From a very early age, I learned that there are two kinds of people in life: those who exist and those who thrive. It’s the determining factor between those who progress in life and those who remain static. Thriving is having the guts to embrace your potential, as well as being accountable for your life and wellbeing.
I grew up in an athletic family, playing every sport imaginable. The competition was fierce and my brothers cut me no slack. I learned to either play tough like the boys or get off the field.
As a health and fitness writer, I motivate people to lead healthier, more meaningful, active lives. Through my blog Happy Mom. Happy Kid. Healthy Life. and social media @Dr_J_2211, I show what’s possible and what’s achievable, even for the everyday athlete.
It’s my passion. It’s what I love to do.
As a lifelong athlete, physical fitness and healthy eating have always been an integral part of my life. It’s an investment in personal well-being. For me, the rewards are two-fold: physically, I am now vastly stronger and in better shape than I was as an accomplished varsity athlete and physiologically, exercise is both challenging and personally rewarding.
My approach to training is very holistic. I consider myself a complete athlete. For me, it’s less about aesthetics and more about overall health and personal performance. My regimen consists of distance running, high-intensity interval training, indoor cycling, weightlifting and sports. Advancements in sports training and nutrition are constantly evolving. I’m never dogmatic in my approach to fitness, always willing to experiment with new training methods. Hand-in-hand with being fit is the importance I place on proper nutrition, rest and recovery.
Even as a busy, working parent, I make health a priority – not only for myself, but also for my daughter. Setting a positive example, ensuring she develops healthy eating and fitness habits is critical. It’s important for parents, no matter how busy we are, to actively promote healthy living. Our children look to us for guidance; it is our responsibility to give them the tools to thrive.
I first learned about Wahoo Fitness while demoing the TICKR X heart rate monitor. In the past, I dabbled in fitness technology with limited success. Wahoo, however, is in a league of their own, providing training-specific metrics I can use to enhance my physical performance. This is tangible, readily understood information anyone can use to improve athletically and get an edge up on the competition. It’s like having your own personal coach. It’s an amazing piece of kit.
As an advocate for healthy living, I foster and support any means of communication as a platform for providing knowledge and guidance to help people along the path to optimal health. It’s important that my work helps people achieve their potential and thrive. Teaming up with Wahoo Fitness to deliver informative health and fitness articles just makes sense.
That being said…Let’s do this!
Rachael is an accomplished athlete, mother and writer. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Besides a passion for health and fitness, her interests include community service, reading, traveling, and pretty much anything adventurous, epic and adrenaline-inspiring.