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Fitness for life and longevity

Spotlight on Carolyn S. ~ Driven Fitness member, yoga and Pilates instructor

What made you decide to begin a fitness program (or have you always been into fitness)?

I have been into fitness since I was about 14. I was not involved in sports in high school but was able to take many fitness classes including weight training. During our bench press fundraiser I was strongest

junior and senior. After having my son of course I had some weight to lose and a strong desire to bring my body confidence back .

When you were looking for a fitness studio why did you choose driven fitness?

After my husband spent a month in the hospital I was worried I wouldn’t get back to my fitness. Driven fitness Zoom workouts seemed to be the best route.

What does a typical workout week look like for you ?

Monday’s = 20 minute spin + an hour of Driven fitness zoom workout. Some Mondays I teach a Mat Pilates class followed by a hike with my dog

Tuesday = I try to fit in a good long spin workout followed by a yoga class in the evening. Sometimes a 30 minute Driven zoom workout

Wednesday = a little warm up on my rebounder before an hour Driven Fitness workout

Thursday = most of the time becomes a rest day depending how I feel or a hike with my dog

Friday = I teach a Matt Pilates class and then a 12 mile bike ride with a friend

Saturday= possible rest day or a full body band workout

Sunday = yoga

How do you fit it all in ?

Make a plan and be a little flexible….only a little and I make fitness a priority even if I have to get up a little earlier.

How has your workout routine changed overtime ?

When my kids were still at home I would get up super early to run or workout in my garage with dumbbells. On the weekends I would incorporate yoga and some cross country mountain biking. Over time I realized that even though I have always had a gym membership I was more likely to get my workout done at home and started buying more equipment. As I got fitter I would do gym workouts, try new classes like spin and Zumba. Finding which form of exercise I would do more regularly . Later in my 40’s and 50’s I decided becoming an instructor of Pilates and Yoga would help me way into my old age, along with continued strength training.

What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome?

The onset of Hypothyroidism in my early 50’s and it’s affect on my energy level. Managing my workouts in the morning knowing the afternoons will be tough and saving enough energy to finish my day.

How do you manage to eat healthy ?

Realizing early on that it is an absolute must to stay in the shape that I desired and to remain healthy on the inside. Even if it meant eating way different than my kids and family members. I practiced a lot of self control. Also adopted at 54 a whole food plant based lifestyle.

Who is your biggest supporter?

My husband of course. He knows how important being physically fit is to my mental wellness .

What is your # 1 tip for someone struggling to find a way to fit exercise into their lives ?

Don’t feel like you have to carve out and commit to a full hour at a time. Maybe a half hour and give yourself the ability to do different modalities of fitness.

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