Walking the talk


When it comes to family health and wellbeing, Aaron and Kimberley Murphy place strong focus on holistic health; not just for themselves and their three children, but for friends, family – and the public.

The motivated couple are the minds behind Hale Health Centre, which opened earlier this year after they returned to Hamilton from Australia on a mission to change lives.  

 “We share a strong passion for holistic health,” says Kimberley.

“We regard holistic health as an approach to healthcare that places emphasis on the connection of mind, body, and spirit, and supports improving overall wellness and preventing illness. ”

Rather than focusing on specific parts of the body, holistic health considers the whole person and how they interact with their environment.

“We firmly believe this approach offers the best healthcare treatment possible,” says Aaron.

 With strong guidelines of what they wanted to achieve, Hale Health Centre was born.

Hale means living a healthy lifestyle, and Aaron and Kimberley believe “Ora Mai Ora Atu” (wellness within and wellness externally) captures what their business is all about. The Hale Health logo is a koru, which represents new beginnings, growth and regeneration.  

 “We’ve set up a team around us to help people establish and achieve their goals, and deliver the ultimate fitness and lifestyle experience to the community.”

As parents of three, and a love for sport and family, the couple wanted to develop a whanau oriented facility, that makes everyone feel welcome and accepted. Halehealthcentre.co.nz

Fitness Journal finds out more …

Describe your family involvement in sports/activity?
We are a family that just loves watching and playing sport. We have always encouraged the kids to play a sport every school term. We don’t care what the sport is, just so long as they are playing something.

For both Aaron and I, our love for sport started when we were young. We were both born into families who absolutely love playing sport. Our kids currently play basketball, netball, tennis, rugby and touch rugby. Aaron plays touch rugby and I play netball.

Besides sport, we also encourage the kids to train at the gym and to enjoy lots of outdoor activities including climbing the Hakarimatas, biking bridge-to-bridge, walking around Hamilton Lake or up Wairere Falls.

Why do you feel so strongly about promoting family activity and wellbeing?
There are so many activities you can participate in together as a family in and which are so much fun, plus it strengthens the family unit. We want to instill in our children good habits (so it becomes second nature, and hopefully is something which is mostly likely passed on for generations).

What is your favourite way to spend time together as a family?
Being outdoors. We love fishing and camping.

List your top five tips for going out and getting active?
1. Train together as a family (it doesn’t have to be at the gym, which we do a lot of, but go to the park, set up some exercises).
2. Crank up the music and boogie on down.
3. Participate in community events e.g. Trimaori, Weetbix Triathlon, HBF run, Tough Mudder.
4. Join a sports team.
5. Plan family outings and vacations that include physical activity e.g. walking around the lake, hiking.

About Aaron 

Aaron is a passionate rugby player, with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the fitness industry having been immersed in it for the last 14 years.

He has worked as a Senior Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning/Skills coach for Kalamunda Rugby Academy and Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union and gym floor manager.

His qualifications include; Diploma in Sport and Recreation (Recreation Management), Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, Exercise Scientist (Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)), Accredited Exercise Physiologist (Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)), Senior First Aid and Level 2 Rugby Coaching.  

Aaron defines good health as eating well, exercising/being active, getting enough sleep, meditation, being mentally and spiritually well.

“My number one health tip is that exercise is medicine,” he says.

About Kimberley

Kimberley has a passion for numbers, with a strong 12 years’ experience in the finance industry. During this time, she has had numerous roles such as accounts assistant, finance assistant and management accountant.

As a busy working mother of three, Kimberley strongly believes that exercising and eating well, hugely contributes to how she feels, and how she is able to cope with the demands of working and running a family household.

She is a strong advocate for being a positive role model to children, and to instill in them good habits.

Aaron’s top tips for a healthy 2017

1. Set realistic and achievable goals. If you make them too hard you’re more likely to give up.  Pace yourself.

2. Make the health journey an enjoyable one.  Get a workout buddy, exercise in a group or as a family (this way you’re held accountable too).

3. Put an eating plan in place.  Sometimes during holidays people tend to over indulge resulting in an extra few kilos and inches.  Having a plan means you’re more likely to stick to it. DO NOT starve yourself. Perhaps you could use a food diary.

4. Meditation. Participation in meditation will help establish and maintain a healthy mindset.


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