Featured Expert: Samantha Clayton, personal trainer, former Olympian, and senior director of Worldwide Fitness and Education at Herbalife Nutrition, is responsible for all activities relating to exercise and fitness education for Herbalife Nutrition Independent Distributors and employees. Through in-person training sessions, educational tools and materials, and her blog (www.discovergoodfitness.com), she ensures that the important role of exercise as part of a healthy, active life is understood by all. She also helps create, organize and promote employee fitness programs and activities as an integral part of the company's corporate wellness program.
Before joining the corporate ranks, Samantha was a professional athlete. She represented Great Britain in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in both the 200m and the 4x100m relay events. Prior to the Olympics, she won two medals in the Olympic AAA trials – a silver medal for the 200m and a bronze for the 100m – as well as a silver medal in the 4x100m relay during the European Junior Championships in 1997. Her personal records include 11.40 seconds in the 100m and 23.02 seconds in the 200m.
Samantha is a personal trainer and group exercise coach through the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and International Sport Science Association (ISSA).
Source: Samantha Clayton, senior director of Worldwide Fitness and Education at Herbalife Nutrition is available for interviews.
Background: Many people train hard to get fit for summer and then tend to slow down once October comes around. But I'm here to let you know that balanced nutrition and moderate exercise can easily be done year round.
3 simple tips that will help make nutrition and exercise a permanent part of your lifestyle:
Stay Active - Our lives are busy, but take 20-30 minutes to move around, take a walk around the block, it will make a difference. If you don't have 30 minutes, break it up into 3 – 10 minute sessions.
Stretch to Avoid Injuries - Tight muscles can lead to serious injury and muscle tears. Prepare your body with fluid flowing stretches such as arm circles, leg swings and gentle bending. Then dedicate at least 10 minutes after your workout to loosen tight muscles with static stretches that you hold for approximately 30 seconds.
Proper Balanced Nutrition and Hydration - It's difficult to make the right food choices when you're constantly faced with temptation, or when you don't have a plan. Undoing a lifetime of poor nutritional choices takes time so it's important to stay strong and not get discouraged.
Balanced nutrition and hydration are key to sustained energy and performance, and staying fit. Three things you can do include:
Plan your meals ahead of time. We need to fuel our bodies and skipping meals can do more harm than good. I recommend finding a meal replacement shake that's convenient and nutritious. For example, our Formula 1 Meal Replacement Shake provides the key nutrients the body needs, and it's a great meal when you're at home or on the go.
Hydration is one of the most overlooked aspects of exercise and diet and can often be the most harmful if not addressed. 60-70 percent of our body weight is water and it helps keep your joints lubricated and increases muscle endurance.
Keep a food journal so that you don't go off track.
Where can viewers go for more information? We challenge our members to participate in the Herbalife Nutrition Weight Loss Challenge and they've lost more than one million pounds by committing to living a healthy, active lifestyle and focusing on balanced nutrition and exercise.
To learn more about nutrition and fitness, find a nutrition club to participate in the weight loss challenge, or just learn how to live in a healthy, active lifestyle, visit Herbalife.com.