How She Does It - Brooke Turner
Posted on May 30 2018
In our 'How She Does It' series we interview women about how they incorporate active and healthy habits into their lives. We believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness, so we aim to capture the variety of ways women choose to be active to give you ideas and inspiration on how to live your best active life.
Tell us about yourself
I’m Brooke Turner, founder of Balance, Fitness and Nutrition. Professionally, I am a nutritionist, exercise scientist, personal trainer, writer and presenter, having been lucky enough to write for some of Australia’s best health & fitness publications. I specialise in online and face to face training plans and nutrition programs for those from the health enthusiast to the new or expecting mum. Personally, I am an ocean go-er, sun seeker, fitness lover and am passionate about living outdoors. I love spending time with my family and friends, getting out in the boat, road trips, beaching and adventure. I live in the sunny North West of WA with my husband, two-year-old son, ridgeback pooch and we're about to welcome another little bub come September.
What does active living mean to you?
It means living in a way that is achievable and sustainable not for the short term, but 365 days a year, for years on end. I’m a huge advocate for moving in a way that you enjoy, so that it can a lifestyle. Keeping active is so important for both our mental and physical wellbeing, but it doesn’t mean you have to punch kilometres out on a treadmill or spend hours in the gym (unless that’s what you love & in that case go for it!). It can be taking the family out for a walk before dinner, getting outdoors and heading to the beach or in the boat, and just being in nature connecting with those you love. My mission is to help others see that healthy, active living need not be a hindrance, but a habit.
What do you like to do to stay active?
For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved intensity and variety in my workouts. I used to run competitively (200 & 400m events), so running always gets me excited. A typical week for me would usually involve 3 CrossFit/HIIT type sessions combining both strength and cardio components, plus some lower intensity cardio from hiking or running (getting outdoors). I’m currently 23 weeks pregnant though so as my pregnancy progresses I enjoy getting out for walks with our dog most days, a weekly yoga class and a couple of body or light weight strength sessions each week.
What is your definition of healthy?
A happy mind and a happy body – whatever that looks like. It comes in so many shapes and sizes. Healthy minds create healthy habits.
Have you always been healthy and active?
I sure have. I come from a very active family and have always been into sport, exercise, adventure and healthy active living for as long as I can remember.
What daily habits keep you fit and healthy?
Making sure I move most days and start the day with a healthy meal. Generally, it’s a power packed green smoothie. Also trying to get to bed at a decent time each night for a full nights rest.
What are your best active living hacks?
Find a way to move that is enjoyable. The more you like that activity/style of exericse, the more likely you are to succeed at active living for the long term.
Look at food as fuel – is what is on your plate going to nourish you?
Favourite healthy meal?
We’re a big salad family with lots of crazy ingredients, so I can't beat a good salad with a nice cut of some sort of meat. I also love good healthy homemade Mexican dishes.
What challenges do you need to overcome in order to achieve healthy and active living?
Mindset and inner dialogue is the biggest one. Our effort needs to be stronger than our excuses, and so often it is our excuses that take centre stage and stop people from reaching their health and wellbeing goals. You need to identify WHAT you want to achieve, WHY you want to achieve It and HOW. You need to be specific with your goals.
If you tell yourself you hate running or you’re no good at it, you're going to find it very difficult. Whereas if you start telling yourself that you can do it, it will help improve your ability and so on that positive self talk has positive effects on your outcomes.
What is the best ‘side-effect’ of staying healthy and active?
More energy, happiness and more positive vibes to give.
What (or who) inspires and motivates you?
So many people! My parents would have to be my number one, they really have set such a positive example for myself, brother and sister. Also, my husband, family, friends and clients – real life people are where it’s at. There is also something contagiously inspiring about people pursuing their passions.
How do you overcome negative thoughts?
I firstly make sure that I am aware of my inner dialogue. I’m a pretty positive person most of the time but definitely have my moments. I’ve programmed myself to be that aware of my thoughts that if a negative one comes in, I acknowledge it and then either replace it with a more positive one, or banish it from my thoughts altogether. I also use positive affirmations and run workshops and presentations helping others overcome this.
How do you manage days or periods where you are not as motivated?
I use what I refer to as my balance cycle or self-check, where I look at four key elements of movement, mood, nutrition and sleep and assess what is lacking and what is dominating. If I’m less motivated, chances are my sleep is lower on the scale than I’d like it to be, which in turn brings down my mood and my nutrition rating (I'm most vulnerable to poor food choices when I’m tired). I then take some action to improve my sleep (i.e. go to bed earlier, naps for the next few days etc), to try to bring myself back up again and re-boost my energy levels. Also keeping a solid task list helps to keep me on track when things get a little cloudy.
What do you do to treat yourself?
Head out to breakfast at my favourite café with the family or girlfriends or enjoy a movie night with some chocolate.
Top 3 songs on your workout playlist?
It changes all the time and I love a mix of current, rock and old school tunes. One song that will always get me pumped up is Addicted - Bliss n Eso.
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