Hello! I’m Kersten, NASM Certified Personal trainer, writer and simply a fan of active lifestyle. I started this blog to share my thoughts on healthy, happy and enjoyable living. Even though working out is one of the most favorite part of my day, I know that 30 minutes a day is all you need to get in a great shape and keep it that way. How can I be so sure? Because I have tried. This is how I work out most of the days. I also love yoga and any outdoor activities, and I throw in some stretching, hiking and running here and there.
I also love cooking and experimenting with food. In the small kitchen of Fit and Tasty 180 I create fun and (mostly) healthy recipes that come together in 30 minutes or less. I don’t count calories but instead make sure that my meals provide me with all the nutrients that I need to keep me going in the best possible way. Living a healthy life is easy and fun – all it takes is consistency and 30 minutes a day!
I’ve been physically active all my life. I was in my high school’s track and field and basketball teams. I used to be the biggest fan of track and field, never missing any olympics or world championships from TV. In high school, I may have even skipped my classes to stay home and make sure I won’t miss the best parts of Sydney Olympics in 2000…
Health and fitness was definitely my passion; however, after graduating from high school it never crossed my mind to study sports or fitness. I guess I figured that I need to study something more “meaningful” than that. I cannot really explain why but back then I thought that fitness is okay as a hobby, but for “real living” I should do something else.
So I went to study linguistics, spent 11 years in academia and received my PhD in 2014. It was a fun time. I got to study and live abroad, travel quite a bit for the conferences and meet new people. But linguistics was never really my true passion. My true passion had always been health and fitness.
When I moved to San Francisco in 2012 as a part of my PhD program, my life changed in so many aspects. Just before moving there I had developed a bad depression. When I think of it now, there were two major reasons: studying and working on something that I didn’t enjoy and being in a relationship with someone that was just not right for me. I constantly made myself to do things that I didn’t enjoy because they seemed like good things and I was supposed to like them.
Meeting all those fun people and hearing their amazing stories in the Bay area made me realize that I do have a choice. I can make a change. To get over my depression and move on with my life, I had to stop doing the work I didn’t enjoy and quit the relationship I didn’t feel comfortable in. Together with a professional help, it was running and exercising that kept me sane and helped me through the hard times. I was always happier when I worked out.
When my friends and family members started to ask my help in creating them exercise or meal plans, I was more than happy to do it and even happier to see that my advice was actually helpful. My friends and family loved their results. I started to realize that through fitness I can create value to other people while enjoying it myself.
In spring 2014 I signed up for NASM Personal Trainer Certification program. I was extremely excited when the study book came in the mail! I studied several hours every day, passed the test and am now working as a personal trainer and devoting almost all my time to health and fitness.
This is just the beginning of my new journey that I am enjoying a lot already.
I am not a licensed medical professional. All views expressed on this website are based on my own personal research and experiences. Please consult your doctor with any medical issues before beginning a training program.