Drew is someone we’ve been following for years as his post are so damn educational you should probably be paying for them!
Drew is an exercise physiologist, diabetes educator, sport scientist and most importantly – a happy and healthy guy thriving with type 1 diabetes, an illness that so many Australians suffer from.
He started his brand ‘Drew’s Daily Dose’as a way to empower and inspire people from all over the world to take control of their health whether they have diabetes or not
So Drew, tell us more about how and why you do what you do
When I was 22 years old, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Before being diagnosed with diabetes I was an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. My interests were in elite athletes but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes that my purpose shifted. I went back to university and got a degree as a diabetes educator. My background as a health professional and my own personal triumph with managing diabetes has ignited a passion to share everything I know.
What is one thing you wish every client would do?
Self-experimentation! Everyone is different. We need to take the time to discover what works and doesn’t work for us. Sure, there’s a healthy-living blueprint that works for the majority of people but if you really want to get the most out of your health, you need to discover the intricate idiosyncrasies that make you, YOU.
What are the top issues you find your clients struggle with?
Defining their ‘why’ i.e having a clear reason/purpose for wanting to change their lives. Your ‘why’ is all the motivation you will ever need. For me, my ‘why’ is optimally managing my diabetes and avoiding long-term health complications. Since defining my why, living a healthy lifestyle is effortless. It doesn’t take too much work or discipline because I am endlessly motivated.
Best piece of advice you would give someone when it comes to their health and wellness?
Think of your health and fitness endeavour as building an empire. First of all, it takes time. Secondly, different jobs require different tools. Gather as many different tools as possible to add to your toolkit. You can’t neglect any aspect of health. Exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, daily living – they’re all essential for being healthy and happy.
What does the first 90 minutes of your day look like
I wake up with the sun, take my dog for a long walk in the park, go for a swim in the ocean, and top it all off with a hot coffee and a healthy breakfast. I try to avoid technology/social media for the duration of my morning routine.
What is one unique thing that you do every day that has changed your life?
I swim in the ocean every single morning of the year. I never miss a day no matter how cold or unappealing the weather is outside. It has taught me discipline, mental and physical strength, and resilience, and has made me comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Do you have any wellness philosophies that you live by?
Try everything – be attached to nothing.The health and wellness journey is never-ending. Taking time to experiment is key. Find what does and doesn’t work for you. Our perspectives and opinions change all the time. Just because something works for you today doesn’t mean it will work 2 or 3 months down the track. If you’re getting the results you’re looking for – great, keeping doing what you’re doing. If you’re not, be willing to change and adapt.
What are your top health spots near home?
I live in Bondi and don’t often leave the bubble so my faves are:
The Well for all of their delicious meals and high quality training facilities
The Bondi outdoor gym for a workout
Orchard Street for drinks and sweet treats
Depot for brekkie/lunch
Porch and Parlour
Lox Stock and Barrel for their healthy fattoush salad
Best workout you’ve ever done?
I do a group rope climb in a park at least once a week. It’s a unique way to get fit and strong, socialise, and spend time in nature all at once! I love everything about it. I plan on doing it for the next 100 years.
I also did a 210km bike ride around the bay in Melbourne with almost no training. The wind gusts got up to 70km/h. People were getting blown off their bikes, and blown to a standstill. The sense of accomplishment and achievement of finishing the event in 11 hours was something I will always be proud of.