Grey Cup Champion Moton Hopkins and Rebecca Ritz (completing a Chiropractic doctorate degree and specializes in natural and holistic wellness with a fitness background) have taken on a new endeavour in to bring their expertise of health and fitness to the Ottawa community.
What the heck is BeeMoFit?!
BeeMoFit started out as a way for us to help our parents, friends, and family get into better shape and live healthier with a higher quality of life. We started an Instagram page a while back, as a way to reach out and inform people we know in the Ottawa and San Antonio communities on healthy eating, to show some of our favourite exercises, to show them ways to be more active, and as a motivational tool to inspire others to begin living healthier lifestyles.
The combination of our backgrounds and passion for health and fitness has created a unique dynamic which has manifested as BEEMOFIT!
Why is health and fitness so important?
Health and fitness is not something you should do if you have the time—it’s something you need to make time for. That’s our philosophy. Lifestyle changes are one of the most difficult and challenging things to do because we are creatures of habit. But, while living a long life is important, the quality of that long life is equally important—if not greater. Good health and activity is a great preventative measure that should be taken in order to reduce our chances of many serious health conditions such as: Cardiovascular Disease, Type-II Diabetes, Obesity, Hypertension, and many more health issues that can significantly affect our quality of life.
Remember, we don’t have to be ill or plagued with something to visit a doctor or start preventive measures to ensure our health. Many of these health conditions can be developed over years and years of bad nutrition, lack of exercise, and bad habits (alcohol use, smoking, etc.). We are taught at a young age that budgeting and saving money can help build for our future, but there is a lack of stress put on health, fitness, and nutrition at a young age which are the most important components in our lives that help shape or future. It is the best investment you can make for your future.
How do we increase our health and fitness?
Increasing your health and fitness doesn’t have to be a dramatic and a completely life altering event. Start by implementing small achievable goals such as increasing your daily water intake, increasing cardio (taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking further away from wherever you’re going), starting a training program (with doctor’s approval), etc. Just being more active in your everyday life is a great stepping stone towards achieving the fitness level you want to reach. A more active lifestyle doesn’t have to stay in the gym. Workplace changes can include switching from sitting to a standing desk, stretching every hour in the office, focusing on good posture, etc. Home changes can include getting up to change the channel or volume, doing abdominal exercises during commercial breaks, making healthier meal and snack decisions, doing at home workouts as a family, and more.
Where do I go if I want to start a training or workout program?
There are so many options for workouts, training tips, and supplement advice today. The first place to go is to a doctor to ensure you can and should be working out. Make sure your advice comes from a professional that has some certification or background in the health and fitness field. There are many great health professionals such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, family doctors, and certified personal trainers who can all help you achieve your physical goals and health goals.
The beautiful thing about today is the accessibility to information. Our Instagram (@BeeMoFit95) and Facebook page (BeeMoFit) along with many other resources, share tons of nutrition tips, exercise ideas, workout programs, and motivational messages to help you get started on your journey to a healthier and fitter you.
How to Get Started:
Two of our favorite health and fitness reads are “Becoming A Supple Leopard” by Dr. Kelly Starrett, and “The Wild Diet” by Abel James. These are great reads for beginners and can help to point you in the right direction. Check out our Instagram for more!
Rebecca Rizk (@miss.bee.rizky)
Rebecca is completing her doctorate degree in Chiropractic—her love and passion to help educate and treat others pushed her towards the medical field, which, combined with her belief in natural and holistic health and healing, made the Chiropractic profession the perfect fit. She also has a sports and fitness background having played competitive hockey in Canada.
Moton Hopkins III (@thehopkins95)
Moton is a certified personal trainer who recently retired as a professional football player from the CFL (Canadian Football League) after seven years. Health and fitness has always been a part of his life, and is a passion of his. In 2005, Moton won the title of Texas High School Powerlifting Association Division III 242lb State Champion, and is still the record holder for deadlift 645lbs. Having been trained by some of the best strength and conditioning professionals in North America, health and fitness has been ingrained in Moton’s lifestyle and way of thinking.