Health is more than how you look or what size you wear. It is more than a a performance or aesthetic pursuit. True health is the culmination of mind, body and spirit in harmony. This months client spotlight embodies not necessarily the perfect culmination of 'true health' but the intention and aspiration to create a harmonious and balanced life in what can be a demanding and hectic world.
If you ever want anything done then Ali is your girl. She is well known for her planning and organisation and it is highly likely she is one if not two steps ahead of the rest. Ali is a working mum with two gorgeous young children. Creating room in her life to nurture herself and prioritise her health as come with a lot of dedication and intention. Ali is not just satisfied 'surviving' Ali wants to 'thrive'. Her desire to be a positive energetic role model to her family, to nurture herself so she can meet all her obligations and to prioritize her health is what lead her to Health Associates. We can all learn a lot from Ali and that is why she is in the spotlight.
Name: Alessandra Gotch
Occupation: Environmental/town planner
What does health mean to you?
Being physically and mentally healthy, so that I can try and set a good example for my kids. Also so that when I'm older I'm still fit and healthy and can keep up with the kids!. I also mental health I think is just as important as being physically fit. As Guru Alana Bowles would say - "be kind to yourself".
How do you keep healthy?
By eating well and aiming for 90% home cooked meals. I suppose you could say that it is clean eating - although if my Nonna was here with us today she would laugh and say isn't that just cooking? Trying to be active wherever possible with the kids. I also think being healthy isn't just about keeping physically fit - mental health or total well being health is just as important. We love camping and regularly book weekends away - it is so relaxing and great to spend time away together as a family.
How you stay motivated?
By setting goals to look forward to such as booking regular holidays with our family. I think the key to staying motivated also is again learning from Alana that it's ok to take care of yourself and your family when times are tough as your goals will still be there. I have had to adjust my fitness goals over the past few months, but small changes I have made to diet and lifestyle can make a difference and contribute to my overall well being and health.
Why do you like coming to Health Associates?
The team are so friendly and in general AMAZING. I have seen Chris for injuries and also injury prevention, Alana for overall health and fitness goals and Carlie for remedial massage to help with injuries or generally to relax and help mentally unwind. I really believe the team at HA care about your overall well being and health and whatever your goal is will try their very best to achieve that. I also love that they are not just a traditional clinic. The side programs they run such as the Couch to 5kms (which I am participating in) is an awesome program that encourages people of all fitness levels to think about their health while having fun!
Advice for others wanting to improve their health?
Go see the HA team. They really care about your well being and offer a complete service. You can tell that they really care and will listen to whatever problems you are having or goals you want to achieve and offer realistic advice and support.