Happy Thursday and welcome to another edition of Faces of Fitness! If you are new here, this series kicked off at the beginning of January to recognize the top health and fitness influencers on the web. See who else has been featured here.
1. How did you get involved in the health and fitness industry?
I have been an athlete most of my life; by age 3 I was already swimming, diving, dancing and skiing. My love for activity and sports only grew from there.
As active as I was growing up, it wasn’t until I was working at a PR and marketing agency that the fitness bug really hit me. I found running as an outlet to deal with the stress and hectic schedule of my job and soon after I’d completed my first couple marathons, I was on to ultra-marathons (distances over 26.2 miles).
Over the years and many ultra marathons and yoga classes later, my colleagues started asking me to help them get in shape. We were sitting outside on a beautiful Friday afternoon doing happy hour, when it dawned on me that I could really help people. I started teaching yoga and bootcamp classes before work for a handful of my colleagues. After a couple of years, my classes began to grow and I soon realized that my hobby was really turning into something—a thriving business!
2. What do you think is the biggest misconception about fitness?
I think one of the most common misconceptions is that fitness means “skinny.” Fitness is really about being healthy, active and alive.
3. What is your favorite way to get your sweat on? Why?
Running and yoga are definitely at the top of my list when it comes to getting sweaty!
I think I’m most attracted to the freedom that both running and yoga provide. For one, I don’t need much to run or practice yoga – just tennis shoes, my mat and a smile – and I can do either activity pretty much wherever and whenever I want.
Second, I love the places they take me both mentally and physically. Whether I’m running the trails or hitting the yoga mat, I always feel more creative, present and alive. I can roam wherever I want while running or take my practice wherever it needs to go on any given day.
4. As an entrepreneur, how do you find time in your busy schedule to workout? Especially when you are traveling?
I simply make it a priority. I always wake up early so I can fit in a run, do some strength training or grab a yoga class before my day really begins.
While traveling, I try to connect with local fitness groups, runners and find workout buddies to keep me motivated, inspired and also get ideas on where to go!
5. What is your number one tip for people to stay motivated to reach their health/fitness goals?
Just keep moving! All forward progress is progress. Don’t beat yourself over a bad day or a bad week.
Any questions for Jamie?
How did YOU find your love for health/fitness?
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