Fit­ness the fo­cus for fab trans­for­ma­tion

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency Issues - By NATALIE HOLMES

DUBBO fit­ness trainer Me­gan Casserly didn’t just trans­form her body af­ter the birth of her sec­ond child; she won a na­tional award for her ef­forts.

Ms Casserly re­ceived the Fe­male Trainer Trans­for­ma­tion of the Year Award at the Meta­bolic Pre­ci­sion Trans­for­ma­tion Awards Night held at Mel­bourne’s Ivan­hoe Grand Hall.

“It was very ex­cit­ing,” she told Dubbo Photo News. “It was a re­ally good night.”

As mum to Amira, 8, and Lo­gan, 2, Ms Casserly wants to tell other mums that you don’t have to be a fit­ness model to achieve a lean body and you don’t have to sac­ri­fice your health or your en­ergy lev­els along the way.

“You don’t have to be on stage com­pet­ing as a fit­ness model and deal­ing with stress to get fit,” she ex­plained.

Ms Casserly said the pres­sure on new mums to achieve their pre-baby body is huge and can lead them to risk-tak­ing be­hav­iour and mak­ing poor choices when it comes to their diet and ex­er­cise rou­tine.

“It can be ex­tremely chal­leng­ing if you set the bar too high and have too much ex­pec­ta­tion on your­self.”

Ex­plain­ing that slow and steady is the best mea­sure of suc­cess, Ms Casserly over­came her own health chal­lenges to achieve her goals.

“I coach a lot of mums who have that ex­pec­ta­tion that they have to train ev­ery day. My ad­vice is to take the pres­sure off your­self.

“And if you’re not get­ting enough sleep, ex­er­cise can be a dou­ble-edged sword.”

Ms Casserly said mak­ing healthy eat­ing choices is wise, and will as­sist with fit­ness train­ing.

“Take away junk food as it will de­rail your suc­cess. Set up your meals for the week and the whole fam­ily should do it. Every­one should be able to do it and it should be food that you en­joy.”

A good sleep, eat and ex­er­cise pat­tern will also do won­ders in other ar­eas.

“You will have more en­ergy to play with kids, and just feel bet­ter. It’s more about what you do and if you fo­cus on your health, then the body trans­for­ma­tion comes.”

Be­fore and af­ter:

Me­gan Casserly be­gan her body trans­for­ma­tion af­ter the birth of her sec­ond child.  Work out 2-3 times a week

 Make sure you get enough sleep

 Give your­self some tech-free down time

 Read or med­i­tate be­fore turn­ing in for the night

 Make healthy eat­ing a fam­ily prac­tice

 Elim­i­nate junk food

 Make all of your meals for the week to re­duce temp­ta­tion Fit­ness trainer Me­gan Casserly with her Fe­male Trainer Trans­for­ma­tion of the Year Award. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED. DUBBO su­per­mar­kets and de­part­ment stores us­ing shop­ping trol­leys may face im­pound­ment of their trol­leys if NSW La­bor is elected next year.

The party would em­power coun­cils to im­pound shop­ping trol­leys caus­ing an ob­struc­tion or safety risk, with a rev­enue mech­a­nism.

Max­i­mum penal­ties for own­ers aban­don­ing trol­leys would also be in­creased, sim­i­lar to cur­rent leg­is­la­tion on share bikes.

The an­nounce­ment comes in line with a lo­cal gov­ern­ment 2016 con­fer­ence res­o­lu­tion to im­prove man­age­ment of shop­ping trol­leys.

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