Participating in sports from the age of seven, doing well academically at school and college, then graduating with BSc Honours from City of London University, I went into the world of work in different parts of the world; first corporate events, then into the finance market, and got involved in property real estate amidst the journey. However, during all of this, I always felt deep down that I wasn't pursuing something I was truly passionate about. I wanted to do something I really enjoyed.
I'd seen many different gyms and exercise methods on my travels, and always had an avid interest in different fitness forms, especially as I had sustained injuries and had difficulties with some physical functionality due to a lack of knowledge, and the psychological battles that can arise from this, along with all the other pressures life brings; so I began to aid others in their health and fitness endeavours. Friends, family, people that went to the gym I was attending, people in the hotels and apartment blocks I was residing in. This gave me tremendous satisfaction, as I was coming from a place of experience, had genuine empathy, and had real care for the wellbeing of others. I was never mentally happier or more emotionally content than when getting fitter, stronger, healthier, and improving body composition at the same time; the benefits ricochet deep into other elements and departments of life. I thought, I need to make more noise about how paramount exercise is, not only for our body, but for our mind and every day existence. I wanted to help others be healthier physically, mentally and emotionally through physical activity and mind-body awareness. So I eventually took the leap and decided to pursue this passion, and became certified as a personal trainer; giving me the legitimate ability to offer the kind of genuine, personalised service, and thorough guidance I would have loved to have been available to me in the past.
From working at home and abroad in the health sector, I learned different cultural methods and approaches, seeing trends come and go, witnessing first-hand the explosion of the health industry into the main stream; with perspectives on healthy living and healthy lifestyles in abundance all over the internet, food programmes galore on television, fitness information saturating social media, even health topics frequently highlighted in political discussions and in current affairs, along with the huge increase in mental health problems and the lack of support available for such a massively destructive issue, all inspired the birth of Ajile Health & Fitness; a holistic, 'smart' approach to a complex industry.
There are many contradictions and conflicting views throughout the health sector; regarding the foods we eat, when the best time is to consume these foods, how much of it should we consume, what the best exercises and workout sequences are, and the list goes on... Some say certain things are wrong and that their view is right, and others say the opposite.
Some things are generally unanimous, like too many refined sugars are not great for our health, but other topics are more debateable, and often elements of diverging views can be applied in correlation with one another. This is where an 'Ajile' approach is required. Like anything in life, the fitness industry is always modernising and ever changing; new studies and research delivers new insight and outlooks, and as evolving people, our views also develop, change and alter based on past experiences, new knowledge and hope for a positive future; so we should adopt these principals to our health and fitness, and consider various differing perspectives, apply what we think is best, work towards the outcome, be reflective, and adapt accordingly or revaluate in the process, if necessary. Everything is a learning curve.
The recent growth of the health and fitness industry has seen the start of many personal training businesses, and I feel this is a good thing. However, often as when any market gets saturated, there comes the good and the bad. Some people have a negative outlook regarding personal trainers, as some have had an unfavourable experience with them. With creating Ajile Health & Fitness, I wanted to provide a unique service; a truly personal, health education. Trainers that will be personally devoted and designated to you! Your progress can be monitored throughout your journey, from your sleep quality, blood pressure, your lung capacity, to your strength gains.
Seeing the disparity in peoples' health levels in society, despite the health and fitness boom, the introduction of budget gyms and all the health-related information out there today, I sought to create a service that could cater for more than just gym goers and fitness enthusiasts. My ethos is that everyone should be able to live a healthy life, but with busy lifestyles, life strains and stresses, often our overall health is what gets sacrificed the most. However, without good health, what do we really have? Our health should be our priority, not just for ourselves, but for our family and friends too. That is why I set upon making health and fitness accessible flexibly, to suit your schedule, bringing the knowledge, guidance and support to you. I believe Personal Training should be available in our National Health Service (NHS). I hope this comes to fruition one day, and I intend to be a part of this service, so that I can continue to help those with needs that are not being met.
My focus is on mental wellbeing, and a happy positive mindset, through physical action and awareness. Happy mind, happy body. Happy body, happy mind.