Happy hump day everyone! I am starting a new chapter here on the blog called “Wednesday Wellness Series”, focusing on wellness tips, interviews with health professionals and anything else related!
We are kicking this week off with an awesome interview with Marlie Cohen. Marlie is the face behind “kale and krunches” and is killing it on the wellness scene here in Toronto. Not only is Marlie extremely friendly, high spirited and FIT, she is a Certified Holistic Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a spinning instructor at SPINCO and a personal trainer. Marlie gives us some great tips on her own fitness journey and the fitness scene currently happening in Toronto.
- Tell us about your fitness journey and how you got into exercising.
I grew up very active, starting in gymnastics and then dance from 3 years old to about 18. In my prime I was dancing over 20 hours a week. I was never into working out on top of that but didn’t feel I needed to as I was so active in my extra curricular activities. I quit dance when I graduated high school and it wasn’t until after university where I took a 9-5 desk job that I started to feel lethargic and the inactivity began to get to me. That’s when I decided to look into working out and began by trying out different types of workout classes at the gym in my office building. I fell in love with group fitness classes and that’s how my whole journey began.
- With your busy schedule how do you find the time for yourself to get a workout in?
Up until the end of 2016 I was working in corporate real estate full time. My days typically started at 8 am and I never knew when I would be done at the office so my only opportunity to get in a fitness class each day was before work, at 6 am. Surprisingly, it was a lot easier to get my own workouts in when I had an office job. Now that my schedule is different each day, it is definitely harder to commit to a class but luckily part of my job is teaching spin classes and we ride 95% of the class at our studio so I’m always guaranteed a workout. However, for those that need more motivation to get their workout in, my number one rule is to schedule their workouts like appointments in their calendars. Make them negotiable appointments that you wouldn’t miss – the same way you wouldn’t miss your dentist appointment.
- What motivated you to enter into the health and fitness realm?
When I really got into my own fitness journey, I would love answering people’s questions and just talking about all things wellness all the time. Through social media I also connected with so many amazing people in the industry. I love the positivity and knowing I can make a difference in someone’s life by inspiring them to make healthy changes or motivating them to try out a fitness class for the first time.
- How do you find the fitness scene in Toronto? Has anything changes since you first started?
It is definitely booming. People used to look at me like I was crazy when I did my 6 am workout classes but now they are becoming the norm. Thanks to things like Instagram or ClassPass, people are also more interested in trying different types of workout classes and studios. Instead of brunch dates, you’ll see friends going for spin dates! The biggest change I would say, however, is seeing really young girls (13-16 years old) in fitness classes. When I was that age, working out wasn’t a thing. You either participated in after-school dance or sports, and that was your fitness. Now I see so many young girls at the gym or taking a spin class. I think social media has a lot to do with it.
- Favourite non-healthy meal!
Definitely a pepperoni Pizza Pizza with their creamy garlic dipping sauce.
Huge thanks to Marlie for this interview, you can find Marlie’s blog here and on Instagram at @kale_and_krunches.
Have a great Wednesday, if you are in Toronto, enjoy the sunshine!