FitLabPGH Features 39:20 Kim Pierce

FitLabPGH is a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  Once a week we also highlight a FitLabPGH mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click FitLabPGH Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Kim Pierce

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? I am not a Pittsburgh native. I did my undergrad at CalU in broadcast meteorology and was able to play on the men’s ice hockey team. After going back to school to be a dietitian, I had interned at 2 local hospitals in Pittsburgh and I was able to continue my work at one of the local hospitals.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Ice hockey, Cycling, and Hiking.

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? The best vacation (though there are many favorites) would be going to Switzerland. We went hiking in the Alps which is absolutely gorgeous! We also biked around the city of Geneva, Switzerland. I love walking cities to really be able to explore them. You can truly experience a city when you really walk and/or bike the city!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? This is a great question for a dietitian! I actually have an entire Snack Guide on my website! Pre-workout, I like to have a baked potato with cheese. After (or sometimes before) a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I’m a foodie! There are so many awesome places to eat in Pittsburgh! I do love the crepes at Geppetto Cafe in Lawrenceville.

Do you have a movement activity on your “bucket list”? If not, what’s a movement activity/event you’re looking forward to in the next year? My goal has been to bike the entire GAP trail. Hoping to make progress on this goal in 2021!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Being a dietitian, I hear many reasons as to why an individual doesn’t want to move more. I believe it is a combination of issues such as not enough time / not making time, not being exposed to an enjoyable activity, and potential mental overwhelm.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Outdoor climbing! Climbing takes so much strength as well as getting the fear of falling out of your mind. I definitely have a lot of admiration for what climbers do!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I enjoy yoga and meditation. However, there is nothing better than taking a walk with my dog or a purring cat to help me relax!

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) Picking a favorite spot is hard! Being a lifelong ice hockey player, I love that both North and South Park offer outdoor ice rinks! Taking ice hockey back outdoors is very special.

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