By Dolapo Augbiade
IT’S no secret that Covid-19 has been a prominent cause of stress and despair over the past 17 months. And for some people, a major factor has been the decline in their physical health.
During the pandemic, takeaway services such as Just Eat, Deliveroo and UberEATS have seen an overwhelming increase in usage. Most people were pushed into a more sedentary lifestyle, which has been compounded by working from home and the closure of gyms. But as the world slowly opens up again, those who have fallen off track can avail of different ways to get back in shape. One way would be to get in touch with Michelle Maher Fitness.
Michelle Maher Fitness offers one-on-one coaching to women across the globe. Michelle, who is originally from Mountmellick but has been living in Brisbane, Australia for almost a decade, said: “I moved to Australia in March 2013 with my then boyfriend, now husband. We originally came on a one-year working holiday visa and the plan was to spend 12 months travelling, working and experiencing all Australia had to offer. It didn’t take long for us to fall in love with the lifestyle here and we were luckily sponsored through my husband’s job at the time and have since become citizens.”
While working as a full-time language teacher, Michelle completed her fitness qualifications part-time over a six-month period. She has also earned her nutrition coaching qualifications and is currently pursuing a nutritional medicine degree to further her expertise in the field. Michelle has always had a love for all things health and fitness, even before she immigrated.
“I have always been into fitness and living an active lifestyle. In Irish gyms, I used to do a mixture of my own training and group classes, as well as jogging with family and friends. We loved doing the 5km and 10km fun runs around the midlands (Laois, Offaly and Kildare).”
Her mission is to teach others what she has learned and to motivate them on their fitness journeys.
Michelle continued: “I was inspired by Australians, who have a very active lifestyle. Meeting friends for a run or getting up for a training session as early as 5am is not uncommon here. As soon as I started attending gyms and running groups, I was hooked. I felt amazing and was reaping the rewards of prioritising my health and fitness, so I wanted to share this experience with more people.”
Michelle would caution those embarking on a healthier lifestyle against following any fad diets or engaging in excessive high-intensity training, especially if they have never exercised before. She proposes that they contact her or any other fitness professional so they can discuss their specific needs and make personalised recommendations.
For those who are contemplating getting in contact with Michelle, she also provides a free meal prep e-book at https://mailchi.mp/f2c49ac8b28e/keepwellwithmichelle, where she shares healthy recipes for tasty dishes.