1. Name, Title, and age?
Kim Evans, Fitness professional and coach, age 55. I teach group fitness classes to all ages with an emphasis on functional fitness and senior strength, I am a high school track and field coach and I also teach stand up paddle board lessons and fitness on the board.
2. Who inspired me as a child?
My grandfather and my mom were my fitness role models. My grandpa loved to go out stomping around in the woods, he was an active outdoors-man. My mom , now 81, is a lifelong walker and exerciser, she took up rollerblading at age 55, and kayaking after that. She had me on skis when I was about three years old. My dad was also a great influence, he was a coach and was always there for me when I was a competitive athlete.
3. What did they do to inspire you?
My grandpa would come and get my sister and I and take us on adventures. That gave me a love for exploring the out of doors, I was a suburban kid and to run around in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was a revelation. My mom taught me that you are never ever too old to try new things. I try to do that now, learn something new every year.
4. How did their lesson change your life?
My active grandpa and mom showed me that you can and should be active all of your life. As someone approaching mid life, I see most people slowing down or stopping completely. And then things start to fall apart. I learned early on to enjoy movement and being active, it is so ingrained in me that I am miserable not moving around.
5. Do you convey that message to kids?
Absolutely! I am a high school track coach and I feel that it is important to be able to physically demonstrate anything that I want them to do. And being fit allows me to do that. I often do the warm up routines with my athletes. As a female I feel it is very important to demonstrate what a healthy lifestyle is all about.
6. What is your healthy lifestyle message to today’s children?
My message is that you only have one body so you should try hard to take care of it. With teens I liken my body to a car. It can look pretty on the outside, have a great sound system, but if the engine is not taken care of it doesn’t matter how loud your speakers are. If the car doesn’t run or doesn’t do what you want, then you should take care of it. The more you move as a kid the more your body likes to move. I also like to tell them that they need to think of food as fuel and to put the best fuel in that they can.
7. Do you have a web site to promote?
My new website is www.kimydink.com