Elyse became a certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a Health and Wellness Coach (HWC) in June of 2011. Her areas of interest and expertise include: injury prevention, corrective exercise and post rehabilitation, postural improvements, mindfulness, strength, stabilization, core and balance training, somatics, gyrokinesis, hiking, swimming, skating, acroyoga, dancing, and rebound fitness. Before her fitness certification, she received her B.S. in Chemistry (Geology minor) from UCSB, where she worked as a scientist for years before realizing how much she missed and enjoyed classes. It was at that point when she decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in Exercise Science. Elyse has always been interested in overall wellness, and was curious as to what could motivate people to make their health and well-being a priority, while making it easier and more joyful to maintain optimal health!
"I noticed that as much as we all would like to take great care of ourselves, most people have a difficult time maintaining a healthy lifestyle over the long term. It’s not always easy or fun to maintain good eating habits, exercise regularly and engage in healthy behaviors... I wanted to rediscover that child-like excitement I used to feel about going outside to play (essentially exercise), instead of feeling apprehensive at times, like I had to drag myself to the gym because ‘I should’, or force myself to cook a healthy meal because ‘it’s good for me’. I have always enjoyed being active and eating healthy, so if someone like me felt a lack of motivation at times, I struggle to imagine the dread those who do not enjoy healthy behaviors must feel! I’ve learned there is so much more than just the desire to be healthy, because truthfully that’s important to us all, but so few consistently maintain good health (current statistics reveal that about 1/3 of US adults are obese, and another 1/3 are overweight, and 7 out of 10 do not exercise regularly!!!). It’s more than just knowing how to eat and exercise: it’s about discovering what truly motivates you, what encourages you to continually make healthy choices lifelong. My goal as a health and fitness professional is to help people discover those deeper motivations that are compelling enough to keep us engaged in healthy behaviors!"