Fab Giovanetti is a business mentor, published author, influencer-specialist, best known as the founder of the Health Bloggers Community and co-founder of the Register of Health and Wellness Influencers.
Serial start-up founder and professional troublemaker, she is obsessed with avocados and helping people making an impact in health and wellness.
Why is it important for you to include exercise in your busy schedule?
A lot of us “struggle” to find the time to move. I was talking to a wellness professional over the weekend, she stopped at our stall and we got talking about time and productivity (one of my favourite subjects). If you could have more time, what would you give more attention to?
She responded “movement” (okay, working out, but you get me!)
When I was practising as a PT who worked with clients, I found that carving the time for me to workout was a true struggle. Like most people in life I go through ebbs and flow of “busy”, but I find that to keep me accountable I benefit from a combo of two things:
I set time-based goals (eg. races) and some performance-based goals (boxing), and make sure I move every day – including 1/2 active recovery yoga or mobility sessions.
I try to work against these two factors, and when I do, my routine becomes sloppy (anxiety and stress kicks in). Since I do it for me, I use the KISS approach: keep it simple stupid.
What does your exercise routine involve?
I am busy, I do not live in London anymore, and I want to be able to be flexible around my creative time. I sacrificed the convenience of being in the City, and gained more nature, slower pace and beautiful parks.
Running, which for the longest time felt like a chore, became again a way to cherish my mental health (also thanks to Nike Running free App). I just completed my first half marathon and definitely, it helped me fall back in love with running.
I workout at home a lot (I have been investing in Fiit and have been trying different at-home classes in the past). I mainly focus on weight-based classes with my home equipment (a mini home gym!).
I am also about to up my weekly boxing classes to 2 coming September – boxing is an old passion of mine and one that I can take more time to cultivate now that my training is no longer based on a training plan.
Do you think that exercise has played a role in your success?
Exercise is my therapy. I would not necessarily define myself as a yogi, or a weightlifter, or even a runner – or as anything in specific really. I was the punk, the metalhead, the outsider, the geek for a long time, and I find that putting myself in a box never truly works. I do believe that exercises in any form as the power to help me ground and recentre.
As a squirrel on speed, I very rarely stop and work really hard running three businesses – so movement (or exercise) is my chance reset and take time to live my life without expectations. I move to keep my mental health in check, and by creating too many rules I end up sabotaging myself.
When and where do you like to work out (morning/night – home/gym/outdoors)?
As I mentioned in my routine, I work out a fair bit from home, I also run (only outdoors, I just cannot cope with 40-minute treadmill sprees). I do boxing classes as well, which are in London (whenever I travel to town I make some time for those). I love lifting weights, so I’ll be investing in some kettlebells and dumbells, but my PT background helps me modifying and getting creative with little to no equipment.
I used to be one for working out only in the morning, right now I find it easier for workouts to fit within my schedule regardless of the time in the day.
Has exercise/fitness always been a part of your life?
As a child and teenager, I hated PE. I did not like movement, and I was overly conscious of my body. I was not a sporty kid, and it took me the longest time to fall in love with exercise, which is something people would not believe about me, if they met me today.
Two years and a half ago I qualified as a personal trainer. Like most things I wanted to learn, it mainly happened as I wanted to get better at my training. I went through my running 50miles per week phase, the strong-woman phase, the Olympic weightlifting phase, the Classpass addict phase. Since I got the fitness bug and got into ultra running 10 years ago, motivation has not been a problem for me: time has. Being a PT taught me that people train for different reasons, and some reasons may not fit with your lifestyle.
Who is your role model?
In fitness or life? I do not have one fitness role model, and when it comes to business most of my role models are writers and marketers. The closest I can get to a role model is Ramla Ali ( @somaliboxer ) an incredible female boxer and inspiration with her own personal story.
What is your favourite fitness quote?
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.