Fit Celeb’s got the scoop on Canyon Ranch’s Heather Schmidt! Her newest DVD, Canyon Ranch: Strong & Sculpted, will get you into shape in no time! Here’s our exclusive interview with Heather Schmidt:
Fit Celeb: What is your favorite exercise?
Heather Schmidt: Jump squats
Fit Celeb: What’s your biggest fitness secret?
Heather Schmidt: Always eat breakfast – it fuels your body for the day and jump starts your energy levels
Fit Celeb: Are you a calorie counter/do you believe in calorie counting?
Heather Schmidt: I’m not a calorie counter because I’m an endurance athlete and I need calories to fuel my body. But I do believe in – and practice – moderation.
Fit Celeb: What advice do you have on a healthy diet?
Heather Schmidt: I don’t eat meat, so I rely on whole grains and veggies to keep me full.
Fit Celeb: What’s your favorite body part/most proud body part?
Heather Schmidt: My legs
Fit Celeb: Which area of the body is hardest to get in shape/lose weight in?
Heather Schmidt: Hands down: abs. I’m still working on getting those 6-pack abs
Fit Celeb: How do you motivate yourself to work out when you’ve had a bad day/just don’t feel like it?
Heather Schmidt: Well, to me working out is how I recover from a bad day; it’s like my meditation practice, so I don’t often struggle with motivation in that sense. Sometimes I don’t feel like running 15 miles (remember, I’m an endurance athlete) but I’ll get out there and start running and after a few miles I check-in with myself and if I’m not feeling up to it, I stop. But more often than not, once I get going I can motivate myself to finish my session.
Fit Celeb: What food do you like to indulge on?
Heather Schmidt: I’m a baker, so I adore cake but most importantly, buttercream icing.
Fit Celeb: What’s your best health advice?
Heather Schmidt: Strive for one healthy behavior each day – a workout, adding a fruit to your lunch, etc. Even a little something can make a difference.
Fit Celeb: How did you get into your fitness career?
Heather Schmidt: My grandpa says that as a baby I didn’t walk, I went straight to running! So I guess it’s always been a part of me. I remember going to the YMCA with my mom at age 5 so she could work-out; that experience instilled in me the importance of being active. From there, my passion for fitness and exercise has just continued to grow.
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