You Are What You Teach
By Be FIt BR
November 14, 2012
You might say Pam Stone is becoming her own best advertisement.
Stone, a personal trainer at Woman’s Center for Wellness, works with women ages 65 and older. She’s been doing it for about 20 years.
Now, at age 60, Stone is the picture of what regular exercise and a moderate diet can do for you.
“I guess I’ve sort of become my own client,” she says with a laugh.
Stone teaches strength and balance classes to women, many in their 70s and 80s.
“A lot of people who hire a personal trainer are interested in weight loss,” says Stone. “That’s not necessarily what I’m hired to do. My clients are interested in keeping their health. They want their bones to be strong, and to prevent falls. Weight loss is not necessarily what they’re after. I’m teaching them how to exercise correctly.”
But helping with weight loss is also something she does, conducting such a program three times a year.
“You work out with a trainer two times a week,” Stone says of the weight-loss class, “and you work with a dietician on nutrition. It’s a little bit of everything.”
While Stone’s business today is fitness, it isn’t where this LSU grad started out.
“I was an industrial salesperson,” she says, “traveling up and down the east coast.”
But she wasn’t happy.
Growing up a bit of a tomboy, Stone says she has always been active, with a particular love of swimming, tennis and running.
So she returned to LSU and got her master’s degree in physiology, and, while still a student, started working at Woman’s.
When it comes to her own fitness, Stone says she likes to mix it up.
She started running triathlons at age 30 and still participates in the swim-bike-run events. However, she says she no longer runs. These days it’s fitness and race walking. Race walking, she explains, uses a heel-to-toe motion, while fitness walking is a faster paced version of regular walking.
As for swimming, Stone says she’s in the pool about three times a week and covers almost two miles, which takes about 75 minutes. She bikes once or twice during the week and likes to take a long ride on Sunday.
The best idea, Stone says, is to incorporate activity into your daily life.
“It’s not necessarily about a structured exercise program,” Stone says. “You can’t exercise one hour a day and then sit the rest of the day. You have to get up five or six times during the day and stretch your muscles. Stand up as much as possible. Incorporate movement into everything you do, whether it’s cooking or washing the dishes. It all adds up. You just have to make being active a part of your life.”
In fact, she says people who jump on the treadmill or exercise bike can be frustrated by how few calories they burn.
“It’s not a lot,” she says. “So I try to encourage people not just to work out, but to be aware of what you do all day long.”
When it comes to nutrition, Stone says she’s “aware of what I put in my body.”
She eats low-fat, low-salt foods “as much as possible,” but likes to splurge with fried catfish on a Friday night and then hit the dance floor.