Planting seeds of wellness for spring

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Our regular columnist, Stephen Smith, from Merewether Fitness Studio, discusses the challenges of winter and what seeds of wellness we should plant as we transition into spring.


I don’t know about you, but the Winter of 2020 has been the most challenging in my 53 years on this big blue marble.

Phrases unheard of at the start of this year such as ‘home isolation’, ‘social distancing’, ‘the new normal and, let’s not forget, ‘unprecedented’ are now well and truly embedded in our everyday vernacular. 

As I write, Newcastle has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases, so we again have the uncertainty of another lockdown looming over our heads. Despite this I can’t help but feel optimistic and the reason for that is simple: spring is coming!

Ah yes, that wonderful time of year when nature comes roaring back to life in all its beautiful splendour after months of hibernation.

Just as nature goes through this wonderful resurrection, so too does the human spirit, and I think our current situation is summed up beautifully in the following quote by Angie Weiland-Crosby:

During the wild uncertainty of a frightened land, spring reached out her mystical hand; willing to give us hope.

Angie Weiland-crosby

So, with the change of season in mind, it’s time to look at the seeds we want to plant in the coming weeks and months.

I think seeds of wellness and kindness will prove to be very popular this spring, but unlike toilet paper, they will not sell out, so there is no need for panic buying.

Just as planting a garden and reaping the rewards takes time and patience, these same traits are also required when it comes to instilling good positive habits within our lives.

I have seen many a client return to the gym after a long layoff, then try to make up for it in one session by smashing themselves. The key is consistency and setting small achievable goals.

As well as time and patience we also need the right conditions.

Just as different species of flowers flourish in different conditions or bloom at different times of the day, so do we humans.

The secret is to find what motivates and works for you.

Owner and Head Trainer at Merewether Fitness Studio, Stephen Smith.

If you are a night owl and a late riser then joining a gym and booking a training session at 6am is probably not going to work for you. In fact, the gym may not be your thing at all and is akin to planting a seed in the wrong type of soil. Yoga, Pilates, swimming or even gardening may be an activity more suited to your personality.

As a personal trainer my biggest motivator is setting an example for my clients.

Setting a good example can also work for you but instead of clients it could be your kids, grandkids, partner or even your work colleagues.

In my early years as a trainer a wise man gave me a great tip. He told me that the best way to get a horse into a trailer is to lead it with a carrot.

Yes, it may take some time, but it’s better than the alternative which is to get behind and push. This will usually result in the horse kicking you. The language he used was far more colourful, but you get the drift.

So, as spring approaches and nature around us comes to life, shake off your winter slumber. Prepare your soil, join the trend and plant those seeds of wellness and kindness.

It’s time to make your health a priority and a part of your ‘new normal’.

Until next time,

Health & Happiness,

Stephen