At 79 years young, Dr. Betty Holston Smith has the fitness level of your average 30-year old and looks at least 20 years younger than she is! Dr. Betty was previously a 200-pound couch potato who loved junk food and smoking. Dr. Betty shares more about how she transformed her life 50 years ago. This really is a master class told by a phenomenal story teller, who goes into the details. During this podcast episode Dr. Betty shares more about her early life, how she got into running, how she changed her diet, how she trains, and how she copes on 4hrs of sleep a night. At 79 years young Dr. Betty is still running 60 to 100 miles per week! If you want to learn the secrets of running, health and fitness, this is an episode not to be missed. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. The tough girl podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
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Speaking to Dr. Betty Holston Smith
Being a smoker and eating junk food
Being 200lbs overweight
Why she decided to lose weight
Trying all of the crazy diets
Being inspired by Dr. Mirkin
Why nutrition and movement is so important
Advice for movement - Get outside 3x a week for 30 mins
Why you need to strengthen your heart
Why you need to eat, fruit, vegetables, whole foods, seeds and nuts
What Dr. Betty eats on a daily basis
Falling in love with running and how it became the core of her life
Starting to feel the difference in her life
Running ultra marathons and having no need for recovery
The good things that have come from her lifestyle
Being monitored by John Hopkins Hospital
Thriving on 4hrs of sleep a night
Doing relationship based coaching
The importance of respecting the body
Stretching and doing Tai Chi for 40 years
Growing up in virgin woods and falling in love with mother nature
Growing up as 1 of 6 children
Her favourite shoes - Vivo Barefoot
Running marathons on 6 continents
Running a half marathon (22 miles) on the Great Wall of China
Running and teaching deep water running
Setting up your body for running
The benefits of chia seeds
The power of having good posture
Lessons from Michael Jackson with his pelvis
Needing a strong core to be any kind of runner
Why you need to have relaxed shoulders
Why running should be moving meditation
Writing her book - Lifestyle by Nature: One Woman's Break from the Unhealthy Herd to Roam Forever Healthy in Nature's Lifestyle Change Herd
Focusing on what you love and what you are passionate about
Wanting to run for the rest of her life
Passion and perseverance
Not caring about the finish line
The process of changing a lifestyle
Going to school during segregation
The lifestyle change line
On going challenges
Running a 901 mile virtual race
Looking for more virtual races
Not being on social media
What her week looks like
Book - Lifestyle by Nature: One Woman's Break from the Unhealthy Herd to Roam Forever Healthy in Nature's Lifestyle Change Herd
More about the book:
How are you? If your truest first thoughts in pondering this question are something like "I could be better," this nature-based lifestyle-change book might help. To be healthy, you must take care of all of you because the total you is made up of your entire self, including your body, mind, spirit, soul-your everything.
If one part of you is not up to par in some way or another, it's impossible for your everything else to be totally healthy. You have tried everything your friends, your doctors, and even the advertisement industry recommended for improving your health. But nothing has worked, except to make you a frustrated person.
Close your eyes right now and allow your conscious mind to contemplate your health situation. Be honest. You are not the healthiest that you can or should be. In fact, you are in dire straits according to how you feel and what your medical team says about your health. I know all of this about you because I was you so many years ago.
Like you, for years I followed the same type of diet herd that you have been following. And like you, after trying everything, I had no clue about what to try next. However, I found a clue. Over forty years, I lived the importance of and learned to replicate nature's wisdom on nutrition and movement in my unhealthy lifestyle. Her focus was on naturally changing lifestyles, not on temporary quick fixes. And in the process, she provided me with all types of support to do so. I carefully recorded her step-by-step wisdom and provided the details inside.
Ditch your next quick-fix cosmetic diet, and put your trust in nature's simple but trustworthy lifestyle-change wisdom.
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