Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Introducing the experts…Chris Tuck

We will be introducing a range of different experts from WIFE throughout WI Sports Week so make sure you check back in regularly to hear more…

What do you? 
I specialise in working with women who need to ‘break the cycle’ of living an unhealthy and unhappy life.  I help women who have been through challenging life experiences as a child, adolescent or adult to transform their lives through their mind-set, nutrition, fitness and de-stressing their bodies.

How did you get involved? 
At the age of 30, I had a breakdown as a result of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect as a child and adolescent.   The impact of what I had been through affected both my mental and physical health and at this crossroads in my life, I knew that I needed to make massive lifestyle changes in order to regain my health and happiness.   I specialise in health, weight management, Pilates and movement, working with children, adults and the older population, either in a group or on a 1:1 basis.

Why is sport and exercise important to you? 
Activity and exercise has always been important to me. The only time I felt any peace as a child was dancing around the radio in my bedroom on a Sunday evening to the Top 40 or running the 800m and 1500m at school.

When I left school, I started attending aerobics and “legs bums and tums” classes in order to release pent up energy and the anger that I felt from my childhood.  Whilst studying long hours for my accountancy qualification, I always looked forward to my scheduled ‘fitness breaks’. Even at this early age I knew that exercise was an important to how I felt and how productive I could be.

At the age of 33 I retrained as a Fitness Instructor so that I could share the benefits of exercise with my local community. Through my own healing I have come to realise the importance of having a positive mind-set, eating well, exercising and de-stressing my body are for me to cope with everyday life… be healthy and to be happy.  Exercise is part of my everyday life like breathing is to all of us.

How can more women get involved?
I think we need to really need to show women the real benefits of exercise on both their mental and physical health. We need to meet women where they are & discuss all the options with them.  When I start working with a new client who is stuck in a rut we look at where they are now and where they want to be. We look at their current lifestyle and habits and we devise a plan together that suits their needs at this moment in time.  This plan of action will change and evolve with the client.

To get started with exercise I encourage everyone to get out walking and connecting with nature, this will have a massive impact on their mental and physical health. Buying a step counter and trying to do 10,000 steps per day is a great starting point.
There is an activity available to suit every woman’s needs whether it be more intense like a HiiT class or running to walking, swimming, cycling, Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga.
We all have so many demands on own time nowadays that it is really important that we all schedule time into our diary for some daily activity.

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