What does it mean to live a healthy and productive life?
I am a firm believer in health and fitness needing to fit into your life. We all know we should live a super fit, healthy and productive lifestyle but who has time to do it all the time? It has to work for you, it has to fit into competing demands on your time, your family’s time, your down time. Exercise for me is a part of life, but it doesn’t consume my life. I am constantly striving to find a balance where my life is healthy and productive, but it takes effort.
To me a healthy and productive life is one that keeps you fit enough to enjoy your life, enjoy life with your kids, enjoy the occasional glass of wine or Snickers, and enjoy getting the most out of your body as you get older.
As we get older what do you imagine the next 20 years of your life could look like?
As much as I love kicking a soccer ball or playing in the park with my children, as they get older and they need me less I hope the next 20 years of my life will see me fit and healthy enough to take advantage of some of the things I’ve been looking forward to in my older age when time is my own again: hiking, playing cricket and yes, being energetic enough to play with grandchildren!
As part of the WiserLife network, what area do you specialise in?
I am a healthy and fitness trainer whose speciality is helping people achieve their fitness goals and get more out of life by creating personalised programs to suit their specific needs. For 20 years I have been director of Symmetry Fitness and prior to that I was a professional athlete, representing Australia in fencing and modern pentathlon.
How do you incorporate ideas of living a healthy and productive life when you work with clients?
In an ideal world living a healthy and productive life happens naturally, but it is much easier said than done! There are always ways to find solutions that work in with people’s lives. My clients are all busy people, many of them with demanding jobs and children and any down time they have they don’t necessarily want to devote it to exercise. We can find ways around this! Whether it’s replacing a couple of trips in the car with a walk, or doing some exercise in the evening before collapsing on the couch in front of your favourite TV show, achieving a healthy and productive life doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think.
What are some of the challenges clients face trying to achieve their goals?
Life is full of challenges and my clients face myriad different hurdles when it comes to achieving their goals, fitness or otherwise. Overwhelmingly however, the biggest challenge they face is self-doubt. What I have found – and they have since discovered – is that they are capable of so much more than they give themselves credit for.
What common traits do you see in people that are living a healthy and productive life?
The most common trait I see in my clients who are happiest is perseverance. People who never thought they were runners have run half marathons, others who were overweight can now proudly say they’re in a healthy weight range. And with perseverance comes self-belief, which can be a deeply satisfying quality to take with you through life.
What nugget of advice do you give your clients?
In the words of Dr Seuss:
You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you.
Andrew Fisher is owner of Symmetry Fitness Health & Wellbeing. With 14 years experience in the healthy and fitness industry following a professional sporting career at the international level, Symmetry Fitness works with individuals and organisations to educate and inspire their health and fitness. www.symmetryfitness.com.au