At Peerfit, we are so impressed with those of you who have made fitness a healthy habit in your lives. It is a commitment that requires a determined, motivated mindset, which many of you have provided a perfect example of! That’s why, every month we feature different peerfitters who have made fitness a habit. Each peerfitter is given a questionnaire that allows them to share their peerfit story. This weeks ‘peerfitter spotlight’ is on Jayme Anderson!
Where are you originally from? Where have you lived so far in your life?
Born and raised Carolina girl! I am originally from Winston Salem, North Carolina. Not many people are familiar with this small little town in North Carolina but it is the 5th largest city in North Carolina and is rapidly growing with Biotech and our downtown is expanding. I love the small town feel, I say living here is like 6 degrees of separation. You can go anywhere and know at least 1 person at any given time.
How do you stay motivated to live a healthy lifestyle?
I am constantly pushing myself. I run regularly and that has been one of the most important things in my life, mentally and physically. I started running about 5 years ago on a whim. I ran a 5k in December and since then I have run 3 half marathons and 2 five mile races up Grandfather Mountain in Linville, North Carolina. I love the challenge of pushing myself to run long distances. I am always amazed at what my body is able to do and how it adapts in the midst of stress. That’s what keeps me going to the next run and challenge, it also is a great stress reliever and helps me stay a sane normal functioning human.
What type of music do you listen to when you exercise? What is your go-to song when you need to get pumped up for a workout?
I have a Spotify Playlist that I made when training for a half marathon in 2015. I have added to it for years and it’s my standard go-to. My ultimate workout song currently is All Night by Chance the Rapper and anything Lady Gaga.
What was your fitness routine like before Peerfit, and how has it changed?
Before Peerfit I was training with a running group and occasionally going to classes at my local YMCA. I struggled with weak hip flexors and sometimes shin splints. I feel well-rounded in my training now that I have more flexibility on days that I don’t run. I usually use Peerfit to do yoga or CrossFit or another strength training classes with co-workers. It definitely helps because not all my co-workers are runners so this way we can work out together and I get my workout in during the day versus after work.
Fueling up is the key to maintaining energy. What snacks keep you going through your busy days?
I love clementines and almonds, mainly because they are so portable. I will stock up on several, stick them in my purse in the morning and snack on these throughout the day and they don’t have to be refrigerated. I also have been obsessed with gluten-free avocado toast with this locally made Curtido, a type of lightly fermented cabbage. I pair that with a sprinkle of my favorite everything but the bagel seasoning from Trader Joe's.
What is one class you thought you wouldn’t get through, but proved yourself wrong?
The first time I did 9Rounds I thought I was going to pass out and I am not very hand eye coordinated so that was a struggle. I have gotten better but I still sometimes feel sad that I miss the bags when I punch.
Favorite studio in Hickory, and why? One studio you can’t wait to try?
I love 9round in Winston Salem. Kelli is an awesome trainer and the workout is perfect for getting out frustrations and making you feel strong. It’s a group setting and I can go with my co-workers but I still feel like I work out at my own level and we get done at the same time which is great.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who’s on the fence about group fitness?
There is no person better fit to keep you accountable than a coworker. When I don’t feel like going to class, my coworker will push me through it. I am always so grateful to have them inspire and keep me accountable to my goals. With running I have been trying to run with partners that are a little faster than me, it challenges me and keeps me motivated to keep up the pace.
Fitness is a marathon, not a sprint. What has your fitness journey taught you about yourself?
After running half marathons, I totally get this quote. It’s about the journey and you can’t rush it and honestly knowing that the main hurdles are yourself. I have never felt more in my own head than at mile 10 of a half marathon thinking to myself, “You can stop at any moment, but you can also keep going.” I think that is one of the hardest things to realize is that your mind is so powerful and your body is resilient. Let them work together and don’t fight what you know you can do.