Let me first introduce myself so you can get an idea of whether this is the blog for you!
My name is Naomi Ferstera and I am an exercise physiologist/exercise scientist, a tertiary lecturer, high school teacher and teacher for future personal trainers. I completed a 5 year dual degree in exercise science and education and I have been involved in the health and fitness industry for the last 15 years. I am currently completing a masters in human nutrition after informally studying nutrition for the last 4 years. I have a number of future professional aspirations but as I am a mother to 4 young children, I am taking things day by day. In saying this, my greatest achievements are easily my children Andrew, Alexa, Sarai and Felix and of course marrying the best man in the world, Tony. I am a blessed woman.
As I just mentioned, I have been in the industry a while (I’m not at the dinosaur stage yet but give me time) and over the years I have heard every absurd ‘fact’ you could imagine. I don’t have time to list them all but sadly, when I started in the industry, I believed just about every one of them. Even more sadly, they’re still pervasive today and are often what are derailing people’s success. After years and years of frustration (and many face palms) I am now totally fed up and decided to do what any modern woman does; write a blog. So here we are and The Health and Fitness Blogger is born. My goal is to try and show you all, with research and science, (have I mentioned I love science?) what is myth and what is fact. I’ll try and show you how hard it is to prove beyond reasonable doubt that one thing is the sole cause of another, how random statistical correlation can be, how there is absolutely no such thing as one size fits all (in some ways anyway) and that it is all a life-long learning process. I hope to do this with a bit of humour (or sarcasm) and no doubt some people’s toes will be trodden on but you do not change if you’re never challenged! What I believe today is not what I believed when I started in the industry. I have grown so much in the last decade and many many times I’ve had to turn around and say, ‘oops my bad’. I’m hoping these moments become less and less in the future.
I’ll keep this first post short and sweet (no-one likes a rambler) and I’ll do a separate post about my own (very short) story.