Your Story: Brooke
Home State: North Carolina
Career: Full time student/exercise science- pre-physical therapy
Hope Fitness Gear recently interviewed Brooke about her fitness journey, inspirations, and how she incorporates self care in her daily routine while battling Cystic Fibrosis (CF).
What role does fitness and exercise play in your life and how has it changed you?
Fitness has always been a staple in my life, from playing every sport I possibly could as a young child then getting very involved with soccer in highschool. In college, I have found physical and mental refuge in the gym, weight training. I have Cystic Fibrosis(CF), a chronic illness that greatly decreases function of the respiratory and digestive systems. In 2017, I let CF take over and I became ill. Exercise allowed for a full recovery from that and has become my passion that is now directing my life goals.
What is your biggest challenge in balancing life, fitness and self care?
My biggest challenge balancing life, fitness, and selfcare is simply finding the time for all of it. Taking care of my body as always been my first priority but lines become blurry as I am also balancing 3 jobs and schoolwork on top of Cystic Fibrosis medical care and a minimum of 1 hour of exercise each day.
What does your daily routine consist of?
My daily routine is: CF breathing treatment, 3000 calories per day to maintain weight, school, work, exercise, 2nd round of breathing treatment, rest & repeat.
With all the different forms of exercise you do, which one is your favorite?
I complete circuits and cardio to support my CF care, working my lungs, but I can’t say I enjoy that very much. My favorite form of training is weight lifting and recently, boxing, because it is so empowering and there truly are no limits. The sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a heavy lift or an exhausting workout is irreplaceable.
What inspired you to create a fitness Instagram?
Cystic Fibrosis awareness was my main goal of creating my fitness Instagram. Doctors encourage exercise within the CF community but it is never enforced or taught. Exercise has a long list of benefits for chronic illness but a very low percent of patients actually participate in a structured training program. My goal is to prove to the world that CF does not have to limit physical abilities and to make exercise a common treatment for respiratory illnesses.
What apps, blogs, websites do you incorporate into your fitness and health routine, if any?
Instagram is my main “app” I use for connecting with and learning from other fitness and CF influencers.
What are your top 3 favorite products that you can’t live without?
BeatsX wireless headphones, Converse sneakers for leg day, my boxing gloves, and of course HopeFitnessGear resistance bands to aid in all things leg day.
What motivates you to get up each day and do your “thing”? What gives you hope?
My biggest motivation is my ability to make a difference in the CF community. Seeing my Instagram and my brother’s company’s, Happy Camper Creative, CF apparel inspiring others to make a change in their life to be just a little bit healthier.