Welcome to Fitin! Please introduce yourself.
My name is Darlene Caridi. I am a fitness professional, specializing in functional fitness for women 50 plus, promoting an active lifestyle, ageing successfully, and maintaining quality of life in years to come.
Tell us a bit about your training style.
Functional fitness training is looking at the body as a whole, moving in ways your body was made to move, rather than isolated movements, working only one muscle group for strength and endurance. Functional fitness focuses on full body, multidirectional movements that mirror the activities you do in daily life.
The classes I teach are low-impact, joint friendly movements that are safe and mechanically sound exercises that help to improve muscle strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, reduce joint stiffness and improve memory as we age.
What inspires you on a daily basis?
I am inspired by reading the Holy Scriptures on a daily basis. No matter what struggles I may face in life, I know I am not alone. God is with me and He gives me the peace, strength and joy that only He can give.
What’s your absolute favourite thing to do?
I enjoy waking up every morning and starting my day with pampering myself. This is my routine I try to follow every day.
I start with oil pulling, which gets my breath fresh and clean and finish off with an amazing miracle “alkalizing drink,” using lemon, raw apple cider vinegar and cinnamon in 8 ounces
Next, I do my 20 minute yoga practice which truly energizes me. I then get on my rebounder for 5 minutes and get the lymphatics moving. Next, I make my morning protein, green smoothie.
To finish my morning ritual, if time allows, doing a 20 minute brisk walk outside and get my dose of Vitamin D from the morning sun. That’s my absolute favourite thing to do!
What’s your greatest fitness challenge, and how do you deal with it?
Sometimes I may over-train and then it may set me back for two to three days to recover. The days I have so much energy, I am so motivated to work out and I try to do as much as I can.
Sometimes I will go to the gym and do a one hour Zumba fitness class and spend another half hour on the machines. Then I might do house work or gardening. So, I need to pace myself and not overdo it or I will pay for it the next two or three days recovering.
If you could work out with anyone alive or dead, who would it be?
It would be Jane Fonda, the fitness guru and the workout Queen during the eighties fitness craze. When Jane Fonda released her videos, I remember exercising in my living room with her, wearing the thigh-hugging leotards and leg warmers.
Jane was in her 70’s when she released a video series aimed at the Seniors’ and Baby Boomers. I recently saw her on The Ellen show and she’s in her 80’s and still going strong and working.
If you could do one thing (that you can’t currently do), what would it be?
My husband and I have not gone on a holiday or vacation for over 15 years. We went through a financial set back and we just haven’t been able to get away and enjoy some quality time together. That is one thing I would like to do.