Work it out

written by Rocky Barnes Blog April 28, 2014

I have had a few inquiries lately about what my diet and fitness routines are. I would love to tell you I had a secret trick to staying fit, but the reality for me is old fashion diet and exercise, and by that I mean about 70% diet and 30% exercise. I am not one of those models that can eat whatever she wants and stay thin, I am constantly working at it. To be honest, it has taken me years of trial and error to see what diet and workout plan works best for me.

I grew up practicing martial arts (I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do), so I have always had a more muscular frame. When I started modeling, my goal was to create longer and leaner muscles. I definitely don’t have a standard workout routine, I tend to switch up my exercises to keep things fresh. I have done everything from Pilates, spin, yoga and even an occasional boot camp…but my current rotation is a combination of yoga and long (usually about 2 hour) walks or hikes. I am currently obsessing over the hiking options at Torrey Pines.

I love how working out makes me feel, the energy and stress release alone make it worthwhile, but for me, making sure my body is looking good is mostly about diet. Over the years I have become more aware of what I eat and which foods make me feel my best. Don’t get me wrong, I have my moments of weakness when there are french fries in front of me calling my name…but for the most part, clean eating is key to looking great. I try and steer clear of processed foods, and stick with lean meats and veggies. I eat tons of kale salad, grilled fish, quinoa dishes, and water! Also, I love avocado and put it on everything. After watching a terrifying episode of 60 minutes and the health dangers of sugar, I decided to make a conscious effort to cut out (or at least cut back) on sugar. I have always struggled with my sweet tooth, but find that once you cut out the sugar, the cravings will subside.

So there you have it, a quick synopsis of my diet and exercise. No magic food or exercise, just hard work. I am definitely not an expert, I am always learning new things about myself and my body. I love educating myself on food, and find that knowing more about what goes into the food you eat helps you make better food choices. Stay tuned for more food talk and recipes…

Photos by Villanueva and Stone

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