Maria Salazar is a reporter for FOX26 News, and in order to stay healthy with her busy schedule, she adjusted her diet, goes to the gym regularly and does various exercises with her dog. In order to battle her “high-stress” career, she meditates. Keep reading our exclusive interview to get Maria’s take on the importance of mental health and how her active dog motivates her to stay moving!
HFR: What is your daily exercise and nutrition routine?
Maria: I eat a mostly plant-based diet, avoid processed foods, avoid sugar, and drink lots of water. As for exercise, I go to the gym a few times a week and take my dog on LONG walks. She has a lot of energy and we both need the exercise!
HFR: What keeps you motivated to stay healthy?
Maria: My high energy dog! She helps me stay active. Also, just knowing I only have one body and it’s up to me to take care of it as best I can.
HFR: Do you believe that being fit and healthy has contributed to your successful career?
Maria: I believe focusing on my mental health has helped me in my career. About three years ago, I began meditating every day. It’s helped me tremendously in such a high-stress, deadline-driving career. I’ve also worked with therapists and doctors to make my mental health a priority and find a plan that best suits me.
HFR: What inspires you, in general?
Maria: I believe there is good in the world – in nature, in people. I have a responsibility to take care of my environment, my community, and myself.
HFR: What tips would you give your fans and our readers to staying healthy?
Maria: Make your mental health a priority. Talk to your doctor, look for a therapist, find activities that help you process thoughts, emotions, stress. Also, small changes can lead to big ones. Swap sugary drinks for water, go on a 20-minute walk, smile more.
HFR: Share something that most people don’t know about you!
Maria: On a serious note, I’ve dealt with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager. I’m beginning to share my story about my journey with mental illness because I want to destigmatize it and encourage others to get help. On a lighter note, if I could sing, I’d be a mariachi singer.