Work(out)-Life Balance: How McKel Hill Does Fitness

March 24, 2016

Lately we’ve been pondering balance—mainly, the fact that to make our lives happier, healthier and saner, we have to ignore those counterproductive all-or-nothing impulses and embrace equilibrium. With that in mind, we chatted up three of the fittest and big-picture-focused bloggers we know to get their outlooks on achieving health harmony.

As the proprietress and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist behind Nutrition Stripped, McKel Hill knows the importance of a nourishing nosh. It is, after all, how we fuel this balancing act called life. But when she’s not whipping up delectable dishes for her blog or tailoring daily meal plans for clients, you’ll find her taking on an empowering new workout, giving thanks or indulging in the simplest of pleasures—a good book and good chocolate, natch.

My favorite workout is…
I typically balance my workouts between high-intensity cardio like sprints, spinning and swimming and lower-intensity activities like long walks. I’ve been designing my workouts since high school, and love weight training for maintaining and building lean muscle. I don’t shy away from lifting heavy weights—it feels great to be strong!

My favorite way to unwind is…
I like simple things, so a good book, hot tea, a cozy blanket and silence are all I need to be happy. There’s always a lot going on, so it’s incredibly important for me to take that time to recharge, so I can give back at 100%.

My favorite nourishing meal is…
A bowl recipe that normally includes a carbohydrate like a baked sweet potato, cooked quinoa, millet or rice noodles with heaps of lightly steamed or roasted vegetables and protein like eggs, fish, tempeh or lentils. To finish, I’ll top it with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and pink Himalayan sea salt, pepper, turmeric or any other seasoning I’m in the mood for.

My favorite cheat meal is…
Chocolate in any form is my jam! Luckily, I naturally gravitate towards antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, but I’m known for practicing what I preach and that includes finding balance and flexibility with everything in your life—including food!

When I workout, I wear…
I adore any shoe made by Adidas by Stella McCartney. My workout clothes change depending on what I’m doing that day. When I’m doing yoga, relaxing at home, doing light stretching or going on a long walk at the park I love wearing loose-fitting clothes.

The first thing I do in the morning…
Go through my gratitude list! There’s something incredibly grounding and humbling about reminding yourself of these things in the morning, and setting intentions for how to spend your energy that day. After that, I get up and drink about a quart of warm lemon water, followed by my Turmeric Milk Latte or Coffee Elevated. I’m a huge advocate for morning routines and believe they’re paramount to your well-being.

The last thing I do at night…
Go through my gratitude list, again! I put my phone on silent after 6 p.m., and limit social media after 7 p.m. If I’m not out with friends, or on Skype with family or friends back home, then I’m reading, drinking tea or catching up on Netflix.

My usual workout routine…
Spans six days a week, or sometimes five—it depends on how my body feels. I know when to push my limits and when to honor them.

A workout I never thought I’d love is…
Barre3. I adore it, even though I don’t naturally gravitate towards low-intensity exercises. 

The next workout I’ll try is…
The Class with Taryn Toomey. Even though I’ve never taken her class nor met her personally, she’s one of my soul sisters. What she’s doing for women and their connection between mind and body is something special.

To me, “balance” means…
Balance is goes beyond nutrition or nourishing our bodies with whole foods. It’s also about balancing our lifestyles. It’s about managing stress, making “me” time, having a supportive community of friends and, above all, making space in life to let fun happen. Fun is a breeding ground for happiness and joy!

My childhood sports hero was…
Michael Phelps, he’s a machine and his dedication is so inspiring.

I dreamed of going to the Olympics for…
Swimming or bobsledding (random, I know).

Inspired to get moving? First, see how a couple more bloggers find balance, then shop new activewear.