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. Robin R. Rutledge-Taylor
When did you fall in love with health and fitness? My daddy taught me to swim in Lake Michigan, when I was 6 years old, I swam for enjoyment for most of my youth. I started cheerleading when I was 8 years old, until graduating high school. I did gymnastics from 11 years old (off and on) until graduating from high school. I dabbled in weight training, gymnastics and swimming in college. I think the real relationship with health and fitness started after the birth of my children. I discovered Billy Blanks’ Tae Bo after my daughter was born in 1998. My son was born a year later, I did Tae Bo during my pregnacy with him until the 7th/8th month. I then walked 7 flights of stairs to my office daily until the day before he was born. I was introduced to the world of herbalism by Master Herbalist Dr. Beverly Nicholson (aka The Herbal Doctor). When my son was 2 years old he had severe eczema and was diagnosed with asthma. She advised me to stop giving him dairy products for 1 month. His skin and the congestion cleared completely. I’d suffered from severe menstrual cramps for years, I also had poor digestion. She put me on a 90 day digestive cleansing program. My conditions were resolved. I was intrigued to learn more about natural health and healing. So, I took classes and educated myself whenever opportunities presented themselves. In 2002, I started my own business, Alpha To Omega Wholistic Therapeutic Services (wellness education and fitness training). Through the years, I earned certifications in Herbalism, Massage Therapy, Fitness Training, and a Doctorate of Naturopathy.
How has health and fitness changed your life? I have become more aware of the things I put in, on and do to my body. I am a label reader. I am also able to do things at this age (45) that were more challenging in my youth. Steve Ross’ Inhale Yoga has drastically improved my flexibility & balance.
How are you able to balance your personal responsibilities (kids, spouse, other family obligations, work, hobbies, etc)? I make a conscious choice daily of what I’m going to do to stay fit and improve my health. I don’t let my feelings guide that decision. My husband is supportive of my choices. He also joins me sometimes. My 14 yr old daughter is a cheerleader and ice skater. We sometimes work on flexibility together. My 13 year old son is a skate boarder and extreme sports fan. Sometimes he likes to compete with me exercising. I get my day started between 4:30-5:00am, before everyone else gets up. I exercise 45-60 minutes, then wake everyone else up. I also have a full-time job. Putting my duties in perspective helps me to maintain balance.
How do you fit in workouts when your time is limited? My workouts are my obligation to myself, not a choice based on how I’m feeling. Therefore, I prioritize by making time to fit them in.
What was the biggest life adjustment on this journey?cHaving children and husband who depend on me for MANY things. I’ve had to be creative with fitting myself in.
What is your favorite workout move? Side Plank with a hip dip.
What is your favorite clean meal? Clean treat? (Please share a recipe) Spinach leaf salad with colorful fresh vegetables and nuts, with sun dried tomato dressing. My favorite clean treat is a smoothie with 8oz chocolate soy milk, 1 banana, and 2 tbsp of soy nut butter.
Can you offer any advice to other busy women on how to get started down a healthier path? Be realistic for your situation. Do not attempt to mimic someone else’s life. Set realistic goals that will challenge you reach inside yourself to get what you need to achieve your goals. Make small changes, but be consistent. Don’t beat yourself up too bad if you slip. Simplicity goes a long way with commitment. Stay focused.
What are your future goals? To be able to reach and teach the masses in my culture that wellness is more than exercising and dieting to lose weight. I also want to encourage people to believe in themselves enough to know that challenges and obstacles do not equate to impossible. My mission: To ENLIGHTEN awareness of natural remedies; EDUCATE on healing mind, body and spirit; ENCOURAGE the embrace of fitness; and EMPOWER you to take responsibility for your own health. I am committed to helping people who are committed to helping themselves.