Fitness professional Annemarie Lyons uses her passion for healthy lifestyle and community to help others become resilient, and support mental and physical wellbeing.
Q: Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your small business?
I have a passion for all things fitness and take every opportunity to help impact people’s lives. I run a group training and personal training studio and it is through this vessel that I can make a difference in people’s lives. Based in Toowoomba I have been helping individuals, schools, corporate bodies and sporting teams for the past 5 1/2 years. I help women (predominantly) to put themselves first, get their sparkle back and feel back in control of their lives. I think this sets me apart from other fitness businesses.
Q: How do you think COVID-19 has impacted the mental health of yourself and/or small business owners in the area?
Personally for me, it meant a huge downturn in business. I was able to transition some members to online training however a vast majority did not come over. Initially that messed with my mental state, purely from a financial perspective, but once I came to grips with it, I actually cherished the time working from home.
Q: How have you looked after yourself and your wellbeing to help you manage changes and challenges in your work and life?
I continue to rely on healthy lifestyle choices as my mainstay to help with my mental and physical wellbeing. This is turn helps with facing challenges and adapting to fast-changing pace of things in uncertain times. I also see this reflected in my clients as they travel on their wellness journey. Mental health is definitely a focal point and clients use physical activity as another coping mechanism.
Q: What does community mean to you and your small business? What are some things you do to connect with others?
Community is everything. The people I interact with regularly in my business are uplifting, supportive and inclusive of one another. I feel this is because there is a common thread and everyone is on a similar path.
Outside of my business, I connect with other businesses in the hope we can work collaboratively for the benefit of our mutual client/customers.
Q: What advice would you give to small business owners in the region who might be having a tough time right now?
- Know that "you are enough" and seek help if necessary
- Measure and test. If something's not working, try a different approach
- Ask yourself, are there businesses you could collaborate with?