5 Career Moves For Active People

 

5 Career Moves For Active People

I decided to move away from the corporate world in February 2013 to purse a career in fitness and I haven’t looked back. Why? Because I am finally doing something that I am passionate about. If you’re an active person and keen to pursue a career in fitness, I highly recommend it.

In collaboration with Fitlink, Jessica Deotto points out some great job prospects for those ready to take the plunge.

Are you tired of being stuck behind a desk? Want to get out there and do something that you’ve always wanted to do? Then it’s probably time to look at a career change that lets you keep active and healthy whilst having fun. Below are five of the best career choices for active people looking for a change.

Fitness Professional

What could be better for an active person than working in the fitness industry? It becomes your job to stay active. And while you are doing it, you can share your love of keeping active and fit with others and help them to achieve their goals whilst continuing to set new goals for yourself. Online courses, like those at Fitlink make it easier than ever before to become a personal trainer or gym instructor. Before you know it, you could be working in the fitness industry and helping others achieve their fitness goals.

Travel Guide

Energetic people make fantastic tour guides and seeing the world is a pretty awesome way to do keep active. If you have explored your city or other cool places around the globe, then looking into leading a tour would be the perfect opportunity for you to not only stay active, but also have the chance to share your knowledge and experiences with eager and willing participants. If you like talking and experiencing the great outdoors, then this is the career for you.

Military and Law Enforcement

For the more extreme adventure seekers, the military offers careers that are non-stop action packed. Just to get into this line of work, you need to undergo intense training (think extreme bootcamp). After the training, it is imperative that you remain in peak physical condition. Soldiers put their lives at risk but are also offered once in a lifetime opportunities and experiences. Of course the military offers more jobs than just being a soldier. There are a number of trades and professions available.

Outdoor Sales

For those looking for a smaller change from the humdrum of a desk job, then becoming an outdoor salesperson could be just the thing for staying active. Just like a telesales or in store salesperson, it would be your job to sell specific products. The difference is you get to do it outdoors. You continue to do a similar job, with the added fitness of walking. This is an easy change that your body will thank you for.

Zoo Keeper

If you have a deep love of animals, big and small, then becoming a zoo keeper could be the job for you. Sure you might have to clean up after an elephant, but you get the chance to care for some of the most amazing creatures in the world. It’s like they all become your own personal pets. What a great way to spend your working day, doing what you love.

There are so many jobs out there for active people – these are just a few you could choose from. There is a career out there for everyone.

So tell me, are you doing what you love? If not, what would be your dream job?

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Fit Mother Hubbard Update

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Wow! We’re already in December and what a crazy, exciting, turbulent year it has been. A real roller coaster of emotions. So many highs and so many lows.

In May, we welcomed our new edition to the Nichols household, the most beautiful, laid back, cruisy little guy, Toby. We are so very, very lucky.

In June, I commenced my studies with Cadence Health where I have embarked on a Lifestyle, Food and Wellness course.

Moving into July and without warning, the hubster found himself unemployed which threw us for a sixer. Not knowing how we were going to pay the mortgage was frightening and thanks to the amazing support from our families, we got through it. We are so incredibly grateful to them for supporting us financially until we got through the unknown. To Verenais Nichols, Mum and Erling, Warren Nichols and Sandra Peeters, Tania and Kristy , Jules and Katherine Reade – from the bottom of our hearts thank you. We are forever thankful for your generosity and support at what was a difficult time.

In August, our four month old started having seizures whilst we were staying in Perth. Having not experienced this with the other two, it was extremely worrying. After several hospital visits followed by an EEG, his results came back all clear. Very relieving however the EEG is only 70% accurate and due to the fact that they are still occurring, a second opinion is imminent.

My business Li’l Busy Bodies also launched in November which has been a little dream of mine that has been bubbling away for a while and is now a reality. I have always believe in loving what you do and as I’m so passionate about kids in fitness, I can honestly say that I’ve found my dream job.

To my amazing brother who has contributed financially to this dream, thanks babe. I would never have been able to do it without you. Well I would have but with your help I have been able to purchase equipment and collateral which would have happened a lot slower and as the business progressed. Thanks for the kick-start and for the fact that I didn’t need to crowd fund! It really means a lot.

Now I am only human and with running a busy household of three kids, four if I include my husband, trying to fit my studies in, run a business and maintain a blog, I figured that something had to give. I’m not one to do things by halves but the exhaustion has been kicking in lately.

My Fit Mother Hubbard brand has helped shape who I am over the past two years and I have loved the interaction that I have had with all of my gorgeous readers.

I am not closing the blog down but I will be changing it’s focus. It has always been about family, fitness and fun. The focus will now be about kids health and fitness, active birthday parties and general family wellness. This makes much more sense to me given the nature of what I am now doing. Of course, I am always open to suggestions so please feel free to message me at any time.

I will be taking a short break between now and Christmas to concentrate on my studies and will see you all in the New Year. I will still be active however on my social media channels. Of course I will.

Thank you so much everyone for your ongoing support with Fit Mother Hubbard and I  am so excited about what 2015 brings. My goal is to continue to inspire families to live healthy, active, happy lives.

Lil Busy Bodies Final

 

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5 Ways To Reward Your Kids Without Junk Food + $100 Cash Giveaway

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I remember as a child going to visit my grandparents. The one hour trip seemed to last forever but it was so worth it when we got there. If we behaved, we got 20 cents and got to walk to the local milk bar for a big bag of lollies. Remember those days when a bag of lollies only cost 20 cents?

When I was a child it just seemed to be the thing to do – reward kids with sweets if they were good. So it’s really no surprise that the next generation are doing exactly the same thing. How often do we reach for the jar of lollies, the cookie jar or the bag of freddo frogs when we want the kids to behave? I know I’ve been guilty of this.

Last week I was at my local shopping centre and I was grabbing the kids some sushi. The sushi place happened to be beside McDonalds and my kids watched on as a couple of kids jumped up and down in delight because their grandparents allowed them to have a happy meal. The grandmother looked across at me and said, “they’ve been so good today, we’re shouting them a happy meal”. To my shock, she then said, “my husband and I are going to grab a salad over there, we wont eat McDonalds for anything”. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing so I casually asked her, “if you won’t eat it, then why are you rewarding your grandkids with it?”. She looked at me with a baffled look on her face. Think it may have been an Aha moment for her.

Here are my top 5 tips to reward kids without using junk food.

  1. Have a jar in the house packed to the brim with lucky dips. Just a small token inside each one is all you need. Wrap seedlings, craft stuff, balls, etc. This is a great way to reward kids but make sure they earn it. Once they have completed certain chores or done their homework, at the end of every week, fortnight or month, they are entitled to a lucky dip.
  1. Fresh Juices are another great reward for kids and there is no better time to get juicing than now. The more colourful the better! The weather is warming up and the options are endless when it comes to mixing and matching. Be mindful not to use too much fruit as the high fructose content is not ideal for little ones.Mixing vegetables with a small amount of fruit is a great way to get around this. It’s a great way for kids to get the nutrients they need in a one small glass.  A good juicer is a must! You can head over to Vitality 4 Life’s Raw Food Appliances for some more information on juicers and other electrical appliances.
  1. A rewards chart is another excellent option that works a treat without the treat. We have been using one here for a while. Each time the kids do their chores at the end of each day, (make their beds, feed the dogs, take their plates to the sink), they get a sticker or gold star. Once they get 10 stickers, they get to stay up an extra hour on the weekend.
  1. Take them on a bike ride, walk to the local park or ask them what they would like to do. My little girl asked to go to the library the other day as a reward for not fighting with her brother and for not talking back to me. We walked down there and had a great time.
  1. Get them to deposit $1 into their piggy banks which is rewarded to them for good behaviour. Obviously you want to make them earn their dosh so you may want to set up a chart similar to a rewards chart. This will also teach them the value of saving also. Win win. You could also get them to withdraw $1 each time they misbehave. (Gosh my kids would be in debt to me forever).

So the next time you reach for the lollie jar or bag of chocolates to reward your kids, have a think about what it’s really doing to their health and ask yourself what benefit are they really getting. Try replacing the junk food in your fridge or pantry with real, raw foods.

Now I have $100 of cold hard cash to Giveaway. Yep, just like that. To win, simply like Vitality4Life’s Facebook page as well as my new Facebook page and leave a comment on the blog below answering the following question:

What is your favourite healthy food recipe that could be used as a reward for your kids and what other ways to do you reward your kids for effort or good behaviour?

Be as creative as you like. The winner will be judged on creativity.

This giveaway opens today and closes at 5.00pm AEST, Thursday 27th November, 2014.
(Open to Australian Residents only sorry.)

The winner will announced on the blog next Friday 28 November 2014.

 

Congratulations Helen Wood.

 

Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Vitality4Life who they have kindly provided the $100 cash giveaway.

 

I am flogging my blog with the fabulous Grace from With Some Grace today.

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Valet Chef – Taking the Stress Out of Eating Real Food

For those that have been following me on Social Media, it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Pete Evans. His message is simple, eat real food every day and you will reap the benefits of a healthy life. His message hasn’t fallen on deaf ears either. He has a social media following that others could only dream of and his cook book Healthy Every Day was the highest selling book in the country across all genres a few months ago. Why? People are getting results by following his Paleo lifestyle.

I enjoyed his Paleo way tour earlier this year and have loved experimenting with his cookbooks. Initially, I was a little overwhelmed as I didn’t know what half of the ingredients were but the more I have practised with real foods, the easier it has become. Now I’m not one for labels and it’s still a work in progress for my family but we are definitely seeing some great results at home. The kids just get that bad food is not good for their health and ask for fruit or bacon and eggs for breakfast instead of cereal. It doesn’t take long to change the eating habits of your kids.

Now I do enjoy cooking but I can’t say that I love it. If I’m honest, I’d rather be doing things with the kids or exercising rather than cooking. I sometimes find myself daydreaming about the life of the Beckhams – personal chefs, personal trainers, nanny’s on demand until I’m brought back down to earth with my ankle biters demanding food as I’m trying to fit in a quick workout on the back porch.

I heard a whisper a couple of months back that Pete Evans was putting his finger in another pie – a valet chef home delivery service. I was just a tad excited when I heard this and even more excited when I was invited to the launch of Valet Chef by a dear friend of mine, Jodie.

We had a fabulous time at the launch and I got to meet Pete Evans in the flesh. True story. Such a down to earth and approachable guy.

Meeting Pete

Meeting Pete

So what is Valet Chef all about? You can watch more about it by the man himself below.

Now I was lucky enough to have Valet Chef deliver a couple of  their delicious meals to my house last week. They couldn’t have come at a more convenient time. I had been down the coast for the day with the kids to visit my mum and by the time I got home, it was late. Too late to start preparing dinner. Thankfully I had some pre-cooked meals in the freezer ready for the kids. By the time I’d fed, bathed and put the kids to bed, I was exhausted.

This is where the convenience of Valet Chef comes in. All of the hard work had been taken out of preparing the meals for me. All I had to do was cook the ingredients. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Well perhaps getting Pete to cook them for you but that would be pushing the friendship.

The two dishes the hubster and I tried were Jerk Chicken with Papaya and Mango Salad and the Ginger Fish Stir Fry. Oh my, can you taste the difference in the food when it’s not only fresh but has quality ingredients. Both meals had a kick to them which was perfect as I love spicy food.

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Fish Stir Fry

Fish Stir Fry

 

What impressed me a lot was the handwritten labels on the ingredients as well as the fact that each meal was perfectly portioned. I come from an Italian background so portion control never existed for me growing up which meant that as I got older, I always tended to put that little bit more on my plate. The Valet Chef meals are just enough to satisfy the hunger which is perfect if you have a tendency to overeat.

Fresh pre-packed Paleo.

Fresh pre-packed Paleo.

The fish dish was cooked and ready to eat in under 20 minutes whilst the chicken dish took just under 30 minutes. The flavours in both meals were absolutely amazing and I could not recommend this service highly enough.

So who would this type of service suit? I personally think it would be perfect for time poor parents wanting fresh, organic, Paleo meals for the whole family. It would also be great for those professionals who work long hours and want meals already prepared when they get home. If you’ve heard a lot about about Paleo and not sure what ingredients to buy, this would be the perfect opportunity to try it.

Valet Chef provide a range of different meals with the options of sides (no breakfasts at this stage) and are only based in Melbourne (for now). For more information go to their website and take a look around.

Do you follow a Paleo lifestyle? What benefits have you had following it?

 

 

 

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5 Ways To Exercise With Your Kids

One of the most annoying excuses I hear about not keeping active is because of kids. True story.  Getting active with your kids not only encourages them to move but it’s also a great opportunity for parents to keep fit as well.

I love time out to exercise but lately I have been a little restricted getting to group fitness classes because I am a busy mum to 3 kids under 5 and with the hubster getting home just as the group fitness classes are about to start, I’ve had to face the reality that it is unlikely to happen.

Sounds like great excuses right?  So if time is not on your side when it comes to exercising on your own, then  workout with your kids. Here are my top 5 ways to exercise with the kids.

1. Go for a walk after dinner. 

Now that the weather is warmer, it’s a great opportunity to have an early dinner then head out for a walk or ride whilst it’s still light. Head to a local park or even just walk around a big block. Twice if you’re feeling motivated. My children LOVE to climb trees at the moment. Find a large tree and let them climb it.

H tree

2. Put your phones away whilst you’re at the park and do the following circuit x 3.

-10 squats

-10 star jumps

-10 walking leg lunges (each leg)

10 push ups against a tree or on the grass.

If you’re with some friends, ask them to wear comfortable clothes and shoes and do it together. It’s a great way to get fit whilst the kids are playing.

3. Run out of milk or bread? 

Walk to the shops instead of drive. It’s so easy to jump in the car when you’ve run out of the essentials but if it’s within walking distance, put the baby in the pram and kids on their bikes and grab some fresh air. Our local supermarket is fifteen minutes away. This has become a rule in our house. We simply wont drive (unless of course it’s stupid o’clock at night) if we don’t have to. Just 20 minutes walking three times a week, can make the world of difference to you and your famillies health.

4. Explore nature.

I’ve just launched a kids active birthday party service in Melbourne, Li’l Busy Bodies. One of the parties that we offer is a nature walk. Find a 1, 2 or 5 km loop at either a park, beach trail or public garden (Botanical Gardens if in Melbourne) and spend a couple of hours exploring the great outdoors. Get the kids to collect some leaves, sticks, shells etc along the way that they can use for crafting when they get home. Just be mindful that some places wont allow to take certain things with you. If this is the case, just give the kids a history lesson along the way or get them to spot different things whilst you’re on your little adventure. We did this last weekend and the kids had a fabulous time.

FMH Family Active Day

5. Just Dance!

What’s the first thing your kids do when they wake up? Watch TV? Play games on the ipad? I know I know I’m guilty of this. A great way to get moving with your kids first thing in the morning is to put some music on and just DANCE. Put their favourite tunes on and spend 15 minutes dancing. Sounds a little out there but it really is heaps of fun. It’s a great way to connect with your kids and puts everyone in the best mood to start the day.

For those of you that don’t know I started Family Active Day at the start of the year. Each weekend, I’ve been encouraging people to get out with a family member on either a Saturday or Sunday. This Sunday the 16th November is Super Family Active Day. I’d love to see as many people get involved so spread the word and get moving. Don’t forget to take a pic and post it to my Instagram or Facebook page with the hashtag #FMHfamilyactiveday.

Do you get active with your kids?

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