V is a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach and former member of the Royal Navy, joining at 17 years of age she completed a career as a Medic and Pharmacy Technician which included an operational tour of Afghanistan.
During her Military career V represented the service as a competitive Swimmer and Triathlete to which she went on to successfully compete for Great Britain as an Age Group Triathlete and raced elite at the Royal Windsor Triathlon.
Taking a break from being an athlete, V completed arduous training to serve as a member of the UK Special Forces where she has worked in high performance teams in tough environments, physically and mentally.
She has always had a passion for health, fitness and living a positive life and over her career she has realised the importance of mindset and resilience to live with optimal health through a stressful fast paced lifestyle.
Looking back at her years of racing and a career in a high pressure environment V believes that there are five pillars of health that need to be kept in check to ensure you are living your healthiest life. These are:
As a population we need to move more, it will depend on the individual and desired goals what that movement looks like. It can be anything from walking, running, exercises, yoga, swimming. By introducing these goals and habits a healthier life will be led and the movement will get easier.
The essential part of living, we need food as fuel to get through our daily lives. Fuel supports our bodies functioning and also builds our defence system to avoid getting ill. A common saying is that you wouldn't run your car with an empty tank…you also wouldn't get very far if you put the wrong type of fuel in your tank.
As an athlete this would be recovery - but for everyone sleep is paramount. No matter what your goals are, a lack of sleep will inhibit your results. Studies have shown that consistently achieving 7-9 hours sleep per night is crucial to improving fat loss, muscle gain, endurance and mental fitness, while reducing the risk of illness and injury.
A positive mindset will lead to a positive life, and it will also pave the way for working on the other values. V understands that for some people a positive mindset is not automatic, but what is important is recognising your current mindset and working on it to reach a positive mindset. A strong mindset is the mover towards goals.
Resilience has been defined as having the ability to “bounce back” from difficult experiences. V is known for her resilience in her circle and believes it’s not just bouncing back, it’s finding the way to cope and work through those difficult experiences and life stressors. Stress looks and feels different to every single person, building resilience can reduce the stress and also contribute to many other health benefits. It is important to understand that it’s not a trait you are born with, but something you can strengthen.