The Big 50 Challenge Workout!

#TheBig50

Get up close and personal with our Fitness Director Joanne M. Licari and Personal Trainer Tara McDougal as they journey through 2018 inching closer to celebrating their 50th birthdays! From now until the end of this year Joanne and Tara are challenging YOU to complete the #TheBig50 challenges alongside them. A series of exercises that they will be doing to stay fit throughout the year and challenge themselves as they hit the big 50.  Keep an eye out for the first of every month to follow their journey!

Complete this challenge, share it on social media and we’ll feature your workout! Are you ready for it? Here’s your January challenge!

Joanne M. Licari – Fitness Director/ Personal Trainer

When did fitness first become a part of your life?

Fitness was always a part of my life thanks to my parents who instilled the importance of physical activity when I was very young. I never really knew the difference between fun and exercise because they just made everything physically fun.

What does staying fit do for you?

Besides allowing me to eat like a true Italian, which means a lot of cheese, pasta and red wine which I cannot stay away from, it does quite a few other things as well. It has always helped me deal with life’s stressful times a lot better than I would have, had I not been physically active. Whether on a personal or business level, I have noticed that I am more patient, focused, productive and much happier when I am regularly doing any type of physical activity.

Tell us about a challenging time for you in regards to your fitness goals?

University was a killer. I put on the old freshman 20 with no signs of slowing down. I think a lot of people get busy with a new stage of life and sometimes you forgot to take care of yourself. I certainly did. It took many years, a lot of hard work and support to get me back on the right track again.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of fitness?

Eating for sure…I train to eat! … But if we are talking sedentary… I love working in my vegetable and flower gardens. There is something very therapeutic about having your hands in the earth, weeding and watching things grow.

How do you feel about turning 50?

It’s a milestone for sure. My father always told me your body is your temple so take care of it. I also grew up hearing both my parents say; “You’re as young as you feel”, so I work hard at slowing Mother Nurture down as much as possible…she’s pretty relentless. Lately, I motivate myself by saying if Mom turned 50 like a pro then so can I. She’s a pretty big inspiration to me.

What do you hope to achieve during this Big50 Fitness challenge?

I hope to inspire anyone who believes they cannot start training later in life. I would also love for members to challenge themselves, try something new or even just find a workout partner! I want to show people that fitness can be fun and when you make it a lifestyle the rewards always outweigh the challenges! (Plus… you can pack in a few more meatballs and not feel guilty about it!)

Tara McDougal / Personal Trainer

When did fitness first become a part of your life?

Overall fitness has always been a part of my life. Whether training as a competitive figure skater or playing sports in general.

What does staying fit do for you?

Staying fit gives me energy and confidence. It is something I do for “me” and allows me to take on the day or week and be better for others.

Tell us about a challenging time for you in regards to your fitness goals?

The most challenging time was approximately 12-13 years ago. I was so focused on my career that I was inactive and eating poorly. I decided I wanted more balance in my life and took on the challenge of getting fit again.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of fitness?

I can’t say I have one favourite thing to do. I enjoy a great conversation over a good cup of coffee, spending time on the water or traveling, the theatre, music….basically simply enjoying each moment no matter how small.

How do you feel about turning 50?

I feel the best I’ve ever felt so turning 50 is just the number of years I’ve existed.

What do you hope to achieve during this Big50 Fitness challenge?

I hope the challenge allows people to simply have fun with fitness. That it adds variety to their workouts and keeps them motivated. It may be a little work but achieving small goals.