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Client of the month

Meet the AWESOME Catherine MacPherson, our March Client of the Month!

I’m happy to introduce our Client of the Month for March, Catherine MacPherson. Catherine is an awesome working mom who makes time for herself and loves healthy food and has made a career out of helping others eat well. Catherine works at Mom's Meals NourishCare

Here is Catherine in her own words ...

1. What are your favorite classes at HG and why?

"I have so many favorite classes and I feel like I'm always discovering something new.  Right now, I'm loving Willpower and Grace, Barre + Strength, PiYo, and BarreBURN.  I love the variety of moves, the challenge I feel at moving my body in ways I would never think of doing at home on my own (who would stand on one leg while lifting weights in her basement?), the music and the little bits of inspiration or humor that the very talented instructors toss out during class.  I went to one of Marsha's Barre + Strength classes that was Olympic-themed -- music from the Olympics, the USA and K-Pop, and moves that mimicked different sports like skating, skiing, even curling.  It was super creative and fun.  I guess the truth is that I love all the classes.  I’ll sign up for anything that fits into my schedule.  I think I’ve taken just about every class and cycling too.  I know if I show up, I’ll have a great workout, and I’ll leave feeling energized and accomplished."

2. What helps you to exercise consistently from week to week?

"For me, it is like brushing my teeth – I’ll get my 30 to 45 minutes in most days no matter what.  I think this comes, in part, with being a health professional.  It is just a recommendation that I stick to.  That can be good, but it can also be boring.  And it has been in the past.  I can get the basic job done with laps around the neighborhood or time on a treadmill at home or on work trips, but it really doesn’t compare to the joy I feel after a good Willpower and Grace class.  Also, I knew that fitness recommendations also included building in strength, balance and flexibility moves.  Outside of a few push-ups and sit-ups, these weren’t big considerations in my routine.  After joining HG, I realized there was a lot I was missing out on!  I feel like I’ve “outsourced” my fitness to the experts – all I must do is show up and the HG team ensures I’m hitting all the marks: cardio, strength, balance and flexibility.  And I get equally entertained and inspired at the same time."

3. How has regular exercise improved your health/wellness?

"I am way stronger after coming to HG for a year.  When I started taking classes last March, the only part of my body that was strong were my legs from running.  I realized this after being amazed at how long my classmates could hold a plank.  After a year, I have noticed a big difference in my overall strength.  I also never feel aches and pains in my feet, knees or hips, which I would sometimes feel when just running.  I know that large and many little muscles throughout my body have gained strength with the huge variety of moves we do and that this will protect me from injury and pain going forward.  Finally, I feel more confident to try even more new activities.  Soccer game with my high-school-age kids and nieces?  Yes, I’m in!  I played hard and really sweat and it was really fun."

4. Is there a specific fitness goal you have for the future?

"Lift my suitcase into the overhead bin by myself forever.  This is true – I love to travel and want to be active and independent as I age.  I want to enjoy activities I do with my family like hiking, skiing or skating for as long as possible and I don’t want to see a time when I won’t do these things.  One of my friend’s mothers taught her kids how to skate and I want to be that skating grandma one day.  I think my goals are influenced by my love for my family, and also my work, which is supportive of healthy aging." 

5. Any nutrition nuggets that you could share?

"Sure.  Eat with intention, meaning eat when you’re hungry and not when you’re not.  Eat whole/real foods that nourish your body.  Just like changing up your fitness routine is important, so is changing up your eating.  Enjoy what the season has to offer.  Get inspired with a new recipe or ingredient.   I love Cooking Light magazine because it is very seasonal and healthy.  When you travel, eat at local places.  The ingredients from the place will add a rich layer to your travel experience and inspire you to bring those flavors back home.  Eat with other people.  Cooking and eating are social – cook with or for your family and friends.  It doesn’t have to be fancy or a lot of work – you can delegate jobs to others in the kitchen.  One easy and delicious tip – roast veggies.  I can cut-up and throw just about any vegetable on a baking sheet, sprinkle on a little olive oil, salt and pepper and put in in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes and my family will devour it.  I’m not kidding.  Roasting brings out the flavors of veggies.  I do this several times a week, roasting squash, kale, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, sweet potato, beets, beans, asparagus, etc. as a part of our meal.  The leftovers are great sprinkled with a little feta cheese."   

Check out the awesome classes Catherine described and more!