Fitness Interview with ABC13’s Lodhia Pooja


Lodhia Pooja is part of the Eyewitness News team for ABC13 and KTRK-TV. Even though she does not like the thought of running or lifting weights, she still finds a way to exercise and get in her daily sweat! She likes to challenge herself with fitness apps like ClassPass, yoga and various types of dance styles. If you don’t like running, lifting weights or a rush of sweaty people early in the morning, then we encourage you to keep reading our exclusive interview with Lodhia Pooja- you might be inspired by her varied fitness regimen:

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HFR: What is your daily exercise and nutrition routine?

Lodhia: I should start off by saying I don’t like working out.  
There’s not one second I enjoy about waking up at 4:30 AM to rush into a crowded room of sweaty people and bad music.    

Heavyweights intimidate me.  Running is the worst.  I get confused every time I try to do a burpee (how exactly are you supposed to get from a jump to a plank?!). 

To be honest, I don’t even like wearing closed-toed shoes. All that being said, I try to work out at least three times a week.  I know exercise makes me feel smarter, stronger, and more accomplished.  Personally, I’ve found success with apps like ClassPass, which allow users to attend different types of fitness classes without committing to one type of exercise.  It’s fun trying new ways to challenge myself, and the variety keeps me from getting bored. 

HFR: What keeps you motivated to stay healthy?

Lodhia: I love feeling good!  My job can be fast-paced and unpredictable, so feeling sluggish is a terrible option.  I want to feel healthy so I can tackle everything I want to accomplish (which is a lot)! 

HFR: Do you believe that being fit and healthy has contributed to your successful career?

Lodhia: Absolutely! 
I’m better at my job when I feel good. I danced (ballet, tap, jazz, modern) a lot as a child and young adult, and I know the experience gave me strength and confidence. Today, I exercise to keep that strength and confidence.  

HFR: What inspires you, in general?

Lodhia: I’m really lucky to have a job that takes me so many places.  I am inspired every day by the people and ideas I see in our city.

HFR: What tips would you give your fans and our readers to staying healthy?

Lodhia: FIND A FRIEND! I exercise with my Ch.13 colleague and friend, Steve Campion. I still show up on days when I don’t want to work out because I know he’ll remind me of my missed class ALL day if I don’t.  No, really.  ALL DAY. Accountability partners work.  Plus, it’s always nice to have somebody to roll your eyes with when you’re on your 20th burpee (wait, you somehow jump up again after the plank?!). 

Another piece of advice: Consider morning classes. Steve and I go to classes before work, so I’m usually awake by 4:30 or 5:00 AM. 
Listen, I’m not a morning person.  I’m just a gym-avoider who has learned it’s easier to convince myself to work out when I’m still too groggy to really know what’s going on. If you can trick yourself into brushing your teeth and putting on a pair of leggings, you can make it to the gym.  If you can make it to the gym, you’ve already won!  

HFR: Share something that most people don’t know about you!

Lodhia: I always keep a little candy with me.  I know sugar isn’t exactly a healthy snack, but I find a piece of candy or two can really give me an energy kick when I’m tired.  C’mon, we’re all allowed a little indulgence every once and a while! 

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