I came across Jen Bruno on LinkedIn and I became very interested in her lifestyle and work! She is an incredibly strong, inspiring, and determined woman. Enjoy reading this empowering article about loving yourself and doing what makes you happy.
What is your personal mantra?
Listen to your body—it’s way smarter than your brain and full of wisdom that is geared towards your success and vitality.
As a women who has a strong muscular structure, have you felt judge by others for not fitting into the “female ideal body”?
Yes, I’ve struggled with looking too muscular or too masculine since that has been the narrative and association for a long time until recent female body-positive campaigns have taken hold. Now you see more positive connotations with strong and muscular being something that women aspire to. It’s a good thing, not something to feel self-conscious about.
What advice do you have for women who want to establish a career in fitness?
Carve out a niche. Whether you’re a personal trainer or a health coach (I wear both hats), target a demographic of the population that you click with or have had consistent success with. As much as we want to be all things to all people, we need to narrow our focus so we can continue to hone our skills and connections within our specialty group of clients. Also, be a role model and your own best marketing/case study. Walk the talk. Be the leader in terms of staying fit and taking care of yourself on all levels: physical, emotional, mental, psychological, and spiritual.
Your company J.B. Fitness & Nutrition, has a focus on making workouts fun. How do you cultivate that energy into a routine?
I stress to my clients to listen to their body. Each day is different and each workout will be different based on energy levels, hours of sleep, stressors at work, relationships, etc. All of these things affect your physical body so just because we may have a certain workout mapped out for that day, it doesn’t mean it has to happen. Improvise and give your body permission to move in ways that feel good that day. Be a kid again. Roll around on the floor, skip, etc. Workouts don’t always need to be some formal, rigid, structured event. Play again like a kid. Have fun with it. If you are tired and want to skip a workout, tell yourself you’ll give it five minutes of movement to see if you change your mind. Those five minutes may be just the boost in energy you needed in order to create momentum.
As a nutritional coach, what are the most common issues you see with client’s food habits?
Many people drink too much alcohol (daily and weekly) and use sugar and other sugar-laden stimulants to make it through a day. When your energy is consistently low every day, look at two things: the quality of your sleep and whether you are drinking enough water. You may be dehydrated which makes you sluggish. If you aren’t sleeping well, your body lacks energy which makes you turn to instant boosts through sugar. This isn’t sustainable as you crash soon after that sugar consumption and will in turn affect sleep, hormones, etc.
What sparkled your interest for health and wellness?
I’ve been an athlete my whole life, but until my late 20’s didn’t correlate athletic excellence and performance with my nutrition, sleep, etc. I always got by with natural athletic ability and didn’t think about doing all of the other things to propel me to reaching my potential. Once I discovered the benefits for myself, I felt compelled to share this with as many people as possible.
How do you implement a holistic perspective on your personal wellness routine?
It goes back to listening to your body. It’s a smart machine and is always giving signals and feedback. If it’s a heavy weight-lifting day, but my body doesn’t seem up for that and needs yoga or a long meditative walk instead, that’s what happens. You need to look at the big picture and realize that you want to enjoy this type of workout/movement routine well into old age, so it’s not about individual days or workouts, but about the composite of what you are building. Also, keep it simple with nutrition. Eat foods that contain a single ingredient on the list: broccoli, apple, chicken, etc. Master the simple whether that pertains to exercise or nutrition.
How do you start your mornings?
This is my absolute favorite time of the day! You have a blank canvas in front of you and anything is possible. I start with an early rise (between 4 and 4:30am) and then eat a homemade oatmeal bowl, drink some water, have some turmeric, ginger, and fennel tea and do some reading and writing. I get a lot done before it’s time to head out to train clients.
What does the word mindfulness mean to you?
It means learning to listen to the voice that tells you what’s important and what’s not. This is unique to each individual. Stay in the present moment—if you’re reading, then read. If you are eating, then eat. If you are listening to a friend talk to you, really listen to every word without thinking about your reply right away. It’s slowing down long enough to take in and register the signals that your soul sends you. This voice can be quiet and understated, but if you stop and slow down long enough to listen, you will acquire nuggets of guidance and wisdom that will steer you towards happiness, joy, inner peace, and a life filled with purpose and meaning.
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