My Motivation. What's Your Motivation?

To feel 20 when you are. . .well. . .when you are not! Sometimes it pains me to tell someone I am 44 years old but when I beat a few of the 20 something runners in a 5K or 1/2 marathon, do more push-ups or crunches in a group training session and at times, get carded for being under age, I have to dust my shoulder off and thank GOD for running and fitness. The card thing hasn't happened in a while but IT HAS HAPPENED! 

Not too many people enjoy the aging process and beauty companies spend millions marketing to our aging population. Some still believe that there is a fountain of youth in a bottle but there really isn't. Daily exercise and eating the right foods ARE the fountain of youth whether you want to believe it or not.  

Did you know daily exercise can take nearly 10 years off your age? For me, I have to move and stay active. I do not want to just "watch" my girls grow up, I want to watch and actively be a part of their lives. It's great that I can run with my oldest daughter, kick the soccer ball around with my youngest and if I'm lucky, ride my bike with my husband. Being active, mobile and being at your best shouldn't stop just because you are getting older. So, remember 30 minutes to 1 hour of daily exercise PLUS healthy eating will drop weight, reshape your body and make you feel like a kid again (or close to one). So get moving so we can play together!

My Fitfluential friend, Jennifer Fisher is not only an award winning recipe creator and cooking coach from TheFitFork. . .she is. . .her body is what motivates me! She is proof that if you workout daily and eat well. . .you can beat the test of time. Thanks, Jennifer for all your great posts. Follow Jennifer on Facebook, Instagram and, of course,

Nicol Hodges

Nicol Hodges aka "Nic" is fitness professional (NASM, CPT/PES) and product designer living in San Diego, CA. Nicol's athletic background started in her hometown of St. Charles, MO where she earned her 400m state ranking 3 years in a row. Later, at the University of MO, Columbia she earned 8-Big 12 Track and Field titles and a championship title. Nicol currently continues her love for running by competing in local and national running events.