Fitness icon Denise Austin is celebrating 40 years in the industry this month and with a sparkle in her eye and her bright smile, there is no doubt she is still in her prime. The 64-year-old award winning fitness instructor has passed down the same positive mindset and infectious spirit to her daughter, Katie Austin, 28, who was just announced as one of the first 2022 SI: Swim Rookies. “I know that exercise makes you feel good, and I truly believe that. I am fit because I have exercised for 40 years, just 30 minutes, most days of the week, it really doesn’t take that much else. Even throughout my both pregnancies with my daughters and life changes, you still can exercise in different ways,” Denise explained in an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife.com. “I always make sure to do targeted exercises to really keep our 640 muscles strong, and if you exercise, you get rid of some of the grouchiness anxiety that your body has.”
Katie added that her mom wakes up everyday and “chooses happiness,” which she believes has lent itself to her long and strong career in fitness. “I walk the talk, I talk the walk! I truly believe that is important,” Denise told HL. “I am very serious when it comes to teaching you the right ways to exercise with great balance and keeping your body healthy mind body and spirit. I do believe it’s all together and it’s a lifestyle.”
Katie, who has over 160 follow-along workouts on her Katie Austin App, admitted that she learned from her mom that the answer to longevity, especially when it comes to your health, is to avoid “quick fixes” and be patient. The mother-daughter duo also had some stellar advice when it comes to traveling this holiday season and maintaining your healthy lifestyle and positive mindset.
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“I love to workout on vacation. I know a lot of people don’t, but the reason why I love to work out and stay a little bit in a routine health and fitness wise when I’m away is because when I get back I don’t want to feel like I’ve fallen off track and struggle to get back into the routine,” Katie explained. “I wake up about 20 minutes earlier than everyone else — just set your alarm 20 minutes earlier — get in a nice HIIT workout or bodyweight workout, just to break a little bit of a sweat in the morning, and then, go on and enjoy your time with your family. Don’t overthink it.”
Denise and Katie have recently developed a yummy snack that will let you enjoy life guilt-free, and the new flavor of their EVER BETTER Protein Bites dropped today! This good-for-you, protein-packed and keto-friendly treat has 6g of protein per serving, half the sugar of your typical snack pack, and probiotics for digestive health, and starting today, the duo has added Chocolate Chip Cookie to the mix!
“When the EVER BETTER Protein Bites first came out, we wanted something we could snack on really easily and we didn’t want a huge cookie! So these are small mini cookies, and you can have seven in a serving,” Katie explained. “We are obsessed with the Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor, because that’s what we wanted to create from the beginning and we’ve nailed it down — from the amazing flavor and amazing taste. They’re keto friendly, they’re gluten free!”
EVER BETTER Protein Bites are also available in 4 other delicious flavors: Brownie Bliss, Pumpkin Spice Joy, Double Chocolate Delight, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Passion, and can be purchased on EverBetterSnacks.com.