This week’s interview is with James Tatham, a Sport and Exercise Scientist and all-round top bloke who works as a Strength and Conditioning Coach developing youth athletes with Volleyball Australia & Tennis Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
Are you feeling exhausted, lacking motivation to exercise or suffering from recurring injuries? I had the same experience. After years of spending hours in the gym and hitting the pavement, it came as no surprise that I eventually burnt out.
I made the decision to stop all exercise to help recover my body from the thyroid hormone imbalances, adrenal exhaustion and other deficiencies that prevented me from having optimal energy. As my energy improves, I have built up to walking every day, incorporating yoga and other activities that I enjoy.
I have a challenge for you.. Discover ways of moving that work for you, not against you!
If you are in the process of healing, or even struggling with low energy or recurrent injuries, it may be time for you to reevaluate..
+what type of exercise am I doing?
+how often am I exercising?
+why am I exercising?
+could exercise be increasing a stress response in my body?
+how can I incorporate movement to strengthen my body and reduce stress?
+how can I incorporate more play into my life?
Moving daily is essential for your mind and body. Walking, yoga and other low impact activities can help reduce stress, rather than increase inflammation, as can be the case with overtraining. Movement isn't restricted to exercise. I love biomechanist Katy Bowman’s take on movement:
“In the same way eating one meal’s worth of calories (700) a day doesn’t fuel us in the same way a full 2500 calories does, our approach to exercise–an hour a day–is the equivalent to movement-starvation…
It is critical that we read the fine print on the ergonomic prescription label: WARNING. BEING STILL IS DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR BODY…
To sit on the floor is to demand your body expend energy: increasing muscle mass, and tissue length, shuttling more blood and taking in more oxygen. All because of how and where you sit.”
So sit on the floor, constantly change your seating position to develop strength and alignment throughout the body. Just move! Move in different ways. And play. Find ways to move that work for you and heal yourself, reduce stress in your life and have more fun!
I love to eat and I love getting out in nature. Mudgee is the perfect destination for both of those things. I take regular trips to the Mudgee region for great wine and food, to clear my head and immerse myself in nature.
On the drive to Mudgee from Sydney, I love to stop in the Blue Mountains for a picnic and some fresh air.
I am always an early riser, even on holidays. On my weekends away in Mudgee, I use this time to do some yoga, go for a wander, or potter in the garden with a cup of tea. On my most recent trip, one of the mornings was spent on an 8km hike to Castle Rock at Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve. Awesome view, awesome company, and lots of wildlife spotting along the way!
Best eats and drinks
Baker Williams Distillery is a must-visit for quality, handcrafted spirits and liqueurs. The Cumquat Liqueur is crafted from my uncle's Cooyal cumquats, and their Butterscotch Schnapps is heavenly!
My favourite food and wine destination in Mudgee is Di Lusso. With a gorgeous dam-side view and Italian-style wine and food, I can't fault it. The Il Palio wine is my all-time favourite red. After lunch, the bocce arena is a great way to pass the afternoon.
Until next time, dreaming of my next adventure!