Fitness a Way of Life

7 Jan

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Name: Noelle McKenzie
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What’s your primary workout?
My primary go-to workout lately has been a Tabata high intensity interval. I enjoy HIIT because it’s quick and effective at working out your entire body in a short period of time. This week I’ve been doing 8 exercises at 30 seconds all-out-intensity for each and a 20 second recovery between each set. I usually do 2-3 sets of the 8. Alot of times all I’m using is my own body weight, which you can see in our workout videos on our YouTube channel.

How long have you been working out? I’ve been active all my life. It began as a high school athlete and than I quickly picked up DI track and field in college where I went on to crush the school record in the 1000 meters. Since then I’ve remained active doing my Tabata workouts and I enjoy training for long distance races. I’ve done a few 10 miler races and completed my first half marathon in Philadelphia.

How often do you work out?
I try to workout almost everyday. It’s not always a standardized routine that I plan sometimes it involves my commute to training my clients or working out with my clients. For example today I biked an hour to train one of my clients. I tend to get around by bike a lot in Brooklyn.

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in?
My favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in is my spandex shorts from Nike and a plain old tank top. If I’m at home I like to workout barefoot otherwise I’m currently training in my new shoes from Therafit, these are especially designed shoes for women who are on their feet all day. They come with removeable insoles to adjust the comfort and support level.

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal?
My favorite healthy snack would be either hummus with crackers or a protein shake. My favorite healthy meal is salmon with brown rice and asparagus or else a turkey burger with sweet potato fries.

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you, what would you eat and do?
On a cheat day I would indulge in anything sweet. I love chocolate so I would probably go for a slice of chocolate tart and I also love key lime pie. For a meal I would splurge by having homemade lasagna. As far as activity goes I would probably do something adventurous because I enjoy being active. My favorite extreme sport I’ve tried is hang gliding.

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit?
My biggest motivation to staying fit is my profession. As a personal trainer people aspire to me so I have to set a good example and in modeling it’s all about how well you take care of yourself. I’m also motivated by some recent losses in my family. Both my father and grandmother died of cancer from poor lifestyles, which is why I will never smoke nor abuse any drug of any sort. I’m all about being fit naturally without any drug influence.

Any advice for the beginners out there? Never stop. The hardest part about healthy living is not reaching your goals as much as it is maintaining them. A lot of people get to where they want to be and than fall off again. You have to remember to treat your health as a lifestyle not a quick fix. If you don’t choose to incorporate healthy choices into your everyday you’ll never reach your fullest potential.

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
I love reaching people I would never have the chance to meet in person. It’s like having a second family. The people reading my blog become loyal followers and the reactions and comments they leave let me know how much they buy into what I’m telling them. It’s not about how many people I can train in the gym, that’s only part of it, it’s about how many people I can influence to make a change in their life for the better.

How do you hope to inspire people?
I hope I can inspire people by the way I choose to live my own life. I don’t sugar coat myself, so people find they can relate to me. I stay real to who I am including the mistakes and tribulations I too face. Choosing to be healthy in all aspects of your life is not an easy feat. It’s requires patience, discipline, self-respect and a commitment to a larger community than just yourself. You have to believe that what you do for yourself is ultimately going to lead to a healthier community for us all because we each play a role in a larger whole.

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