What is your favorite fitness day/activity?
I love to run & hike, the next best things are trail
running and yoga or pilates.
What is your favorite fitness routine?
- 3 sets of 15 V crunches w/ weighted ball
- 3 sets of 15 squats including variations
- Various planks, ( side, revers, traditional,
- 4 sets of 12 tricep extensions
- 4 sets of 12 flutterkicks,leg raises, & v
In the gym I love using stability balls, med
balls and bosu balls to knock out multiple muscle groups at once thus, reducing
my time working out.
Why do you choose to stay fit?
I love to be active and being fit is just an added perk of me
getting up and moving my body regularly. I also like the challenge of
maintaining physical fitness, it’s a commitment and not something you can just
stop on a whim if you truly want results. I love discovering how strong I really
am, and I do that through staying fit!
Aside from physical exercise, what other ways
do you incorporate healthy choices into your life?
I love veggies and fruits, so I add them into filling
smoothies as often as I can. I also eat a lot of salads so eating healthy isn’t
really a big problem.
How have you dealt with any setbacks that have prevented you from working out, staying in
shape, or eating healthily?
Currently my left knee is really messed up. I torn cartilage
in three places around 4 years ago, had surgery to fix it but no follow up PT
to restrengthen my knee so it has gotten weaker and unstable because of it. I
am currently limited to walking (carefully) and bike activities as long as I am
careful. It has made working out very difficult as the moves I love to do are
high impact and high intensity.
What advice do you have for someone just
beginning their journey into healthy living and/or exercising?
Don’t give up! I know it can be overwhelming but know that
you are not alone and for every person that tells you you can’t lose the
weight, walk 5 miles, run a marathon, there will be 5 more telling you that you
CAN. It takes a while to see changes,especially for weight loss, it took more
than a day to put the weight on so it will take more than a day for it to come
off. Also, don’t read too much into the number on the scale, at the end of the
day, it is just a number and doesn’t say anything about you as a person or the
shape you are in. You can lose five pounds but be down 3-4 pant sizes! A scale
isn’t the only way to measure progress.
Have a great weekend!