Inspired Fitness – Stephanie Hymas
With over 10 years experience as a Personal Trainer and Holistic Therapist working in the UK and in Thailand, Stephanie is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and assisting others in reaching for bigger and better heights with their overall fitness. She offers her Personal Training services to ladies in and around the East Sussex and Kent area.
We live in a time where stress is a major concern to our well-being, and from which illness in various forms as well as dissatisfaction and unhappiness can manifest. It is therefore vital to take time out for ourselves and to nurture our health on all levels.
Although absolutely vital, total fitness isn’t solely about having a strong physical body, mental focus and clarity, inner balance and calm are also crucial in a digital age that seems to be speeding up at a phenomenal rate.
Stephanie talks to Inspired World Editor Lynda…
What inspired you to go into fitness?
Turning my hobby into a career and the pleasure involved in assisting others reach for bigger and better heights in their overall fitness and well-being.
Why do you think it’s important to look after our bodies?
Obviously we only get given one physical body in this lifetime, if it doesn’t function properly you can’t live and enjoy your life as fully and completely as you should be able to on all levels. Health is true wealth.
What motivates you during workouts?
The actual feeling of working my body is extremely pleasurable to me, taking it past it’s comfort zone at times reaps enormous rewards both mentally and physically, plus every girl wants to look and feel good right?
Who are your biggest personal inspirations?
I guess the 2012 Olympics/Paralympics was hugely inspiring to me as it was to most people, but I must admit if I was to single out one person in particular then that would have to be Jessica Ennis, she’s phenomenal. I generally draw a lot of inspiration from people who really take care of themselves, have some get up and go and strive to be the best version of them selves.
What are your other passions?
Dance is another passion of mine. I attend 5 Rhythms Dance Classes as well as Contact Improvisation Dance on a regular basis up in London, it fuels my creativity and makes me feel confident and alive. I couldn’t live without it.
Do you ever have a lazy day?
I tend to take 2 days off a week where I don’t actually train but then I’ll go to London for dance practice, or go for a leisurely country walk or bike ride, so basically I’m pretty active most of the time. It’s my lifestyle, so I don’t really think about it.
Any tips for those of us who want to get fit but don’t know where to start?
If you want to throw yourself into an exercise programme and really have no idea where to begin, then I highly recommend that you initially hire a Personal Trainer at your local gym just to get you started, if you’re not into the gym then another option is a mobile Personal Trainer like myself who can train you in the comfort and privacy of your own home. A good PT should always educate you on correct form at all times, explain the purpose of each exercise and how it’s going to benefit you in the long run. Plus it’s also great fun to have someone there to encourage, motivate you along the way and get you properly started on your way to wellness.
Favourite workout music?
House music is definitely my music of choice to work out to.
Do you think that we will love ourselves more ‘when’ we have the perfect, toned body. Or do you think the love for self has to come first?
I think the love for self comes first, that is where the motivation to exercise and look after oneself should come from. A toned and strong physique will of course help to give you confidence, but if you’re not loving yourself from within then all else will have a shelf life.
Where do you find your energy?
I get my energy from basic principles. I east correctly, get enough sleep, meditate and drink loads of water. It’s actually not rocket science.
How important is nutrition?
Nutrition is of paramount importance. You really are what you eat. You wouldn’t fill your car up with the wrong fuel, why would your body be any different.
Any last message you would like to share with our readers?
Most importantly have fun and enjoy whatever form of exercise you choose, that way chances are you’re more likely to stick at it and reap the long-term benefits. Try to meditate, even if it’s only 5-10 minutes a day, try to find some stillness in your life, this is something I incorporate into my PT sessions to help consolidate the work carried out leaving the client feeling more grounded, calm, happy and focused.
Thanks Stephanie – right, we’re all motivated and off to the gym now!
Connect with Stephanie on www.facebook.com/stephhymaspersonaltraining or email firstname.lastname@example.org