As we all know by now, we have all been hit pretty hard with this coronavirus situation. Whether it be your family, your job, your health, your financial situation, or your mental health. I wanted to take this moment to tell you that we will get through this, and we will get through this together! The biggest thing I have found keeping me sane during this time is working out. I am someone who loves to workout with my trainer, or join classes as I need to be pushed during a workout. You with me on that one? Amen Sister!
I decided I wasn’t going to let this time pass without taking care of my health and, in turn, my mental health. I workout mainly to keep a clear mind and it releases endorphins — which makes for a better day.
My trainer Megan Roup has always been an advocate for getting your body moving everyday no matter what you do! Every morning I have been using her app called The Sculpt Society which features pre-recorded videos and updated daily live videos of workouts that you can do at home with little to no equipment. What I love about this is that it gives you a sense that she is right there in front of you, she is almost talking you through it, even when it gets hard. You also get a killer workout in! My body has been sore for 8 days straight and it has been the best, most rewarding feeling.
If you can’t get on her app or cannot afford that right now, Megan has also been hosting LIVE Instagram workouts everyday. I have found that as I am following these trainers they are posting more and more virtual workouts from home where no equipment is needed which has given me something to look forward to and a nice big butt kicking!
Another thing I have been doing is stepping outside for a long (but social-distanced) walk! I believe that as humans we need the vitamin D for mental health and to help with any seasonal depression or anxiety. Last but not least, an amazing app I have been using is the Sanvello app! It is an on demand app for anxiety, stress, and depression. The app has everything from meditation, to guided talks, to sleep sounds. During this time I believe that as much as it is important for us to keep our bodies moving, it is even more important to keep our minds right. I start and end each day with a meditation as I find it begins my day with a grateful and grounded mind. As someone who struggles with anxiety, this time has been very trying so I have made it my mission to find ways to combat this and use it for good. I truly believe we will all come out of this with grateful hearts and a different outlook on life. Remember, we are all in this together and I stand with you through this.
About Hunter McGrady
Hunter McGrady is a model and activist known for being featured within Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue as the curviest woman to hit their pages for 3 years running. A spokeswoman for the fashion and beauty industry, McGrady has devoted her time in the spotlight to nurturing women of all body types and bringing confidence and awareness of their individual beauty. Recently married, she has worked with brands such as The Knot, Brides, People and Glamour to dispel the rumors that women should change themselves for their wedding day. Additionally, she’s started a fitness movement for women of all sizes with her BabeBody classes; now available throughout NYC.
Born and raised in Southern California, the blonde bombshell grew up in the Malibu Mountains. She is the child of a former model from Iceland and actor/artist, Michael McGrady. Hunter and her 2 siblings were homeschooled and followed their parents around the globe for their work, learning the ins and outs of the modeling and entertainment industries early on. Hunter’s roots run deep at Wilhelmina, the agency where she signed. Her mother was personally mentored by the modeling agency’s namesake and founder, Wilhelmina Cooper. When Hunter followed her dream of moving to New York to pursue modeling, the beauty queen quickly became a signed curve model and a part of the Wilhelmina family.
Hunter has been a size 4 to 18 and can relate to women of all sizes. Hunter’s dream is to communicate to women that they too can be in love within their own skin, and be strong, powerful and confident. Hunter believes that one day there will be no more division of “plus size” or otherwise, we will simply embrace our differences. A constant brand ambassador and model, she’s worked with beauty brands such as Nordstrom, Kohl’s, Target, Amazon, Macy’s, Olay, Almay, StitchFix, Revlon, Jessica Simpson, Lane Bryant, Hanky Panky, Fashion to Figure, Icelandic Water Swimsuits For All, Maggie London and Bare Necessities.
When McGrady isn’t modeling, she is involved in organizations that are near and dear to her heart. 1 Heart 1 Mission is a non-profit providing orphans in Haiti with food, education and clothing. She is personally involved with the staff and children and has recently used her platform to have new shoes donated to the children the charity works with. Additionally, she has recently partnered with the JED Foundation, an organization that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, as a spokesperson.
McGrady currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, Brian Keys.