How I turned fitness into a lifestyle

Abbott partnered with influencers such as me for its Ensure Program. As part of this Program, I received compensation for my time. Abbott/Ensure believes that consumers and influencers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Abbott/Ensure policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

How I turned fitness into a lifestyle
When people commend me on my willpower and self-discipline when it comes to sports, I explain that my lifelong fitness journey has nothing to do with those virtues. I started working out early on in life to stave off anxiety and depression, and never stopped, right up until today. What I do for fitness has evolved over the decades, but the fact that I exercise daily has not changed. Some of the disciplines I´ve practiced regularly are: running, swimming, dancing and yoga. I was also a fitness and dance instructor in my 20´s and 30´s, and I´m gearing up to get my YTT200 (yoga teacher training) this coming year.

How I turned fitness into a lifestyle
So, turning fitness into a lifestyle started out as a mental health journey and it ended up benefiting me physically and spiritually as well. When I hear people say they just can´t muster the motivation to get themselves to the gym or the yoga studio, I urge them to find an activity they enjoy. If you´re going to fall in love with a fitness practice, it needs to be something that excites you. And you have to begin your journey realizing it´s going to be a marathon and not a sprint. Muscles have memory, and I know I wouldn´t feel as good as I do at my age if I hadn´t led an active lifestyle since I was a kid. It´s never too early in life to start exercising but it´s also never too late.

How I turned fitness into a lifestyle
One thing that helps me stay strong is supplementing my diet with protein nutrition drinks. I´ve shared before how Ensure® helped me get through a particularly challenging time in my life. And now I´m excited that I can also count on the new Ensure Max Protein Nutrition Drinks, available at Walmart. I juggle a number of things daily, and I always make time for at least an hour of daily yoga, either at the studio or in my backyard. I do my best to eat balanced meals at regular times, but I know that´s not always enough. I recently had a health issue with my colon, which made it difficult to eat as much as I need to in order to keep my energy levels up. Once again, I relied on my tried and true Ensure.

How I turned fitness into a lifestyle
This time around I´m drinking Ensure Max Protein Café Mocha Nutrition Shake, which has 100 mg of coffee from a Colombian coffee extract, in addition to 30 grams of high-quality protein to support my muscles. I also enjoy Ensure Max Protein Milk Chocolate Nutrition Shake. I stock  up in the fridge and toss it in my tote bag, so that I don´t miss out on nutrition while I lead an active life. You can do this too, by downloading this ibotta offer to get $2.00 of your purchase at your local Walmart, where I got my cases of Ensure Max Protein Nutrition Shakes.

Abbott partnered with influencers such as me for its Ensure Program. As part of this Program, I received compensation for my time. Abbott/Ensure believes that consumers and influencers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Abbott/Ensure policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

Lorraine C. Ladish

Bilingual and bicultural Latina editor, writer, speaker, online influencer and mom. Founder of Viva Fifty! Published author of 18 books. Her forthcoming title Your Best Age will be released by HarperCollins in September of 2017.