Be Healthy: Workout Anywhere

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Workout Wherever, Whenever

by Cheryl Wheeler Duncan

I work out anywhere, wherever I can, and it’s not always at the gym. I drop my youngest daughter off at basketball practice in the afternoon and put on my running shoes, and while many of the other mothers are sitting on the bleachers reading a book, I’m off and running, squeezing in an intense one hour run. I’ll top it off with push-ups, frog jumps and sit ups, and I’ve just gotten an incredible full body workout during my daughter’s practice. I’ve learned to make do with what I have, wherever I’m at, to be healthy. I can do almost any leg workout with a high curb or stairs, upper body workouts as well. Rubber bands are also an awesome workout accessory and I keep them in my car for easy access. You never know when a workout opportunity will present itself.

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I also have 3 dogs (Noni, Goji, and Chester) that I love to hike and run with, and they are my excuse to get out and get my body moving. The dogs will motivate me (and guilt me) into exercising when I otherwise don’t feel like it. I’ve always been a trail runner and love to exercise in nature verses a gym when the weather cooperates. Luckily in Austin, it’s sunny much of the year and there are ample hiking, biking and running trails.

I have a heavy bag that I work out with as well and it provides an incredible workout. As a long time martial artist and kick-boxer, I am a firm believer in kicking, punching and stretching. I’ve trained many actresses over the years for fights in film work and I’ve never met an actress that didn’t absolutely LOVE the stress releasing benefits of punching and kicking a heavy bag. You don’t have to be an expert to learn how to punch and kick properly (and sweat profusely). And the punching bags have evolved over the years to be more women friendly with foam outsides with water at the core – it’s much easier on the wrists and hands.

I stretch often and feel that this is a core secret to staying youthful and moving in a youthful manner. As we age we stiffen. Our joints and tendons lose their limberness and elasticity over time. It shows in the way we carry our bodies, our walk and our movement. You can spot an elderly person from the back simply by the way they move. This is why yoga is gaining so much popularity with people interested in good health and longevity – it circumvents stiffness and encourages suppleness and flexibility, not to mention the mental and spiritual benefits – I stretch wherever and whenever I can – I stretch in front of a TV with my kids, reading a book, drinking a cup of tea, etc. I try and make time for stretching daily, even if I don’t have time for a full workout on a specific day.

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Cheryl Wheeler Duncan Flying High and Healthy!

Cheryl shares her lifestyle and the nutrition secrets that are the bedrock of the vibrant life she shares with Dr. Lindsey and their daughters. World champion kick-boxer, professional stuntwoman, certified nutritionist, private pilot, wife, mother – all of these adjectives describe Cheryl Wheeler Duncan. Though her days of kick-boxing competition are long over, she is still stunting part-time, staying in great physical shape in order to double the beautiful and svelte actresses on the big screen.

The article above is a portion of the published article featured in April 2010 Issue of Healthy Living with Cheryl on the cover:

I am a big believer in taking care of myself to the best of my ability, without stressing about being perfect. Like many women, I find myself juggling many different responsibilities at once: career, husband, kids (2 daughters, 10 and 11), home projects, the endless list of errands, grocery shopping, dry cleaning, cooking, chauffeuring, pet care, volunteering at school, etc. My days seem to run together at times, shaped by my various projects and of course, my children’s schedules, piano, basketball, gymnastics, tutoring, theatre classes, and so on, depending on the time of year and the sporting season. When I take a movie job, this adds a completely new element of stress as to how to get it all in.

My biggest challenge at times is how to make myself a priority when as a female and mother, it’s all about nurturing and taking care of everyone else. In my career as a stuntwoman, I have to stay in shape and take care of myself to avoid injury. This means taking the time to exercise and work out, as well as making the right food choices to keep my body strong and as youthful as possible (doubling those young movie actresses are the perfect motivation! Ha!) At 49 it’s much harder than it was at 29. I have some basic principles that I live by and follow to the best of my abilities.

Cheryl Wheeler Duncan Hollywood StuntwomanCheryl shares her lifestyle and the nutrition secrets that are the bedrock of the vibrant life she shares with Dr. Lindsey and their daughters. World champion kick-boxer, professional stuntwoman, certified nutritionist, private pilot, wife, mother – all of these adjectives describe Cheryl Wheeler Duncan. Though her days of kick-boxing competition are long over, she is still sunting part-time, staying in great physical shape in order to double the beautiful and svelte actresses on the big screen. The article above is a portion of the published article featured in April 2010 Issue of Healthy Living with Cheryl on the cover 

From Tiffany at TOH: About Cheryl

To say that Cheryl is amazing woman almost doesn’t seem quite enough. There are a lot of truly amazing women, and most would be wise to look to Cheryl as a mentor. Possibly one of the most humble, sweet ladies you could ever be so blessed to meet, it is easy to see why she is impressively fit and ALIVE. She practices what she teaches.

If you are careful who you take your advice from, Cheryl Wheeler Duncan is someone you would want to mimic. She is successful, relentless, fit, radiant, an inspiration – and a heck of a lot of fun. She speaks as boldly about her weaknesses as she does her triumphs, which makes you want to just give her a big hug whenever you see her. Cool. Real. Authentic. Friend. ~ Tiffany Youngren

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