Well hello, its Helen here.

I guess this is the page where I get to tell you a little about myself and why I think I am the perfect person for you to work on all matters health and fitness after a certain age.

For starters I am actually of that age myself. I don’t know about you but one of my pet peeve’s is fitness sites for the ‘ahem’ older person that are then filled with stock photo’s of glamorous young things. Its a bit like advertising a bottle of wine with a picture of a cuppa don’t you think!!

But enough about that……

Let’s start with the obvious question that is probably on most people’s lips – why Barefoot Helen?

There are two reasons for this. The first is that I am always barefoot. Much to my ever so slightly OCD husband’s dismay. And if I didn’t fear him dragging me to the divorce courts I would forgo shoes altogether. For me there is something about being barefoot. Not having my feet and toes confined in shoes. It gives me a sense of freedom to have that connection to the ground.

The second reason is that it describes how I live my life. I think ‘barefoot’ denotes a sense of simplicity, an uncomplicated lifestyle that I thrive within. Keeping things simple keeps me happy. Too much on my plate and I am easily overwhelmed. I’ve learned over the years that overflowing my cup is not good for me or those around me – and I think that is true of everyone. We live in a world where there is so much going on around us and too us everyday. We quickly lose sight of us and our sense of self. Its not a good place to be.

Fitness and health is one of the things that makes me tick. Working out and fueling my body just make me feel better. Physically stronger but also mentally fitter too. Its one of the reasons I decided to turn it into a career and I have now been a personal fitness trainer and yoga teacher for over 15 years.

My life thus far has been one of adventures and taking risks. From building our own home, to having our own businesses, to living abroad and then travelling for 7 years in a caravan. I guess you could say that we have always ‘bucked’ against the ‘norm’ – whatever that is.

It is probably no surprise then that when I started to go through the menopause that I was horrified by the information and advice that is out there for us. And by us I mean every single woman on the planet. It was all so negative and frankly scary.

It was then that I started to think that maybe I needed to create a better perspective. Cue a few extra years and life getting in the way of my grand plans to change the world and here we are.

I recently did my first ‘ultra’ event with a friend. It was part of the 12 fitness challenges that I am undertaking (more about that here). A 12 hour trail race, we walked 37.4 miles in (taking out our breaks) 10 hours and 10 minutes. By any standards that is a long way, and we were a little tired at the end of it. But we were also euphoric and agreed on the spot that we would return next year to do the 24 hour event. We certainly don’t feel that it is something that at our ‘age’ we shouldn’t be contemplating.

What I want to achieve here at Barefoot Helen is to create a safe sanctuary to come to, and to first and foremost be positive in.

A place for information, advice, motivation, inspiration, exercise, nutrition, mindset, connection, and a way to lessen your load and become freer in your life. I want to encourage people to step out of their comfort zones, to stop listening to what other people tell them they can and can’t do and start living by their own ‘rules’.

One thing I have learned about hitting the big 50 is that you stop sweating the small stuff. All those worries that you allowed to fill your days….seriously they just don’t have the same hold over you.

I actually don’t really care much for ‘age’ when used as a label. It has too many negative connotations around it. But I do like statements like this one :

‘Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.

Come and join me to make the most of this new stage of opportunity and strength. Let’s discover together all the joys that as women we seemed to have lost. Let’s get our physical health in shape, create mental health that sees us looking forward to each new day instead of dreading it. Let’s connect with each other and lift each other in a supportive and caring way. Most importantly though – let’s have some fun!

Helen x

PS – you are all also invited to my 100th birthday party – where there will be lots of dancing, singing and crazy shenanigans….