Featured Guest Post: Kathy Hensler

 
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This week's guest is someone whom I met through the YMCA to which my family belongs (in Cranberry Township, PA). Kathy is a driven, hard-working woman who dedicates her life to helping others reach their goals. She's also a mom and wife who is very active and physically fit. I think you'll enjoy reading about Kathy's work, her involvement in the community, and the tips she has to offer for optimizing your health.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

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My name is Kathy Hensler. I live in Cranberry Township, PA. I am the mother of three kids ages 23, 21, and 19. I am the Healthy Living Director at the Rose Family YMCA in Cranberry Township.

I have a degree from Penn State University in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering. I have a personal training certificate from the American Council on Exercise Science (ACE). I am a certified YMCA Group exercise instructor. In addition, I have the following group exercise teaching certificates: Silver Sneakers, SAIL, Delay the Disease, TRX, Barre Above, NDEITA Water, Yoga Fit, and YMCA Pilates and Cycling.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE IN THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS Industry. WHY IS THIS SUCH A PASSION FOR YOU?

It is very rewarding for me to be able to help people get healthy. Being the Healthy Living Director, I get the opportunity to help a variety of people with a lot of different challenges. I enjoy getting to know people and understanding their barriers to getting healthy.  It is so important to understand the needs of your clients prior to helping them. I love the challenge of helping someone understand that success comes from hard work, determination, and sometimes, from failing a few times along the way, but never giving up.

WHAT IS ONE THING OR EVENT THAT HAS TRANSFORMED YOUR LIFE IN THE BIGGEST WAY?

Having children has transformed me into the person that I am today. I have learned so much about life from my kids. Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs there is. Being a great mom is even harder. In today’s society, there are so many excuses for not being the best you can be, for not caring about the person next to you, or for not helping someone in need. We need to help our kids understand that, no matter how successful you want to be in academics and sports, that the best thing to strive to be is a good person. This is what I tried to teach my kids.

How do you serve your community?

I serve my community by supporting charity events such as 5K races or community initiatives like the Cranberry Cup charity softball tournament that raises money for the community. Over the years, I have always given back to the schools by participating in classroom events, booster fund raising, and volunteering as much as I could to support the school and other activities that my kids were involved in.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My mom was always a big inspiration to me because she was such a giving person. I also like Alex Sheen the founder of “Because I Said I Would”. He runs a nonprofit organization that does so much to help and fund others because that’s what makes him happy. He teaches others that when you make a promise, you make a commitment for doing good. You follow through and you “just do it!"

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN? ANY GUILTY PLEASURES?

I love to run, walk, or bike outside. I love to spend time with my family and enjoy family time around the pool or our outdoor hot tub. I love to play tennis, basketball, and golf. Guilty pleasure is a small soft-serve vanilla cone with rainbow sprinkles.

What is one thing you do each day that makes the most impact on your health?

I exercise daily. I incorporate slow stretching and relaxation breathing at the end of every work out.

WHAT ARE SOME TIPS YOU WOULD GIVE SOMEONE TRYING TO OPTIMIZE THEIR HEALTH?

  1. Create a vision of what you are trying to achieve.
  2. Set SMART goals. Put them in writing and somewhere visibile for you to see daily.

  3. Create a plan for success.

  4. Start slow, and build up. Don’t try to do too much too soon.

  5. Tell someone your goals who will make you accountable for achieving them.

Give us your contact info!

Address: Rose E. Schneider YMCA 2001 Ehrman Rd. Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

Email: khensler@bcfymca.org

Facebook: Kathy Hensler

Linked In: Kathy Hensler

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