It should be evident that obesity rates and health related issues running rampant in our country. (Nearly 70% of adults are overweight or obese and 47% of children (ages 2-19) are overwieght or obese.) But there are many people who are bucking this trend. I hear the many reasons/excuses why people can’t get to the gym (family obligations, work, time, etc), so I decided to highlight people that are focusing on their health in spite of all of that. SO INTRODUCING….
Dr. Rochelle Parks-Yancy
When did you fall in love with health and fitness? Initially, I started working out in my early 30’s to get in shape prior to my husband and I having kids. Then, I continued working out to lose the baby weight. I started loving it in my mid-30’s when I noticed that I was getting leaner and stronger.
How has health and fitness changed your life? I’ve become much more conscious of what I eat and drink and what I allow my son to eat and drink. My blood pressure is even better now at almost-41 than it was in my 20’s.
How are you able to balance your personal responsibilities (kids, spouse, other family obligations, work, hobbies, etc)? Exercise is just as important as my career and being a positive role model for my family. Therefore, I treat it like having a job-you make time for it. My son is a regular at the gym daycare. The better that I take of my health, the more I can take care of my family’s health.
How do you fit in workouts when your time is limited? Exercise is like brushing our teeth in my house: you make time to do what’s important and what is more important than our health??? Very little. So, I’m in the gym at 5am and, sometimes, at 11:00pm if that’s the only time that I have for it that day.
What was the biggest life adjustment on this journey? I had to accept the fact that we cannot out exercise a poor diet. We just can’t. Nutrition and portion control are very, very important.
What is your favorite workout move? Pullups and squats. They train the entire body.
What is your favorite clean meal? Clean treat? (Please share a recipe). Chicken breast (skinless), baked and seasoned with Mrs. Dash Tomato basil seasoning. Plain baked sweet potato. Peppers seasoned with Mrs. Dash Tomato basil seasoning.
Can you offer any advice to other busy women on how to get started down a healthier path? Make water your primary beverage. Fitness is a lifetime commitment, not a New Year’s resolution or a quick fix. Get good advice from qualified people with training knowledge. Educate yourself on food and beverage contents and portion sizes. Cook.
What are your future goals? Write another book. Compete again.