It’s your attitude, not your aptitude that will determine your altitude
Fitness is such a huge part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That is why we at Miski decided to chat with Christie Preston from BOD studio for her insights on fitness, advice and entrepreneurship.
- What is your name and occupation?
Christine Rivers Preston – Christie! I am the owner and a BODmaker at BOD studio at Yonge and Davisville in Toronto.
- Why did you get into fitness?
Growing up I watched my Dad go for runs, play squash, hockey… everything! And when I was 9 years old I asked him if I could join him on a run. From then on I was hooked.
- Why did you decide to open your own fitness studio?
It was a long time in the making. I had my own business for six years before opening BOD. I wanted a space that I could create a warm and friendly vibe of my own. As soon as I walked in to the space – even though it was a complete mess – I knew it was perfect.
- What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome in your professional career?
A few years ago I broke my foot, and being immobile for eight weeks was devastating psychologically and professionally. Luckily, I have the best support team around me and my friends and family helped me get through it. It also taught me that the most important part of being a great teacher is in the guiding and the directing, not always in the doing. I changed my teaching style for the better! So out of broken came beautiful.
- What are the best and worst things about being an entrepreneur?
The best thing by far is the independence and following my heart in pursing this dream. That I’m able to control what my day looks like and I am working in a world where I get to see incredible transformation from people. That’s pretty cool.
The worst thing is that it’s hard to separate my personal and professional time – especially when I love this business so much.
- What is your favourite workout and why?
That’s always changing. I love weights, running, yoga – those are my mainstays.
- What advice would you give to people hoping to start a healthy lifestyle?
Just get started. Book it in! Find a class that is close to you and make a commitment to it. Also, always listen to your body. In this beautiful modern world of TONS of information there are 101 new diets and fad workouts coming around every corner. Learn what works for you and stick with that! I for example, don’t eat breakfast. Some health advisors would say that’s crazy and that I should – but I have never liked it and I am never hungry in the morning! The best advice I have is get going and don’t look back!
- What is the best advice you were ever given?
It’s your attitude, not your aptitude that will determine your altitude. Stay focused on the positive.
- What is your favourite go-to meal or snack?
I make a great vegan kale Caesar salad from the blog “Oh She Glows” – loving that right now. And I love a good chocolate chip cookie for a snack!
- Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
I have NO idea! And I really try not to focus too much on that. I believe in living in the moment fully. Right now I’m really happy and that’s all I could ask for.