Woman running

More of us at Pinterest are embracing Spring with early morning runs and fresh ingredients from the garden to cook healthier recipes. But often, coordinating a workout or planning meals with a packed schedule can be a challenge. It’s why we asked expert blogger behind Happy Fit Mama, mother of twins, and Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, Angela to help us with our fitness and lifestyle goals for our next Twitter #Pinspiration chat.

This week’s theme is all about staying active and healthy eating. Tweet us your #Pinspiration to @Pinterest this Friday, April 11th, between 9-10am PST. Need some ideas on how to stay fit and healthy? Just add the hashtag #Pinspiration to your tweet and ask away. Here’s a few topics to keep your gears in motion: how to start a running routine, maintaining motivation, joining a running group, setting goals for your first marathon, and foods that fuel your body before and after a workout.

 

We sat down with Angela to see how she started her active routine:

Woman in workout clothes

Hi Angela! Can you share a little bit about yourself and how you started your website, Happy Fit Mama?

Hello everyone! My name is Angela and I’m an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist living in New Hampshire with my husband, 2 children and chocolate lab, Cooper. I have always had a love of all things running, yoga and healthy living. I started to get serious about running after the birth of my boy/girl twins in 2010. I used training for a half marathon as a way to lose the baby weight but more so for the quiet time to be alone with my thoughts and the road. Since then, I’ve found that running is WAY more than exercise. It’s a way of life.

I’ve run numerous half marathons and other races of varying distance. Last year, I ran my first marathon and will be running another in the Fall of 2014. I started my blog, Happy Fit Mama, as a way to connect with like-minded lovers of running and fitness. My family needed a break from hearing me talk nonstop about it! On the blog, I share workouts, life stories of a working mama and healthy recipes from my kitchen.

 

As an experienced marathon runner, tell us about the get-up-and-go-plan you use to accomplish your goals?

I love a good training plan. If it’s on paper, I follow it. I try to map out my workout plans for the week so I know what I need to do for mileage in running on any given day. I also make sure to schedule in cross training, strength and yoga sessions throughout the week. Of course, a rest day (or two!) is always in the plan as well.

I’m also a firm believer in working out first thing in the morning. There really is nothing that will get in the way of a 5 a.m. workout. No one will schedule a meeting. No one will want to meet up for drinks. There are no after school sports to get to. Get it done and go about your day. Rise and sweat is my motto!

 

How do you use Pinterest in your day-to-day to discover health and fitness inspiration?

I use Pinterest all the time for health and fitness inspiration. There are so many fantastic workouts for everybody, no matter where you are in your fitness journey. I especially love the no equipment workouts since I haven’t belonged to a gym in four years.

Pinterest is also my go to for healthy recipes. Every Sunday, I meal plan for the week and Pinterest is my first stop for inspiration. On any given week, I’ll make at least 3 recipes I found from Pinterest or that I pinned to one of my boards. Who needs a cookbook these days?

 

Thanks for the advice, Angela! Don’t forget to join us on Twitter this Friday and share your #Pinspiration with the Pinterest team. Also, be sure to check out her blog and Pinterest boardsfor inspiration. See you Friday morning!