Karlie Jackson was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with her mom (Bev), dad (Richard) and sister (Kayla). Growing up, it wasn't uncommon for Karlie to be participating in a variety of sports; everything from ball to soccer, swimming to basketball and many others. Now, Karlie is not only a player on the Saskatoon Valkyries Women's tackle football team, she also sits on the board of executives as the VP of marketing and promotions. Karlie had the opportunity to be a part of the first ever Team Saskatchewan women’s football team, and went to Montreal in 2012 to participate in a Team Canada National Women's football ID camp and tournament.
Last spring Karlie convocated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BSc in Kinesiology and she hopes to be accepted into the college of nursing for the fall of 2014. Karlie has been a CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer for the last 2.5 years. She trains through the Human Performance Centre out of the University of Saskatchewan. On top of that she also works for the City of Saskatoon as a Recreation Technician at the Leisure facilities. During her free time Karlie enjoys playing many different recreational sports, relaxing and catching up with friends.
Being healthy is more than just an image. It's a lifestyle that incorporates ones' mind, body and soul. It is all about doing things that you enjoy and will prolong your life. Living healthy is a combination of moderation and balance.
2. Do you feel that you lead a healthy life? How? (or what would you change?)
I do feel like I live a fairly healthy lifestyle. I workout regularly, I eat a healthy and balanced diet. I try to take "me" time as much as I can. I educate myself on ways to continually improve myself. I also allow myself to indulge in life's little pleasures once and a while. I am however human, and can always work on something and for me that would be sleeping more and allowing more time for myself.
3. What is a healthy meal that you often eat?
A healthy meal that I eat quite often is salmon/chicken breast with a steamed or raw vegetable and rice or sweet potatoes.
4. How do you stay healthy when life gets hectic?
Between work, school and activities, my life does get pretty hectic. I always try and prepare most of my meals on the weekend for the upcoming week. That allows me to continually eat healthy. I ensure that I make time to exercise regularly, which doesn't just help me look and feel good, it helps me to relieve stress and work through every day problems that I may encounter.
5. What is one of your challenges or struggles when it comes to leading a healthy life?
My biggest struggle is remembering to put myself first. I love personal training and participating in a variety of sports; sometimes I tend to spread myself a little too thin. My continuous struggle and challenge is to ensure that I maintain a regular sleeping schedule where I reach as close to 8 hours as possible and to allow for "me" time.
6. Are you currently working towards a goal or starting/stopping a habit? What?
One of my current health challenges is to stretch after every workout and try to practice yoga once a week. I am also trying to try a new recipe at least once a month.
7. What motivates you to be healthy?
My clients, friends and family motivate me. Many of the people whom I interact with on a daily basis view me as a role model and to me it is important that I lead by example. It is pretty hard to take fitness and health advice from and individual who does not practice what they preach. I am also motivated by my very long bucket list. I have a lot of goals that I would like to accomplish and experience and I don't want failing health to be the thing that stops me.
8. What is a treat or indulgence that you enjoy?
I love chocolate, baked goods and a good burger, but of course all in moderation.
9. Any inspiring words or comments that you’d like to share with our readers?
Everyone's vision and image of healthy is going to be different. It is important to find the things that work for you and your lifestyle; it also has to be things that you enjoy. Being healthy doesn't happen overnight, it is a lifestyle, and it is something you work at every single day.
"Success is the small sum of efforts, repeated day in and day out" - Robert Collier
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