TSC: Who are you? Name? Age? Where do you live? Married/kids? Occupation?
AMD: Hi, I'm Alexis! I'm a Brooklyn based Fashion Designer and Photographer (who sometimes blogs), in my early 30's, and currently working on my very own Active Fashion line, Alexis Mera, that is proudly produced in New York City. At the moment, my favorite workouts are boot camp and Bikram yoga, and I have a very serious love/hate relationship with my foam roller! I consider myself a wellness enthusiast, but also firmly believe in balance and being the best person YOU can be - no need for comparing ourselves to others!
The two year anniversary of my clothing line just passed in February, and I am so happy with the growth and progress I have made. Both as a brand and as a human! I have learned so much and have met so many amazing people along the way! I also recently launched a photography business. I do all of the lifestyle photography for my website and social media, so I figured why not! My intention is to offer affordable lifestyle photography for influencers, brands, or for personal use. And also to connect brands with influencers and vice versa. As a small business owner myself, I know how important each penny spent really is!
I currently reside in Ditmas Park, BK with my husband, and many green plants. I like my air clean!
TSC: When did fitness first become a part of your life? Have you always been an athlete? Did you start working out as an adult? Did you workout earlier in life and start up again? If so, what and why?
AMD: Fitness has been a part of my life since I was young. I guess I didn't really think of it as 'fitness' back then, but more as activities or fun! I grew up in Cortlandt Manor, NY a small suburban town about 1 hour north of Manhattan. All my friends and I spent lots of our time riding our bikes and playing sports. I've had a few different stints in different sports ranging from tennis, to gymnastics, to karate. I played field hockey all through high school. The only time I really took an extended break from being physically active was in college. I was a lot more into partying then (and it was fun!). It wasn't until I was 24-25 that I started getting back into exercise and working out on a regular basis. Slowly from there my enthusiasm increased and now I really don't like to go more than a day or two without exercising. I just really like how it makes me feel! It's not even about weight loss or having a perfect body. It's just about being happy for me!
TSC: What is your current workout routine? How many days a week/hours a day do you workout? What types of workouts do you do? All one type or switch it up?
AMD: Currently I am doing a four week boot camp at Park Fitness BK. It's three mornings a week, at 6:30AM. I'm a total morning person, so it works great for me! On my off days I like to do Bikram yoga at Yoga Tribe Brooklyn - one of my favorite studios in Brooklyn, it's such a beautiful space. I also love bike riding - of course I save that for warm weather seasons - I bought my husband a road bike for Christmas, to encourage him to ride with me!
TSC: How do you prioritize fitness and wellness in your (busy) life?
AMD: I get it out of the way first thing in the morning! Being self employed does allow for a flexible schedule too. As far as wellness as a whole, I believe it's a lifestyle you choose. I don't think it only means drinking green juices and watching what you eat. I think it's all about balance. I continue to enjoy a few sinful foods too (i.e. bacon!). The latest on my wellness journey has been experimenting with sage smudging - do any of you do this?
TSC: Why is working out/fitness important to you and your lifestyle?
AMD: I think it's most important for me on a psychological level. I like the way it makes me feel. I feel relaxed and balanced.
TSC: What other aspects of healthy living do you incorporate in your life? Wellness? Sleep routines? Meal prep? Favorite healthy places to eat out/recipes readers should try?
AMD: I WISH I was disciplined enough to do meal prep. I keep telling my husband that we need to do it, but haven't gotten there yet. I usually eat based on cravings, so I can't imagine preparing 1-2 things for the whole week - I need to push myself to do this though! I'm usually in bed by 10PM, sometimes earlier! I wake up super early, usually around 5AM (most days), so getting to bed early is a given. I recently went to Union Fare, near Union Square - it was super tasty and had so many options! I had their toast smash and it was only eight bucks for two pretty big slices. Currently my favorite at home meal is my Cashew Carrot Ginger Soup with Kale & Shrimp, check it out here.
TSC: If you could share one thing with readers of The Sweat Chronicles what would it be?
AMD: I appreciate you taking the time to read this far, and would love to hear from you! You can keep up with me on Instagram @alexismeranyc. Also, be yourself, it's way cooler!