Danielle Natoni: Building a Healthy Family – Ep. 175

This week, I had a blast talking to Danielle Natoni of Fit and Funky! Danielle is a former 5th grade math teacher who decided to change her to career by becoming a full-time fitness professional as a Beachbody Coach in 2012.

Danielle is also a mom and a wife who knows that in order to help others and be the best that we can be, we have to put ourselves (including our own health and wellness) first. By putting ourselves first and making that a priority, we can truly have it all as well as be fit, funky, and full of life.


Family Health:

Accepting Each Other’s Desires

Thanks to her family’s very healthy and active lifestyle, Danielle grew up loving to move and dance. On Sundays, they’d even go down to her hometown’s gym for Family Day.

However, her parents eventually lost interest in their own personal health and wellness. Wanting to help remind them of who they once were, she realized that it was no easy task because we cannot simply make people change their ways.

We can’t be responsible for the choices that other people make and the lives they lead so we just have to “bless and release” them. By “bless and release,” we accept that this is who they are and we aren’t going to be able to change how they want to live.



Become The Healthiest Version of You


“If your spouse isn’t going to make those healthy changes with you, then you have to continue to do so for yourself even it means doing it without them and keep making those changes with your diet and lifestyle.” – Danielle Natoni


As a couple, look for opportunities to be better together with your partner or spouse. Dig deep and ask yourself questions about your relationship:

  • Are you communicating with each other?
  • What problems exist in your relationship?
  • Why do you want to get healthy?

During the interview, Danielle came up with an excellent point: How is re-focusing your life to live a healthier lifestyle any different than moving to another place for your spouse’s job? It takes a lot of communication and that’s hard to do. A lot of people don’t want to talk about making changes, but we have to meet each other half way.

If you want to make a lifestyle change, it may call for an uncomfortable conversation and you have to be okay with that. It’s all part of the process of trying to improve your health and wellness whether on your own or with your partner. 


“Life happens outside of your comfort zone.” – Danielle Natoni


4 Minute Total Body Workout-Bikini Body


Danielle’s Top Productive Habits


“The only way to fail in life is to settle for less than what you’re capable of.” – Danielle Natoni


During the show, Danielle listed off all of her favorite methods for being productive:

  • Being consistent every day
  • Showing up for the important things in life
  • Always pushing forward
  • Getting super scheduled and organized
  • Keeping a To Do List with the Things app
  • Diving into personal development
  • Living life to the fullest


Danielle’s Weekly Exercises

Danielle loves to workout at least 6 days a week for less than an hour each time. Even on her rest day she’ll go and take a 30 minute walk or doing some yoga to get fresh air, spend time with family, and elevate stress.

Her workouts aren’t complicated; they’re really quite simple. She loves to do body weight workouts that include many different variations to get the most out of each exercise. Danielle also loves to do different modifications because if anything, modifications have actually helped her to get into the best shape of her life.

Her ideal workout includes:

  • Push ups
  • Plank
  • Plyometrics
  • Jump related moves
  • Squats
  • Lunges


“You come first. You cannot constantly put yourself last because then you’ll always give the people in your life your worst , but if you put yourself first, everybody in your life will always get the best of you.” – Danielle Natoni



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What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

1:30 Check out last week’s episode – Episode 174 – Sustainable Agriculture vs Industrial Farming: How Our Choices Impact the World

1:50 Today’s topic with Danielle Natoni

5:20 Check out our new sponsor – ButcherBox

6:50  How to heal your herniated disc by being proactive with physical therapy and other methods.

13:30  Reach out to us via Facebook to ask questions and seek help.

15:30  Introduction to Danielle Natoni

17:00  Danielle’s background story about health and fitness.

24:00  Being the healthiest you can be for your spouse and family

27:30  The average person in life and what they’re missing from their lifestyle.

33:20  How Danielle went from being a 5th grade math teacher to a fitness leader.

38:00  How Beachbody really helped her with the transition from teacher to fitness trainer.

41:30  What productive habits has Danielle created for herself?

50:20  How can you keep up with fitness while traveling?

52:00  How often Danielle exercises everyday and for how long.

57:00 What nutrition means to Danielle

1:02:10  What would Danielle pick – low or high intensity workouts?

1:05:00  Danielle’s best piece of advice

1:07:00 Closing comments with Rob and Devon

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1:09:10 Open Sky Fitness Closing





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