HERE is a excerpt of my interview with Nadia Murdock, women’s’ fitness expert and owner of the excellent site Nadia Murdock Fit!  

Nadia and I discuss the Activ-Wedge®, fitness strategies for modern women and my personal tools and philosophies.  

Thanks, Nadia, for a great conversation and for introducing me to your many readers and followers!

Checkout the full interview over at  nadiamurdockfit.com

NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority? 

Suzanne Martin (SM): My ah-ha moment about the power of fitness came as a graduate student in dance at Mills College, about 35 years ago! The kinesiology course was really an introduction to fitness and was taught by the athletic training department. Part of the kinesiology course was to learn how to do a cardio and toning training. When I embarked on my fitness training goals, I was shocked at what results I got in terms of endurance to make dancing easier, as well as the cosmetic aspect of looking healthy, toned. My instructors certainly approved! Then I had a fall during a performance, which set off back spasms and a great deal of pain. Ultimately this led me to osteopathic treatment, and to Pilates. It turned out I have both some general hypermobility and scoliosis. Ever since then, I became a believer in managing musculoskeletal “individual differences” with fitness, Pilates and self-care. It’s the actual philosophy of my entire clinical and educational work. I am so grateful to still be able to dance, garden, travel internationally. I owe it all to what is now called “Lifestyle Medicine.”

NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?           

SM: This may sound odd, but I just LOVE dried orange slices! My acupuncturist tells me that they stimulate energy. I also eat a lot of nuts for the protein and the satiation from the oil. I also crave Greek yogurt. I keep a carton of coconut water ready to go in the fridge for sipping between client sessions. The coconut water is excellent for hydration replenishment. Did you know that hunger is often misperceived and is really thirst? Also mental capacity diminishes with only 2% dehydration. So the coconut water helps me to keep the good mental ability to motivate clients in the right way and avoid physical fatigue from long hours.

NMF: How do you train your mind and stay motivated? 

SM: I do believe the highest form of leadership is self-leadership. I give training on the John Maxwell philosophy of leadership, as well as using their resources for mentoring. I also belong to other groups for individual stimulation for clinical interests, spiritual interests, and emotional interests. It takes a lot to stay focused. I am convinced that life will just pass you by if you don’t pay attention. Every day has to be fired up with reading and practice. I value experiences more than physical possessions, and so seek out those experiences.