Petra Kolber

Petra Kolber

Petra Kolber
Emotional Health Matters

Petra Kolber is an author, speaker, podcast host and most recently a DJ. She is a wellness leader who is known throughout the industry as a crusader for change and a beacon of authentic happiness. In August 2018, Petra released her first book, The Perfection Detox: Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely and Unleash Your Joy, which made its debut at no.1 in new releases on Amazon. Petra has over thirty years of experience in the fitness industry and has been honored with countless speaker and instructor awards. For over a decade she was a spokesperson for Reebok traveling around the world, starring on their VHS tapes (!!), and was a regular fitness host on FitTV. As a two-time cancer survivor, she is passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time. Her mission is to inspire people to move more, fear less, and build an inspired life, full of joy and gratitude.

For more info on Petra, check out her website, or follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

People, Books, and 90s Diet Shakes mentioned in the episode:

04:14 Petra’s long career in fitness, including countless Reebok VHS tapes
04:53 Petra was teaching 25-30 fitness classes a week and drinking SlimFast on the subway
05:12 Gin Miller was the original face of Reebok Step Aerobics
05:17 Petra records her first VHS for Reebok starring Nancy Kerrigan just after her incident with Tanya Harding
07:33 Apparently Kelly’s memory of the 90s is all Virginia Slims, Tab, and SlimFast
08:42 Looking back, what did we get wrong?
10:56 Mary Cain, relative energy deficiency syndrome; Check out our podcast episode with Dr. Stacy Sims for more on REDS.
14:01 The best coach you’ll ever have is your intuition; Is this ego, or age?
17:43 The role of emotional health in aging
18:08 Positive Psychology; Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar
18:36 Petra creates “Moving to Happiness” a one-day course to revisit how we look at coaching from the fitness perspective
20:00 It’s all about being healthy/happy enough able to sustain the challenging moments of life
21:56 The role of being uncomfortable and taking risks in the context of aging and longevity
24:46 Good fear vs. False fear
27:17 Sitting: the negative impacts on emotional health
29:00 S.T.O.P. – Stand up, Take a walk, Observe your surroundings, Pick a positive thought
29:42 There is nothing better than movement for depression, anxiety, stress, aloneness. Nature and movement are the best healers in the world.
30:46 The research is very clear that if you walk briskly, your brain resets – So if you’re not feeling yourself, get up and walk.
31:42 Women over 50 have higher risks of anxiety, depression, and alcoholism
33:37 You get to choose how you view aging
34:10 Alcohol – understanding whether we are drinking to self-medicate – and if so, making a different choice. Save alcohol as a celebration, not for numbification
37:15 This Naked Mind, Annie Grace
37:16 As it turns out, alcohol really affects our sleep. In the bad way.
40:03 Petra talks nutrition, intermittent fasting, inflammation/sugar
42:17 Petra talks about her experience with cancer (x2)
44:30 Having a strong community is crucial as we age (or go through illness and injury at any age)
48:51 Women are under a lot of pressure to look a certain way as they age
49:00 Keanu Reeves dates an “age-appropriate” woman, world goes crazy
55:58 Petra’s Socials

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