The Fitness Zone
“I’m thirty years old and ready to sink my teeth in to anything that challenges me and makes me happy,” says Australian Institute of Fitness Nutrition Coach graduate, Olympian and now published author Leisel Jones.
In 2008, Leisel had the nation at her feet. Snagging a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics she was at the top of the swimming game. However, this would be followed by a crippling bout of depression, something Leisel is keen to open up about and de-stigmatise in the next chapter of her life.
“Sports people are no different” Leisel says “and I want to be open about my struggles so people know they aren’t alone.”
Leisel has well and truly come out the other side, leaving behind the early mornings, strict training and flailing body-image in favour of a life brimming with new horizons and opportunity.
One of Leisel’s favourite things right now? Actually enjoying her workouts. “Swimming was my job and exercise was work,” Leisel says “so now I can actually enjoy working and I use it to keep my mind strong.”
This new found freedom has produced a gym bunny with a thirst for learning more about fitness, health and nutrition. “I enrolled in the Nutrition Coach course because I truly believe good nutrition can really change our outlook on life,” says Leisel, who wants to continue to educate herself on ways to lead the most energised life possible.
“I am so much more informed now than when I was swimming” Leisel says. “The relationship between food, exercise and our mental health is huge, and whenever something feels off, they are my go -to remedies.”
Leisel was awarded the 'Nourisher' award for outstanding performance in her Nutrition Coach class and is using her new found knowledge to fuel her new lifestyle and a fresh chapter in her life.