Let’s have a round of applause for Angela Bekkala as she steps into the Spotlight! Angela blogs at Happy Fit Mama, pins all manner of inspiring things on Pinterest, and can be chatted up on Twitter @HappyFitMama.
1. How do you define FitFluential?
I define FitFluential as spreading the word about all that is good about living a fit and healthy life. If I can do it while managing a crazy busy life, anyone can! I think leading by example is more profound than preaching from a pulpit.
2. What is your main motivation to be fit?
My main motivation for being fit is me. Plain and simple. Working out is my therapy. It helps clear my head of worries and lessens the muscle tension from stress. Plus, I work in Cardiac Rehabilitation. I’ve got to “walk the walk,” right? A large percentage of the patients I see never exercised or ate properly their whole life. I don’t want to be 38 years old and having coronary artery bypass surgery!
3. FitFluential believes the key to balance is Eat, Sleep, Move, Enjoy. What is your favorite way to Enjoy Life?
My favorite way to enjoy life is through movement. The majority of my best memories revolve around being active. Weekend hiking excursions, running races, playing at the beach with my kids, trying new exercise classes with friends are all the what makes life enjoyable to me.
4. What is your regular fitness routine?
Right now I’m in training for my fourth half marathon. Then it’s on to my first full marathon! I’m pretty excited about it. I run four times per week with a mixture of speed, tempo, easy and long runs. I also try to fit in yoga or a Barre class at least 2 times a week in addition to strength training.
5. What advice do you have for someone at the beginning of their fitness journey?
Find something that you really enjoy. Don’t just start running, for example, just because it seems like the best workout. You are more likely to stick with it for the long haul if you aren’t dreading it. You want to be fit for life not just temporarily.
When was the last time you tried something new that was out of your comfort zone?
I tried Aerial Yoga recently. I’m afraid of heights and get motion sickness. I thought I would for sure lose my lunch. Surprisingly, I found that I loved it! And, I did not lose my lunch.