Fitness and wellness expert Mana Fleming wants to help us get back to basics.
“I’m mostly interested in teaching people how to use their body correctly and strongly. We don’t get taught that as children.”
Fleming, once an elite hockey player and who pushed her body to the limit, is now committed to supporting those who have never exercised, have had lengthy breaks from exercise, and who are aging. She teaches them how to retrain and stay moving.
“At the competitive level, it was about thrashing your body and going harder, faster, longer, stronger. I realised there was a certain attitude around that, which was to be competitive and highly aggressive, and I realised I couldn’t keep doing that.”
In her 30s she picked up tai chi and started her journey toward educating communities on mindful movement.
“I learnt I needed to move my body differently and behave differently.”
“I think society has become so complex, we’ve forgotten about the simplicity of movement, whether it’s walking to the dairy or supermarket or block. I often say to people, ‘just keep moving’.”
“There seems to be this push of when we do something, we have to be absolutely awesome at it - rather than looking at the process of how to do it well.”
“We need to ask ‘what do I want my real outcome to be’. Sometimes we think ‘I’ve done that now’, and then we sit down. People will say ‘I’ve lost my ten kilos,’ stop, and then put on 20 kilos. Our human mind gets in the way.”