The Gasworks Development on Sky Ring Terrace, Newstead offers a centrally located shopping village where you can grab a fresh juice, update your gym or yoga wardrobe within a Lorna Jane Lifestyle shop featuring a healthy eating cafe, sample world-sourced delicatessen delights at the deli style upmarket market, purchase a designer outfit at Ollie and May's, or indulge in a beauty or hairdressing appointment. All this and more with convenient two hour free parking underneath the building. Even the Woolworths Supermarket is a more joyful grocery experience with the new merchandising and added instore conveniences, like a bakery and fresh made sushi creating a market feel, rather than a mundane grocery store.
After having a good look around, l decided to venture further. Crossing the road to walk through the park l head down Waterloo Street and come across this wonderful little industrial precinct on Byres Street. The area is abuzz with a vast array of lifestyle and exercise suites, including Harlow Hot Yoga and Prestige Liefstyles Health and Fitness, as well as Blue Bungalow, a homewares and clothing shop specialising in recycling and offering styling and refurbishing advice for the home and body. I am really surprised to find these businesses that are out of the ordinary, alternative, and with an industrial edgy feel.
It is here l come across Isaac Calvert, whom l had met briefly at a breakfast talk at Eve's on the River. Isaac is an exceptionally fit and vibrant personality exuding the spirit of "come join me and be the best that you can be". He was just exiting his gym and heading for a coffee and summoned me to join him. Who can resist Isaac's charisma? "Sure" l say, "Where is the best coffee?", as l point to the myriad of great little coffee spots l can see on the left and right of Byres St. "CH'NO, it's just around the corner". As we enter, everyone knows Isaac, and l am feeling like l am with a local celebrity. We sit down to a beautifully smooth coffee and talk about life, health, mental health, abundance and exercise.
Prestige Lifestyles, Health and Fitness, 5-7 Byres St
I've made the decision to establish a program that will get me motivated and back to loving exercise. I know that exercise makes me feel better, that's why we all get hooked once we give in and just do it. We need to choose the right program or gym, make the time, and work with someone who is incredibly motivated and knowledgeable about what they do.
We both agree that a healthy body is absolutely paramount for a healthy mind, and with the sad passing of actor Robin Williams this week, mental illness — an often not talked about, but very much statistically present part of our society — has been highlighted as a human condition where we just tend to retreat and suffer. Isaac is heavily focused on educating people to understand how exercise assists with depression.
I can see that Isaac is an incredibly compassionate soul, and l would urge you to go online to his website and read about the transforming journey and story of Merrill.
All fired up after my soy latte and a fantastic uplifting meeting l am now on the precipice ready for take off! I am booked in to start my program on Monday and l have set my intention. We start next week and l will keep you posted.