As part of my new web series, The Role Model In You, here is my most recent interview. The Role Model In You series discusses how individuals were influenced as a child to lead a healthy lifestyle. It covers who influenced these individuals, the changes they made in their life to be healthy, and the message they would like to convey to the youth of today. Our guests include doctors, soccer stars, Super Bowl champions, NBA players, Olympic gold medalist, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and just regular people looking to share their story. I hope you enjoy it!
1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?
Alicia Bell, Elite Personal Trainer, 28. I am an independent personal trainer and run a fitness website.
2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?
Lola Bell. My Grandmother.
3. What did they do to inspire you?
She always enrolled me in every sport and extra curricular activity that she could. She did not just watch me take part and compete but she participated in everything from swimming, canoeing, cross country skiing and even walking around the track as I ran.
4. How did their lesson change your life?
She is still very active and people often think she is my mother because she does not look her age. Even though I am no longer a national ranked track and field athlete she inspired me to continue to always be active and taught me it is a lifestyle. I do not have children but she taught me to give back by coaching and continue to stay active and am always trying new sports. Currently I am now playing in the LFL. I had never played football before but wanted something to compete at.
5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?
Yes. I coach track and field and I am always giving my athletes examples from my experiences to guide them into living active and healthy past their track and field careers. I try to instill that it isnt just what they do on the track it’s also about taking care of their bodies and minds. Health is wealth. I form relationships with them that goes far beyond the track I want them to know I support them just like my grandmother supported me and still does to this day.
6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?
My main message is that life lessons aren’t learned on the couch eating bad food, they are learned through the experiences and friendships you make by being active. Being healthy leads to a better quality of life and that you are only limited by what your body will allow you to do or not to do. You get one physical body so take care of it.
7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?