Alaina Brent

Alaina Brent

Setting the pace

When many people think about running, thoughts turn to sweat, shorts and steep hills – but not Alaina Brent’s. Taupō’s young fitness advocate believes jogging is so much more than stepping out on the street, it’s about increasing self-esteem and self-awareness.

“I have felt first-hand the benefits, physically and psychologically, from exercising and a healthy lifestyle, following six years of poor health and challenging times,” she explains.

Her own realisations lead to questioning the bigger picture and actively sharing her knowledge.

And share she has. From running her own fitness and wellbeing business – Monarda Health – to coaching the Taupō Athletics Club and organising a social walkers’ group.

“I have also just started a running clinic via the Shoe Clinic which does have a small charge but is free to full-time students / kids 12+,” she explains.

With summertime here, it’s not about squeezing in extra fitness time for herself – Alaina trains everyday year-round – it means getting more involved with Taupō’s kids. “I will be working with the Taupō Athletics Club and Sport Waikato to get as many kids involved as possible over this athletics season.”

To get involved with Alaina, the running clinic or walking groups / clubs, email

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