#ModelLife! // Danielle Herrington

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…Aaand we’re back with more Fit Life interviews! Today we’re featuring Danielle Herrington, whose super-fit and amazingly toned bod (seriously, have you seen her!?) has us all wanting to know what her secret is. Turns out, there’s really not much of a secret! Sometimes having a fit lifestyle is no more than what it sounds like, working hard, eating clean, and staying hydrated- no extra bells or whistles. It’s all about balance and Danielle knows exactly how to shape up without overdoing it.

 

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Why is fitness important to you?

It’s important to me because it makes me feel good. Over all I feel more positive about things. Also the boost of energy you get. As well as all just being healthy.

Did you play sports in school?

I played Volleyball.

What’s your favorite part of working out? And your least favorite?

Favorite part of working out is the feeling you get when you start to see results. Also feeling accomplished after a tough workout. Least favorite is when I try a new workout I get sore after. That never really feels to good.

How often do you do Cardio?

I try to do it 3-4 times a week.

Which do you prefer, and why…steady state cardio or HIIT (high intensity interval training)?

I prefer HIIT running on a treadmill. Honestly I just don’t like long work outs. I tend to get bored a slack off if it’s too long. I’d much rather do a short and intense workout that keeps me on my toes.

What about strength training?

I do Pilates for lengthening and body weight exercises for strengthening.  My favorites are push ups, donkey kicks, sumo squats, side planks, mountain climbers and burpees. I know most people dread them, but I love burpees!

Are there any workouts you’re dying to try?

I’ve seen a lot of people taking up boxing. That’s definitely something I would try!

Screenshot 2015-11-09 11.13.02Do you see a difference in your mood when you don’t get to the gym?

Definitely! When I don’t workout I’m fatigued easily and overall I’m just not in the best mood so I stay active as regularly as possible.

Do you believe in diets?

No, they never last and eventually you’ll gain the weight back!

Say you’re at the grocery store picking out your eats for the week. What are your thoughts when choosing what to buy?
I go for organic, high protein, low fat , and low carb. No dairy, I’m not allergic or anything I’m just not a big fan of it.

What’s the first thing you do to prepare for a job?

It’s pretty simple. I work out, drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, and I try to get plenty of rest.

You mentioned that you do Burpees. What are the body benefits?

Burpees are my absolute favorite thing to do. Especially if I don’t want to go to the gym, I do them at home. Actually, you can do them pretty much anywhere and it works out your arms, legs, butt, and abs, all in one move.

What’s your go-to fitness look?

Sports bra, t-shirt & shorts. Ya know, super fancy 😉

What’s your favorite music to listen to for motivation?

Pretty much anything upbeat and fast-paced. I like it all.

What do you do to relax?

I go to the spa and get a massage. If I don’t have time, even getting may nails doing is super relaxing to me.

What would you say to someone who was looking to get fit but didn’t know where to start?
I would tell them to start of with small changes, like adding more veggies to their meals everyday or doing light workouts like power walking for 30 minutes. You have to start somewhere! Over time you can keep progressing. The key is longevity, so you don’t want to jump to super strict meals and tough workouts that would be too difficult to maintain.  Oh, and I would tell them that the work is totally worth it.

Take a look at Danielle’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

 

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