Cara Loren Van Brocklin is a multiple entrepreneur and mother of four who has learned that fitness is the key to physical and mental health.
Carts started The Burn app this year to help women around the world achieve their fitness goals and shares that her life’s mission is to empower women to prioritize their health and well-being so they can be the best version of themselves.
Here she joins the series from 9Honey Coach 5 fitness questions.
1. We are always promised “the secret” to getting and staying healthy. which one is yours
Consistency, consistency, consistency. It stays true to your workout routine even when life is chaotic around you. I love that the workout keeps me grounded in the midst of my busy life with my kids and businesses.
Even if my baby keeps me up all night or we have a work emergency, knowing I can sweat is my preferred form of therapy. When I find a routine or program I love, working out makes me more endearing, so it’s a part of my day that I look forward to and long for.
Now daily movement is so ingrained in my day that it’s just a part of my personality and lifestyle.
2. What do you now know about health (be it exercise, nutrition, or general well-being) that you wish you could go back in time and tell yourself five or ten years ago?
I was so intimidated into living a totally healthy lifestyle 10 years ago because I thought you had to be perfect. But the real answer is that you don’t always have to be 100 percent on every aspect of your health.
“Strive to do better than before, because perfection is not sustainable.”
Sometimes you’ll limit or tighten your diet/routine, while other times you’ll be in ‘maintain’ or ‘steady’ mode, giving yourself a little more grace.
Sometimes you’re in full bodybuilding mode, pounding hard on the weights, while other times you’re focused on building fitness in cardio, or just doing the bare minimum to get through a busy period (for me, October is my crazy busy month – so many birthdays!).
Bottom line, you strive to do better than before, because perfection is not sustainable.
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3. What is your diet philosophy?
First, learn and educate yourself about what foods are good for your body. Some things that have really helped me educate myself about healthy eating are counting macros and cutting out sugar.
First, it’s important to learn what you’re putting into your body, but then I firmly believe in finding the best way to incorporate that into your own lifestyle.
Everyone lives a different life, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution diet – the key is knowing what is healthy and good for you, and then finding the best way to live it. As with fitness, there are times of the year when you’re more focused on healthy eating than others. I firmly believe that we all get a pass during the holidays, and then in January it’s time to cleanse the colon!
4. What is one area of your own health, fitness, or well-being that you are working to improve? Is there a goal you have set yourself or a skill you would like to master?
My children are my life and I love to arrange my weekends to spend as much time with them as possible. And then I get a little too sweet with all the goodies. I try to train myself to recognize that one treat is good enough, but sometimes I still get a little carried away! Next Monday I feel this sugar fog and my stomach hurts.
5. What is one small, practical step you would recommend to a friend if they asked you for advice on what they can do starting today to improve their health?
For me, a workout plan is always much more likely to be executed when I write it down. Writing down your workout schedule solidifies it in your brain and makes it a living, tangible thing.
Another great way to keep up with your workout is to follow a program on a fitness app like Burn. There’s that well-known saying that fits perfectly here: If you don’t plan, you plan to fail.
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