It's all about doing what you love for dancing star and April Body Leader of the Month, Georgia Bettens. After an injury quite young, Georgia has been determined to look after her body so she can keep dancing for as long as possible. Currently studying at the Victorian College of Arts, Georgia is dancing over 40 hours a week and loving every moment. Body Leadership Australia Principal Physiotherapist, Paul Trevethan, recently caught up with Georgia to discuss what she does as a body leader.
Q1. What inspired you to initially start looking after your body?
After getting my first serious dancing injury at quite a young age, I was quick to discover that if I looked after my body properly, the severity of my injury was minimised. This meant I was able to return to dancing sooner, and more importantly, I was able to help prevent both the number and intensity of injuries in the future.
Q2. What do you currently do to look after your body?
I stretch almost every day. I make sure I warm up and cool down properly. I use my trigger point ball and foam roller to release wherever is feeling tight. I try to ensure I get enough sleep. And I go to the physio as soon as I suspect I may have injured myself in some way.
Q3. What motivates you to continue being proactive with your body?
The knowledge that if I don't look after my body, I won't be able to continue doing what I love in the future, for as long as I would like.
Q4. What is your favourite form of exercise?
My favourite form of exercise would obviously be dancing, but I also enjoy yoga and Pilates, as well as swimming and netball.
Q5. What is your top health tip?
My top health tip would be to get proactive and look after your body! If you suspect you have an injury, get it looked at immediately. Don't wait for the pain to become unbearable before you seek help. The longer you wait, the more difficult to treat and serious the injury will become.
Q6. How do you know when your body is asking for help?
When a part of my body starts feeling uncomfortable and it is causing me pain, then I know it is out of the ordinary. I know that my body is asking me to slow down and get some help.
Q7. What strategies do you find work best for you?
Trigger point balls and foam rollers are my go to tools! Although they kill me, they really do work.
Q8. What is your greatest physical achievement?
In June 2010, I went on a three week cycling tour to France, covering just over 1000km of the Loire Valley with my Dad. With very little cycling training and only my fitness I had acquired from dancing to rely on, I surprised myself at how my body was able to cope with the enormous physical load that was required.
Q9. What is your goal for the future of your body?
My goal for the future of my body is to keep it as healthy and pain-free for as long as possible, as well as to maintain my body's mobility and flexibility. If I do acquire any serious injuries, I aim to manage these appropriately and effectively so as to prevent them from lingering into the future and affecting my everyday life.
Q10. What is your definition of a Body Leader?
I think a body leader is someone who shows initiative and looks after their body at all times. As well as being able to identify when their body is requiring professional help, a body leader makes a conscious effort to take appropriate action to maintain their body's wellbeing on their own accord.
We'd like to thank Georgia for her time and insights into what she does as a body leader. We are all very proud of her achievements and look forward to watching her perform in the future!