What does it take to be a health blogger? Do you have to constantly have a green smoothie in hand, workout five times a week, sprinkle spirulina on everything, and never let a deep-fried chip touch your lips? No, of course not. Even we love a bar of dairy milk chocolate and glass (or three!) of wine. Here to show that being healthy isn’t prescriptive is our team of balanced and beautiful health bloggers, who have kindly agreed to share with us their typical day. {HINT: they’re not balancing bowls of nice cream on their feet whilst doing headstands!}

Lisa-Jane from Wildcat Fitness shares with us her typical day.

Meet Lisa

Because I perform several different roles, it really is true when I say no two days are the same for me. Sometimes I can see 5 or 6 Personal Training clients in a day, some days I catch up on Blogging, Social Media and admin, some days I teach classes at various locations across London… life is very varied that’s for sure!

My typical day

Generally speaking though, my days look something like this….

6.30am – my alarm goes off. This can change by half an hour or so, but during the week it’s very rare for me to still be in bed at 7am. I’ve honestly never been a morning person, but with so many people choosing to exercise before their work day begins it’s a necessity that I’ve had to train my body to deal with early starts. I’m not a hit the snooze button type of person, once that alarm sounds, no matter how tired I am, I’m up and at it. I shower and then head to the kitchen, where I make a cup of green tea and a homemade smoothie. I have two go-to recipes that I alternate between and I always prepare my ingredients the night before so that I just need to add my liquid or frozen ingredients, whack on the NutriBullet and I’m done. I either go for frozen berries, ginger and spinach with berry protein powder, greens powder and almond milk, or frozen banana, nut butter, vanilla protein, cinnamon and almond milk. If I am in a real rush I’ll throw in some oats and chia and make that breakfast, but I try to eat before I leave the house wherever possible.

Again, I leave my gym kit out the night before, so that I can dress, put my make up on and blow dry my hair (even though I work in a gym I still believe in looking groomed – to me it’s part of my professional appearance!) – but the downside is that if I have a heavy teaching or training day I can repeat this process once if not twice in any given 24 hours! As I mentioned, I try to eat before I leave and at the moment my go-to breakfast is overnight oats – oats soaked in almond or coconut milk topped with fresh fruit and nut butter.

“even though I work in a gym I still believe in looking groomed – to me it’s part of my professional appearance!”

I then get the bus to my PT studio in Shepherds Bush, where I train my morning clients. I see 90% of my clients in the studio because it means I can manage my time more effectively – when I first started as a freelance PT, I was travelling to different locations – parks, gyms, people’s houses… and I wasted so much time travelling. So now I have my base and my clients generally come to me. I try not to see more than 3 clients back to back, because by the third hour of intensely working one-on-one with someone, I need a mental break to stay fresh and focused. If someone is paying for a bespoke service tailored just to them it’s not fair for me to be tired and struggling to concentrate.

I’m very conscious of making my clients feel like they’re the only thing that matters to me in that hour that they’re training with me. I have such a great relationship with everyone that I train and I love finding out what motivates people and tapping into that – people get the best results from training when they genuinely love it, so I tailor each of my sessions to that individual. That doesn’t mean to say they get out of dreaded exercises like lunges or burpees… they’re not paying me to be their friend after all!

“If someone is paying for a bespoke service tailored just to them it’s not fair for me to be tired and struggling to concentrate.”

Where possible I try to get home for lunch so that I can cook something. Whilst there is now a great choice of healthy options on-the-go on the high street, it’s always better to cook something from scratch for yourself… plus if I go home I get to spend some time with my beloved cat Khloe! She’s half-Siamese, half-oriental tabby and a true lap cat – she doesn’t leave my side when I’m at home so it’s a win win for both of us!

Lunch often includes omelettes (usually with salmon and vegetables), avocado on rye bread, or vegetarian sausages with sweet potato and veggies. I’m a pescatarian – I eat fish but I don’t eat meat, so I get most of my protein from seafood, eggs and vegetarian alternatives like tofu and quorn. When I do eat on the go I’m a big fan of Leon and Tossed, and Pret has some great options now too.

Twice a week I then see PT clients again in the afternoon, but the other days I try to catch up on admin – whether it’s emails, writing client session plans, learning choreography for classes (as well as my own Body Burn class at Lorna Jane UK I also teach Les Mills classes – Body Pump and Body Attack which are pre-choreographed), writing posts for my blog, creating social media content, working on SEO for my website or attending fitness blogger launches and events. I’m really trying to devote more time to blogging and developing my blog; I actually have a degree in Journalism and worked in PR before quitting my day job to focus on fitness full time, so I genuinely love writing and sharing my passion for fitness. It is still very much a labour of love though and not an income generator for me, so whilst I’d love to spend more time creating for the blog, I have to mindful that I have a mortgage to pay too!!

I teach seven group fitness classes a week too – 4 Body Pump, 2 Body Attack and my own Body Burn class. These are at various location across London so often in the evening I travel to wherever I need to be, usually with enough time to grab a coffee and collect my thoughts before delivering my class. I’ve been teaching for almost eight years and I take it very seriously, so I like to arrive at the studio calm and ready to go. People attend group exercise classes for so many reasons, but I am there for them, not for me, so whatever type of day I’ve had I need to leave it at the studio door and make them my focus for the next hour, and coach and motivate them to push their own fitness limits. I partake in the whole class too so that’s 6 hours of training a week already. However, I need to make sure I am a role model for my clients and classes so I train to ensure I am fit enough to teach and not the other way round. So some days I train as well as teaching, usually twice a week on top of classes. I love strength training so I often stick my big headphones on and hit the free weights area in the gym, but I also think we are so lucky in London to have so many incredible group exercise studios available to us, so you’ll often find me at KOBox or 1Rebel taking a class there. I love taking other people’s classes and seeing their teaching style, I think we all have so much to offer as instructors and we can all learn from each other.

“I need to make sure I am a role model for my clients and classes so I train to ensure I am fit enough to teach and not the other way round”

I am rarely home before 8:30pm so I often cook in a big batch on a Sunday so that my husband and I have healthy dinners during the week. I have fish most nights – usually haddock or tuna, with green vegetables and sweet potatoes, brown rice or quinoa. On the rare occasions I do get a night off, I’ll cook something quick but healthy, like grilled halloumi with lentils or a vegetarian bolognaise sauce with courgetti. I always try to include a protein source and some greens with every meal, then everything else can be added in.

As I said at the start, I always prepare for the morning the night before, so I put my dry smoothie ingredients in the NutriBullet, soak my oats in milk and put them in the fridge, and select my gym outfit(s) – depending on how many changes of clothes I need that day – so that I can buy myself at least an extra five minutes in bed the next morning!
It’s hectic for sure but I genuinely love what I do and I love the people I not only work with, but get to meet every day, and being inspired constantly means I get some great content for my Blog!

My favourite quote

“Never give up.”

Whilst it may look like the healthy life is a breeze for me, it hasn’t always been this way. I spent a lot of my 20s overweight and unhappy, but I made a conscious decision to change my life and have never looked back. It wasn’t easy and my journey has been tough at times, but I knew what I wanted and that I wouldn’t stop until I got it. So I encourage my clients, classes and followers every day to know that it might not be easy, but it is most definitely worth it.

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