Fitness Interview with NBC 5’s Keisha Burns

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Keisha Burns is not only a weather expert for NBC 5 KXAS in Dallas, but she is also a health enthusiast who engages in everything from pilates to tae-bo. In her spare time, she is staying active while traveling and cooking healthy meals. She follows a plant-based diet and meal preps for the entire week to ensure she stays healthy as long as possible even when she’s busy and tired. Keep reading our exclusive interview to find out what inspires her, and the one common food item she’s never had…

HFR: What is your daily exercise and nutrition routine?

Keisha: I’m up at 2:30am for work 5 days a week, so meal prepping at the start of the week is crucial. My workout regime consists of a mix of Pilates and Tae Bo 4-5 times a week. I consume a plant based smoothie for breakfast during the week to keep me full during the early morning hours, then eat 3 small meals a day after that. My diet is mostly vegan and vegetarian. I don’t eat any red meat and very rarely eat chicken and fish.

HFR: What keeps you motivated to stay healthy?

Keisha: For me; prevention of disease keeps me motivated to stay healthy and not being limited in what I can do to enjoy life. I’m aware that what I eat is closely linked to my health, and that a healthy lifestyle can help prevent diseases even reverse them. When I become a parent someday, I plan to maintain a healthy lifestyle so I can be a good influence for my kids like my parents are to me.

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

Keisha: Absolutely. I think being fit and healthy has contributed to my career in many positive ways. Eating healthy and staying fit keeps me energized, less stressed and more focused. My job as a forecaster is done without a written script. The whole things is ad-lib, so it’s imperative that I’m focused and alert. Even when I worked as a news reporter out in the field years ago, being fit mentally and physically was important. As a reporter, you have limited time to process and structure information before broadcasting it, so you have to have a good memory and excellent listening skills. 

HFR: What inspires you, in general?

Keisha: My parents. They are my biggest fans and push me in every single area of my life, including health and fitness. I was raised eating healthy homemade meals every day. Sugary drinks, fast food, and most processed foods were rarely a part of my diet growing up. That has kept me health-conscious even in my adult life. I make it an effort to cook most of my meals, and if I decide to have a cheat day, then that’s ok to. The secret is everything in moderation. 

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

Keisha: The best tip I could give is, to stop comparing yourself to others. Everywhere we go we’re told that we should be something else. We need smaller waists, longer hair, and less wrinkles among other things. Know that you are so much more than your body, and your purpose here is so much bigger than your looks. Know that you’re human and that’s it’s ok to struggle. But no matter what, always look after yourself and your mind. You have to be your biggest advocate. Don’t compare yourself to what you see on social media. Be humble and love your body..

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

Keisha: Even though I’ve worked in television news for over a decade, I’m extremely shy and not as tall as I appear on TV. I’m only 5’3”. Also, I don’t eat anything with four legs. I was raised that way, so I’ve never had a hamburger. 

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