Follow Me Fitness was founded by Personal Trainer, Nathalie Morton from a passion for fitness, health and inspiring people.
I came to fitness as an antidote to office work – I was worried about sitting down for long periods of time. I initially joined classes or went swimming, although at this time, fitness just felt like something I should do rather than something I necessarily enjoyed. In these early days I found the gym intimidating and stuck only to the things I knew.
The enjoyment soon came as I loved meeting new people and I recognised that it made me feel good.
A combination of growth in confidence and stress in my personal life meant that I spent more time at the local sports centre. I tried other classes and I started using the gym. I felt stronger emotionally and physically and I also met like-minded people who enabled me to go on adventures that I wished I had had years before.
In my working life, I wasn’t fully satisfied. I’ve never enjoyed sitting down for long periods of time and I struggle in the constraints of a 9-5. Not because I don’t like working hard – I just found that my energy would peak at certain times and a 9-5 system doesn’t allow for changes in activity to make the most of those peaks and troughs.
I started to learn how to teach fitness, completely contrary to my arts based education and gained my first fitness qualification in 2008. I went to College in the evenings and then started teaching my local gym, advancing my fitness education, gradually picking up other skills such as spinning, aqua aerobics, basic nutrition and pre-and post natal exercise which helped me refine my niche towards working with women.
I’ve since been lucky to live in the countryside in Hampshire and in Cornwall. This is the second time we have lived in Cornwall and it is where I feel most at home. My favourite place to be is outside. On the beach I love nothing more than being barefoot on the sand and where we live on the North Coast, the sea and the changing light is my meditation.
When I’m walking in the countryside I notice the patterns in nature and the colours of the seasons which stimulates my creative side. I enjoy the smells of woodland and the different sounds you can tune into as you walk.
While I have enjoyed using the gym for training, met new people in classes and taken part in events, I promote a lifestyle based approach to fitness. I’ve never believed that one approach or activity is the correct or right way. I believe that have to adapt to our circumstances in the time we have available and consider how much we enjoy what we are doing. I have very simple views on nutrition and follow the ethic of home cooked food and everything in moderation – being mindful of balance.
In setting up Follow Me Fitness five years ago, I wanted to create an environment that is supportive and unintimidating, always nurturing the confidence to take part and help develop each individual in their own fitness journey.
I don’t think that we should let exercise be a cause of stress through lack of time, but rather find a way to make it become a way of life – such as exercising with friends for your regular catch up or using activity as a way to spend quality time with your partner and family.
Through fitness I now also have the opportunity to work with my partner and learn from his views and experience. He is also a qualified Personal Trainer and has taken part in endurance events and team sports. Together we run North Coast Nordic Walking as we’ve always found our best conversations are had during a long walk!
Nathalie has had fitness articles published in SurfGirl Magazine, invented the Sandpac TM which has featured in national magazines, and is featured in the The SurfGirl Guide to Fitness, published in November 2015.