How To Stay Active, Tim Robards Style
Everyone’s favourite chiropractor, Tim Robards, knows a lot about staying active. The Sydney-based fitness fanatic and actor is committed to maintaining his health and wellbeing. On a rare moment we caught him standing still, we asked him about his wellness regime, mindset, and what he thinks of the new Swisse Active sports nutrition range.
What are three things you do before exercise?
Firstly, I make sure that I’m properly hydrated. I like a little bit of caffeine before my workout, so I’ll take a Swisse Active Prepare, and then I always make sure that I do plenty of warming up and stretching.
And what do you like to do after every workout?
After a workout, I either get a post-workout shake or consume some BCAAs, plenty of hydration, and I usually do some stretching or, if I can sneak it in, I’ll jump in the sauna.
What advice would you give someone starting an exercise regime?
I think one of the struggles that people have is they think it has to be all or nothing – working out five or seven days a week right from the beginning. But that’s not the case. The way to get into it is to set small, time-based, measurable goals that are achievable. When you start getting those small wins, they all add up so you can increase your threshold to the next level. You’ll find that what you thought you weren’t even capable of before becomes your new baseline.
Any tips for new parents wanting to stay active?
I know that your priorities change when you become a parent, but one of the things you’ve got to remember is that, in order to be the best for your children, you need to be the best version of yourself. You need to make yourself a priority, so that you’ve got energy, so you still have a smile on your face, so you’re still a happy parent - which means just taking a little bit of time for yourself.
Time is of the essence when you have a family and sometimes you simply don’t have the time to run off and do a workout. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do something active together at the park or beach, or even going for a walk. I love putting my daughter on my shoulders and heading to the beach for a swim and then running back - the whole family gets a bit of exercise.
What’s your favourite motivational saying?
One of my favourite sayings is ‘a goal without a deadline is just a dream’. So, your goals need to be time specific and measurable. The other thing I really like is to attach an emotional element to a goal, so you have a driving force to help you achieve it. For example, if you’re a grandparent, the emotional goal could be that you still want to get down and play with your grandchildren on the ground. It’s an emotional push that’s not just purely numbers on paper.
What’s a day on a plate for you?
People think a day on a plate for me is like brown rice, broccoli and chicken – very strict. But I could be intermittent fasting one day, I could be having a big smorgasbord at a buffet breakfast the next. The things I focus on are balance and consistency. I look at my week, rather than just a day, to make sure it’s balanced - and that’s something I’m consistent with week after week.
What do you like about the new Swisse Active range?
The great thing about Swisse Active is it reminds people that there are three phases to a good workout. Also, the sachets are very convenient. To be able to take them with me on the go, especially for those times when I’m in the middle of a workout or just cooling down - that part is a winner.
My favourite part of the Swisse Active range is Swisse Active Perform. For me, when I’m halfway through a workout and starting to fatigue, getting those electrolytes in when added to my water is super hydrating and thirst quenching, and helps me push through my workout.
Swisse Active is to be consumed in conjunction with a nutritious diet and exercise program. Not a sole source of nutrition.