Health and Wellness Coach
Helping Mums Get Back On Track
BEFORE HAVING KIDS, GEORGIA SCANLAN WAS AN ACTIVE AND ADVENTUROUS PERSON WHO ENJOYED HIKING, TRAVELLING AND EXPLORING THE GREAT OUTDOORS, AROUND HER JOB AS A PERSONAL TRAINER.
When she became a mum, she embraced the opportunity to be at home with her little ones wholeheartedly. However, ten years in, she realised she had lost herself along the way. This realisation was to become a turning point in her life, and for the many women she would go on to help.
“It was time for me to find me again.”
Without really stopping to think about it, Georgia had given up a lot of her hobbies and passions as she invested herself in full time service to her family. She began to feel burnt-out and like there was something missing from her life. Thinking back to her life before kids, she realised she was at her best when teaching and supporting people, engaging in acts of self-care, and getting out regularly with friends and loved ones.
After a decade of stay-at-home motherhood, Georgia found herself ready to get back into work. She had loved her old job as a personal trainer, but now she found herself looking at things with a new light. While health and fitness were still a core part of her values, she now had a more specific mission: to help “bring mums back”. Health on Track was born as a means of “helping women go from exhausted to energised” by making “simple, healthy upgrades” in their lives.
“Health on Track is about empowering people to make simple change, to upgrade their health so that they can feel supported, energised and confident.”
Working from her home in Berwick, Georgia supports clients through tailored personal training sessions conducted in her purpose-built gym, and through online coaching sessions. She takes a flexible, empathetic approach to helping women assess their health and wellness at the start of the journey and make decisions about what they would like to achieve and how they will reach those goals.
“Envisage your perfect life – how do you look, feel? What do you do?”
Georgia has women consider not only their health and fitness goals, but also their motherhood goals, social goals, anything that contributes to the client’s sense of self and worth. She emphasises making small, easily manageable changes, encouraging clients to pick a few habits they can work on and building from there. Each smaller goal is a stepping stone to the overall vision of health and wellness.
“If you can do five minutes of exercise [per day], you’ll be fitter, healthier, stronger.”
One simple yet effective tool Georgia promotes is what she calls 7-7-7: seven hours of sleep, seven thousand steps, and seven glasses of water. She says that if you can achieve each of these everyday, you are already on your way to improving your health and energy levels. In fact, she goes as far as to say that simply drinking more water each day is the easiest, high value change you can make.
Alongside the 7-7-7, Georgia encourages women to incorporate short bursts of exercise into their daily routine, particularly if longer workouts are not an option amidst a busy schedule. For example, while waiting for your morning coffee to brew, work in a few squats, or use the edge of the bench to do some push ups. But it’s not just about exercise: just as important is setting aside time for acts of self-care, such as carving out a bit of “me time” in the mornings, before diving into the day.
“Connect with people who inspire you, who bring out the best in you, and be that for other people.”
Here are some of Georgia’s quick tips for improving your own health and wellness:
- Reconnect with the things you loved before having kids – ask yourself, “What am I not getting now that I had when I was happier?”
- Fill people’s buckets – helping and encouraging others not only makes them feel better, it increases your own happiness and satisfaction
- Get used to being uncomfortable, because if you’re uncomfortable, then you’re growing
- Gather support around yourself in the form of people who you can talk to when the going gets tough
- Choose your hard: it’s hard to stay in the same place and it’s hard to move through your uncomfort, but the reward for pushing through is worth it
- Believe in yourself; don’t limit yourself with excuses, but keep doing ‘the next right thing’
Quick Morning Workout:
- 20 push-ups
- 20 squats
- 20 sit ups
- 30 second plank
- 20 leg raises
1 heaped cup almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 tbsp Chocolate Complete
1/4 tsp sea salt
10 medjool dates, pitted and torn
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup Chocolate Complete
1/3 cup rice malt syrup or maple
1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary,
plus extra to decorate
1 tsp sea salt
1. Place the almonds in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped. Add the shredded coconut, cacao powder and sea salt, melted coconut oil and
process again to combine. Add the dates one at a time and process until mixture comes together.
2. Press the crust into a 24cm tart tin using the back of a spoon. Ensure the crust is evenly pressed and spread up the sides of the tin, too. Add to freezer whilst you prepare the filling.
3. To make the chocolate filling, add remaining melted coconut oil, raw cacao powder, rice malt or maple syrup, chopped rosemary and sea salt to a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Remove crust from freezer. Pour the chocolate filling
into the crust evenly and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour to set.
4. To serve, decorate the tart with rosemary sprigs and a pinch of sea salt, if desired.