Gabrielle Reece on Fitness and Just Breathing
Gabrielle Reece might be a professional athlete, but the former pro volleyball player is also a mom who's juggling just like the rest of us.
The 46-year-old mother of three (two daughters and one stepdaughter) with husband Laird Hamilton wants other moms to know that exercise—like our other appointments—is important for keeping our health and sanity in check.
"My husband and my three daughters know how important my workout time is to me. And it's because exercise makes me think more clearly, and I become a better wife and mother as a result," the host of fitness-reality show "Strong" tells mom.me via email. "Plus, exercise directly ties to great sleep, and sleep is a huge part of well-being for anyone. I like to track how long and how well I sleep with my Fitbit and the Fitbit app, which helps me make sure I'm getting enough sleep each night."
Not only that, but Reece shares how breathing—yes, breathing—can be its own form of exercise.
"Breathing deeply on its own and in a focused way helps you get needed oxygen to your muscles—and it also gives you a moment to pause and release stress. One of my favorite breathing exercises is breathing deeply in and out. Start by taking 10 full, deep breaths, and work up to three to five sets of 30."
Reece also talked to us about her idea of real happiness, who she would trade places with and what she hopes for her kids.
What quality makes for a good mom?
Loving, being there and being someone who is trying to help their children figure out who they are.
What is your favorite quality in a dad?
Playful, protective, loving.
What did you think you'd be when you grew up?
I thought I was going to be a cashier. I like to push buttons.
What trait do you hope your children inherit from you?
I hope my kids inherit the ability to find enjoyment in hard work and meaningful relationships.
If you could switch lives with anyone, who would you switch with?
I would trade places with my dog. He has the life.
What is your idea of real happiness?
Real happiness is appreciating what is good in your life and being allowed to be yourself.