Wendie Pett is a nationally recognized name in the fitness industry. She's passionate about motivating and encouraging people to make fitness and nutrition part of their daily routine.
The essence of total beauty - mind, body and spirit - is what Wendie Pett is all about.
When I decided to launch my "7 Questions With..." series of blogs, I quickly thought of asking Wendie to take part. I love her approach to health and fitness and I adore her vivacious personality.
Check out what Wendie has to say about getting visibly fit at any age -- and about the three biggest mistakes we make when we start an exercise routine.
Diet-to-Go: You're a big proponent of being "visibly fit" -- in fact, your unique workout program is called Visibly Fit. What does being visibly fit mean... that it's important to look good?
Wendie Pett: Most people think that being Visibly Fit is only related to being physically fit. While that is a big component, mental and spiritual fitness is equally as important. You may not realize that having a healthy mind and spirit is just as "visible" as having a healthy body, but it is indeed!
People can see when you are mentally sharp by the way you respond and in the manner in which you do so. A fit spirit is seen when the beauty from within reflects outwardly. Typically, this is first seen in the eyes... the eyes truly are the windows of the soul.
Have you ever met someone with a smile on their face, but sadness was visible in their eyes? I know I have. A balance of mind, body and spirit combined is what being Visibly Fit is all about.
DTG: How can people like me, over the age of 40, stay in shape? It seems so difficult to get inspired to work out!
WP: It doesn't matter if you are over 40 or under 40. If you don't know your reason or your "why" you're working out, then you'll never be fully motivated or inspired.
I coached a client the other day and he never missed a day caring and praying for his ill father... why? Because his motivation was bigger than himself. Why does he now practice my Visibly Fit exercises daily? Because he doesn't want to be in a similar situation as his father in years to come.
Everyone has a different "why" but when your why becomes bigger than your current situation then the motivation never leaves.
DTG: There have been some contradictory reports on the amount of time we need to work out to be healthy and in shape -- what's your take on this issue?
WP: Yes, there are some contradictions on this topic just as there are on most topics revolving around exercise and diet. But, my opinion -- first and foremost -- is that it's important to listen to your body. Let your body be a guide for you on a daily basis.
I personally train using my Visibly Fit exercises daily and do the moves throughout the day. It boosts my metabolism and gives me a burst of energy during the day. Typically, I don't workout more than 20-30 minutes total daily.
Where a person starts in their wellness journey determines the level of intensity and amount of time required for their workouts. I feel that people don't need more than 45 minutes to an hour daily including cardio to receive optimal benefits.
Many people overexercise and defeat the purpose of what they intended to accomplish. Ever see someone that works out ALL the time and they never seem to have the transformation they seek?
DTG: If I work out really hard each day do I really need to worry about watching my diet?
WP: I think it's important to determine what a "really hard" workout looks like to an individual. But, YES... if you intend on reaching your goals to their fullest then your diet is critical. Exercise is only part of the equation; the other part is eating properly.
What does eating properly look like? I think it should 5-6 small meals a day, almost like grazing. God-given foods such as fresh fruits, veggies, lean proteins and whole grains.
Think about it, if you go out and eat your favorite cheeseburger and fries because you "feel" like it, then your workout would become null and void. Why work so hard if it isn't going to count?
DTG: What are the three biggest mistakes we make when we start an exercise routine?
WP: 1. Setting lofty, unattainable goals. One should begin a routine with a realistic goal instead. Once you reach that goal then create a new one that is equally realistic. This will give you a sense of accomplishment more often and won't t leave you feeling discouraged. It's also a great way to see your progress.
2. Getting on the scale. Instead, set the scale aside and use a measuring tape to determine your progress. Muscle weighs more than fat and if you see that the number on the scale doesn't match the number you have in your mind then this can lead to more disappointment and cause someone to stop working out.
3. Start... stop... start... stop. The yo-yo routine will never offer promising results. Remember - practice makes permanent! So, practice daily with exercise and nutrition and results will stay.
DTG: What is the simple secret for staying fit and living longer and healthier?
WP: A simple secret for me is prayer and meditation. When I start my day giving gratitude and love and receiving it as well, then my positive attitude overrides any "issues" that life my bring... and it will, believe me!
When you experience true joy internally then you will honor your temple (your body) by taking care of it. A respectful view of yourself encourages healthy habits, thus allowing for a longer, healthier and happier life.
DTG: What's the best way to slim down without resorting to pills or surgery?
Well, I'm a bit biased to my Visibly Fit exercises because you just use your body as your gym...no equipment needed. Using DVR (dynamic visualized resistance) exercises you can slim down quickly without putting wear and tear of joints, tendons or ligaments.
But, I believe that you should do whatever resonates with you. Just stay committed on a program and healthy eating patterns and you will see results.