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Today Nature without Limits talks to Hollie Smith, a passionate poll dancer who shares her golden rules on how to stay healthy and positive.
What always puts a big smile on your face?
I love teaching dance! It’s so amazing to see students develop in both dance itself and self-confidence, seeing students excel at what they never thought they’d be able to do and being part of that happiness it very fulfilling. I love my students, we have so much fun and laugh a lot during classes, everyone is really supportive of each other and there is always a very positive energy.
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- I lived in Hong Kong until I was 18 years old and had an extremely multicultural upbringing. I attended schools that were part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF), which meant that I received a British education while being exposed to Asian cultures and traditions on a regular basis. At 18 years old, I moved to the UK and completed both my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at British universities before starting work in the marketing department at a software technology company. I love to try different exercises and food, and really enjoy exploring new places!
- What is the most common health ingredient used in your country
- Fresh ginger is commonly used when cooking in Hong Kong. It has so many nutritional benefits and really brings out the flavor in lots of dishes.
- What is an easy way to stay healthy and positive?
- Everything in moderation – it is OK to have a sweet treat on occasion but exercise and a balanced diet will keep you healthy and positive. Tai Chi is a common form of exercise in Hong Kong and helps you focus on deep breathing and relaxation with slow gentle movements. Hong Kong dishes also rarely have really “starchy” foods like potatoes and pasta; normally, rice is used, or rice noodles in Asian cooking.
- What always puts a big smile on your face
- My friends and family – I always try to spend a lot of time with them. The family is a very important part of Asian culture and you always have to attend family meals or outings. Taking care of your older relatives is also expected of you.
- Your most powerful quote/ what keeps you motivated
- “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
- Who/ what inspires you?
- Beto Perez; he’s the founder of the dance fitness program, Zumba, which was created in the 1990’s. He has a great passion for dance fitness and is always creating new dance routines. It’s great to know that I can go to a Zumba class to get fitter and healthier, without even noticing it because of my passion for dance