It was a health crisis that started me on the path to fitness. Not mine, my mom’s. She died when I was just 30 years old. Watching her pass away at such a young age was the kick in the pants that I needed to get off my butt and start moving. Once I finally started exercising, I fell so head-over-heels in love with the way it made me feel that I wanted to “spread the gospel” to anyone who would listen (and since my previous career was in radio voiceover work, I figured I was well-positioned to use my voice!).
I constantly remind myself WHY I’m doing what I’m doing, and keep my eyes on the prize. In my case, the prize that comes from fitness is living a good quality of life in my later years. It’s not just about appearance for me—though that’s an added bonus. And as someone who struggles with occasional bouts of depression, I can count on exercise to help me feel better.
When it comes to working out, I try to exercise five times a week. I love coaching a number of classes, but kickboxing is my favorite. On the other hand, my favorite class to take is Yoga Calm. Beyond Gixo, I love going on long walks or hikes with my hubby. You might find me snacking on a banana for healthy-carb energy before a workout, and nuts or milk afterward to get that protein boost.
My one piece of advice for people getting into a workout groove? Pace yourself, don’t waste yourself! You can absolutely challenge yourself without overdoing it. I believe that even baby steps are progress.
Next time you’re in class with Coach Mary Beth, be sure to ask her about her “deja vu” dreams.