Dawn Jackson is a Holistic Therapist based in Thelwall, Warrington and is also Editor of Rehab for Mums Magazine, an online platform dedicated to the emotional and physical wellbeing of mums.
Her mission is to help women add a sprinkle of self-care into their everyday life, creating happier healthier mums. Dawn is a fundraiser and campaigner for PANDA’s – a charity supporting women with pre and postnatal depression.
Why is it important for you to include exercise in your busy schedule?
I consider exercise as an essential part of my holistic health – it’s a message I convey to my reflexology and massageclients. It’s equally good for both my mental and physical health. For me, exercise is more about the way I feel than the way I look. I have to consciously choose to fit it in to my schedule… it’s easy to find excuses but ultimately, when I’m prioritising myself I prioritise exercise in my schedule.
What does your exercise routine involve?
It’s pretty varied in terms of WHAT I do, but I try to stay consistent by working some form of exercise into every day – whether that’s walking the dog or getting to the gym.
At the gym the two things I love the most are at opposite ends of the spectrum – I love strength training and swimming. Power vs. tranquillity! I love the energy of Body Pump classes which fills me with oxygen and releases all those feel-good chemicals in my brain… but when I need headspace I go swimming… it’s my calm time to contemplate.
Do you think that exercise has played a role in your success?
I know that when I’m regularly exercising I’m more productive, I have more mental clarity and motivation. This is reflected in the work that I do and the response it gets. So yes, it’s definitely played a role in my success.
When and where do you like to work out (morning/night – home/gym/outdoors)
The best kind of exercise happens when I’m having fun and don’t even realise I’m exercising… this is how it feels to me when I’m in the great outdoors hiking, or those weekends I spend at the lake paddleboarding and kayaking.
I’m a total ‘morning person’. I get up early every day and my favourite time to hit the gym is first thing – before I do anything else, although with two small kids it’s not always possible. If I leave it until later on, I tend to get tired, get busy or find other excuses. It’s interesting that I find on the days I work out in the morning I feel more motivated and make healthier choices throughout the rest of the day. It creates a self-fulfilling positive cycle.
Has exercise/fitness always been a part of your life?
I have to confess – I was always the one skipping PE lessons at school, I remember even forging my own sick notes so I could get out of class! But as an adult, exercise has been an important part of my life! As an all-or-nothing kind of gal – I’ve been through phases where I don’t exercise at all, and phases where I’m a total gym obsessive. I try to keep things more consistent these days as I know it’s harder with kids to get the time, and I want them to see exercise as a normal and enjoyable part of life.
Who is your role model?
I don’t know if I’ve got a particular person who I put on a pedestal. I’m inspired by all the women I meet on a daily basis with the holistic work I do with pregnant women and mums. Those who overcome their fears and push on to do amazing things despite tough circumstances or ill health. I love hearing stories of real life Wonder Women.
What is your favourite fitness quote?
Wellbeing is about progress not perfection.