Department: Cardiology Job Title: Clinical Research Coordinator Years at MGH: 1½ Team Name: "Cupcakes Anonymous"
Reason Joined Be Fit: I grew up playing team sports (soccer and rowing) and went to the gym consistently in college. After starting work full-time post-undergrad, I found it very difficult to keep up with an active lifestyle and healthy eating. I saw the effects of a more sedentary life on my body the past 2 years and was searching for motivation in the form of a team and a common goal to give me a much needed jump start!
How Be Fit Helped: I was nervous about walking into a gym after such a long time but working with a personal trainer (Danny Murphy) made me feel comfortable and confident in the space. Danny spent time understanding my goals and showing me manageable ways of working towards them. The consistency of working out helped motivate me to start attending group classes (cycling, pilates) around Boston, which have added variety to my workouts.
Logging what I consume has made eating and drinking less passive and more intentional activities during my day. The nutrition classes and one-on-one meetings have taught me a lot about how small changes (swapping out one brand for another or adding veggies to your leftovers) can go a long way.
Favorite Thing About Be Fit: Weekly Be Fit “green” meals at Eat Street Cafe! There definitely are days I don’t have time to pack a lunch that is both quick and healthy, so this was a great help over the 10 weeks. The salad bar was my favorite place!
Job Title: RN Department: Pediatric Cardiology Years at MGH: 4 Team: "Pura Vida"
Reason Joined Be Fit: To work on a healthy diet and exercise routine and become more mindful about the foods I’m putting into my body and how they will benefit me and my energy level throughout the day. After committing to the program, I found out I was pregnant, so this was a great motivator to keep me active and eating good foods for me and my baby.
How Be Fit Helped: Be Fit has pushed me to try new things in my exercise routine – I’ve never been one to go to the gym (preferring group fitness classes or running outside) so getting to work with a personal trainer was a first for me. It has given me the confidence to try out the different machine and props that I didn’t know how to use before! Working with Emily helped me to think about ways that I could make sure my meals and snacks were providing me with the nutrients that my body needed – to stay full and give me energy for the day.
Favorite Thing about Be Fit: The sense of community on our team. We’ve been keeping each other motivated and accountable throughout the program and I have a feeling that will continue once our 10 weeks officially wraps up. It’s been great to be able to support each other, swap healthy recipes, and encourage each other to get out and be active!