A fit woman is a powerful woman, indeed! - K Aziz

“A fit woman is a powerful woman.”

If I had to choose one mantra by which to live, this would be it. I haven’t always been athletic, and when I finally discovered my inner athlete as an adult, it was incredibly empowering. Partially because exercise helped me to fit into my jeans, but more because I was able to focus on what my body could do vs. how my body looked.

I came upon the athletic lifestyle accidentally. I took dance lessons for years as a child, but never considered myself athletic. Give me a basketball, baseball bat or make me run and I would panic (or at least retreat into a corner). I was always the last person to be chosen for teams in PE class, which as you know if you’ve ever been in that situation it doesn’t do a lot for confidence. Because of my dance training certain activities came more easily to me (swimming, for example), but I was woefully inept at just about every other athletic endeavor. I realize now that this was mostly due to lack of confidence and not a lack of innate ability.

After I graduated from high school I stopped dancing. I swam laps for exercise in college, and being the mid 80s I became involved in this new fad called “aerobics.” Because of my dance background, I found that I actually enjoyed it! Little did I realize at the time that aerobics would be a gateway to activities that would become central to my life. I began teaching aerobics as a “fun” job that supplemented my nursing career. This was the beginning of exercise as an outlet, and I was beginning to realize how freeing it was.

Fast forward a decade or so. I married and had two children, and my priorities immediately changed. I still managed to fit exercise in, however. I loved how it made me feel. I would work out before my kids were awake, and it never failed to start my day out on the right foot. I added running and weightlifting to my exercise repertoire, and began teaching indoor cycling classes as well. This evolved into running road races, participating in open water swim events and adult swim meets, and competing in triathlons. I got faster and faster, and realized I was actually pretty good! I can’t even begin to describe how empowering that feeling was! I, the non-athlete, was actually FIT and STRONG and FAST!

I went on to compete in numerous athletic events, and have completed 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, marathons and one ultra marathon. I have completed triathlons of all distances, including four Ironman triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run). My children grew up watching my husband and me exercise. They are young adults now, and my wish for them is that they incorporate a life-long healthy lifestyle for a healthy body and a healthy mind.

Not everyone wants to complete an Ironman, and that’s OK! I’m a little more type A than average, which may explain why I chose that particular path. But ANYONE can adopt an active lifestyle. Find something that YOU enjoy and make it a priority, just like brushing your teeth. Make a date with yourself – set aside as little as 30 minutes a day to walk, go for a bike ride, or take a yoga class. It’s a mindset – instead of saying, “I HAVE to exercise, “say, “I GET to exercise.” You will never regret it.

Maybe you need that push, that motivation, to get you started! If you need help, if you need one-on-one coaching or even advice as to WHERE to begin this journey to a new, healthier you, then I highly encourage you to check out my girls at Vitality Med Spa. They have a variety of programs that will help you incorporate exercise and a healthy lifestyle to assist you on your way to becoming a more fit, more powerful, woman!

A fit woman is a powerful woman, indeed!


Vitality Med Spa

310 Town Center Ave A-2,

Suwanee, GA 30024

Phone. 678-394-0061