1-Please, tell us a little bit about you and your background in fitness.
My name is Daniela Haley and I am a health and fitness enthusiast. My ambition is to change the lifestyle of the clients, inspiring them with new ideas and concepts about nutrition, exercise, and leading a healthier lifestyle. By incorporating these principles, I believe we can together achieve the ultimate goal of healthier, longer, and happier lives! I also encourage the importance of overall body and mind well-being and believe that the body will achieve what the mind believes.
2-How old are you?
3-How did you start?
A healthy lifestyle and exercise is not something I grew up with, rather it is something I was drawn to after being unhealthy and unhappy working in corporate offices for years. Over time, I have gradually made some critical changes in her lifestyle through healthy eating and regular exercise, and now I cannot emphasise enough their benefits.
4-Why do you do what you do? For how long have you been doing this?
I have left a corporate career in accounting to become a certified personal trainer 6 years ago.
Having a stronger body, higher energy levels, improved health and positive psychological changes were assuring her that this was a path I wanted to pursue. As getting myself on this path has helped me enormously, I would like to empower myself in helping others to experience similar positive changes in their lives.
5- What is your daily routine?
First, I get a big glass of water with squeezed lemon and coffee…
I usually get my exercise in first thing in the morning.
I also read daily, meditate.
I do my work, clients, clients admin etc
Then I prepare dinner and spend some quality time with my husband.
6-How does your meal plan look like?
It changes daily for the most part. In the morning I like to fast, usually start at about 11-12 noon with porridge, or eggs. With the rest of my meals I focus on getting enough proteins, good fats and complex carbs, for most part glutenfree.
7-What do you think that people should do to achieve a healthy lifestyle?
I believe they should educate themselves about nutrition, know what’s good and bad for their body. And they should move more, hit 10,000 steps a day, and get few workouts a week in. And also stress plays a big part, try to remain stress-free, meditate, do what you love doing.
8-What are your 5 tips for people to manage their daily meals and exercise?
- Try to get your exercise in first thing in the morning; it has the best effect on the day. And if you don’t prioritize it, it probably won’t get done.
- Start small, even if you can only start with 20 mins a day and slowly build from there.
- Try to plan for your meals ahead of time, make meal preps for few days ahead.
- With regards to nutrition, try to focus on healthy whole foods, clean proteins, good fats and grains, try to get sugar out of your diet.
- Drink plenty of water and limit or eliminate alcohol intake.
9-What is the first thing a person should do if he/she wants to lose weight?
Drink more water, at least 3 litres a day and cut out all other fluids, especially alcohol, fizzy drinks etc.
10-Are you for or against counting calories?
I am not pro or against, whatever works for you.
11-Can you tell us 3 exercises that you recommend for a daily routine?
Stretch, if you are able to do that one thing in the morning, it would help with your day enormously.
Then I would recommend at least 20 mins of cardiovascular exercise either through going for a run, bike ride or high-intensity Interval training.
12-What is your plan in the fitness industry?
My plan and mission is to help more people to get fitter, happier and healthier.
13-Do you have any motivational quotes?
Don’t count the days, make the days count!
Don’t wait till tomorrow, start now!
Interview made by Manuela Iannella