WARNING: This is a personal account put together to help those whom it may apply to. This will not apply to everyone so please don’t take it for gospel if it doesn’t suit you. Regardless, enjoy!
The Balanced Life – Sunnie Gadbury
There’s a reason I chose this topic – I’m an average Joe, the everyday man – and as a coach I practice what I preach. If you’re looking for someone to help you perform better with your chosen sport or compete in body building competitions, I’ll find you help. If you’re looking to improve how you look and feel while still enjoying the niceties of life, I’ll help you myself.
I’m a strong believer that you can eat what you love, drink what you love and live a lifestyle that brings you joy and adventure and still love the reflection in the mirror. How? Just live ‘The Balanced life’.
I don’t shy away from the likes of pizzas, Chinese take away, chocolate, definitely no stranger to a pint of Guinness! I just apply the following steps to my life schedule to allow myself enjoy the ‘things that are bad for you’; My advice – if it brings you joy it’s not bad for you, if you start to enjoy it less it’s no longer good for you.
Weekdays – Career Mode
I try to keep my weekday’s body and bank orientated; work hard to improve my career and better myself physically and mentally every day. Working regular shift patterns Monday to Friday helps keep my days consistent with an easy to follow structure, one which helps me tick the following boxes:
Work related jobs – daily responsibilities, pt sessions etc.
Rest & unwind
I aim to be the hardest worker in the room. I Exercise my strengths and practice my weaknesses and be kind to those around me. Include a smile and positive attitude and I know I will be successful and get to where I want to be.
In terms of nutrition, being that little bit stricter during the week – hitting my protein target, sufficient calories, water etc. – will contribute to how much I can let loose the weekend. Earn the weekend is what I say.
Exercise and sleep is a must during the week. Minimum 1 hour in the gym and 8 hours sleep a day is important to me. Outside of that it’s just a case of getting as many steps and activities in throughout the day as possible. Training is a priority, I don’t mind sacrificing parts of the weekend if I feel I haven’t done enough during the week.
That typically leaves plenty time to rest and unwind. Not a lot of time, but enough to let the mind
wander away from work and just chill the f**k out..!
Weekends – Free Roam
If I feel I’ve worked hard enough during the week – both at work and in the gym – the weekend is the time to let loose.
I still aim to get a workout or two in as it’s one of, if not my favourite hobby, but I’d make sure I get a little extra sleep in too.
My meals during the week would be quite specific and consistent, most of the time prepped on a Sunday evening to make sure I get what I need daily to coincide with my training and calorie goals. The weekend, I like to veer away from my typical meals and explore a bit. I don’t worry about the calories per say as I know I’ll work it off next week. I like foods that are protein dense so they are always of some benefit but I wouldn’t panic about what else is on the plate.
Lastly, I try avoid spending time on work at the weekends. Sunday afternoon/evening I would always spend some time preparing for the week ahead because I like to be organised but other than that, the weekend is for the soul – exercise, friends, family, food, hobbies, pints. The lot.
Keep an eye on daily step counts/ calorie burn. You don’t necessarily have to track them but it helps to have an idea of your activity. Invest in a fitness tracker of some sort to help you out. Key note here is to focus more on calorie intake than calorie expenditure.
List your priorities – exercise, food, sleep, work etc. – and plan your day around them. If you keep these regular, they should come second nature to you and your days will feel more structured.
Spend time exploring different meals, workouts and other ways to progress. Make a list of varieties to keep your days interesting. Don’t let your routine become tedious, there’s a fine line between consistency and repetitiveness.
Ask for help and advice. Even if you don’t need it, there’s always something new to learn. Everyone has their own opinions and perspectives, keep an open mind and don’t be shy to try something new.
I’m nearly done. That’s ‘The balanced life’ from my perspective. I work hard enough during the week to improve myself physically, mentally and professionally and I let loose enough on the weekends to enjoy life. Does it always go to plan? Of course not. But the days it goes wrong are fun, they challenge you to adapt and progress in a spontaneous way.
Final note: it takes time, but once you find that balance not only can you still achieve your goals but you can actually enjoy yourself at the same time. As a fitness professional and a gym enthusiast, my goal isn’t to have the perfect physique society tells me I should have, but to find that routine where work, fitness and social life coincide to create optimum fulfilment – the balanced life.
Thanks for reading, my name’s Sunnie and if I can help you give me a shout.
Instagram - @sunnie_gadbury
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Askeaton Pool & Leisure are proud to announce our #dontdoitalone campaign in association with Charlie Bird’s #climbwithcharlie campaign in aid of Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House.
This is going to be a 12 week plan in preparation for the big day on the 2nd April, where we will be using our knowledge and experience to help you prepare for and complete the #climbwithcharlie event.
More information on the 2nd of April will be coming very soon, but for now here’s all you need to know:
- 12 week free programming in preparation for the 2nd of April will start tomorrow, 11th January. zero experience required
- it is free for anyone and everyone to participate, all we ask in return is for you to donate what you can to our go fund me page
- like share comment as much as possible with everyone you know to raise as much funds and awareness as possible for these fantastic causes
Information on the event, content, challenges, competitions and much much more will be posted across our social media platforms along the way - but if this sounds like something you and your family would love to be a part of, please fill out our sign up form.
Links for the sign up form & go fund me page can be found below, on our Facebook page and Instagram stories.
Please contact us through our social media pages or call our gym team on 061392570 if you have any questions or require further information.
WE CANNOT WAIT to kick off this exciting campaign and bring you all along on this extraordinary adventure 🤩
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2022 here we come!
Dear valued customers and members,
We hope you had a lovely Christmas.
After long consideration we have decided to delay the reopening of our pool facilities after the Christmas period to allow appropriate maintenance work to be carried out so we can offer you the best possible swimming experience this coming year.
Although we understand this may be an inconvenience to many, we thank you for your patience and will be more than happy to provide further information - just give our management team a call!
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. In the mean time, your more than welcome to avail of our gym facilities that will continue to run as normal.
Askeaton Pool and Leisure
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Here’s to 2022 🥂
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Here's all you need to know about EU Digital Covid Certs as an Askeaton Pool & Leisure customer / member.
From Tuesday 7th December our Members and PAYG Customers (18+) will be required to show proof of immunity and ID to use our gyms, fitness classes & sports halls. There is no requirement to show same for attending our swimming pools.
The above image outlines all the guidelines you need, but if you require further information or have any quires, please contact us on 061392570 to speak to a member of our management team.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
To: All Coral Leisure Members and Pay as You go Customers
On Friday evening past the Government announced as of the 7th December, all users of leisure, health and fitness facilities will be required to present a vaccination pass.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) is proof (in digital or paper format) that the holder has either a:
Certificate-based on vaccination
This certificate is issued if a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19. If the HSE has a valid email address for that person from the vaccination process – they will get a Digital COVID Certificate by email. Otherwise, they will get a certificate via post.
Certificate-based on recovery
A certificate of recovery will be available from 11 days after a positive test and will be valid for no more than 180 days after a person has tested positive.
As Ireland’s leading leisure facility operator, Coral Leisure understands the vitally important part our gyms and pools play in the local community. The negative impact on mental & physical health on not having these facilities available was only truly realised during long periods of forced closure over the past 20+ months. We recognise that unfortunately this most recent announcement means we cannot facilitate our members who cannot show proof of immunity during our regular opening hours. As per the announcement on Friday, a valid ID (Driver’s license, passport etc) & proof of immunity will be required to gain entry from Tuesday onwards. The QR code will need to be scanned and details will need to match the ID provided. As a result, we would please ask for your patience and understanding at this time.
As we care for all our members & PAYG customers and respect their freedom of choice, we are currently working hard to see if an alternate option may be available to those unable to show proof of immunity. This will be communicated through your individual centre managers in due course, and any plans will comply with the rules set out in the recent announcement. Any member who cannot currently show proof of immunity can put their membership on hold by contacting your individual club. It is widely recognised but chronically underreported how exercise prevents the immune system from declining as we age, so we hope to see Friday’s decision reversed on 9th January and will continue to lobby our industry representatives on same.
Thank you for your continued support. At a time when our staff, members and PAYG Customers have all come through so much, we continue to work together to ensure the Health & Safety of everyone remains our #1 priority.
Coral Leisure Management.
Black Friday 2021 is right around the corner and here at Askeaton Pool & Leisure we have a whopper of a deal for you!
We're offering 3 Months Gym & Pool Membership for only €99 per person!
Finish of the year and start 2022 with this fantastic deal, starting on Friday 26th November and ending Sunday 28th.
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