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From Toe Operation to Fitness Reinvention: Embracing Rest and Recovery

In the world of fitness and coaching, adaptability is a key trait. As a fitness and coach instructor, I recently underwent a foot operation that challenged me to adapt, reinvent, and recover. This forced me to redefine my approach to training, pushing me to explore new avenues and find strength in areas I hadn't explored before. I'll share my journey of embracing rest and recovery, and how it has transformed my perspective on fitness and well-being IN THIS PHASE OF MY LIFE.

Transitioning from a rigorous and high-intensity fitness regime to a period of rest and recovery was initially daunting. However, I focused on core training, upper body workouts, mobility exercises, and stretching routines to maintain my fitness levels while allowing my foot to heal.

This shift in focus not only aided my physical recovery but also enhanced my mental resilience !


However I am becoming an expert of re-invention! I guess when you’re a mid-life woman having gone through some challenging phases in life there seems to be a less resistant approach to each hurdle and the transition phase is getting easier and easier each time.

Although REST + RECOVER looks different from person to person…

Five Golden Tips for Rest and Recovery:

  1. Listen to your body: Pay attention to your body's signals and give it the rest it needs. Pushing through pain can lead to further injuries and setbacks. THIS IS KEY.

  2. Embrace alternative training methods: Explore low-impact exercises like swimming, cycling, or yoga to maintain your fitness levels while minimizing stress on your foot.

  3. Prioritize nutrition: Use this time to nourish your body with wholesome foods that support healing and provide essential nutrients for recovery.

  4. Engage in self-care practices: Take time for relaxation, meditation, and self-care activities that promote mental and emotional well-being.

  5. Seek professional guidance: Consult with a physical therapist or healthcare professional to create a customised recovery plan that suits your specific needs and goals.

I will be honest - I NEVER STOPPED! Placing foot up and resting isn't for me x Of course the first few days I took it real slow!

I taught classes with foot up and joined in the core and upper body sequences and also presented at a wellness event - adapted the class and it was a huge success!


Embracing rest and recovery allowed me to adapt, reinvent, and discover the importance of a balanced approach to fitness. Through core training, upper body workouts, mobility exercises, and stretching routines, I found strength in new areas and gained a deeper understanding of my body's capabilities.

Remember, rest and recovery are not setbacks but rather opportunities for growth and rejuvenation on your fitness journey.

Let's stay motivated, stay funky, and embrace the power of rest!


Have you suffered an injury in the past stopping you from doing the things you love?

Let me know - send us an email or message x

Nat x

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