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Health, Fitness & Mindset with Curtis - Part 2

22 June, 2015

Where To Start?

When I broke my neck in 1992 sport played a massive part in my rehab. I was only 15 at the time and things were progressing at quite a fast pace for me in terms of my rehab so the Rec Therapists encouraged me to enter into a table tennis tournament. With a third placed result I was stoked especially considering the only training I did was with my mates when they came to visit me in the hospital. I had to bandage the bat to my hand otherwise the bat would’ve donked my opponent in the head so I just did the best I could.

This was just the beginning for me however a professional contract to play table tennis in China didn’t eventuate but I was soon participating in a bucket load of different junior sports including swimming, track & field, basketball and wheelies with one hand comps.

"My point here is getting active, moving more, doing what you love and bringing attention to your body are really important things to consider if you want to improve your lifestyle, if you want to live longer, if you want your health to improve or simply if you want to be able to play with your kids better."

I come from a sporting background so it was a natural fit for me to go down this pathway. For me, sport was my thing and still is. Sport isn’t for everyone but there are heaps of different options if you wanted to try something new. My point here is getting active, moving more, doing what you love and bringing attention to your body are really important things to consider if you want to improve your lifestyle, if you want to live longer, if you want your health to improve or simply if you want to be able to play with your kids better.

The first place to start is figure out what you want to do. The question I ask my clients is what did you love to do as a kid and is there an alternative you can participate in or adapt? Think about why this goal is important to you. If the why is strong then the motivation to achieve it will also be strong.

Break the goal down into smaller more achievable chunks and basically get started on it. Then find the right method of achieving that goal. Do you need to join DSR (Disability Sports & Rec) or do you need to find a Personal Trainer? Do you need some help with funding from TAC to buy equipment or can you borrow something. Do you need to find a dietician or maybe you want to research and change your eating habits yourself.  It’s all about solutions…

"Being fit and healthy enables me to do more stuff. I’m an active person and being fit helps be to achieve challenging goals..."

Being fit and healthy enables me to do more stuff. I’m an active person and being fit helps be to achieve challenging goals like conquering the Lily Pilly Gully Track at Wilson’s Prom, getting from the sand back into my chair after a swim in the surf or simply playing soccer with my nephew. What are you missing out on by not being fit?

Quite often people don’t start on their goals because they get stuck. They don’t know how to start or where to ask for help. Make the step to get active by reaching out. Forget about the excuses and look forward. 

Try different things and eventually you’ll find the one thing you love more than the rest but most importantly do whatever you have to do move more. Moving is the key. 

If you guys have any questions please feel free to contact me via email [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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