We all experience varying levels of stress in our lives. We move through our day and never seem to have enough time for ourselves, focusing on being everything to everyone – A great parent to our kids, a role model to our friends and colleagues, a devoted partner and someone who contributes positively to the community. It’s only natural that we take on stress in one way or another. It’s in our best interest to accept stress for what it is and develop a new way of responding to it.
Using exercise and positive connections to reduce stress:
Leanne Kelly is a passionate school teacher, making her mark in an industry that is pretty notorious for high stress levels. What we love about Leanne is that she is very aware of the stress in her life and she understands the positive impact that regular exercise and social engagement have on handling stress. Week in, week out, Leanne comes from work to The Shake UP with Rick and the kids by her side. She laughs, gives encouragement and jokes around with everyone, then she destroys our workouts.
We reckon it’s pretty safe to say that Leanne has a solid stress management strategy up her sleeve! We recently caught up with our February Shaker of the Month to find out how she does it:
So Leanne, Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a mother of 3, Sasha is 16, Conor is 11 and Max 6
Rick my wonderful husband and I have been married for 13 years. Family is important to me and I love that Rick and I can train her together. He is a huge inspiration to me and I always work harder when he is here.
What else…I am a school teacher at Helensvale High School. I really love being a teacher. It’s a very rewarding job but can also be challenging. Our life as a family is very busy. My day typically begins at 4.30am and we usually get home around 6.30pm after running everyone around to where they need to be.
Teachers are always under a lot of pressure; how do you manage stress in your world?
I come here to the Shake UP, I like to train hard and spend plenty of time with positive people and I don’t allow myself to make excuses. A few years ago I was overworked and let teaching take over. I needed to make the decision to change and committed myself to taking better care of myself. I had to create a mindset that I was going to do this and not let the stress and fatigue from teaching dictate who I am and how I feel. I am so happy with the outcome and the place I am in now. Of course, there is still stress, it’s just I am more equipped to manage it I guess.
You are currently in your 2nd 10-week Challenge. Tell us about your experience?
It’s going great. It’s a lot clearer 2nd time around. I got great results and learned so much from the Spring Challenge last year, so I probably didn’t need to do this one. I just love it so much though! I love the accountability, the support, the group dynamic, I just love being a part of it. I’ll do the next one!
What do you love about the Shake UP?
I love the support. This is like a second family to me. If I miss a day, I feel like I have missed a whole week. I love the training and the results but above all I think it’s the social aspect that I love the most. I love that I have created great friendships with people here who have very similar interests to me. I am doing a bit of running with Erin (Cserpak) now and I am really enjoying that. It’s just great!
What goes through your head during a tough session Leanne?
I focus on that feeling at the end of a session. Lying on my back knowing that I have given this everything I have. I want to drive away from here feeling like I gave it my all. This is my time away from my family and I want to make the most from it!
What’s the hardest thing for you to do at the Shake UP?
Lunges! I hate them!!!
Leanne is the kind of person who is the essence of the Shake UP culture. Positive, hard working and always super supportive to everyone that she trains with!
For all of her hard work, Leanne has scored herself a remedial massage with Peter Griffin from Palm Beach Chiropractic and Remedial. Pete has been taking care of our members for a few years now and he is very loved and appreciated amongst our members. If you want a Remedial Massage Therapist that knows human anatomy and physiology better than most and can use this to keep you in the game longer, Guru Peter is the guy! Call the clinic on(07) 5534 5005 or drop in at:
1/28 Palm Beach Avenue,Palm Beach, Gold Coast