While chasing after four young kids and a husband would be enough to keep anyone flat out, our December Body Leader of the Month is proof that being fit and healthy doesn't have to stop when you have a family. Completing the 10km run at the Gold Coast Marathon, a triathlon and making a State netball team all this year Jaime Thomas shows everyone how determination and the ability to understand your body can help you achieve your goals. Body Leadership Principal Physiotherapist, Paul Trevethan, caught up with Jaime to discuss what makes her a body leader.
Q1. What inspired you to initially start looking after your body?
After having kids and the aches and pains that go with lifting and feeding them as babies, I knew I needed some help. Body Leadership helped me to get my body back on track after having kids which then meant I could get back into my sport and become fit and healthy again. I also wanted to be a role model in keeping active for my kids the same way my parents were for me as a child.
Q2. What do you currently do to look after your body?
Normal running around with four kids and a husband, then I run twice and play netball twice a week. I do my trigger points at home and stretch most days. I also get into Body Leadership for a 'body tune up' once a month.
Q3. What motivates you to continue being proactive with your body?
Feeling great and having lots of energy is a big motivator - especially with the kids. This then makes me want to find goals to train towards and do more for myself as well.
Q4. What is your favourite form of exercise?
I love to play netball. I also enjoy running, riding and running around with the kids.
Q5. What is your top health tip?
Drink plenty of water and have a really good warm down and stretch after doing something physical.
Q6. How do you know when your body is asking for help?
If I don't slow down and listen to the body aches, I then get pains to let me know I'm not taking enough care of myself and need to get into Body Leadership!
Q7. What strategies do you find work best for you?
Stretching, trigger points and using the wheat bag?
Q8. What is your greatest physical achievement?
I did my first 10km run at the Gold Coast Marathon in June, I've just done my second triathlon in October (8 years since the last one) and have made a State League Netball team which I haven't played for at that level in 10 years. I'm really proud of these achievements and have worked hard to achieve them.
Q9. What is your goal for the future of your body?
My goal is to remain fit, healthy and well through exercise and using my own strategies for aches and pains and visiting Body Leadership when I need to.
Q10. What is your definition of a Body Leader?
I think a Body Leader is someone who takes ownership and responsibility for their body. They don't have to be the fittest, strongest or slimmest people. Just take a sensible approach to listening to your body and know when to push and when to stop. Physio is not just for injured people. We get our equipment serviced when it needs it so it's just as important to get your body tuned up as well to keep injuries at bay.