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Today, we’re sitting down with Kelly Howard, the creator of Fit is Freedom podcast, courses, events, and the Fit is Freedom Experiences. For over 20 years Kelly has been connecting women to freedom and personal empowerment through fitness consistency, a wellness mindset, and adventure and has changed thousands of lives through Fit is Freedom. As the former owner of Bayou City Outdoors, the largest outdoor activity and social club of its kind and the creator of the FOX Outdoor Adventure Series, she’s helped thousands of people on hiking, biking, and kayaking adventures worldwide. She currently calls Houston, Texas her home, but can frequently be found on rivers and trails across the globe.

In this episode, Kelly and I talk about what Fitness Freedom is and why women over 50 are so good at adventures, lifestyle changes, and achieving fitness goals. Make sure to tune util the end because we also talked about the importance of choosing a fitness activity that you enjoy the most to make it more sustainable. Let’s dive in! 

[00:01 – 11:06] Opening Segment 

  • Welcome to the podcast!
  • Join us on our Facebook Group, see links below 
  • I Introduce Kelly Howard to the podcast
  • Kelly tells us about her story
  • Helping women put their fitness first 
  • Making sure that the women are enjoying and thriving in their fitness journey
  • Lessons from the burnout
  • Fitness Freedom
  • The ability to do what you want to do 
  • I share a little bit about my fitness journey 
  • Acknowledging the limitations and changing the rules for ourselves 

[11:07 – 23:18] Finding Freedom in Fitness

  • Doing your workout first before anything else
  • The importance of staying physically fit
  • Finding the fitness activity that you enjoy 
  • Shifting fitness from a requirement to a desire 
  • Starting an adventure club
  • Having something to look forward to 
  • Having a tribe that can be with you when you try something new
  • The importance of having the foundation of life

[23:19 – 27:02] Closing Segment

  • Words of wisdom from Kelly
  • Dream big, but start small
  • Find things that are fun 
  • Connect with Kelly through the links below
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“If you can’t take care of yourself, if you don’t feel good, if you aren’t in that good headspace, then you’re no good to whether it’s your business or your family or your grandkids or your kids. You just know you’re not helpful.” – Kelly Howard 

“It is all these little teeny, weeny things, teeny, weeny steps, that when you figure out that movement is the domino that’s going to make everything better, then it gets easier.” – Kelly Howard

“One thing is that I think that we really need things to look forward to. If we have something to look forward to, then life is more fun, we are more motivated. We’re more driven.” – Kelly Howard

Connect with Kelly Howard through LinkedIn, or Facebook! You can also check out her website at

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Shelly Drymon
Shelly Drymon

Creator of Women Over 50 A Life Redesigned, Onja to 7 grandkiddos, slightly addicted to coffee mugs. I live a life of constant curiosity!

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