The Young & the Healthless: How My Fitness Focus Matured As I Did

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | March 9th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss

Mother and Daughter Workout

Okay, so Emily Welsh, a Master Instructor for The FIRM, was actually far from “healthless” in her 20s. But one look at her answers to health and fitness questions will tell you Emily — now in her 30s — is now in an even healthier, happier place.

1. What do you eat on a daily basis?

Early 20s: Fat-free everything and baked potatoes with ranch dressing.

Now: EVERYTHING! Lots of greens, lots of protein, lots of veggies. (But no baked potatoes!)

2. Why do you work out?

Early 20s: To look good in a bikini!

Now: For my health, for energy, for stress relief, to feel good!

3. What do you wear while you work out?

Early 20s: Tiny little sports bra, tiny little shorts (showing my belly!).

Now: Long workout top, shorts or capris.

4. How heavy do you lift?

Early 20s: 15-20 pounds at the most.

Now: 20-25 pounds or more, and now I can execute at least 50 pull-ups from a dead hang during an hour-long workout. How’s that for strength?!

5. What is your focus with your workouts?

Early 20s: To kill myself every time … lots of plyometrics … lots of impact!

Now: To get an effective and solid workout every time … lower impact and a lot more stretching!

6. What is your favorite vice?

Early 20s: All of it … I could eat whatever I wanted and I didn’t gain weight.

Now: Dark chocolate … in small doses.

7. Do you do yoga?

Early 20s: Does it have plyos? No? Then absolutely not.

Now: YES! It really helps with my flexibility, and I need it to stretch after all of the weight work! It is hard to get calm for yoga, but it does wonders for my hips and low back.

I think you can tell that I’ve gotten a bit wiser in my 30s, and I hope to continue that trend as I get older.

Have you noticed that your mindset has changed as you’ve gotten older? How have you changed in your wiser years? Post your answers!

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  1. Those are many of the same reasons I worked out in my 20s – to be as sexy as Pamela Anderson during her “Baywatch” days. Now, I do it to keeep up my stamina, as I’ll be 40 in 3 years! UGH!

    Sara | March 13th, 2012 | Comment Permalink
  2. I hardly worked out at all in my 20s. Was skinny and didn’t think I needed to. Now I do FIRM workouts, Pilates and yoga five times a week and am in better shape than I ever was and I just turned 60! It’s never too late to start and to enjoy staying fit physically.

    Mary P. | March 13th, 2012 | Comment Permalink

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