Name: Christina Caraballo
Occupation: Healthcare HIT
Fun Fact: Well, I usually say that I do parkour!
Fitness Routine: Parkour, running, swimming, biking, yoga. I run at least one half marathon every year because I’ll never be able to get away from the “dark side” of endurance training, the release of endorphins that comes after a long run!
Favorite Exercise: Swinging on bars. Does that count as an exercise? It seems too fun to actually count as a workout.
Why do you workout? Honestly, I have to or no one would want to be around me. Exercise is therapeutic to me. It clears my mind and makes me feel like I can do anything. I secretly want to be a full-time superhero.
What is one food you would never eat? Red meat. Drives my carnivorous husband crazy!
Favorite Place to Workout: Honestly, I love variety, and I go in waves. For example, I love anything in the ocean, love long bikes on the Capital Crescent Trail, and long runs that loop around the Tidal Basin, Lincoln, Washington Monument, and Capitol.
What makes you feel strong? Why? This is a great question and hard for me to pinpoint. I guess I’m just really stubborn and love a challenge. I wasn’t the most popular girl in middle school because I refused to let the boys beat me in arm-wrestling, running, or pull-up contests. My friends told me that I should let the boys win, but I couldn’t really comprehend that. I’ve pretty much always refused to think that I wasn’t strong enough to do everything. I was really proud when I decided to become a Rehoboth Beach Lifeguard at a time when there were only a handful of us crazy girls. I still think I’m stronger in the water than most of the boys on the patrol 🙂 My daughter also makes me feel strong. She looks up to me and wants to be “strong like mommy” – music to my ears!
Favorite part of your body: Abs.
Who inspires you? Why? My dad. He has always believed in me and pushed me to be just me. When I was little, he would take me to the beach, and we would incrementally work on running farther. By the time I was eight years old, I had three miles down! I’ll never forget coming home bloody from a crazy day at the beach (I hit a jetty), my dad just looked at me and said, “Well, it looks like you had a great day. I saw some of those exercises you were doing. Pretty impressive.” It’s funny because we recently had a conversation about the fact that my daughter is super active, but also loves her dresses. My mom couldn’t get me in a dress! Our conversation was not about the difference in our personalities, but the difference in the times. I love that girls today can be little princesses that kick butt!
What do you want to accomplish in 2016? Change the world, of course.