Filling in the wellbeing blanks with Amanda Bisk
We are all busy and are trying hard to fulfill big dreams and goals, manage our long to do lists and have a social life! The art of doing this without sacrificing our most important assets, our bodies and our health, is the challenge we are all faced with day to day. All of us, no matter who we are, have to keep working at it and can learn from each other – so each Wednesday we will chat to a passionate bright spark to hear about what they are up to and fill in their wellbeing blanks!
Today we are filling in the blanks with Amanda Bisk. In 2010 Amanda represented Australia in the Pole Vault at the Commonwealth Games in India and came back and set her sights on the London Olympics. However something wasn’t right. In 2011 she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and had to make the tough decicions to give up her beloved sport and nurture herself back to full health. It wasn’t easy but she has rebuilt her body and her mind and looks like she is as fit and busy as ever. Between her many jobs she also keeps her 130,000 instagram followers inspired with her amazing photos and strong and bendy body. (Check them out here)! We can’t wait to see what the talented Amanda Bisk will do next. Let’s hear what Amanda has to say:
I have a few things that I am working towards at the moment. During the week I am a Crossfit coach. I found Crossfit when I moved to Sydney 6 months ago. My background in gymnastics, athletics and weight training really helped me to understand what it was all about quite quickly. Before my shift, you will usually see me at the gym doing the workout of the day (WOD) before I start coaching it 🙂 I am also a yoga instructor (I do a class I between the Crossfit sessions I take), a personal trainer, athletics coach, gymnastics coach and a qualified Exercise Physiologist. Currently I am also writing a fitness program, hopefully to be available soon! I love to dabble in a lot of things at once! Haha 😉
Something I’m really excited about at the moment is getting back onto the athletics track and putting in some high intensity sessions! It has been three years since I gave up pole vault and elite training (due to chronic fatigue). This year I have started incorporating some awesome sessions at the track sprinting and explosive stuff at the gym (including Crossfit WOD’s). It feel so great to put in 100% again!
Finding ways to incorporate exercise in my day is a little skill I have learnt to master over the years and so is easy for me. Here are a few things I do to make my day active:
- I like walking to work. Either from home (which takes me about an hour) or sometimes I get off a stop earlier off the train and walk from there.
- Waking up 15 minutes earlier to have a little stretch and do a few body weight exercises before I rush out the door to start my day.
- Using my catch up time with friends and family as a chance to be active together (like going for a big walk or bike ride) or doing a yoga class or exercise session in the park together.
- I ALWAYS take the stairs (it’s become a habit!) such a good leg workout!! 🙂
Making time to relax and reset is usually hard for me and is something that I work on everyday. I am such a ‘go go go’ kind of person and it sometimes takes it’s toll. Ever since I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue I have had to be more aware of how I am feeling. Yoga and stretching is usually ‘me’ time, just chilling and really listening to my body. I do need to make more time to literally do nothing however! Even just reading a book or getting a massage or something!
Taking on too many things always seem to throw my wellbeing off track. I sometimes fill up my schedule with too many commitments and tasks that after a little while I really get freaked out. It is ok to say no. Having pressure helps us to be productive but too much pressure works in the total opposite way. Be selective with opportunities and take on the ones that are important to you.
Being active outside brings my wellbeing back on track, even if it is just a walk. There’s something about connecting with the outdoors and with nature. It kind of resets everything and puts it back into perspective.
I usually sleep 8 hours per night. I believe sleep is so so important to our wellbeing. Sleep is our body’s chance to recover and regenerate. I definitely do not function well with poor sleep, it is always my priority!
Something I’ve found that really helps when it comes to my health, fitness and wellbeing is winding down at the end of the day. I am a huge fan of minimising harsh light in the evening. Candles are amazing and having gentle light really let’s your body know it’s time to take it easy, sleep time soon!
Something I’ve learnt over the years when it comes to health, fitness and wellbeing is listen to your body, it will let you know your limits you just have to be tuned in! And to surround yourself with those people that truly believe in you, that lift you up and that genuinely make you happy. Happiness is the most important factor of our health
The advice I would give to someone half my age when it comes to looking after their body is learn more about you and your body, what you do to it and what you feed it. The more you know about the amazing things it can do, the more you will want to look after yourself.
The problem with being too obsessive and trying to be a perfectionist when it comes to your health and Wellbeing is it can run you into the ground! Know when to slow down..
If my body stopped working my ability to do my work would be impossible! Everything I do is so active!
If my body could talk right now the loudest thing that it would say is I wanna bounce! Let’s go trampolining!!
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