The commute. The food. The chronic cardio. The ridiculous schedule. The stress. The clutter. Back in 2011 we were in a very different place, struggling with what life was throwing at us. We had let ourselves get out of shape, were dealing with a variety of health issues, and were chasing careers that were making us miserable. We knew things had to change.
So we changed.
We changed our diet, our approach to training, our jobs, our cosmetics and our priorities. We read, cut down on our obligations, made time for the things and people we loved, mercilessly de-cluttered our house, and made plans to help people do the same.
Live Simple is here to help you live a simpler, healthier life. That could be through reading and participating in the blog, using the site as a springboard to making your own changes, or having Personal Training or Pilates sessions with us. The choice is yours.
Where to start
- Interested in Paleo? Read our beginner’s guide
- Want to get cracking with decluttering? Find out how to do it
- Interested in more about the beginnings of Live Simple? Read Keith’s story or find out how Angela took control of her health
- Looking to quit your job and find your passion? We can help
- Want to read over 100 blogs from start to finish? Super! You can start right at the beginning
Live Simple could mean different things to different people. It might be beginning a path to a new, fulfilling and meaningful career. It might be decluttering your house. It might be training with us to become fitter, stronger and to take control of your health.
But, if we had to sum up what Live Simple is, this is how we’d do it:
We eat real food.
We train in the way our ancestors trained – outdoors when possible, lifting heavy stuff, walking a lot, and sprinting occasionally.
We add in scientifically backed ideas from the modern world to be the best possible versions of ourselves.
We continue to declutter our house, as we strive to own little and minimise the stuff in our life as best we can. The best things in life are not things.
We try our best to be as sustainable as possible, always with an eye on our impact on the planet.
We try to reduce our exposure to chemicals as much as possible, making our own cleaning and personal care products our of natural substances.
We try to live in the moment. The past has gone, the future doesn’t exist yet.
We focus on the simple things in life for enjoyment, like a game of cards, a good book, a glass of red wine, or dinner with friends.
We laugh as much as possible.
We try to avoid light stimulation in the evenings to allow us to have high quality sleep.
We aim for as much sleep as we can get at night, knowing that it’s fundamental to health and longevity.
We are not afraid to admit when we’re wrong, or adjust our thinking as we continuously learn and grow.
While we’re always learning, we’re not striving for perfection. We’re just trying to be a little bit wiser tomorrow than we were yesterday.
We don’t define success based on money and status, instead focusing on free time, making a difference and living a meaningful life.
- ~ Lorne HopeThe guidance from Keith was just what I needed. I was tired of my old gym routine and my motivation was gone. Keith has introduced me to a different way of training that is easy to fit in around a busy week and most importantly is a lot of fun. I always enjoy his sessions. And if you want to change the way you eat to boost energy and mood he is the guy to go to, full of good advice.
- ~ Jane Scott-SimonsFirstly, Keith and Angie are two of the loveliest people you could ever wish to meet, which is always a good start when you're about to embark on a training session!Keith's outdoor fitness session is perfect for me. After a LONG time of not training, I was very nervous, but he immediately put me at ease. He knows what you're capable of and gently pushes you further but never too far. It's a fun way to train, the class always has a giggle and we always feel like we've worked hard. I'm fitter, in better shape & always look forward to going.
- ~ Julie Bellham, VanillaRevolution.comThis is going to sound ridiculously dramatic, but I truly believe Live Simple not only saved my life, but gave my whole family a brighter future. It started with relatively small steps - Keith advised me to give up wheat and sugar. It sounded impossible but within three days I started to feel like a different person. Within three months I’d dropped three stone and gone from a size 18 to a size 10. The interesting thing is - I didn’t care about losing weight. It was just a bonus. I’d finally made the connection that being healthy is more important than being thin. It was a revelation. The whole Live Simple concept has opened my eyes in so many ways. I think differently about food, exercise, career, family - everything. Keith and Angela have helped me to understand and appreciate what is really important in life. They are an inspiration.”