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What's Your Workout?

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Theresa Conlee

Age: 54

City: Edinburgh

Occupation: Office manager

Family: Husband, Kevin; daughter, Shirley; son, Michael

Where do you work out?

Total Fitness in Columbus

How many hours a week?


Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine:

I do step aerobics three to four times a week and a high-low impact workout twice a week. I also do weightlifting twice a week and work on the elliptical machine two hours a week.

What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?

I just decided I was 50 years old, and it was time to get myself feeling and looking better and to be healthy for my family.

Why is it something you have stuck with?

I feel so much better, and I have more energy than I have ever had in my life. I also have a wonderful trainer who gives me the motivation I need to keep going and working hard.

How do you make time?

I take two hours per day for myself.

When and why did you get serious about fitness?

I started all this a little over four years ago, but I made it mandatory for myself in the past year.

Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out? How much?

Yes, but I am not sure exactly how much.

What’s your favorite exercise? Why?

Step aerobics. It has helped me the most to get in shape and lose weight. I’ve lost 34 pounds since starting a year ago.

Any exercises you dread, but do anyway? Why?

To be truthful, I dread all of it every day. It isn’t fun, but it’s worth it. You feel much better and have more energy to get through the rest of the day.

Do you follow a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?

Honestly, I eat what I want, I just watch my portions. I do eat a lot of salads. If I have a sandwich, I’ll just eat half and I avoid chips. I give myself Saturday to cheat if there is something I really want to eat.

Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?

When I was able to raise my risers in step aerobics. I raised them after the first three months and have recently raised them again, so I’m stepping even higher. Believe me, it’s not easy.

What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?

I have a talk with myself about how hard I have worked and how much better I feel about myself.

What is a little-know fitness fact about you?

When I go to work out, I give 100 percent.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start working out?

Make sure when you start that you make realistic goals for yourself. If you start out with unrealistic goals, you will get frustrated and most likely will either quit or not do what you need to do.

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