Meet our Ambassador: Michelle Pearson
Posted on 19 September 2014
Tell us a bit about yourself and why you love fitness?
I am a Kiwi currently residing in Singapore with my husband and two gorgeous gals, Sofia (3) and Poppy (1).
I discovered Xtend Barre by winning a raffle and the prize was four free Xtend Barre classes at Upside Motion the only studio in Singapore that offers Xtend Barre. After trying a class I was hooked and knew straight away that I would get on board and start teaching as soon as I could. I have a background in dance and have spent many years working for Les Mills, New Zealand as a Pump, Body Balance and RPM instructor. Xtend Barre is a fusion of dance and pilates set to good tunes set by the instructor. Each instructor has their own style and preferred music. I found that my experience as a group fitness instructor for Les Mills, New Zealand and my dance back ground resulted in a very smooth and exciting transition to Xtend Barre. It is my preferred work out over anything and everything I have ever done!
How do you spend your weekends?
Weekends are all about family for me which means bike rides, beach action and relaxing (preferably with red wine I hand!)
What's your style like when you're not working out?
Singapore doesn’t have any seasons it’s around 30 degrees every day! So my style is cool, casual and comfortable. I have to admit when I teach Xtend Barre in the morning I live in my Lauren, Full Length, Compression tights for the rest of the day. I just throw on a different singlet and keep rocking the tights all day long. I love them! (especially with my Nike High tops!)
What do you typically eat and what do you try and avoid?
My eating habits are pretty clean and green. I had gestational diabetes with both my pregnancies and this can result in Type 2 diabetes later on in life if you do not change your eating habits. I didn’t eat a lot of what I considered “sugar” but I discovered after seeing a dietician that my carb intake was far too high and the healthy juices I thought were so good for me simply were not. I, therefore, try to eat more protein and green vegetables.
How do you find balance?
To find balance I read books, turn off my phone and have a big mug of green tea. That’s my reset function!
What does living an active life mean to you?
Living an Active Life to me means living in the present, consciously thinking about the food you put in your body and projecting happiness and healthiness to those around you and leading by example.
How do you motivate yourself when you don't feel like working out?
My top work out tactic is to put on some high energy music on your way to a class or a work out to get you in the mood! My husband, however, does not always enjoy getting picked up from his stressful day at work with the above mentioned high energy music blasting through the car!
Why do you love Vie Active?
I love Vie Active for more than just the beautiful, practical, stylish products. I am drawn to the message Vie Active projects out to its community, the inspirational posts and the amazing ambassadors it has on board. When I wear Vie Active products I feel feminine, strong and elegant and that is what Vie Active to me is all about.
VIE ACTIVE LIST
Sunrise or Sunset workout? Sunrise work out for sure!
Favourite workout? Xtend Barre
Healthy Breakfast go-to? Two eggs, half an avocado and a mug of green tea. Perfection!
Ultimate healthy meal? Salmon and green veges is my ultimate healthy meal. My husband will tell you we have this every second night. I tell him how lucky he is!
Make-up must-haves? In terms of make up I don’t have any must haves but I have just started using coconut oil as a moisturizer and it is amazing. It makes my skin glow.
What's always in your gym bag? There is always a drink bottle in my gym bag!
Best active holiday or Dream active holiday? Best holiday I have ever had was a 2 week kite surfing trip to Vietnam. My husband and I started Kite Surfing together 8 years ago and hopefully we will be kite surfing well into our 90s! We love it … it’s amazing to be fly across the ocean with a board and a kite using the wind to power you. I love Mother Nature.
What relaxes you? Reading totally relaxes and energizes me.
Biggest Vice? Biggest vice is red wine and dark salty chocolate. YUM!
What's the last pieces of advice you gave to a friend? I reiterated this quote to a dear friend recently; ‘your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny’. It’s such a beauty.
What will we always find in your fridge? Avocados! I have them every single day!
What will we never find in your fridge? You will never find bananas in my fridge as I have a banana phobia!
Who's your healthy living hero? My healthy living Hero is Amy Crawford of The Holistic Ingredient. I started following her when she had about 300 followers. Now she has over 20,000. Her recipes, approach to life, and all make my day. She has really opened my eyes to eating clean and even though she doesn’t know me I will be forever thankful to her wonderful facebook and Instagram pages of which I am an avid follower.
What can't you live without? Can’t live without my Vie Active, Lauren, Full Length, Compression Tights. I do XB every second day and these are essential! No other tights can compare!
Book on your beside table? We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Fowler. I’m only 10% in but I can tell it is going to be very unique and one worthy of reading. Next on the list is The Story Teller by Jodi Picoult.
What's on your Bucket List? On the bucket list would be; Heli Skiing (anywhere extremely awesome!), boat surf trip in the Maldvies, and going to the Antarctica while my girls are still young to see Whales, Polar Bears and to be over awed by the ice bergs that are as big as mountains.
Latest Healthy Obsession? Latest obsession is Coconut Oil.
Why do you live an active life? Number one reason to live an Active Life is because it keeps me happy and healthy on a daily basis and I hope to be happy and healthy well in to my 100s J
Message you'd send to the world? You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
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