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Today’s fit mommy is Sheila, a busy mom with two small children. She is also the owner of Fit 4 Moms, a “unique exercise program dedicated to hard-working moms who are serious about a healthy lifestyle and proper exercise techniques”.
Sheila started the program after having her second child and believes that all moms should take the opportunity to get fit and healthy. Children are welcome in the class sessions at Fit 4 Moms, so there really are NO excuses!
In her spare time, Sheila enjoys competing in marathons, triathlons, water-skiing, wake boarding, and snow-skiing. She is definitely “One Fit Mommy”!
Please read on for more about Sheila and be sure to visit her website Fit 4 Moms:
Q: Have you always been fit? What inspired you to live a fit lifestyle?
Yes, pretty much my entire life I have spent in gymnastics, cheerleading, track and other physical activities (Skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding, bike riding, etc.) Being “Fit” was not my goal in participating in these activities, however. It was a lifestyle that I was introduced to at a young age which continued through to adulthood. Being active was just “how we carried on”. I grew up in a small town outside of Montreal in Upstate NY. We were close to Lake Placid. So when the Winter Olympics came to Lake Placid in the 1980’s, my parents were elected to work at them. I had the good fortune of witnessing these incredible winter sporting events front row. Even at the age of 7 years old, I was filled with emotion when a competitor would win his/her event. Realizing the time and effort put into their training was enlightening. This and other similar events inspired me to live a fit lifestyle. Having a husband who is ‘one fit daddy’ keeps me doubly inspired.
Q: How did you get started with FIT 4 MOMS?
After having my second child, I realized that my time at the park with my children could be better spent…exercising. The word got out to other moms at the park that I was organizing a “fitness group for moms where the children can enjoy themselves too!” And it is history for there. The FIT 4 MOMS clientele has grown from 3 to 100 since 2006.
Q: What advice do you have for moms who claim they don’t have time for exercise?
Hogwash. You make time. It has to be a priority otherwise there will not be time, just like anything else in life. You have to eat to stay alive; we make time to eat. You exercise to stay fit, healthy and to feel good; find time to do so.
Q: What is your favorite exercise and why?
Plank. In this position every muscle is engaged. It is excellent for your arms, back, abs, glutes and quads. Our motto is “Plank…like a mother.” It is displayed on our FIT 4 MOMS T shirts.
Q: Do you have any mental tricks that you use when you just don’t feel like working out?
What comes to mind when I have second thoughts about waking up at the crack of dawn to train are paraplegics, cancer victims, single moms with little help, and any other challenged athlete who can find it in themselves to get out of bed each day. I chant to myself “Just do it. No excuses. ”
Q: Random question: What is your favorite brand of running shoes?
I have run in all brands of running shoes from Nike to Mizuno. As long as they are comfortable, reduce the risk of blisters and ankle problems, they’re good in my book.
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