Meet Kate. Get Nakie Ambassador and all round amazing woman
Former television producer come full time yogi, Kate Henry embodies everything we love at Get Nakie… health, happiness and well being. An aussie expat living in Vancouver, Kate is a now a full time yoga teacher and fitness professional. We sat down with her to find out her secret to living a balanced and active life
Who is your fitness icon?
Though I’ve never studied martial arts, I admire Bruce Lee’s discipline and the way he was so wholehearted devotion to his passion.
Plus, he had some really inspirational insights, like this little gem:
“Not being tense but ready.
Not thinking but not dreaming.
Not being set but flexible.
Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement.
It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do
What does your weekly fitness routine look like?
I have daily-ish (every now and then I’ll take a day off!) yoga practice but while that keeps me strong and supple, it’s much more about keeping me sane than anything else! It’s around half an hour a day if I’m practicing on my own. Otherwise I’ll hit an hour or so vinyasa class at a studio.
Apart from my consistent yoga practice my fitness routine is really variable.
For straight up strength and fitness, I do TRX and run. How often depends on what challenge I’m working on… Last Summer I was training for a half marathon so I was running 10-15km two times a week.
At the moment I’m preparing for a 6 day hike on the West Coast of Vancouver Island Canada so I’m walking about two hours a couple of times a week.
Where is your favourite place to workout?
In the sunshine! Nothing makes me happier than a soft, dry patch of grass in a quiet spot to practice yoga or a trail to run or walk on in the woods with speckled light coming through the trees.
What is your fitness mantra?
Just do something. any small thing to remember you are here and you are alive.
What does nutrition mean to you/what does your diet look like?
I try to remember to eat as though I had to prepare the food from scratch myself… It keeps me from being too much of a glutton!
Also, it means I’m eating more veggies and fruit than anything else and wasting almost nothing.
For example, if you’ve ever made pasta from scratch before you’ll know it’s a tedious, laborious process… Imagine if you had to grow, harvest and mill the flour too – would definitely not be bothered having pasta every week! Needless to say, I don’t eat red meat anymore (could I kill a cow?) but I do eat fish.
It’s a handy little tool if you want to get on the ‘whole food’ train, which is where I feel my best…
Side note: I was thinking of using chocolate as an example because that process is so involved (milk the cow, refine the sugar, harvest the cacao… etc etc) but then that would have been disingenuous since chocolate is a bit of a weakness for me! I eat about 10000 times more chocolate than I would eat if I had to make it myself!
What is your ultimate foodie indulgence (doesn’t have to be healthy)?
Yum Cha! When I’m ready to ignore the above rule and let myself go my ultimate splurge would be Yum Cha on a Saturday morning… I could eat my own weight in little dumplings!
What does your ultimate workout outfit comprise of?
Yoga – Leggings and a sports bra and a singlet.
Run – ¾ length pants, cute sneaks, supportive bra and loose singlet.
My workout wardrobe if full of bright pop colours. When I look good, I feel good and work that little bit harder.
What is one item you must have in your gym bag?
Face washer! I’m all about the bird bath if not full shower immediately after a workout.