Vail Valley Character: Patti Hyre
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado “-It’s hard to motivate yourself to get back into shape, but if you’re looking for a fitness role model, longtime Vail Valley, Colorado local Patti Hyre is it. Working out is not just a means to an end for Hyre: she has turned her passion for fitness into a healthy lifestyle and even a career. She has run Ironmans and marathons and even survived a shipwreck off the coast of New Zealand. Still as buff as ever, Hyre has been inspiring others to make their own personal lifestyle changes as a personal trainer for 15 years. She is currently a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and aerobics coordinator at the Aria Spa and Club located at Vail Cascade Resort.
Vail Daily: What is your secret to staying in such great shape?
Patti Hyre: Fitness is my passion, and my job. I was living in Boulder working another job, but I realized I wanted to make a change so I took a career class. My teacher said, “Follow your passion and the money will follow,” and I did. I love my clients, they are so motivated and give me something to get excited about. If I can help them to make one little lifestyle change that might help them avoid injury or disease, I have succeeded. But really I have a passion to work out and to teach, and I’ve turned that passion into my lifestyle.
VD: What are the values you impress upon your clients to lead a healthy lifestyle?
PH: You really need to be honest with yourself and allow yourself to be who you are without being too hard on yourself. It’s about creating balance in your life. If someone doesn’t like to run, I won’t have them train by running. You don’t have to be the member of a gym to get into shape. You can do any number of things like go snowshoeing, go for a walk or swim. You have to start somewhere.
Some days I’m just like everyone else. Sometimes I’m not motivated or don’t feel like working out one day. But I just don’t think about it. I put on my clothes and go to the gym and don’t let myself think about it. Anyone can talk themselves out of going to work out in about 10 minutes. You can say, ‘Oh, I’m tired,’ or ‘I have to make dinner tonight.’ But working out for even 10 minutes is better than doing nothing all day.
VD: How can one find ways to stay healthy, mentally and physically, during tough times?
PH: During the “doom and gloom” as I like to call it, it’s even more important to take care of yourself. Your body undergoes a lot of stress and things like light lifting and aerobic training can prevent you from getting hurt and it can prevent disease. Many people resort to destructive means, but there are still ways to eat well in tough times. You need to look out for yourself as number one. I feel that my training has prevented me from having any serious injuries. I did tear my ACL back in the ’80s, but I trained for and ran a marathon that same year. It’s possible, you just have to train smart.
VD: What are your other hobbies, since you work out as part of your job?
PH: I’m training for a marathon in June in Steamboat and a half-marathon before that. In the summers I really like to water-ski slalom, like where you are on one ski and run a course. I do it for fun and I don’t race or anything, but I’m competitive with myself in everything I do. Everything comes back to fitness and working out, because that’s what I love to do and I’ve turned it into my way of life.
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