How She Does It - Linda McGregor
Posted on May 16 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
My name is Linda McGregor, I'm 51 years old and a two-time entrepreneur. I run All About Eve (Australia's female insight consultancy) and I've recently launched Four Legged Sages which is teamwork and leadership training that uses horses to help people learn! I live in Sydney with my husband and fur kids (one cat, two dogs and three horses). I have a passion for understanding how people tick, and I love horses, reiki, good food and wine.
What does Active Living mean to you?
Active Living to me is a lifestyle choice. Four years ago, we moved from the city to a horse property in the Sydney suburbs. Being active means juggling two full time businesses, taking care of our horses daily, whilst trying to maintain my daily reiki practice. It gets a bit crazy sometimes and it has changed me from a night owl into an early morning person.
What do you like to do to stay active?
Between our animals and maintaining the property, I've been able to keep active and outdoors fairly accidentally. I'm in an environment that I feel blessed to live in as I'm surrounded by nature. Having a business that allows me to be active and outdoors with people and horses also helps balance out the more corporate setting of the insight consultancy.
What is your definition of healthy?
Living well, loving the feel of your body working, being happy in your soul and believing in yourself.
Have you always been active and healthy?
Growing up I was always playing sport. Then I got into a big corporate career, spending 12 hour days working and travelling and the active part dropped off for a couple of decades. Moving back to Australia from Asia, I re-embraced my passion for horses, and got back into exercise programmes and the two reminded me of what it felt like to be using my body, as well as my brain again. Since then, I've never looked back!
What is your daily or weekly routine?
I get my daily physical exercise early by feeding and mucking around with my horses before work, it's a nice way to mentally plan the work day too. My days vary but normally I'll have a few Eve clients, calls or staff meets across the day, built around chunks of "brain" time to work on the insight and strategy pieces that are our consultancy mainstay. Then with the launch of our corporate training, four legged sages, I'm often preparing horses for client experience or facilitating live, hands on sessions with our horses for corporations or talking to people at conferences about how horses can teach people so much about teamwork and leadership skills.
What daily habits keep you fit and healthy?
Besides the physical exercise of handling the horses, I'll try to ride at least four times a week. If I have a chance I squeeze in a run out the back with my dogs. Their joy at being in the bush makes me laugh. I often find practicing reiki daily, even if it's just fifteen minutes some days, helps with mental and spiritual wellness.
What is your best active living hack?
Get an active rescue dog!
Favourite healthy meal?
Boiled egg and avocado on toast - yum!
What health craze are you guilty of loving?
Comfortable but form fitting clothing.
What challenges do you need to overcome in order to achieve healthy and active living?
Creating time and prioritising to ensure I don't always put work first and getting up and started when it's cold in the morning.
What is the best side effect of staying healthy and active?
Feeling good about yourself and about life.
What (or who) inspires and motivates you?
Animals and their ability to live in the moment with no regrets and horse whisperers for their ability to listen and understand the smallest indications.
How do you overcome negative thoughts?
Get active - I try not to argue with myself whether or not I need to do it, I just do it and get it done because I know I'll love how I feel afterwards and dance music!
How do you practice self care?
How do you manage days or periods where you are not as motivated?
Confession? Occasionally, I give in to it and take an unplanned day off and couch potato it with a book or Netflix. It let's me pick myself up again and get back to being positive the next day.
What you do to treat yourself?
Retail therapy for horse gear, active gear, spending time with good friends, always being with animals and chocolate!
Top 3 songs on your workout playlist?
Running - The show goes on - Lupe Fiasco
Running - Firestarter - The Prodigy
Cool down - What a fool believes – The Doobie Brothers
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