Hiromi Stone is known as the “Willy Wonka of Nuts”. She is the founder of Kinomi (meaning Nuts in Japanese). Hiromi grew up with a mother who was very fussy about food and a father who was happy to eat whatever was put in front of him. Somewhere along the line, she became a combination of both: happy to eat whatever as long as it was good. We talked to Oromo about how fitness has helped play a part in her entrepreneurial journey.
1) Why is it important for you to include exercise in your busy schedule?
Since I run a business by myself and I work from home, it can very often be lonely. Going to the gym and doing a class puts me with people and it takes me out of my head for an hour.
Exercise focuses me and gives me more energy. It helps to organise my day better as I know when I need to go to the gym. Also I’m turning 60 this year so it’s important to me to be active.
2) What does your exercise routine involve?
I do 4-5 hours of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a week, I started almost 2 years ago and it is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. You learn a lot about yourself while you’re trying not to get crushed lol. I was promoted to blue belt in January. It is the first athletic achievement I’ve ever had so super proud and a huge confidence boost. I also do 2 hours of pilates and an hour of vinyasa flow both which help with core and keeping flexible.
3) Do you think that exercise has played a role in your success?
I’m no where near a success yet, but BJJ has been life changing both mentally and physically. It has changed the way I approach my business. I’ve become more confident, less hesitant and less worried about failing. It builds such self confidence although you have to fight hard to get there.
4) When and where do you like to work out (morning/night – home/gym/outdoors)
I am an indoor exerciser, too many allergies for outside sport. My preference is first thing in the morning although right now my routine encompasses all times of the day, morning, lunchtime and evening.
5) Has exercise/fitness always been a part of your life?
No, I was never very athletic or coordinated. I have been through periods of my life where I did go to the gym fairly regularly only to have a move derail my routine. We’re settled here and I’ve been going to the same gym for 7.5 years now.
6) Who is your role model?
I don’t have a particular role model but really admire women who remain active and fit into their 80’s and 90’s. I’m hoping to stay active for as long as I can.
7) What is your favourite fitness quote?
I don’t know that it’s a fitness quote but my quote for life is “You’re never too old to try something new”
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