This week we are high-fiving FiTONIC’s Athlete Spotlight: Ianthe Mauro! Ianthe talks with us about the importance of moving your body in creative ways. She encourages us that we can exercise outside of a gym setting and that the best part of working out is your strength! Ianthe loves to dance, hike, walk with her dog and shows us all that fitness is best experienced when you can enjoy the process! We could not agree more! Big high five to Ianthe!
What is your fave way to train (running, yoga, CrossFit, weightlifting, dancing…)?
I have always said “I hate exercise” I know you’re rolling your eyes or maybe even spitting in my general direction, but it’s true. What I mean by that is, I hate exercising just to be fit. I need more motivation. I need to have people with me, (a co-dependent exerciser I guess). I need great music, nature, a dog, and a reason beyond the physical body. I love dancing, walking, and hiking. After any of these activities, I have NEVER said, “I wish I hadn’t done that!”. I am always grateful and energized and accomplished feeling.
How did that become your thing?
Years ago I had a trainer and gym routine. I was an actress at the time and always told to lose weight. They didn’t want a strong body, they wanted a skinny body and a delicate frame. That has never been me. I feel best when I am strong and lean and thick. I discovered that moving my body and finding creative ways to move while enjoying myself was the best method. It helped to have a mom who is a choreographer and dance teacher. I’ve learned Indian dance, flamenco, modern and even can over the years!
How has training physically changed you mentally or emotionally?
When I see my body respond to being cared for and nurtured and challenged, I am filled with gratitude and amazement. Amazed at how resilient our seemingly fragile bodies can be! I love getting older, having carried 2 babies and mothering and breastfeeding and being gifted the awareness that my body has never been better as a result of these years.
What is still hard for you about your training, fitness or nutrition?
Starting. I have a wonderful time once I have completed my hike or walk, it’s getting out the door that still challenges me! I have a million excuses why it’s just not practical to move on any given day, and I have to talk myself into the work. Eating has its challenges too. I am a sugar addict. I could forgo a real meal almost anytime and just eat chocolate. My metabolism begs to differ.
What is the mantra in your head that you hear most often when you train?
“This too shall pass” “Thank you legs for being strong, gratitude for all I can do and will do.”
What do you love most about your body?
My strength. I love being strong enough to lift heavy boxes of candles and not need to ask for help. I love being able to carry my heavy babies well into their toddlerhoods. They are 16 and 19 now and I could probably still pick them up, just not sling them across my hip. ; )
If you have worked with a coach, what’s the most important lesson you learned from that person?
Focus on one part of the body at a time and one NEW addition at a time. I tend to want everything at once! Changing my eating drastically while working out differently. I learned to have a single focus.
What is your fave nutrition tip? Or if you have tried a FiTONIC product, how do you use it in your day?
I LOVE having my first meal in the form of a nutrition shake. It fills me up without bloating and replaces vitamins and minerals and protein I have slept off. FiTONIC is filling and delicious. I love adding a scoop to my crepes too!
If you could tell only one thing to every woman who is struggling in her fitness journey, what would that be?
Never compare. Show gratitude and love to every part of your body.
What goal are you going to crush next??
Looking and feeling strong and healthy as I approach 50!
BIG thank you to Ianthe for being our FiTONIC’s Athlete Spotlight!
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