles, but a small amount each day is fine. I’ll generally have half a punnet of blueberries in my post-workout shake to help with my recovery and give me a little energy.
7. Meat for breakfast.
Strange, I know, but a strong source of protein gives me a massive boost in energy and keeps me going for hours. That (in conjunction with some greens) helps with fat burning and helps me balance my energy throughout the day.
8. Meditate daily.
There is nothing quite as important as mental health. Daily meditation for 20 minutes a day (and sometimes another 20-minute session in the afternoon if I’m super wired) helps me stay balanced and calm despite the chaos that is involved with being a trainer and working in a crazy gym.
9. Socialize / bromance weekly.
When you’re running your own business it can easy to become a recluse OR just hang out with work people – vomit. I spend all week working with girls and, as much as I love them, I need to spend some time with the lads on the weekend!
10. Cheat weekly.
I’m pretty strict with my food, but I do enjoy a good treat on the weekend. Whether it’s Friday or Saturday night, I really make the most of my ‘night off’. Pass me a block of coconut-infused Lindt dark chocolate, the couch, and a game of footy and I’m the happiest man alive.
11. Sleep like a baby.
I could do with a little more sleep, but when I go to bed at 9:30 and wake up at 4:30, I’ll always sleep straight through—and more often than not wake up feeling pretty fresh.
12. Reassess regularly.
Where am I at? Where is my health at? What could I improve? For the best state of mind and to keep moving forward with my body and health, I’ll do regular ‘check-ins’ to see what I can improve. I LOVE learning new stuff about my body and health!
TodaysFitnessTrainer.com is excited to have Blake join our growing team and look forward to sharing more of his knowledge and insight!