Jennifer Davis, 34, of Charlotte, is a yoga instructor and stay-at-home mom to three children. She said she likes to stay in shape to keep her body fit and mind sharp.
“Exercise is healthy not only for the body but for the mind, as well,” she said. “My yoga practice gives me energy, strength, and reduces stress. Our bodies are incredible gifts and I think it’s important to take care of what we’ve been given.” Besides yoga, she likes to walk, dance and play with her children.
“I have very active kids and keeping up with them is a form of exercise in itself!” she said. “Instead of planning out a specific workout routine, I like to make sure every day involves some kind of physical activity. I love my time at the gym, but if I can’t make it to the gym I turn up the music and dance with my toddlers at home.”
As far as her diet, she said she likes to find balance in her eating.
“I have tried diet plans in the past, and for me personally they seem to drain the joy out of eating,” she said. “I simply try to eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of healthy elements, but also leaves room for some foods that I eat just for the enjoyment of it.”
While she said she’s hiked the Grand Canyon and throughout the Green Mountains in Vermont, she said she’s currently training for a 5K in April.
“Running is a huge challenge for me, so a 5K may not sound like much, but it’s going to be tough and I’m looking forward to it,” she said.
Her advice to anyone looking to live a healthy lifestyle is simple: start with small changes.
“Remember to appreciate your worth and make healthy changes towards the best version of yourself, without comparing yourself to others. You are beautifully and uniquely you.”