Carrie Groff is committed to her health. A fitness blogger, a health and wellness guru, and well on her way to become a personal trainer, she knows a thing or two about taking care of her personal health. When Fitneff learned that she loves her new WalkTopTM treadmill desk, we reached out to find out more. Here is her story.
Carrie, you wake up every day at 4:30am to complete an early morning workout. Why do you get up so early to work out every day?
I’m a morning person, so getting up early isn’t difficult. I’m addicted to my exercise, and I find that my morning workout sets the tone for the entire day. When I’ve made the time for exercise, I feel better and more energized. I start my day with cardio and strength training, and then later, I do yoga during my mid-day break.
What is your personal philosophy on health & wellness?
Firstly, I’m not someone who enjoys going to the gym. I believe workouts should be comfortable, convenient, and do need not cost a lot of money. I feel much more motivated at home, and love that I can do different types of exercise in my own living room.
To maintain my good health, I believe in dedication and consistency. In addition to working out, I do my best to eat natural and organic products, and am constantly learning, and teaching myself how to improve my healthy lifestyle. Finally, I believe in sharing my experiences with others, which is why I write my blog, Healthy, Fit and Barefoot.
You’ve told us that you love your WalkTopTM. Why?
I hate being confined to a chair, but my work requires me to be at my desk for long periods of time throughout the day. I feel frustrated when I can’t get up to get moving because I have work that needs my attention. With the WalkTopTM, I can still be productive, but I can walk at the same time.
What kinds of activities are you able to do when walking, and working on your WalkTopTM?
I never expected to be able to do so many things on my WalkTopTM. It is amazing. I read, study, write my blog, respond to emails and update my social media profiles, all while walking on my treadmill. I keep the speed low, so I am able to continue to work. It doesn’t replace my workouts, but it does allow me to get out of my chair, and allow me to get my body moving. I am able to log up to 20,000 steps per day.
How much time to you spend on your WalkTopTM on any given workday?
70-80% of my day is spent walking at a slow speed. I start my workday at 8am on the treadmill for a couple of hours, followed by some work seated at my desk. After lunch, and some light yoga, I head back to the treadmill.
What are the benefits you’ve realized since you started working on a WalkTopTM?
I simply feel healthier. The walking increases the amount of physical activity I am able to fit into my day. Because I am no longer confined to a chair all day, I no longer feel pressure on my joints and back, and my posture has improved. I have more energy, and I just feel better because I am able to keep moving.
Why are you working to become a personal trainer?
I want to motivate and inspire others to be their healthiest selves. I hope to help others to fit a healthy lifestyle into their busy schedules, and inspire them to experience the same benefits I have experienced. I like to work with people, but I also love how social media allows me to reach hundreds of people with my ideas. I want to make the world a better place, one pose at a time.
Heather Lielmanis is the VP of Business Development at Fitneff Inc. Fitneff is dedicated to providing innovative products and solutions that help busy people make their productive time more active. Fitneff offers a full suite of walking desks, sit-stand desks and active accessories that allow you to incorporate movement into your work day.
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Today, on International Women’s Day, I have chosen to profile Laurel Walzak, the female co-founder of Fitneff Inc. Laurel has been successful in so many areas of her career - first as a trailblazer in the sports business industry, then as an entrepreneur and most recently as an Assistant Professor of Sports Media at Ryerson University.
Laurel also spends a great deal of her time and energy outside the office in efforts to advance the careers of young women who are making their start. I asked Laurel some important questions about the role of women in business, and the role that she plays in advocating for other women in her life.