Updated: Dec 10, 2020


Q. What does staying fit mean to you?

A. I used to think staying fit was maintaining a pant size of 0... now it means just maintaining a certain fitness and diet routine to honour my body & allow it function to its peak capacity. It took me awhile to learn this. Staying fit is a little more challenging for me because I've had arthritis since I was five. I was always trying the different workout plans & diets but none worked... because I needed to understand MY body, and not follow what everyone else was doing. My body, as everyone's, is different. I still wouldn't call myself "fit". I have some work to do, but I am currently working through loving myself more for how my body is.

Q. How do you enjoy staying fit?

A. I am typically working two jobs, while doing some sort of schooling, volunteering, or running my nonprofit. With a busy schedule, I need to include fitness into my day in innovative and fun ways. Typically my fitness involves the outdoors. Biking to work, chair yoga while I wait for the next client, hikes with my dog, kayaking at my cottage (as you see in the photo) and always making sure I get at least 20 mins. in on my days off. I love getting my friends and family involved too, hikes with my mom are times I really cherish. Fitness isn't all about the crazy HIIT workout you completed, although those can be fun too!

Q. Aside from physical activity are there other ways you enjoy staying fit?

A. Setting intentions for the week. I have a worksheet I fill out on Sunday nights that plans my meals, my fitness, and something for the mind (podcasts, books,  gratitude journaling) for the upcoming week. I find that when I write down my plans for the week I am more liking to follow it. Meal prepping is very important, especially for curbing my sugar addiction. When I have my meals packed, including my snacks, I am less likely spending money on sugary baked goods. 

Q. Does food play a role in how you stay fit?

A. Food and diet is everything for me... It is the fuel that allows me to move. Inflammation and food are interconnected, and if I don't eat properly, I am not able to move my body and workout. With that said, I don't put extreme limits or restrictions on my diet. I am not trying to set myself up for failure. Sustainability is important. I use the program Plan to Eat which allows me to upload all my recipes, plan my meals for the week, and creates a grocery list for me. Trying new recipes is something that now excites me.

Q. What is one piece of guidance to someone still navigating and understanding their unique way of staying fit?

A. Get to know YOUR body and don't get discouraged when you don't see results after following the same routine as the Instagram fitness model you follow. Your body is amazing. Fitness is not about weight and before and after photos. Think of fitness as a way of honouring your body because you are blessed to have a body you can fuel and move! 


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