Determined to balance fitness with business
By Paula Rath
Advertiser Staff Writer
|Iwalani Isbell says it's sometimes tough to find time for exercise in the midst of her work as a swimwear designer.
Photos by Rebecca Breyer The Honolulu Advertiser
Isbell began using pull-up bars when she lived on a tiny resort island in Fiji and didn't have access to any gym equipment except pull-up bars that were scattered around the island. In addition to surfing daily, she and her brother did at least 80 pull-ups.
Name: Iwalani Isbell.
Profession: owner and designer, Pualani Hawai'i.
Weight: 110 pounds.
Workout habits: Every morning I do Pilates, swim, surf, ride my bike, walk or go to the gym always one or the other. Stretching is an important part of my workout.
When and why I started working out: It runs in our family. Ever since I can remember, we have always gone hiking, swimming, paddling, surfing, horseback riding or backpacking.
My good foods: Lots of fish and poi (my all-time favorite), fruit smoothies, green salads, chicken and tofu.
My bad foods: I love Bubbie's mochi ice cream!
My biggest motivator: I am pretty self-motivated, plus my fiance is a great motivator. My mom (Virginia Isbell of Kailua-Kona, former legislator and also an avid athlete) is a terrific role model.
My biggest roadblock to fitness: Placing fitness as a first priority when my business requires so much attention.
What saves my sanity: Working out and surfing. Time to meditate in or near the ocean.
Advice for those in the same boat: Work out your dream and never give up!