Role Model of Fitness: Renisha James wants to change the way you think about your health

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in Blog, Role Model of Fitness

Role Model of Fitness: Renisha James wants to change the way you think about your health

  As a passionate advocate for healthy living and raising awareness about mental health, Renisha James embodies what it means to be a Role Model of Fitness. As the creator of Renewed Fitness, Renisha provides informative content on how incremental changes can make HUGE differences when it comes to your overall health and fitness. In addition to being a seasoned endurance athlete, Renisha gives back to her community as a lead ambassador for the Chicago Chapter of Black Girls Run and recently scored the elite role of Ambassador for Nike Women. Renisha’s love of fitness fuels her passion to educate others through speaking engagements, personal training and leveraging social media to share motivational challenges and tutorials. I had the honour of interviewing Renisha as our latest Role Model of Fitness feature and she’s definitely a woman on the rise who is destined to make her mark through inspiring others. How did you get started in the fitness industry and what inspired you to create Renewed Fitness? Honestly, it was sort of by accident. I started running long distance in college and would workout on a pretty regular basis even after college. People would always ask me how I stayed in shape and if I could give them advice. Of course I did! It became something I really, really loved to do. Also, my grandmother on my father’s side was very sick with diabetes for a long time and ended up dying from complications of the disease. It was pretty devastating and I sort of made it my goal to help educate any and everyone I could about how healthy eating and physical activity can prevent these types of diseases from happening. So, Renewed Fitness came from both of those experiences. The tagline of Renewed Fitness is Relate. Release. Renew. What do these words mean to you and how do they inspire the work that you do? Relate. Release. Renew. refers to the process I believe it takes to really change the way you think about your health and fitness. Relate to the experience that having a healthy body and mind is wonderful and feels amazing. Release any and all inhibitions or insecurities about what it takes to achieve this lifestyle. And renew your mind by embracing the process, educating yourself and changing your thoughts. I realize that going from unhealthy or misinformed to healthy and knowledgeable takes a lot and it doesn’t happen overnight. So, I take an approach that helps people transition slowly and gracefully. Small changes make HUGE differences and lead to everlasting results. You participate in many running events for Black Girls Run and also work as their Chicago ambassador. Why is it important for you to advocate for women of color to get involved with fitness? Advocating for women of color is of the UTMOST importance to me because it’s the group of women I...

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Girl on Top Feature by Pauleanna Reid

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Features and Interviews

Girl on Top Feature by Pauleanna Reid

Pauleanna Reid is a inspiring and talented Professional Writer, Fashion Stylist and Motivational Speaker. I was honoured by her request to interview me for her Girl on Top series. In this interview I discussed my past issues with self esteem and body image, my goals for the future and advice to aspiring fitness professionals. Here are a few tidbits from our conversation: [message type="custom" width="100%" start_color="#fffff7" end_color="#B5EDFF" border="#999999" color="#333333"] What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given?[/message] Your life is a reflection of what you think. Our thoughts have immense power in defining our path. If you spend the majority of your time immersed in negativity, you are changing the course of who you will become and your outlook on life. The negative attention I gave to my body deeply impacted how I viewed myself. I recently created a Body Image Manifesto as a public declaration to promise to celebrate who you are, recognize your gifts and silence your doubts. [message type="custom" width="100%" start_color="#fffff7" end_color="#B5EDFF" border="#999999" color="#333333"] Is it possible for a woman to successfully balance both love and career? Why or why not?[/message] I believe that it is possible but it takes work on both sides. I know from past experience that it is important to nurture relationships and not be so immersed in your job. Conversely you should also strive to not be so involved in your love life that you forget the world around you. Anything worth having involves work so if it means something to you, the effort will be given. Click to read the rest of the interview at...

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Role Model of Fitness: Andia Winslow inspires on the course and in the community

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Blog, Role Model of Fitness

Role Model of Fitness: Andia Winslow inspires on the course and in the community

[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] [message type="custom"] Make working out both a priority and gift to yourself. The high one gets from working out actually serves to energize and propel further activity throughout the day. – Andia Winslow[/message] In our latest instalment of the Role Model of Fitness Interview series, I was honoured to have the opportunity to interview Yale alumna, Professional Golfer, certified Fitness Professional and Philanthropist Andia Winslow. Andia’s innovative training programs and fitness videos have been featured in Shape Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, Weight Watchers, on ESPN.com and on Mashable.com. In April 2006, she became only the fourth African American to ever compete in a Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour event and has been called “the most athletic and fit woman in all of professional golf.”  When not competing, Andia serves as a seasonal Teaching Professional at Chelsea Piers, in New York City, New York and she was recently tapped by Black Ice Concept to compete for the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation. In the Winter months, Andia relocates to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY to train in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and beyond. In addition to her athletic success, Andia is the  Executive Director of Golf Professionals Making A Difference and ambassador for the Women’s Sports Foundation. Her commitment to promoting healthy and active lifestyles, balancing multiple careers and educating the masses makes her an exemplary example of a role model of fitness. Read on for my interview with Andia. What inspires you to be healthy? My family. How do you define being a ‘Role Model of Fitness’? I’m reminded of conversations with my grandfather. He once told me that a leader is powerful only to the degree that she empowers others. Thus I seek to live my life in a healthy, impactful and inspiring manner always knowing that the best experiences are those that are shared. What is your fitness mantra or philosophy? My USA Track & Field Coach Brooks Johnson always tells me “Progressively more aggressive, Andia.” Translation: Run through the line, get stronger with every set –make a lasting impression. What is one thing that you wished you had known about living a healthy lifestyle that you wished you had known 10 years ago? I’ll flip this question around here. I’m glad 10 years ago that I didn’t know a healthy lifestyle was anything but the only life option. Watching many of my friends tackle health issues in recent years has been sobering and serves as a constant reminder of personal choices and consequences. How do you overcome fear or uncertainty? Face it. Why wonder ‘why?’ rhetorically when you can just get to the business of things. It will or it won’t. You are or you aren’t. It’s within your control or it isn’t. Life maturity and experience has taught me this...

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