Between being a badass on Instagram and working out five times a week, Dani Guy also manages to run around after her two little boys. We weren’t sure how she did it without superpowers, so we decided to ask.
TRAIN for HER: How do you ensure that you get your workouts with your kids?
Sometimes I’ll get up and do a workout before the kids are even awake, which is usually my best bet because the kids are just so random with their sleep times during the day.
If not, I usually try and put them both down for a sleep together. My 2-and-a-half-year-old will usually go down whenever I put him down. As soon as I’ve put them down, I’m straight into a workout because, if I leave it any longer the day dwindles on and then I can’t be bothered. The couch looks really good. There’s not set time, I try and get it done, even if it’s 15 minutes.
You just got to want it. If you keep putting it off and saying tomorrow, you’re never going to get it done. You just have to want to do it. Otherwise, you just won’t.
Do you do at home workouts?
I’ve been doing the Sweat app since I started October 2014. I do resistance training on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. I might not always do them on those days because I play soccer and I class them as my cardio days. I just work on resistance on the other days and then I’ll do a HIIT as well which I’ll usually make up my own or YouTube it.
What are your ‘go to’ exercises?
Burpees is always a killer. No matter what you do, it’s a whole body workout so you gunna get your heart rate up to doing HIIT like that.
Exercises like jump squats or jump lunges. Anything that has a jumping in a high intensity. I try and do it for 30 seconds straight and have a 30 second. Lately I’ve been trying to make up my own and do some more HIIT workouts and put them up on Instagram so they can save them and do them in their time.
How do you think health and fitness helps mental health?
Anxiety and depression is a huge thing for me. I went through it my whole teenage life, I had my best friend commit suicide three years ago and I didn’t know she was depressed in that manic state.
I feel like health and fitness is much more than just eating healthy food and getting a good body. It’s the way we think, the way our skin feels and looks. It’s literally life.
I feel like if you’re having anxiety or depression, get out there, go for a walk. Start slow and build it up. Watch your mental state change over time. I guarantee it will. It might not take it away, but it will definitely help.
I definitely think it makes a big impact on the way we feel. You might want to quit every second of a workout, but that feeling afterwards is like no other. You’re on cloud nine, it’s a a natural high and I really think that helps contribute to the way we feel, think, look, act everything we do.
What would you say to anyone who wants to start training?
There is no wrong way to train. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re just living an active lifestyle that is what matters.
People put so much pressure on it and get obsessed about it and then they have expectations and those expectations fail. I just think the best way to live your life is through just cruising and taking one step at a time.
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