One-minute inspiring stories: Debbie Rodrigues

Discover our new blog section: “One inspiring story to read in one minute”.

The concept is simple: in our busy and demanding lives, we don’t have much time to spend on reading stories that could change our lives. But what if they only took one minute to read? That’s why we have started a new, regular column presenting one-minute stories on people with ideas that can change our perceptions of physical activity.

Do you have a minute? If so, let me introduce you to Debbie Rodrigues, a physical activity blogger, life coach and personal trainer. She is a NowWeMOVE campaign ambassador and supported No Elevators Day and European Fitness Day this year.

Her path to becoming a fitness ambassador started at a life-changing moment – when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.



1) What did you do in your “other life”?

I worked for many years in the corporate world. I had various jobs in finance, project management and IT. I also had a certification in the practice of Reiki (Level 1 Practitioner). Now, I am a productivity expert. I help busy career women create a productive routine that fits their lifestyle.

2) What was the turning point to becoming who you are now?

My first turning point was realising how unfit I had become over the years. I had always been active, but suddenly I saw myself as a woman over 30 years old and sedentary. I wasn’t on a healthy path. Years later, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

3) How did you overcome that?

While it had nothing to do with my lifestyle, it did inspire me to take more care of myself. Instead of sporadic training sessions, I committed to working out regularly. Instead of just eating what I wanted, I started to focus on foods that supported an active lifestyle. I also became a Certified Personal Trainer. As soon as I could after surgery, I returned to my fitness routine.

4) What are you doing now to promote physical activity and why does it make you happy?
On my website, I help women find time to invest in themselves. I share fitness, wellness, and efficiency tips that allow them achieve their goals without stressing out.
Personally, I don’t believe in miraculous transformation. So I focus on a sustainable and long-lasting approach anyone can follow.
Every time I get an email from someone saying they implemented my tip(s) and made some progress in their life, I feel extremely happy.

5) Your tips, as a woman, a coacher and a trainer:
What piece of advice would you give to women who want to promote physical activity – or get more active themselves?
> First of all, be realistic with your goals. If you have never run before, signing up for a marathon in three months isn’t a healthy choice. Take it one step at a time and you’ll increase your chances of success.
> Find a physical activity you enjoy. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but something you can commit to and have fun.
> Finally, make time for yourself. It’s not selfish to want to be in shape. It’s an investment in your health and well-being. There’s no schedule that is so busy you can’t make room for training at least three times a week. If you feel stuck, make an effort to be more efficient. It’s worth it!

If you have more than one minute and want more tips from Debbie, check out out our NowWeMOVE guest blog post: How to Get Fit in 5 Easy Ways

To find out more about Debbie’s approach or Mindful Planning™ visit her blog:

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