This week we are high-fiving FiTONIC’s featured athlete: Danielle Radulski. After hearing some shocking news from her doctor at the age of 22, Danielle knew that it was time to change her life. After being invited to yoga (an activity that she previously did not like) she became hooked. Her life was completely changed not only physically but also mentally. Danielle shares with us how her life was transformed through fitness and what it can do for us as well.
What is your fave way to train (running, yoga, CrossFit, weightlifting, dancing…)?
Yoga & Barre/HIIT workouts
How did that become your thing?
I actually found yoga through a health scare about 5 years ago. I was really unhealthy, not taking care of myself - and my body basically started to tell me that through some issues I was having with my liver. From there I decided I need to change things about my life and become more healthy. A friend asked me to try yoga (the last time I had tried it I was 8 or 10 and hated it!) and I was apprehensive but ended up loving it and never looking back.
How has training physically changed you mentally or emotionally?
It has made me stronger, agile and able to handle stress and anxiety. In such a crazy and busy world, it’s easy to get caught up - my fitness routine also reminds me to be present.
What is still hard for you about your training, fitness or nutrition?
Working out in the morning! I’ll never be good at it. I can teach super early (I do a 6AM class) but can’t work out myself before 930.
What is the mantra in your head that you hear most often when you train?
You are stronger than you think.
What do you love most about your body?
How much it tells me (when I’m listening!) There’s so many subtle signs that we often miss, but when we can tune in - we’re really able to find out a lot about ourselves, our abilities and what our body needs.
If you have worked with a coach, what’s the most important lesson you learned from that person?
I currently don’t work with a coach, but one of my favorite yoga teachers told me something that has stuck with me for years - she said “if there’s one thing you do every day, list 5 things that your grateful for". It can be in your head or on paper, and can be as simple as water to drink or as complex as a relationship you have - but always lead with gratitude.
What is your fave nutrition tip?
Everything in moderation! I am not a big believer in extremely strict diets or things - if you want to have the cake, have the cake - but the next day go work out and have some greens! And NEVER beat yourself up about it - life is meant to be enjoyed.
If you could tell only one thing to every woman who is struggling in her fitness journey, what would that be?
You are so much stronger and more capable than you think, and maybe even than you feel. Keep pushing and keep going.
What goal are you going to crush next??
Releasing a YouTube series of yoga classes designed to sculpt and strengthen, WHILE stretching!
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