GlobalFit interviewed employees of all ages and identities to learn about how they live our mission of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, both in and out of the office. Here’s what they had to say.
GF: Thank for volunteering your time today. Can you please introduce yourself and your role at GlobalFit?
B: I’m Becca Scofield, Registered Dietitian for CHARGE.
GF: Hi Becca! What does a “healthy lifestyle” mean to you?
B: Eating foods that help me perform and feel my best; moving my body in ways that challenge me and that I enjoy.
GF: When did you begin focusing on a healthy lifestyle and why?
B: I've always had balance in my life, but no "changing" moment. I've been vegetarian for over 20 years, and that helped me pay attention to the foods I ate- and as an athlete starting at a young age, physical activity has always been a part of my life.
GF: How do you stay physically active?
B: I do marathons and triathlons- so swim, bike, and run!
GF: How do you practice mindfulness or mental “fitness?”
B: This is something I struggle with- but I destress at the end of the day by relaxing.
GF: Does your wellness routine include a certain way of eating? If so, can you describe it?
B: I'm vegan, so I eat all plant- based foods. This is for ethical, environmental, sustainability, and health reasons.
GF: How do you make time for your wellness routine amidst work, family, and other responsibilities?
B: It's part of my schedule, on my calendar. I have to see how my week is going to play out and maneuver my fitness around what my schedule looks like on any given day.
GF: In regards to your wellness routine, what have you tried before that didn't work for you, and why not?
B: I like being accountable to someone, to keep me on track for my big picture goals (it's easy to lose track of that in the day-to-day). I have a running and triathlon coach, which definitely helps. I also have a couple of friends whom I meet for early morning runs- accontabilibuddies are a huge help- so I guess "no accountability" is something that hasn't worked great for me!
GF: What does it take for you to be consistent in your wellness routine?
B: As I mentioned, accountability.... and also preparation. To me, preparation really focuses on having quick and simple foods in my house to make for lunches and dinners. Convenience is key, since most of us are busy! Frozen vegetables, tofu, beans, bread and wraps, peanut butter, pasta, and salad greens are staples.
GF: What are your top three tips for someone looking to live a more healthy lifestyle?
B: 1- Start small. Overhauling everything at once can be exhausting (and also not necessary). Identify 1 or 2 "small" things that can make a big impact, master those habits first, then move on to something else!
2- Move your body in a way that you enjoy and feels good. People think they have to be in the gym on a treadmill 5 days a week. Not true! Do some yoga at home with your partner, or take your old bike out for a ride on the weekend. Go for a walk with a coworker at lunch (this uses that accountability tool too!). And again- start small!
3- Eat more plants. This doesn't mean go vegan- it means start by adding in more fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, or nuts in your day. In my opinion, this is the #1 thing most people lack in their diet- and over time, if these foods replace some of the less nutritious items, great!
GF: Anything else you want us to know?
B: "Healthy" means something different to everyone. You don't have to be "on" or "off" of a healthy lifestyle- it's all about balance, including healthy habits that are sustainable to you, and incrementally picking up new healthy habits that help you feel better.