This is the third in a series of Q&A’s with RSG! Olympians and Paralympians on the topic of health and fitness. Candace competed in nine Summer and Winter Paralympic Games in the sports of Wheelchair Racing, and Alpine & Cross Country Ski Racing, winning multiple medals. This is Candace’s 3rd year participating in RSG! She currently mentors students at Arroyo Seco Museum Magnet.
Q. What is your best exercise advice?
A. Pick something you like to do. If you don’t like to do it, you won’t do it.
Q. What is your fitness regimen like today?
A. Because I am not competing anymore my fitness regime has been toned down. I do a little bit of aerobic exercise a few days a week. I have weights that I use for overall balance and strength. I do a lot of stretching. I meditate. And I am also beginning to learn yoga.
Q. How has being physically active and eating properly helped you achieve success in life?
A. I would have to say that my athletic career helped me understand the importance of having some activity in my life, and it helped me learn how to set goals and how to hone in on my determination. Sometimes my determination was really scattered or I just couldn’t get it done and I didn’t know how. But as time went on it helped me hone in on the steps I needed to take to get there and I think that’s been super valuable in my life.
Q. Exercise can be boring, so how do you make it fun?
A. I actually like to exercise on stationary equipment. I am like a lab rat or one of those little hamsters on a wheel. I really enjoy it and I can play mental games with myself, entertain myself with music or just go off in a story.
Q. What foods do you most enjoy, and which ones do you avoid?
A. Right now I am eating hummus and carrots and celery with crackers every day. I really love those things. I love salad, but I don’t like making it so I usually buy pre-made things. And I try to avoid fried things; they just don’t sit well in my stomach.