Interview with Halle!

What is your favourite type of exercise?
Interval training including treadmill, rowing machine and weighted floor exercises.
How does being active (gym/sports/running etc) help you in everyday life?
When I am working out, I feel empowered, strong and confident. Being active in some form on a daily basis gets the endorphins going and always puts me in a better mood. 

What does being healthy mean to you?
Being healthy to me means that no matter what is going on around me, I am able to maintain emotional, mental and physical stability. This includes recognizing how my body is feeling on any given day, acknowledging if changes need to be made, and accepting what I have control over and what I do not. 

How has your health journey looked like?
I was born and raised in a very athletic family. Since I was nine years old until I graduated all I knew were workouts centered around training to be the best basketball player I could possibly be. These workouts included Olymic lifting, court sprints, track workouts, and agility drills. During that time, I was solely focused on training my mind and put little emphasis on the mental and emotional piece of training. "If I can just get my my mile time under 6:15 minutes then I will be a rockstar.", "If I can just get one more rep in, then I will truly be a beast at back squatting.", "I will finally become a decent defender if I can complete these agility drills in under 30 seconds.". These statements are examples of what I would tell myself for years and are an accurate representation of the role that training played in my life. It was all centered around basketball and how I would be able to compete at the highest level. However, it wasn't until I took my jersey off for the last time that I realized that I needed to shift my mindset around working out. Now, I workout because I want to "train for life". I want to feel strong both physically and mentally and in shape to conquer anything that is thrown my way. This new focus has changed my life. 

Lessons you have learned? 
I have learned to trust in the process and that real change does not happen overnight. For so long I just wanted to see quick results and was more concerned with the instant gratification that came with getting into tip top shape. However, more recently, I have come to peace with the idea of making this health journey look more lika an evolutionary process rather than creating a final destination. 

Anything you want to share to people who can identify with your journey? 
If I could tell people one thing, it would be that comparison kills. If you are constantly comparing yourself to what another person's like or why you aren't as skinny, ripped, muscular, or lean as someone else, it will literally destroy you. YOU are on your own path and YOU are your own masterpiece and work in progress. 

What inspires you? 
People inspire me. The opportunity and ability that I have to share my personal health and wellness journey with others is what gets me so excited to wake up in the morning. I am inspired by the power of human connection and the inner strength of others. My inspiration comes from deep desire to positively impact everyone and anyone that I come into contact with.