Personal Trainer at Phys Ed New Milford
Michelle competed in her first body building competition in 2000 but she recently told me that she feels like she is in better shape now than at any other point in her life, so a perfect time to take some fitness portraits!
I invited Michelle to write a post for the blog so here in her words.
What fitness and good health mean to me.
Our bodies are meant to move…that’s what we’re designed to do. Good health and fitness does not require endless hours of exercise or severe dietary restrictions, but it does require finding some form of movement that you can enjoy enough to do consistently and it does require being fueled with whole, nutritient dense foods. Many individuals get sucked into the lifestyle of instant gratification: We want it now. We enjoy those things that give us that quick moment of pleasure and we avoid those things that bring us a little discomfort.
What we should really be aiming for is an entire lifetime of feeling good. We need to find balance between what we want in the moment and what will help us live a fuller, healthier long life.
In order to be well rounded, we also need to include finding some way to improve our mental health. This could be as simple as taking 5 minutes a day to just sit and breathe deeply and think about what we’re grateful for that day. Taking a few minutes to “just be” can have a huge impact on our day.
I work with many older individuals and the ones who are feeling well and healthy as they age are the ones who have learned to balance out movement, nutrition and mental well-being. In the long run, we need to learn to take care of ourselves so we have more to give to others.
I love my job…helping others find nutrition and exercise that work for them so they can truly live their best healthy life!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Michelle. You are an inspiration to so many of your friends and clients.