Daily Physical Activity & Eating Healthy Food
Who Am I?
In 1974, there was one class in school I couldn’t wait to take and that was P.E. My 5th grade gym teacher Miss Bobbie Reider, was fit, smart, and motivating. My dream was to one day become a P.E. teacher just like her.
In 1985, I graduated from Hope College – a small, liberal arts school in Holland, Michigan with a BS in Exercise Science and Dance Education. Instead of teaching after graduation, I won an internship at Coors Wellness Center in Golden, Colorado. The hands-on experience with one-on-one training was more than anyone could ask for when going into the field of exercise, personal training and healthy living. Without ever taking a paycheck what I gained at Coors was priceless.
In 1989, I landed an interview with Jane Fonda for a job in Santa Barbara, California. With sweaty hands and nerves that shook like leaves, I met the pioneer of aerobics in the front-yard of her cottage at Laurel Springs. Her ranch – high above the city of Santa Barbara – became my new home, as I got the job and started as a personal trainer for guests at her spa retreat. Between Melanie Griffith, Ally Sheedy, and numerous others, I realized training Hollywood celebrities was what I wanted to do. Jane’s ranch was short lived as her life headed to Atlanta, Georgia. So… I headed to Hollywood.
In 1992 and for the next thirteen years, I appeared as the Fitness Expert on the NBC Today Show with Katie Couric. I also trained numerous A-listers including Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez, Denise Richards, Claudia Schiffer, and Kim Basinger.
In 2009, I created a workout dvd for Kim Kardashian, “Kim Kardashian’s Body Beautiful”, which diverted the attention from her more “suggestive” video. The workout DVD created a guest appearance on the now infamous “Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s” show.
In 2011 I wrote my eighth book “MomEnergy” with Cindy Crawford’s accolades on the cover. All my books spread the message of healthy living.
My passion is educating people about healthy living and being a spokesperson allows for that. I only choose quality brands like American Lamb Board, USANA, Boniva, Pretzel Crisps, HealthyOnes, Hanes, Propel, Vaseline, Nasonex, Ragu, the Milk Board, Chilean Fruit, Mio Watches, Walkmill, Serta, and Enell.
And 2020, I still work tirelessly finding new ways to stay fit and healthy and adding new things to the mix. Introducing my new passion…acting. I’m “Denise King” in a new show called Rusty Camel on BTV. I can’t wait for you to check it out.
Most asked questions.
Back then with three boys and a hectic schedule commuting to New York every week, I experienced way too many nights looking in the fridge and then ordering pizza. I knew how to organize my workouts, why not in the kitchen. Organized healthy foods in my fridge was how Sunday Set-Up came to be.
So instead of putting away my groceries after marketing, I would wash, prep and store. Some prepping was just cutting up veggies so I could use them for quick snacks or to add into recipes that I never felt I had time for. Other prepping was actually cooking rice, quinoa, chicken and soups. Another simple way to have good homemade food at my finger tips. All my food was then stored in glass food storage containers and this became our family routine every weekend. Hence the name, Sunday Set-Up™.
I can’t say I have had a complete day without exercising or doing something physical. I don’t feel right if the day has been up and down with crazy calories. I can only imagine how one feels when someone lives their life like that. From experience, I know how good exercise makes you feel and all the positive results you can gain from
an active lifestyle.
It is amazing how much your behavior and energy reflects from what you eat. That said, I will continue talking about living a healthy lifestyle until the day I die. To me it is about quality of life and if I can help one person improve the quality of their life through healthy living I am doing my job.
Every single day is a juggling act with kids, dogs, horses, work, exercise and, oh yeah, don’t forget the husband! Everyone in my house is part of the team. From my years of athletics I know the importance of being a team player and there is no “I” in the word team.
The key for me has been to be very organized, always prioritizing, and as of late, learning that little word “no”. Modern life can be hectic and weeks go by like a blur. So I take time to do things that don’t relate like visiting flea markets, getting on stage at my community theatre and making movies with my kids.