By Cassandra Liebeknecht
Who is Power to Move?
Hello, my name is Cass and I am a Mum of 2 teenage children. About 3 years ago I started noticing kids my children went to school with or through other areas of life, did not exercise or play sport, and some had been diagnosed with health-related issues such as Obesity, Diabetes, Anxiety and Depression. As a Mum, this made me really sad. To me eating healthy, nutritious food and exercising seemed pretty simple, and part of our daily routine. But the reality was, that as I started to research more, learn about families, cultural backgrounds and different upbringings, that it was much harder for many families.
I was brought up in a middle-class family with working parents, I went to a good school, played a musical instrument, and competed in State and National Swimming Champs from the age of 11 – 16 years. My daily routine as a teenager looked like this:
4:15 am Wake
5 – 7 am Swimming training
8:30 – 3:30 School
5- 6:30 pm Swimming Training (plus 3 times a week 1 hour of Gym afterwards)
7 pm Dinner
9 pm Bed
Due to all my exercise, I ate like a horse and was tired a LOT. Now I am not saying that anyone should attempt any type of routine like this unless they are dedicated in a chosen sport, but it did lay the foundations in me from a very early age that movement and good food and rest go hand in hand to living a healthy life. In fact, besides the waking at 4:15 am, my day still tends to look at lot like this.
BUT this has not always been the case. From 2012 – 2017 I was consumed by jobs that cost me my physical and mental health.
I was overweight, unhealthy, and whilst still going to the gym occasionally, not moving enough. So what did I do? In 2015 I started focusing on movement, I incorporated little things like taking stairs instead of the elevator, riding a bike to work when possible, walking on lunch breaks, and scheduling my exercise like a very important meeting that I would NOT miss. Little things changed, I felt better, clothes started fitting better. I then focused on my healthy eating, not a diet, but more colour in every meal, eating when I was hungry, not because the clock said it was time to eat. I also made a goal. A goal that seemed at the time quite impossible, I wanted to start running again and complete a half marathon. I didn’t choose a run, or a date at first, it was more that I had set an intention and when I went to the gym or did not want to go for that walk, I reminded myself about my goal, and it got me motivated (most of the time) to keep committed and on track.
The reason why I have told you this is to let you know that I am just a regular person, who has struggled to keep the balance of life in check, but I am here to help you, and your family.
What is Power to Move?
Power to Move is a movement program designed for kids, youth and adults. Our Programs include:
School Day Incursions – We come to your child’s school and deliver a fun Fitness Combo 45 – 60 minute Class, getting your children active.
School Holiday Clinic – A 60 minute 5 day a week Fitness Boot-camp Designed for kids and youth. Our classes take participants through our 5 core classes that will have your child invigorated to exercise more. Find a participating school or location
10byU – Do you find it hard to find time to exercise each day? We have designed a whole-body workout that you can do at home, at work, on holidays, sitting, basically anywhere. You just need to find 10 minutes, it is that simple.
Personal Training – Our PT classes are designed for you and your family – we want everybody involved in living healthier happier lives – even the dog! Choose as many or as little Personal Fitness Sessions as you and your family need to meet your goals. Make an appointment now
Classes – We offer Cardio, Strength and Conditioning, Stretch and Flex, Bootcamp and Boxfit classes at participating schools. Find our Participating schools.
So what is really stopping you and your family living your best, healthiest life?