Not too long ago, an email dropped into my inbox telling me that Maria (IG: @msexpat) had nominated me for the Healthy Humans and The Black Wellness Community Get to Know a Blogger of Color Challenge.
They sent me over a set of questions to answer in a blog post which I am sharing with you here today. Before I get into those, I thought I would share a bit about me in case this is the first time you’ve landed here on ‘keep it simpElle’.
I’m Elle, I’m a thirty-something fitness professional based in the UK (specifically Essex / Greater London). I’m an advocate for women’s fitness and for diversity in the fitness industry. I’m a keen runner, cyclist and I enjoy group exercise classes as well as working out at home. [Read More About Me]
What does wellness mean to you?
Firstly, the term ‘wellness’ is relatively new in the space. I think it has stemmed from the realisation that there is more to our health than exercising. Our overall health and wellbeing has many contributing factors such as sleep, nutrition and our mental health. It emphasises the fact that we can’t literally ‘outrun’ a bad diet or that unhealthy work schedule.
Personally, my wellbeing is at the forefront of everything I do. I physically cannot deliver as a fitness professional, consistently, if I do not look after myself. For me wellness also includes looking after my skin, understanding my body from the inside out and finding moments to just ‘be’.
What is your approach to wellness?
My approach to wellness in a personal sense, is always trying to keep a balance. It’s difficult as life is constantly changing so I try to recognise the signs of being off balance and to tune into my body.
The whole concept of wellness is still pretty new to me if I’m honest, but I’ve loved exploring it through my own personal wellbeing, through the blog and through learning from others.
What self care rituals are you most committed to?
My number one commitment to self care is sleep. It’s something I’ve written a fair bit about on the blog and I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to the art of good sleep!
I function best when I get 8 hours of sleep per night which then translates into better decision making (especially when it comes to food) and more energy to deliver as a fitness professional and also to exercise for my own personal goals.
Other than sleep, I try to have at least one day a week when I don’t need to leave the house. I’m a real home-body so this is nourishing for my soul!
What is one area of your life where you are seeking improvement?
Currently, I’m working on my own fitness. I just completed a two year Masters Degree during which I had very little time for movement. It’s been an interesting experience having to start from scratch again; maybe humbling is a better word.
Hand in hand with movement is nutrition. When you’re exercising or training, it’s imperative to support your body through your diet too. I was just on a weeks training camp for triathlon and I read an article which said “training camp is not a time for dieting” – that was the reminder I needed. I needed to nourish and support my body for the intense levels of activity I was doing.
What’s the best piece of health advice you ever received?
I had to take to Instagram for help with this one as I just couldn’t think of one specific piece of advice. Everyone that shared theirs pretty much covered everything I have in this post about sleep, the balance between exercise and nutrition and to move in a way that is enjoyable for you!
“Don’t overthink it. Eat when you want, move when you can”@lizzieffbailey
What is your least favorite wellness trend and why?
I’d probably have to say the trend to put CBD in everything. I think CBD is still a relatively new thing to the mainstream wellness industry and I’m not convinced. I will say though, that I’ve not done much research.
I’d love to read scientific studies which back up the benefits of CBD but scientific studies always seem to be few and far between in the wellness industry.
What are your least favorite 3 exercises?
Hmmm, I don’t there is anything I don’t like doing! The first thing that comes to mind are burpees – I think we all just got conditioned to think we hate them!
I don’t think I’m a fan of the crosstrainer in the gym; it’s been a while since I’ve stepped foot on why and maybe that is why?!
What is something that no longer served you that you recently replaced with something more helpful?
This one for me is mindset related. I was recently reminded that we cannot please everyone, all of the time. When I write, I write with a target audience in mind but obviously my content is out there for the whole world to access. This means that sometimes people share their opinions very openly and negatively which impacts me.
When this happens, I need to remember why I do what I do, and who I do it for. So letting go of taking onboard unwanted negativity and channeling my energy into my goals is what is important for me right now.
What are your tools for when things feel out of balance?
There are a few instances each year where I get to a point that I feel everything is out of balance. If / when I forget meetings or events and just generally feel overwhelmed. At those points, I always sit down and try to take a realistic look at my schedule to remove anything that is non essential.
I then take everything back to basics focusing on getting a good amount of sleep, eating well, exercising and finding time to chill.
Can you share something about you or your fitness journey that people would be surprised to know?
I think a lot of people assume that I am super fit, and that I spend soooo much time working out because I work in the industry. This couldn’t be more further than the truth! I spent a lot of time glued to my laptop (especially when I was studying)… planning sessions, writing for the blog, answering emails etc.
I struggle just like everyone else with motivation – sometimes I need a bit of accountability to help me get moving. I’ve recently been using the FIIT app to get my workouts done at home and attending run club is great as when you don’t turn up, people notice!
That’s all the questions done! Hope you enjoyed coming behind the screen with me and chatting about wellness.
Anything else you’d like to know?!