#WCW : Health Enthusiast, Estela Barazza

Estela-Barazza

Not everyone will grow up to be a professional athlete or trainer, but giving your body the exercise, respect, and Vitamin D it needs will definitely improve your health – both physically and mentally. This week’s Woman Crush believes in the importance of strengthening every muscle in your body, including the biggest one of all – our brains.

Meet Estela Barazza, the beautiful brainiac with a butt-kicking workout regiment. Her passion for science and what’s behind the human body’s magic-made machinery, speaks volumes for her active role in creating a healthier community. Not only does her knowledge propel her ability to make a difference, but her insight and motivation for what she does. She’s started a healthy lifestyle epidemic – a revolution of change and self appreciation. We adore this enthusiastic entrepreneur!

 

AA: What inspired you to begin your journey as a health enthusiast?

It has always been a passion and purpose driven enthusiasm for me! From playing active outdoor games when I was little, to playing sports as a teenager and now to sharing the enthusiasm through my work. Exercise became a way for me to express myself with others. In a way it gave me a voice! When I arrived at college I did not know what field of study to pursue.  At the end of my first semester, I was introduced to Kinesiology and I fell in love when I took my first class. I realized that this was exactly what I wanted to major in and build a career in. It was important for me to learn the science behind all of the passion I had for lifting weights and running. As I grew in my understanding of the science I began to apply this knowledge to my family and especially to my mother who then had very uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes. I began to notice the changes they were experiencing and was amazed. Seeing this improvement in my family’s health and well-being was the beginning of an addiction for me. I became passionate about helping others experience the joys of a healthy and active lifestyle. After graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology I started my business.

In the early stages of my business I primarily focused on exercise training. I noticed very early on that my clients were achieving exceptional results, plus they were gaining increased confidence and were thriving more in life. I realized that the skills, formal training, and natural gifts that I had could also be used to address the epidemic of childhood obesity. I focused my efforts on developing a life-changing curriculum for youth who were at a high risk of developing obesity and associated diseases.  I created exercise programs for students and worked with school districts in the Valley to help them apply science backed exercise curriculum through transformational wellness seminars.  As I had the privilege of watching students have their lives changed, I became convinced that I needed an advanced degree in order more fully address our nation’s health issues at a National level.  This led me to pursue a masters degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at Arizona State University. I am currently finishing up my Thesis where I have focused my study on the investigation of BDNF.  This is a fascinating protein that is increased in the brain when we exercise, it facilitates growth and connection of our brain cells which may be what can improve memory and reduce the risk of depression and diseases like Alzheimer’s. I have always been intrigued with the link between exercise and cognitive abilities. In other words, what is the relationship between exercise and staying motivated in other areas of life, making better decisions, improving our ability to focus and opening up our minds to retain more of what we learn.

My research is allowing me to discover new things and better help my clients leverage more of the transformational aspects of a healthy and active lifestyle.  As I finish up the master’s degree I am continuing to work with at-risk youth, with individuals and with highly successful organizations to facilitate and help them optimize their health and performance goals. I must say that that I am enthusiastic to continue this journey and what drives me, is seeing lives transformed when they are inspired to Live a Healthy & Active Life-Style!

 

AA: How do you measure success?

Success is about purpose driven change. In other words, each of us have aspirational goals that we are trying to achieve.  What those goals are may be slightly different for each person.  I believe that we should never arrive and settle or be comfortable with the level of success that we have reached. The very accomplishment of a goal is just part of the pursuit; it should always lead us to the next accomplishment. It’s more thrilling to know that no matter how much success we may think we have reached there is so much more to be driven and devoted to explore.  In sum, a successful life is one that is well lived. A well lived life is one that has been intentional and purposeful.

 

AA: What is your best piece of advice for young women?

To never stop learning. Because the moment you think you learned or know everything you need to know, then that’s the moment to quit that and start and explore something new. This applies for anything (relationships, academics, sports, career, self-love). There is always space to add a spark into the experiences you are having, that’s what makes life more fun.

 

AA: What are the 3 character traits you value most in someone else?

Self-love that overflows in love for others, Bold that drives intuitive action to create change and Hard-work.

 

AA: What is your number one beauty staple?
Beginning the day with exercise, an Isagenix shake, and doing my makeup in the morning.  I use this time to not only prepare myself physically, but mentally as well by listening to intellectually stimulating podcasts.  It is important to not only take care of the outward beauty, but the inner-self as well because that is the beauty that radiates forth when you begin engaging with people. I love the process of learning while creating the look for the day. It’s my meditative process every morning, which most of the time happens at about 5 am. So, it really does set the tone for the day.

 

 

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