Getting Healthy and Active Isn’t Easy, But It’s Worth It

By Amanda Borrego
June 11, 2015

I love New Mexico. I was born here, I went to school here, and I’ve always planned to live and work in the Land of Enchantment. There’s no question, New Mexico has faced its fair share of challenges in recent years. Our unemployment rate is still higher than the national average as the state’s economy slowly recovers from the economic crisis. And many people struggle with health issues, specifically obesity, which is a significant problem within the Latino community here. In fact, almost 30 percent of Latino adults in New Mexico are considered obese.

These two issues – high unemployment and widespread health problems – can bring a community down. So when I think about the obstacles so many people are faced with, I’m especially happy I’ve found a way of life that I not only love, but that also gives back and provides an opportunity for other people to improve their lives.

My commitment to wellness
Staying healthy has always been important to me, but I never realized I could turn it into a career. Like many young people, I gained some weight in college. That’s when I first tried the products from global nutrition company, Herbalife. I swapped pizza for healthy protein shakes and sleeping in for visits to the nutrition club. When I eventually lost 20 pounds, people asked me how I took off the weight. That’s when I realized I could share my healthy lifestyle with family and friends and benefit financially at the same time.

Eventually I started a nutrition club in Santa Fe to share the products with others. I love talking to the people who come into the club each day, many of whom have their doubts. For a community that is used to eating mostly fast food, making a change like this can be daunting. But I’m always happy to see the relief and excitement on people’s faces when they learn how simple and intuitive our programs are to follow. If someone wants to change their lifestyle or lose weight, they should feel welcomed, not intimidated. I try my hardest to make my nutrition club interactive and friendly, with free workouts, healthy recipe demonstrations, and educational nutrition programs for all ages.

Strengthening my community
The people who come to my nutrition club aren’t just customers, they are part of my lifelong community. I see familiar faces every day. It feels great to see moms and dads who once couldn’t run around with their kids now playing basketball with them in the park because they lost the weight that was holding them back. And I love hosting cooking classes with local children; having the privilege to teach them healthy habits that will stick with them forever is such a gift.

I want to live in a community that is active and thriving, not sick and failing. My nutrition club makes a difference with just a fraction of my wider community, but I’m glad to do my part. I’m proud of the businesswoman I’ve become and happy that I’ve found a career that helps the community I care so much about.

Become part of the healthy movement
If you’re not already, I encourage you to look into ways to get healthy and stay in shape. More importantly, don’t look at healthy living as a chore you have to accomplish alone. Working out and eating right is so much better if you’re part of a community comprised of friends who look out for one another. You’ll discover that not only is it more fun, but it keeps you coming back for more!

Amanda Borrego is an independent Herbalife member from Santa Fe, New Mexico.