Kathryn Gisi is a news reporter with Spectrum news in Austin and San Antonio. When she’s not on-screen reporting politics, she’s probably staying healthy, traveling, meditating or doing yoga. Katherine is an avid yogi and lives an extremely health-conscious lifestyle. Read our exclusive interview with the reporter to find out where she gets her inspiration and her tips for staying active…
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I just realized it’s #internationalyogaday. Man, oh man, am I’m grateful for a playful practice I can take with me anywhere, that continually makes me feel like a kid again. Even then (especially then) I was rarely standing upright, on my two feet. We’re all strong and flexible and evolving and have the ability to find ‘home’ right in between our two eyeballs. How cool is that?
HFR: What is your daily exercise and nutrition routine?
Kathryn: I practice yoga every morning. Before practice I move very slowly. Wake up slow. Drink coffee slow. And try to stay pretty quiet, and ‘in’ my body. I avoid food before practicing. Ahead of starting practice, I meditate for seven to ten minutes in a seated position. I practice a combination of alignment and vinyasa styles of yoga that takes cues from both the Ashtanga and Iyengar lineages. I practice for an hour or hour and a half and then tend to get some handstand practice in once I get home. I try to eat breakfast before I race to the newsroom. It normally is something like sunflower or oat toast with a good cheese and jam, or a grain, like rice or quinoa, with lots of leafy greens.
HFR: What keeps you motivated to stay healthy?
Kathryn: I’m at a place in my life where my physical and mental health
HFR: Do you believe that being fit and healthy has contributed to your successful career?
Kathryn: I believe health contributes to success in general, so in that way, yes. Journalism is physically demanding. We carry a lot of gear and we move a lot. It’s also emotionally draining. We tell painful stories, often. Having an able body and a sound mind helps me in the day in and day out tremendously.
HFR: What inspires you, in general?
Kathryn: People inspire me. I love meeting people with kind smiles or who are passionate about…anything. Lucky for me, as a reporter, I get to meet those people all the time. Their stories inspire me to continue on this path, even on the most draining days. I’m also inspired by travel. Landing in a new place that is totally foreign to me is my greatest source of comfort and excitement.
HFR: What tips would you give your fans and our readers to staying healthy?
Kathryn: Never, ever, ever stop moving. Never skip an opportunity to actually, verbally and aloud thank your body for what it does for you. To me, health isn’t about running fast, or lifting heavy (both of which I abandoned as a form of exercise for myself long ago). Health is about moving with integrity, gratitude and
HFR: Share something that most people don’t know about you!
Kathryn: I used to have one blue eye and one brown eye.