Cara Loren Van Brocklin is a serial entrepreneur and mum of four who has learned prioritising fitness is the key to physical and mental health.
Loren launched The Burn App this year to help women all over the world reach their fitness goals, sharing that it’s her life mission is to empower women to prioritise their health and wellness so they can be the best version of themselves.
Here, she joins 9Honey Coach’s series 5 Fitness Questions.
1. We’re always being promised “the secret” to getting and staying healthy. What’s yours?
Consistency, consistency, consistency. It’s staying true to your workout routine even when life around you is chaos. I love that exercising keeps me grounded amid my busy life with my kids and businesses.
Even if my baby keeps me up all night or we have a work emergency, knowing that I can sweat it out is my favourite form of therapy. Finding a routine or program that I love makes me excited about working out, so it’s a part of my day that I look forward to and crave.
Now, daily exercise is so ingrained into my day that it’s just a part of who I am and a part of my lifestyle.
2. What’s something you know now about health (be it training, eating or general wellbeing) you wish you could go back in time and tell yourself five or 10 years ago?
I used to be so intimidated by implementing a fully healthy lifestyle 10 years ago because I thought you had to be perfect. But the real answer is you don’t have to be 100 per cent all the time with every aspect of your health.
“Strive to do better than you did before, because perfection is not sustainable.”
Sometimes you will be cutting or more strict with your diet/routine while other times you may be in “maintain” or “steady” mode, where you give yourself a little more grace.
Sometimes you’re in full body-building mode and hitting the weights hard, while other times you’re focusing on building fitness in cardio or just doing the minimum to get through a busy time (for me my crazy busy month is October – so many birthdays!).
Bottom line is strive to do better than you did before, because perfection is not sustainable.
3. What’s your nutrition philosophy?
Learn and educate yourselves on what food is good for your body first. Some things that have really helped educate me on healthy eating are counting macros and going sugar-free.
Learning what to put in your body is key first, but then I am a huge believer in finding the best way to incorporate that into your own lifestyle.
Everyone leads different lives, so there isn’t one fix all for diet – the key is to know what is healthy and good for you and then find the best way to live it. Like with fitness, there are seasons when you’re more focused on eating healthy than others. I feel strongly that we all get a pass during the holidays, and then come January, it’s time to clean out that gut!
4. What’s one area of your own health, fitness or wellbeing you’re working to improve? Is there a goal you’ve set yourself, or a skill you’re trying to master?
My kids are my life, and I love carving out my weekends to spend as much time with them as possible. And that’s when I get a little too snacky with all the treats. I am trying to train myself to realise one treat is good enough, but sometimes I still get a little carried away! Come Monday I feel that sugar fog and my stomach hurts.
5. What’s a small, practical step you’d tell a friend to make if they asked your advice on something they can do to improve their health, starting today?
For me, a workout plan is always so much more likely to be executed if I write it down. Writing your exercise plan down solidifies it in your brain and makes it a living, tangible thing.
Another great way to keep consistent with working out is following a program on a fitness app, like Burn. There’s that well-known saying that is perfect here: If you fail to plan you plan to fail.
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