Are you familiar with Amanda Bisk? Prepare to have your fitness mindset flipped as we catch up with the Australian yoga teacher, fitness expert and former elite pole vaulter who’s headlining WellFest 2019 in association with KBC on 11 May
What does fitness mean to you?
Fitness to me, is all about leading a life that nourishes your mind, body and soul. Incorporating things that promote a healthy physical body, that stimulate the mind and broaden knowledge, and that make you feel happy and mentally balanced.
Do you believe everybody can incorporate fitness into their lives, if so what one hack could people make to their daily routine?
Of course! Fitness is different for everyone, but in general if you can create a lifestyle where you regularly move your body with intention, you are on the right track.
One of the most important hacks I want to share to make fitness achievable for everyone is to schedule in time each day to doing something physical. It doesn’t have to be something crazy tough or time consuming, but it has to happen. Finding even an hour in the morning, 40 minutes during your lunch break, or 30 minutes before bed, and setting that time aside for you is important. If you do it consistently, it becomes a habit, and just ‘something that is part of your lifestyle’ rather than a huge effort.
Find a variety of ‘go-to’ activities that you like and space them out into your week to fit your schedule. Things like going to the gym or a group class, yoga at home, a walk with your dog or a friend, playing a sport, riding your bike to work, or even a stretch in front of the TV at night.
You famously took a terrible situation and turned it into a positive, what did that teach you about the power of positivity?
In 2011 I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue and it completely flipped my world upside down. It changed everything about me, my goals, my direction, who I thought I was…. everything. I only started getting better and moving forward with my life after I accepted where I was. I realised there was no point dwelling on what was or could have been, because I can’t change that. It was more about how I wanted to feel everyday and what kind of energy I wanted in my life.
The biggest thing I realised was the energy and emotions I sent out to the world, usually came straight back at me in other ways. The people I was around or the events that happened in my day and really, all I wanted was to stop wasting time feeling sorry for myself. I wanted to do something that would create a more encouraging, supportive, and happy environment.
As soon as I started to intentionally be more positive towards people, situations and myself, that positive energy mirrored itself into my everyday life and environment.
Why are you so committed to bringing fitness to the masses?
I care about the people in my community, country, and my world. Generally, when people are healthy, they are happy. I see so many cases of injury, illness and disease which then heavily affect the quality of life of so many people that are preventable. I want to make fitness something that is attainable for everyone. A fit and healthy world, where everyone has the opportunity to feel physically and mentally well.
If you were to suggest one change people could make to learn to love fitness what would it be?
Just realise that there is no ‘one size fits all’ fitness program or routine. Find things that you like to do, and make them happen. If you don’t like the gym, don’t have to go there to get fit. Think outside the box and really get to know how you like to move your body.
How do you stay so positive?
Acceptance. It’s ok to have a bad day, week, or even month… we are human. We feel all sorts of emotions and it’s ok to express them. But just don’t get stuck dwelling on things that won’t or can’t be changed. Bad stuff happens, and that’s life. Most of us learn the most during our toughest times. It’s ok to have your down time, to cry, be angry or be emotional, but realise that things won’t be better until you choose to move forward. The more positive energy you can send out, the more will come your way.
What are you looking forward to the most about appearing at WellFest?
Teaching! Teaching people in person is my absolute favourite thing. I love being able to share that moment with people and really just have a bit of fun!
Have you been to Ireland before?
No I haven’t, and I am actually so excited to be able to visit my very first time at WellFest! I have heard so many amazing things about Dublin and I can’t wait to experience as much as I can!
Check out Amanda’s awesome full body home workout on our Instagram here.
Amanda Bisk headlines day one of WellFest 2019 in association with KBC taking place on 11 and 12 May in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Weekend and day tickets are available now for €79 and €49 respectively via wellfest.ie/festival. Book now to avoid disappointment!