Fit Feature: Amber Smith, of Mason

Amber Nicole Smith, 24, of Mason, knows the value of fitness in her everyday life. The former high school athlete turns to exercise as a way to deal with her depression and anxiety.

“The more I learn about health, the more I realize I want to live a healthy lifestyle,” she said.

Smith, who is a special education aide, said her workouts include running, with a steady mix of elliptical training, StairMaster work, free weights and TRX, as well as group fitness classes. She said she hopes the workouts will help her with some upcoming goals.

“I’m running the Viking Dash Trail Run in February,” she said. “Beyond that, I hope to one day be able to run a 5K in less than 20 minutes.”

Smith is a vegetarian, loves almond butter and fights all too common sugar cravings by eating small amounts. Her advice to others looking for a healthier lifestyle is to find something you love and stick with it. “I’ve tried lots of classes,” she said. “I truly believe there is something for everyone.”

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