Day in the Life:
Nikkita Holder is a Canadian-born Olympic Athlete that is best known for representing Canada in the 100-meter hurdle at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games in London, England and Rio, Brazil, respectively. To date, Nikkita’s most notable accomplishment is the Bronze medal win at the 2015 Pan American Games in her hometown of Toronto.
As a senior Canadian Athlete, she has also competed at the 2011 & 2015 World Track & Field Championship Games. Additionally, in 2012, she earned a 6th place finish at the World Track and Field Indoor Championship Games.
Nikkita’s hard work and dedication have helped her find success in competitions. Here’s a look at her daily routine and how she keeps improving as an athlete:
Nikkita’s Daily Routine:
- 645AM – Wake up
- 745AM – Breakfast & Get Ready for Practice
- 10-1PM – Practice & Weight Lifting
- 1-5PM – Work
- 5PM – Pick up Kaedence from Day Care
- 6PM – Feed/Bathe Kaedence
- 730PM – Storytime with Kaedence
- 8PM – Dinnertime
- 9PM – 1130PM – “Me” Time
- 1130PM – Bedtime
Location: Pickering, Ontario
Favorite Vegetable: Zucchini
Favorite Exercise: Pilates
Favorite Way to Center: I have a few ways I like to center herself. My favorite next to writing is having a cup of tea with my best friend as we converse with light music in the background.
Favorite Book: Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch
Personal Motto: My heart beats with Kaedence (my son).
What gets you out of bed every morning?
What gets me out of bed in the mornings is my son Kaedence and I singing verses from our favorite “us” songs.
“I can’t help myself” – Four tops
“Stand By Me” – Ben E. King
“My Girl” – Temptations
What is the most important part of your daily routine?
Taking time for myself. It’s important that mothers take time for themselves to stay healthy. So during my “me” time I do a lot of reflecting, writing, meditation, and some reading to keep the balance between who Nikkita is as a person, and who Nikkita is as Kaedence’s mother.
What is the best piece of health advice you’ve ever received?
Never be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. Things can be accomplished on our own but sometimes we do need help and it’s okay to ask for it.
What is your favorite part about living a healthy lifestyle?
I get to encourage those around me to live a healthy lifestyle as well.
Describe your sleep ritual. Do you do anything special to prepare?
I don’t really have a major bedtime ritual. I am in bed by 11:30pm the latest, 9pm the earliest. I try and do some reading before I go to bed.
If you could give one piece of health advice to your kid, what would it be and why?
Drink water, stretch regularly and be true to who you are!
Nikkita Holder is a Pan American Bronze medalist and 2x Canadian Olympian from Pickering, Ontario. For more inspiration from Nikkita, follow her on Instagram and Facebook. You can also learn more about Nikkita on her website.
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