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Filling in the wellbeing blanks with Karen from Barx Active

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!

Barx-Logo-finalToday we are filling in the blanks with Karen Uden the founder of Barx Active. Barx Active is a dog inclusive health and fitness community, committed to helping people to live an active life, with their dog by their side. Director Karen Uden is a Physiotherapist and dog lover. She developed Barx Active when she got sick of leaving her dog, Tux, at home when she went to the gym. Let’s hear what Karen has to say:

To Karen to be well means nothing more complicated than ‘balance’. Being well means that most of the time I eat well, exercise regularly, get good amounts of sleep and have great friends around me. It also means that on the odd occasion that I get this equation ‘wrong’, that that is OK too. The occasional hot chip, late night or day on the couch is part of the motivation cycle!

I have 3 jobs – business owner, wife and mum to my fur child Tux!

As the business owner of Barx Active, I combine my backgrounds as Physiotherapist and former fitness instructor with my passion for dogs. I have also unearthed an incredible entrepreneurial streak, which I nurture and feed everyday with learning, learning and more learning.

As a wife, I plot with, laugh with and cuddle with my gorgeous hubby Dan. Together we are unstoppable in life and in business.

As a dog parent, my responsibility is to keep my darling Tux happy, healthy and challenged everyday. In return, he teaches me endless lessons in leadership, persistence and unconditional love.

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Spending too much money on gorgeous fitness clothing is usually easy for me when it comes to managing my wellbeing. On a more serious note, I have always enjoyed balancing some regular exercise, with eating small amounts, and sleeping like clockwork.

‘Pushing hard’ is usually hard for me when it comes to managing my wellbeing. I will always exercise, but I won’t always push myself to my limits.

Winter always seems to throw my wellbeing off track. With the dark, cold and rain, it takes much more willpower to get outside.

Tux (my dog) brings my wellbeing back on track! He loves to exercise no matter what the weather, so he gets me out when I would be tempted to stay on the couch!

I usually sleep 7 to 8 hours per night. I’d like to sleep 4 hours per night – I’d get so much more done (but at what cost!!??).

Something I’ve found that really helps when it comes to my health, fitness and wellbeing is surrounding myself with active people. In my case, it’s a bunch of gorgeous, active dog owners!

Something I’ve learnt over the years when it comes to health, fitness and wellbeing is that it is has to be sustainable. Set patterns that are enjoyable and easy to maintain. If you get 8 days of severe DOMS (muscle soreness) after every workout, you are probably going to resent working out. If your diet is so strict that you can’t enjoy a meal out with friends, you are probably going to have frequent blowouts.

On the other hand, if you simply aim to do the right thing 80-90% of the time, your life will be fun as well as healthy!

Also, get a dog. They are the best training partners you could ever wish for.

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The advice I would give to someone half my age when it comes to looking after their body is do not, do not, do not compare your body to other peoples’ bodies. When you are older, you don’t want to regret spending all of your time staring longingly at others’ bodies when you should have been admiring and celebrating your own.

The problem with being too obsessive and trying to be a perfectionist when it comes to your health and wellbeing is that it takes away from you living a happy, balanced and fulfilled life.

If my body stopped working due to my own neglect, my ability to do my work would be zapped due to a lack of motivation, energy and self esteem.

If my body could talk right now the loudest thing that it would say / ask for is more stretching! I grew up dancing and have always been flexible, but as I get older, ‘the splitz’ is getting harder. I am going to have to stretch more often now to maintain my flexibility!

You can check out more about the amazing Karen and Barx Active at their website at www.barxactive.com

Enjoyed reading?  Feel free to forward on to a friend who you think would enjoy this too or could benefit from the great work that Karen and Barx Active are up to. xx

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