At 46, Maria Fratus is in the best shape of her life. When she was pregnant with twins—now her two teenage daughters—she left her corporate writing job and devoted her career to fitness. She teaches 12 to 15 classes per week, including kickboxing, step, Pilates and yoga, her favorite. Maria simply glows. Maybe it’s all the exercise, but we think it might be DHC, too!
Yoga is my “soul mate” workout. I could argue that it is the most comprehensive fitness program out there. You will never completely master a pose because there is always the next modification.
Her dream fitness center
More like a studio, my dream fitness center would be one room large enough for 100 dancing bodies and two smaller rooms for private yoga sessions and small group and private Pilates sessions. No cardio equipment, no barbells, no weight machines. I think the best thing anyone can do in life is move, physically and mentally.
Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney. I read it to my daughters practically every day for the first five years of their lives.
Serendipity. It’s a corny Hollywood creation, but elements of it fascinate me because I do believe that sometimes “greater powers” step into our lives in order to push us in the right direction.
Favorite TV show
That one is easy: So You Think You Can Dance.
You might be surprised that…
When I was a teenager, I dreamed of being a Radio City Music Hall Rockette.
Maria’s best skincare advice
Exercise regularly, drink lots of water, eat well, get enough rest and use DHC products!
More about Maria
How has yoga helped you become healthier?
At 46, I am in the best shape of my life—and I was a competitive dancer in my teens and heavily into martial arts in my early 30s. I attribute most of that to yoga. Mentally, it absolutely clears your mind and enables you to focus.
What is your advice to others on staying active throughout their lives?
You cannot maintain an active lifestyle if you do not like the activity, so the first step is to find an activity/exercise that you truly enjoy.
Where do you like to travel?
Jamaica is my favorite because, like all Caribbean destinations, the beaches are like paradise, but also the natives live simple, practical lives—that’s the reason they are so happy.