National Health Through Fitness Day – Get Flexible with Fernanda

General | Mar 14th, 2013

Do you need some inspiration to help get you moving today? Well, meet Fernanda, a Replenishment Analyst in our Sporting Goods department who has been with Modell’s for almost two years now. Read here how she maintains her active and healthy lifestyle:



Do you find yourself sitting at a work desk, staring at the computer for most of the day? Your workstation isn’t exactly the best place for you to be very active, yet for many people, this is where they spend 40+ hours a week at. No matter how comfortable your chair is, don’t get too attached to it – it’s doing much more damage to your body thank you think! In recent years, studies have proven that sitting at a desk for long hours over an extended period of time, increases your risk for various dangerous health conditions, physical pain, and even, a premature death. This makes physical activity as a regular habit that much important to millions of office workers – and rolling around your office in a chair with wheels just won’t cut it!

Modell’s, along with the sporting goods industry, is supporting the PHIT Act and & PEP program as a way to encourage Americans to incorporate regular physical activity into their daily lives by reducing the costs of various physical expenses. With the obesity crisis that millions of Americans are personally dealing with, I think it’s time we stand up out of our office chairs and stand up for a healthier lifestyle!

1) How do you stay fit?
I take yoga and dance classes plus weight training. I also follow a diet plan to support my training. Yoga gives me flexibility and it’s the best core work-out you will ever get. I get bored easily doing cardio on a treadmill or elliptical, so dance is a great alternative, as well.

2) What’s your fitness goal?
Feeling great physically and mentally, being healthy and having a ton of energy.

3) What is your favorite healthy meal?
Breakfast: MRM All Natural Whey Rich Vanilla with oatmeal and cinnamon
Lunch: Tilapia fillets, sweet potato and veggies.
Snacks: Fat free cottage cheese with toast, non-fat plain Greek yogurt with strawberries, and homemade protein bars.

4) How do you manage to squeeze exercising into your busy schedule?
If you want something bad enough, you will make time for it. I put exercise on the top of my priority list and arrange my schedule around it.

5) What fitness gear from Modell’s can you not live without?
Foam rollers! Putting a lot of stress in your body will cause muscle tightness and soreness, and working on the computer all day gives me a lot of back and neck pain. Rolling on a foam roller is the closest thing to getting a massage! I actually keep a small one on my desk at work.

There’s no time like the present to embrace a healthier lifestyle by being physically active and eating well in order to ensure yourself a better future. So stand up with Modell’s and support the PHIT Act and PEP program today!