Accountability the key to women incorporating fitness into their busy lives

Personal trainer and nutrition coach Fiona Donald is sharing her story with The Changing Room in an effort to help women break down the barriers to engaging in fitness.

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Personal trainer and nutrition coach Fiona Donald is sharing her story with The Changing Room in an effort to help women break down the barriers to engaging in fitness.

After a lifetime of playing sports and more than a decade in the health and fitness industry, a mother of two understands the challenges women face when engaging in sport and fitness.

A self-confessed “get up and go” type, personal trainer and nutrition coach Fiona Donald has found the last few years difficult.

Recovering from an unsuccessful surgery, and Covid-19 restrictions cancelling the triathlon events she regularly trained for, she has had to rely on small things to fuel her motivation.

Now she hopes to share her story through The Changing Room, a quarterly seminar staged by Sport Manawatū highlighting women in sports as part of its See Her Be Her promotion.

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Fiona Donald with Sport Manawatū Tararua Recreation advisor Leah Sole.

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Fiona Donald with Sport Manawatū Tararua Recreation advisor Leah Sole.

The Changing Room series aims to break down barriers and encourage women and girls to get out and have a go at activities that interest them.

Donald said part of her presentation will centre on accountability, and how it played a role in keeping her going.

“Accountability can be as simple as finding a walking trail you would like to do, marking it in the calendar and then finding someone who would be keen to join you.

“When you have someone that you have to show up for, it keeps you accountable.”

She also suggested creating small achievable goals, being sure to make them measurable, specific, realistic and within a time frame.

“Just be patient. Something is better than nothing.

“If you struggle to walk to the letterbox right now, make that the goal for the next week. Every day walk to the letter box and back. The following week just go a little further.

“Getting out of your comfort zone is a big key.”

The workshop will help women break down the barriers to engaging in fitness.

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The workshop will help women break down the barriers to engaging in fitness.

Donald hoped to help attendees work out what barriers were stopping them from getting started.

“When we say, oh I would love to do that, but I can’t. Let’s work out what it is that will push you to just go and do it.”

Sport Manawatū Tararua recreation advisor Leah Sole said each event was held in a different part of the region and the speakers were all locals, so it was a chance for people to connect within their neighbourhood.

“Woman and girls can get tips and advice directly from these women in their own communities. Fiona is the perfect person for the Feilding event.”

The Changing Room session with Fiona Donald is on Wednesday, April 13, at The Strong Room in Feilding from 6pm. Attendance is free and drinks and nibbles are provided.

Registrations can be made on the Sports Manawatū website.

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