Getting fit has always been a longstanding goal for many people. After all, health is wealth, and who wouldn’t want to reap the benefits from a healthy lifestyle? But the sad truth is that work and our responsibilities seem to get in the way and we forget to make time for exercise. Especially during this pandemic, we ponder about the challenges of working women with balancing this task. However, for stylish 41-year-old Aliza Apostol-Goco, that’s not the case. She shows to all of us that motherhood, work, and exercise can fit seamlessly into our schedules if we want them to.
In an exclusive interview with Preview, she shares with us how she balances all of those important elements in her life. "We’ve been living without house help for the past two months now, and I have to admit it's been tough trying to balance everything—running a household, managing my girls’ online distance learning, checking on my business while trying to squeeze in a work out," she says. "I’m really lucky to have my husband who is very hands on when it comes to house duties. Being a chef, he is in charge of the food and grocery. We’ve also taught our girls to be more independent. It’s a great way to train them to be responsible, kind and considerate. We all need to co-exist and so we need to show respect for everyone’s personal space by keeping the home tidy and clean. Before everything else, I make sure to workout first thing in the morning. The endorphins I get after a great session fuels me the whole day."
Apart from that, Aliza also tells us that working out is something that she thoroughly enjoys. And since she’s a very structured person, she keeps a strict workout schedule that consists of spinning classes with Saddle Row two to three times a week, pilates twice a week at One Life Studio, strength training twice a week, and cardio every day. By her example, we can already tell that creating schedules really does establish consistency.
Though for all of us including herself, we’ve all had to make adjustments during this pandemic. Instead of running outside in her village, she had to learn how to skip rope as her form of cardio and also purchased gym equipment to further enhance her virtual online classes. With that, she too tries to incorporate as much fun and creativity in her workout clothes so as to style them for her daily outfits later on. "Since, I’m hardly in regular clothes anymore, I make sure that I play around with colors when it comes to my sets."
"Living in activewear 24/7 means it not only has to hold up with all the daily exercise I do, but should also be comfortable and chic for an emergency essential run,” she said. She’s recently been obsessed with crop tops, and usually pairs her tights and biker shorts with a classic top or sweater.
At the end of the day, we can do anything we put our minds to. And to all the mothers out there, Aliza has a message on how you can kickstart your active lifestyle: "Just start. A simple walk can make a difference," she says, "Try everything until you find the right exercise that works for you. It’s a lot more manageable nowadays since we can all workout in the comfort of our homes."