Friday, September 9, 2011


Incorporating some type of activity in your every day life may not be as challenging as it sounds, especially when you like the activity that you're doing. Today's feature made me rethink that the idea of being active had to be a chore. It doesn't. Including activities in our lives that we like to do will compel us to want to do things that will help us live a healthier lifestyle. Take a few queues from today's guest, Chelsea Pickens, who maintains a healthy lifestyle doing the things that she likes.

You've maintained a pretty active lifestyle over the years. What motivated you to remain active?
I have always had a love for being active - whether it be playing sports or just going to the gym. Since I enjoyed being active while playing sports in high school and college, I decided to maintain that lifestyle as an adult.

What are some fitness activities that you do?
Recently, I developed a love for running. Ever since I completed my first 5k three years ago, my interest has grown from there. Since then, I've completed 3 races, and 1 sprint triathlon. My goal is to run a marathon by next year.

Do you have weight/fitness goals?
I always have a goal that I am trying to reach to keep challenging myself. I believe that if you don't set goals, you have no purpose.

How often do you workout?
I normally workout at least 3 to 4 times per week. Of course many times life gets in the way, and I may skip here and there, but it's nothing like starting back up again.

Do you workout alone or with a workout buddy?
I believe you have more motivation when you workout with a partner. It's always fun to have a friendly competition. My boyfriend and I always challenge each other.

If you miss a day, or a few days of activity, do you make up for it with extra workouts or do you remain on your same workout schedule?
That question is right on time because I just missed a week of working out due to travel. When this happens, I normally tweak my workouts by adding more repetitions or increase the weights I lift. I also try to curve my eating a little bit more so I won't feel as guilty. However, it's okay to cheat sometimes; just make sure it's in moderation.

Do you work out to music? If so, what are some songs on your work out playlist?
Working out to music is a must for me. On those days where I don't feel up to working out, a little Beyonce or Lil Wayne can always get me going. My latest favs right now are Beyonce's Run the World (Girls), Waka Flocka No Hands, and I gotta have my New Orleans music Do Whatcha Wanna by Rebirth Brass Band.

What are some health issues you think you've avoided because of your active lifestyle?
High blood pressure and arthritis runs in my family, so I think I've been able to avoid these by staying active, and watching what I eat.

What would you say to motivate someone to include some type of activity in her life?
I would ask that person where do they see themselves in 5 - 10 years. And whether it's having a family, or being promoted in a job, I would recommend using that to motivate you in staying healthy.

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