High school math teacher Amy Heriford, 33, of Grand Ledge, uses fitness as a way to relieve stress and is an example for her four children. Being a healthy role model is important to her.
“I have enjoyed participating in sports and exercise since I was a young child,” she said. “I believe it is essential for my four children to see the importance of staying healthy, both through exercise and healthy food choices. Exercise is a stress reliever for me, and it is a way for our family to have fun!”
Heriford said she likes to work out early in the morning, before 6 a.m., and before her children wake.
“I enjoy running the most, so I’ll usually run up to 5 miles, typically on our treadmill,” she said. “If I have time after running, I’ll lift weights or do a short HIIT workout. As a full-time teacher, mom of four kids, (Noah, Laura, Eli, and Isaac, ages 8 and under), and a wife, running is my ‘me time.’ It’s a great way to start each day because I get energized and relaxed before my kids wake up.”
Her love for running stretches into at least three 5K or longer events per year.
“I have run six half marathons and one full marathon, too,” she said. “I have been running since I was in 6th grade. I participated in track and cross country in high school. I ran daily through all four of my pregnancies. In fact, I ran on the day I gave birth to Eli and Isaac.”
She said she practices intermittent fasting, eating her first meal of the day between 11 a.m. and noon and last meal by 7 p.m. “I believe in everything in moderation, so cheating is not something I think of when it comes to food,” she added.