We at Notable.ca believe in living a healthy lifestyle.
And while our lives are always busy, that’s never an excuse to forgo healthy habits in our daily routines.
So this summer we will be offering a series of exclusive workshops that will cover everything from health and wellness to nutrition and spirituality. And all with the best well-being experts in the industry.
The fourth installment of our series takes place on Tuesday, June 28th from 6-7pm at The Addisons Residence, where Toronto-based fitness and lifestyle blogger Sasha Exeter – the inspirational voice behind So Sasha – will speak to the importance of living a healthy lifestyle alongside a surprise chef who will teach you how to prep three different on-the-go meals ideal for young professionals who are looking to strike a balance between career and fitness.
Spots are limited, so apply below for a chance to attend.
Exeter is outspoken about inspiring those around her to live a healthy, nutritious life – one full of goal-setting, balance, and personal fulfilment. It’s something she’s certainly qualified to preach; she left the corporate world to pursue fashion and sports marketing, a move that didn’t immediately pay off. Instead of turning back, Sasha pushed forward in pursuing her passion by starting a website that now reaches people in all corners of the world. Her diverse approach to fitness, travel, healthy recipes, and street style can be applied to anyone to better their lives.
We sat down with her to find out how prioritizing healthy habits allowed her to improve her outlook on life and overcome illness along the way…
What first triggered your decision to lead a healthy lifestyle?
To be honest, I have always been relatively healthy. I have been an athlete my entire life, playing tennis, soccer and gymnastics. I exceled at tennis and at 15 decided to focus solely on that. Playing on both the national and international level from such a young age, I learned the importance of proper nutrition and off-court training.
Do you have a morning ritual? Can you lead us through it?
My days are hectic but my mornings usually start off on the right foot, which is really important in setting the tone for the rest of my day. I am usually up at 5:45am, have hot water with lemon or a Pure Leaf unsweetened iced tea, eat something small, and take my vitamins while checking my emails. After walking the dog, I usually get an early workout in before spending the rest of the day working and at meetings.
What do you believe to be the key(s) to happiness?
Good health. Love. An occupation that makes you excited to wake up in the morning, and solid relationships with family and friends.
If you could give one tip to everyone, the one thing they should all be doing to live a more well-balanced life, what would it be?
We all lead very busy lives and our schedules are the number one reason people skip workouts. Its unbelievable what just 30 minutes of exercise can do for our bodies and minds if we make time for it. Also, other small changes like cycling to work instead of taking the subway, choosing stairs over escalators, opting for walking breaks instead of coffee breaks, and replacing, sugary beverages for healthier options like Pure Leaf’s unsweetened, real brewed iced tea can make a world of a difference.
What do you feel most comfortable in when you’re working out?
The less clothes, the better. My usual is a sports bra with three-inch shorts or tights.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you want to stay in bed and forget the gym?
I am human, so there are definitely days I don’t want to do anything. My boyfriend is the best motivator. He wakes up and runs the equivalent of a half-marathon each day, so I can always count on him for motivation. The oldest trick in the book is to tell yourself to just put on your workout clothes, and if you get to the gym and don’t feel like working out, just go home. Nobody ever goes that far and bails, so it pretty much works every time!
What’s been your biggest setback and how did you overcome that?
Battling diseases that went undiagnosed for years was certainly a challenge. Waking up every day suffering from debilitating and chronic pain and feeling ill without being able to treat yourself made me feel like I lost years of my life. Taking my health into my own hands, doing research, not relying on traditional medicine and doctors, and seeking alternative therapies helped me battle issues related to my kidney disease and fibromyalgia.
Do you have a favourite app or gadget that helps you lead a balanced life?
I rely heavily on apps to keep me balanced every single day. My Apple Watch has been a life-changer. I use an app called Lark, which is basically like having a nutritionist on your wrist. She talks to me throughout the day and asks what I’ve eaten and gives me real-time feedback on what I’ve consumed and how I can make better choices. When I’m stressed, I use my 3 Minute Mindfulness and Headspace apps to me calm down. I have become somewhat obsessed with improving my sleep and religiously use the Sleep++ app to track my sleep patterns and the Calm app pre-bed to help me drift off into a restful sleep.
What’s the most common mistake you see others making when they’re trying to lead a healthier life?
The most common mistake I see when people are trying to lead a healthier life is setting unrealistic goals. If your goal is to be more active, instead of telling yourself you’re going to work out seven days a week, start with three. Once you have successfully maintained three workouts a week for a month, then you can increase to four days, etc. until you reach your ultimate goal of doing it daily.
Don’t forget: Spots to attend our exclusive workshop with Sasha Exeter on Tuesday, June 28th are very limited. Apply below for a chance to join us.
* A confirmation email will be sent to confirmed participants by Friday June 24th, 2016.