1. How do you define FitFluential?
FitFluential is about sharing our fitness journey so we can influence others to start theirs. Once that happens, we support and encourage. This takes the form of suggested training, product reviews, best practices, debunking myths – whatever it takes to answer the myriad questions we all have. Ultimately though, I think it’s about making fitness fun.
2. What is your main motivation to be fit?
With a big family, my goal is to be around for awhile to enjoy them! The side benefits of feeling better and enjoying the workouts are just a great bonus. As a complete gearhound, differing fitness activities give me the chance to try out new STUFF! If you look at my blog, you can see that product reviews are a big part of what I do. Trying out different things keep me fresh mentally and makes me better-rounded fitness-wise as well.
3. FitFluential believes the key to balance is Eat, Sleep, Move, Enjoy. What is your favorite way to Enjoy Life?
My RoadID has a motto that I’m really working towards this year: Balance Is All.
In the past I’ve tended to focus on just one aspect of my life at a time, be it family, work, or fitness. Writing my blogs together with all the attendant social media take a lot of time and effort as well. I tended to focus on one to the detriment of others or get burned out on something.
My aim now is to give each piece of my life its due and to integrate all of them to the fullest extent possible. My workouts are an example to my kids and I try to involve them as much as possible. They love helping me with food or gear reviews and it’s fun when companies send us items that work for them as well.
I find I enjoy life most when it’s most fully integrated. That and good food and wine.
4. What is your regular fitness routine?
My basic routine is 3 days of running and 3 days of cycling a week, often outside, but in winter I use the treadmill and trainer to keep moving. I am always looking to try out new sports or activities to keep things interesting – one year I tried mountaineering, one year ice hockey. This winter I’m adding snowboarding and next summer I’ll try stand up paddle boarding and kite surfing. Even though I don’t like it, I always take one day completely off (well, mostly off) to give my body and mind some time to recover.
5. What advice do you have for someone at the beginning of their fitness journey?
Realize it’s a marathon and not a sprint – it takes time to even become minimally fit. Try a variety of activities to keep things interesting and build overall fitness, rather than single-sport specific. For most of us, focusing on just one thing can lead to burnout or body imbalance, both can result in injury or disillusionment.
Bonus Question: What’s your ideal fitness job?
I would love to be a full-time gear tester. Running and cycling year-round. Spending weeks in the backcountry, trying out camping, hiking, and climbing gear. Follow up with some time at the beach paddle boarding, kite and wind surfing, maybe some SCUBA or snorkel. Winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing round out the year. Throughout these fun times, trying out cameras and tech gizmos that both enhance and record for posterity and allow sharing the experience.