Address: Sinking Spring.
Occupation: Graduate student, University of Pittsburgh (currently doing a pharmacy school rotation in Berks County.)
When and why you began to exercise: I started swimming when I was 7. I swam competitively until I was 22 and also played four years of water polo in high school. I played soccer from when I was 8 years old until 15, and then gave that up for swimming. As an undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh, I swam for three years. Once I stopped swimming, I took up running and completed my first half-marathon last year.
Type you do: Now I do lifting classes two to three times a week at Colonial Fitness, and I run a lot on my own. I also do spin classes twice a week to maintain my cardiovascular fitness, and then build my strength through lifting two to three times a week. I also just recently got into hot yoga in West Reading, which has really helped my flexibility as well as my core fitness.
Hardest hurdle to overcome: My hardest hurdle is trying to stay diligent about going to the gym four to five times a week. Once I get in the habit of not going, it’s harder to motivate myself to go back. The self-motivation to get up and go the gym is the biggest challenge.
Biggest exercise achievement: My biggest achievement was when I participated in collegiate swimming and had to balance my practice time, social life and school.