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Health, Fitness & Mindset with Curtis - Part 1

8 April, 2015

We do it pretty tough sometimes don’t we? I’m not sure where we’d be without the help of organisations like the AQA but we are a very resilient bunch of people and I love the fact that in the face of a lot of adversity we stand up the best we can and smash through the barriers put in front of us.

Lets be real here. We do our very best to prove to society that we are worthy employees, we voice our opinions when our rights are affected, we live as ordinary lives as possible and, among other things, we have some of the best challenged athletes in the world. But that doesn’t hide the fact that we are a marginalised group of society, our health is below par, our incomes are low, the services we get aren’t necessarily adequate. Still, we soldier on.

"I’ll share with you what’s worked for me over my years as a Paralympic athlete and also share the knowledge I have gained from my mentors and courses I have done."

With all this in mind going to the gym or eating nutritious, organic, locally grown food is probably not that high on the priority list even though we all know the benefits of moving, being active and looking after what’s on the inside.

The aim of writing this blog for Spire is to give you the tools to make some changes in your health and fitness. Its free advice for you to do with as you please. I’ll share with you what’s worked for me over my years as a Paralympic athlete and also share the knowledge I have gained from my mentors and courses I have done.

 

To give you a brief background on who I am I’ll start with my history as an athlete. I broke my neck in 1992 at the age of 15 in a rugby league tackle and I used sport as a rehab tool to regain my confidence and get back to living. I’m a Kiwi but I call Australia home. I’ve been to 4 Paralympic games and medaled in 3. I’m a World Champion and currently training my butt off to make the team that competes in Rio 2016, representing Australia.

For many years I’ve lived my life as an athlete and it was this passion that lead me to take up a career as a Personal Trainer. When I’m not training myself I am working as a PT at a gym in South Caulfield. I love what I do and have lots of plans to help the disability community reach their health and fitness goals. Sharing my knowledge in this newsletter is part of that plan.

"I’ve been to 4 Paralympic games and medaled in 3. I’m a World Champion and currently training my butt off to make the team that competes in Rio 2016, representing Australia."

I can understand why we see very few people attend gyms or take up a personal trainer. It’s expensive, can be inaccessible, transport maybe an issue and do trainers actually know what to do with someone with a disability? 

This is where we have to take charge of our own lives and adopt a solutions based mindset. We deal with obstacles everyday so let us use those skills to figure out how to improve our health. Don’t settle for the mediocre. Demand the best for your health.

In upcoming posts I’ll share some helpful tips but feel free to contact me if you have further questions at [email protected].

Curtis Palmer is a Paralympian wheelchair rugby player, qualified personal trainer,, coach and motivational speaker. He has also been a journalist, TV presenter and authored a book about his life's journey.

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