Welcome to our first post on the Faces of Fitness. We went out and asked several of our fitness friends to share a bit about themselves and their stories – why they do what they do and what they love about the lifestyle or sport they participate in. Here’s Rob’s Story:
Tell us about yourself! What’s your name? How old are you? Where are you from?
My name is Rob McLeod, I’m 30 years old and I’m from Woodstock, New Brunswick.
Were you raised in an active family? What were some of the things you enjoyed doing with your family the most?
I was raised in a very active family. My dad was an All Canadian football player in university and my mom was on the provincial women’s golf team more than 10 times. She won several times. My sister and I were always in sports. When I was in school, I competed in swimming, track and field, soccer, hockey, golf, baseball, volleyball and rugby. We spent a lot of time outside, inventing golf courses in our backyard – basically, we didn’t spend a lot of time watching tv or playing video games.
What’s your lifestyle choice to stay healthy and fit or committed to a sport?
For me, it’s quite simple. I compete in disc sports and in order to be successful I need to be in peak physical condition. Eating right, working out in the gym on the best rowing machine and getting lots of sleep – it all contributes to me being physically able to compete at my best each competition. This past year, I competed in roughly 15 competitions and I learned a lot so this year will be even better I hope. I do find it hard while traveling to eat healthy and make good decisions – eating at the airport, restaurants, hotels and gas stations – but you do your best.
What helped you choose the lifestyle/sport you’ve chosen?
I’ve always tried to be fit, but eating healthy has been something I’ve been doing better at. The more I learn about nutrition and food from reading, watching documentaries and talking to dieticians/nutritionists, the better I’m getting. Food is a part of our lives everday so it’s so important that we are aware of what we put into our bodies. It’s up to us to educate ourselves – no one else will do that for us.