Houston Celebrity Fitness: How do they do it?
Each month, we will chat with a local celebrity to find out how he or she stays healthy. This month’s interview with Dominique Sachse reveals the KPRC TV evening news anchor has a balanced approach between working out and healthy eating. Steal some of her secrets for a healthier you!
How important is health and wellness to your daily life?
Dominique: Health and wellness is critical to my daily life for a variety of reasons. First of all, a healthy diet, full of nutrients and intensive workouts is a great stress reducer and promotes longevity. As a mother of one and stepmother to five, it’s important for energy, which I need lots of, and obviously, I want to be around for a long time!
How many times a week do you exercise?
Dominique: On average, 3-4 times a week, but I’m a firm believer in intensity, so it’s a heart-pumping workout that includes strength training.
What exactly is your exercise regimen? Do you incorporate different types of activities?
Dominique: For cardio, I like spin classes or riding my bike. I also work out with a trainer who makes me use my own body weight for strength and resistance training. For instance, he’ll make me push and then pull him across a room. It fires up all the muscle groups, including my core. I’ve also done dance lessons for various charity events, and that’s a great workout, too!
How important is healthy eating and what approach do you take to having a balanced diet?
Dominique: Diet is 90% of how your fitness results will look. I learned about the importance of the right protein, to carb, to fat ratio. I eat quite a bit of lean protein: fish, chicken breasts, egg whites and turkey. I also eat a lot of nuts for their health benefits. I like roasted and unsalted almonds and cashews. I try to limit my carbs to brown rice, quinoa and Ezekiel muffins in the morning. The best rule to follow is to reduce or eliminate the whites: flour, sugar, salt and dairy.
What advice do you have for people just starting an exercise plan?
Dominique: Exercise with someone, so you can hold each other accountable and share the triumphs and failures. You’ll be more likely to stick to it. Also, if you can get a trainer, even if you need to share the cost with someone, I would. Again, it’s accountability, and you’re more likely to show up if you’re paying for it. Also, try some workout classes that might interest you. It’s good to be around others who are doing the same thing. And of course, there’s nothing like opening your front door and going for a brisk walk through the neighborhood. Just try to do something, no matter your fitness or financial level.
Is there anything else that I didn’t ask that you want to mention related to health and wellness?
Dominique: I think we really need to teach our kids the importance of nutrition and exercise. I see too many kids these days eating foods loaded with saturated fats, sodium, sugar and chemicals. I tell my family, if I can’t read what’s in the ingredients, I’m not buying it. That will eliminate just about every processed food item in the grocery store aisles. If you stick to foods on the perimeter of the grocery store, you can’t go wrong, and you can find some tasty foods in the process. And, we need get our kids outside and moving! Also, I believe in taking supplements for both adults and children. Our foods aren’t as nutrient-dense as they used to be, and we need the vitamins and minerals for disease prevention and wellness.