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Paige
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Name: Paige  Waehner
Gender: Female
Age: 41
Location: United States
Personal Information
Web URL: http://exercise.about.com
Day job:

Fitness Writer/Personal Trainer

Favorite workout activity:

Running

Favorite exercise:

Squats

Favorite time to workout:

First thing in the morning

Number of workouts per week:

6

Whenever I don't workout I feel:

Tired and like I missed out on something important.

When it comes to my body im most proud of my:

Legs. I love that they're strong enough to get me through all my workouts as well as my daily activities.

My greatest accomplishment overall is:

Becoming a personal trainer and being able to connect with people about something that's important to me.

My guilty pleasure:

Pizza and beer

The best advice I can give is:

Don't give up. Even if you think you're getting nowhere, as long as you're doing something, you're always moving forward.

My favorite sports clothing brand:

Nike

My favorite workout music:

Rock

My favorite reads:

My favorite movies and TV shows:

Favorite saying:

I am certified in:

Personal Training by the American Council on Exercise

About me:

I am a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise and a freelance writer with more than 13 years of exercise experience. I train clients in-home in the Chicago suburbs, although I'm originally from Nashville, Tennessee.

Q & A with the star:

Fit Junction: You have more than 13 years of experience,you are a certified personal trainer and have produced a lot of amazing work.  Where did it all start? What made you get into fitness?

I was always very active and my sister was a personal trainer, so I learned how to lift weights from her.  It was actually my boss that encouraged me to change careers when I was in my 20s, although he didn’t realize it.  I was working for a law firm and my boss was, frankly, kind of a jerk.  I was so unhappy working for him that I decided to get certified as a trainer, which is something I had always dreamed about.  The rest is history and I’m actually thankful that I had such a terrible boss or I might never have made such a major career change. 


Fit Junction: After achieving so much, what would you consider your biggest accomplishment in the fitness field. What are you proud of the most?

I’m really proud of the body of work I’ve created over the years and the fact that my focus is on long-term health and quality of life, not just losing weight or looking good.  I’m also proud of the work I’ve done with my clients over the years and, hopefully, have inspired them and my readers to live a healthier lifestyle.


Fit Junction:What’s a typical day like in the life of Paige Waehner?

My schedule is a little all over the place, since I train clients part of the time, but I usually get up early for a cardio workout – running, kickboxing or some type of aerobics.  After that I might have a few training clients, which gets me out of the house and away from the computer.  When I’m finished with clients, I usually spend time working on articles, new workouts, blogs, email or any number of the other projects I do for About.com.  I take lots of breaks and try to get in at least 2 walks a day, if the weather cooperates, and I often do a second workout later in the day with a focus on strength training.


Fit Junction: What’s the number one thing you like about being fit?

I love knowing that I can get up in the morning and do everything I set out to do, whether it’s sitting at the computer, working in the yard, training clients or just running around.  It gives me energy, helps me concentrate and, quite simply, it makes my life better.  I don’t know how I would feel if I didn’t exercise, but I doubt I would be able to do as much as I do now.


Ok…so given we have the opportunity to sit down with Paige Waehner, we thought it best to soak up all the info we can in this short interview. So excuse us while we bombard you with questions are visitors are dying the learn the answers to


Fit Junction: I want to workout but I just cant find the time. Is there a “on the go” workout strategy that I could use?

The good news is that short workouts can be just as effective as longer workouts, so if you can find 10 minutes a few times a day, you can exercise.  It’s a good idea to keep workout gear in your car or at work (at least a pair of athletic shoes) so you can fit in a few walks whenever you get the chance.  One of my favorite strategies is to choose 10 exercises that require no equipment (e.g., squats, burpees, lunges, jumping jacks, pushups, dips, crunches, running in place, one-legged squats and planks) and do each one for 60 seconds for an intense, total body workout.


Fit Junction: How do you keep your clients motivated? What would be your top 3 tips to stay motivated?

1.  Have a plan for your workouts – When you know what days you’re exercising, what time, what exercises you’re doing and what you’re trying to accomplish, it’s much easier to show up for workouts
2.  Have goals – Whether it’s to simply finish your workout today, complete a certain number of workouts each week, lose weight or all of the above, you always need something to work for.
3.  Always warm up – Getting started is often the hardest part, so promise yourself you’ll at least do your warm up.  Once you get going, you’ll almost always finish your workout.



Fit Junction:Mindset is also really important to achieve ones fitness goals. What would you recommend to our readers, to get into that mindset? Feel free to relate personal stories if you want

You can’t always force a certain mindset, but you can encourage it by changing the way you look at exercise. People often look at exercise as yet another obligation in a day full of them, but there’s a different way to look at it.  Exercise time can be time for you to decompress, release stress and have much-needed space from work, family, computers, phones and just noise in general.  Once you see and feel that exercise actually adds something to your life (rather than taking something away), it’s much easier to do it. 


Now coming to our Top 5 section……


FitJunction: What would be your top 5 exercises for toning?

Pushups, squats, lunges, dips and burpees


Fit Junction: And the top 5 exercises for muscle gain?

Squats, lunges, bench presses, latpulldowns and pullups


Fit Junction:Howabout your top 5 weight loss exercises?

Running (or really, any type of cardio), circuit training, interval training, high intensity strength training and whole body exercises (e.g., burpees)


Fit Junction:Keeping with the same top 5s… What would be the top 5 diet tips you would give to anyone wanting to lose weight?

  1. Eat vegetables with every meal. Always eat your vegetables before you eat anything else on your plate 
  2. If you have a craving for something in the afternoon, drink water. Sometimes we get dehydrated and feel hungry when we’re actually thirsty
  3. Increase your fiber intake (slooowly!) – Fiber fills you up so you eat less
  4. Plan your meals ahead of time – We often end up eating junk or heading for fast food if we’re not prepared. 
  5. Take some time each week to plan your meals and snacks and get all the ingredients you need so you’re never left hungry and desperate.



Fit Junction: What’s Paige’s favorite exercise?

I really love running.  It’s something I can do anywhere, whether I’m home or traveling, and it’s a great way to get outside, see the sights and breathe fresh air.


Fit Junction:Crash diets. Good, bad or ok if one does them once in a while?

I never think crash diets are good.Crash diets, to me, are like a punishment – either for something you did wrong (e.g., you ate too much over the weekend) or for something you didn’t do (e.g., you have an event coming up and you haven’t been watching your weight).  Going hungry may help you drop weight fast, but most of it will be water or, worse, muscle.  Once you get back to your normal eating habits, you gain it back and, often, you end up gaining even more. You’re much better off using your energy to slowly change how you eat so you never have to worry about crash diets again.



Fit Junction: “What are the 3 worst choices I could make while I’m doing my groceries?”

  1. Shopping while hungry
  2. Buying things without reading the labels and understanding basics about fiber, sugar, sodium, etc.
  3. Not having planned meals and a specific grocery list. 


Fit Junction: Is there a quick at home workout you can share withour readers to loose weight?

One of my favorite type of workouts is circuit training.  With this type of workout, you move from one exercise to the next with little or no rest in between, which is a great way to burn more calories and keep things interesting.  My favorite is this Fat Burning Strength and Calorie Burning Workout for a mix of both cardio and strength: http://exercise.about.com/library/blfatburningcircuit.htm


Fit Junction:The best tip to lose holiday weight would be….

Accept that you went off the rails over the holidays and avoid punishing yourself for doing so.  We all get off track sometimes, but skipping meals or working out too much isn’t the answer.  Instead, ease back into your healthy routine – schedule your workouts, start keeping a food diary so you can monitor what you’re eating and spend some time thinking about what went wrong and how you could prepare better for the future.


Fit Junction:You have trained so many clients over the years, and written so much about fitness. And gained success in all fields…What did you find most challenging in your entire career so far?

The most challenging part of my career is not having enough time to do everything I want!  I love writing about exercise, creating workouts and training clients – there just aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I want – which is a nice challenge to have.


Fit Junction:And finally whats the most important fitness advice you can give to anyone looking to get healthy and fit!

The best advice I have is – Never give up.  Even if you fail, even if you’re confused, even if you screw up sometimes, never stop trying.  This is a learning experience and we don’t always get it right the first time…or the second…or maybe even the 10th.  And, even when you do get it right, something will often come along to throw you off track.  That’s life and it happens to everyone.  The worst thing you can do is use that as an excuse to give up.  Instead, use it as motivation to keep going, even when things get tough.


 
 
   
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