1. Welcome to FHGC! Thank you for joining us. Tell me about yourself and what keeps you blooming in your purpose?

I am a fitness coach, content creator and entrepreneur. I started dancing when I was 8 years old, specializing in jazz, ballet, contemporary, and hip hop, and I fell in love with it. Through the world of dance, I was introduced to the world of fitness and discovered that there was so much to learn about the human body. I felt that I wanted to learn more about it, and in turn, learn more about myself and how to take care of myself. So I went on to receiving my Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and started my own fitness and fashion blog, thednalifestyle.com 2 years ago. I recently launched my own fitness business, The DNA Lifestyle. My brand and business is focused around building confident women, who know how to care for their bodies, through fitness and nutrition, which enables them to build confidence and self-love.

2. What does wellness mean to you, in one word? 

Wellness to me means Equilibrium. When your mind, body and soul are balanced and being taken care of. I balance this state of wellness daily by taking time to go to the gym and get a workout in, by eating healthy (but allowing myself a treat from time to time) and by staying close to my spirituality.

3. What’s an exciting accomplishment you have made so far on your wellness journey??

A very exciting accomplishment for me recently was receiving the award for “Best in Swimsuit” at the 2018 Miss Maryland USA pageant. Let me tell you, I put in some serious work, in and out of the gym to get stage ready, so that was a great feeling!

4. What do you wish you had known at a younger age, in regards to your health and wellness?

I wish I had known at a younger age that I should take my nutrition more seriously and mind what I put into my body. I was an athlete and dancer for a lot of my life, so because I would workout for 2+ hours everyday, I felt that I could eat whatever I wanted, not realizing that eating like that will catch up to me. It is important to know that health is 80% diet and only 20% exercise.

5. The FH lifestyle is about planting your health on higher ground. What is your biggest advice to someone who is on the path to flourishing heights?

My biggest advice would be to focus on making your health (physically and mentally), a priority and a lifestyle. I feel that once people stop thinking eating healthy is being “on a diet”, or that exercise is a grueling, tiring, process, and think of these changes as a lifestyle, they will really see a major improvement in their lives. Eating right and exercising should be fun! It doesn’t have to be dull. Find ways to make your workouts fun by doing physical activities you enjoy (like dancing for example), and make healthy eating choices creative. Eating healthy can be really delicious. It is all about making it a part of your lifestyle.

Thank you so much Darlene Aniebonam, for joining us at FH GIRL CHAT! <3

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