Katina Taylor

Katina Taylor, of Weston, has made working out a priority in her life. (Jim Rassol, Sun Sentinel / May 16, 2010)

Katina Taylor has exercised regularly since she was a child, and at 35 can still do backflips. She enjoys the exercising itself but also likes feeling good afterward. And it lets her keep up with her family, which includes husband Jason Taylor of the Miami Dolphins and brother Zach Thomas who played for the Dolphins.

A mom of three, she says a healthy lifestyle begins in childhood. "I wish we could motivate parents to motivate kids more and not blame [obesity] on genetics."

Why do you keep fit?

Keeping fit has been a lifestyle I learned from an early age. When I exercise and fill my body with healthy food, I feel tremendously happy. It's one of the best gifts I can give myself. Also, because I direct cheer and dance clubs. I'm 35 and still doing back handsprings, backflips, aerials, those are cartwheel with no hands.

I'd be lying if I say it's not also about looking good. Exercise changes your body. When you look good, you feel good. It's a win-win.

What's your workout routine?

Four to five times a week, but I'm active with our kids seven days a week!

I love to change it up and keep it fun and keep my body guessing. I go to Midtown Athletic Club, give myself one hour, put on headphones and work out hard.

I do weight training with light weights, added with plyometrics and 30- to 60-second cardio drills in between the light weights, like sprints or mountain climbers or hopping over a bench to get that calorie burn and build muscle. For the light weights, I'll do arm curls, shoulders. I try not to go heavy. I like that lean muscle.

I like to change up and go run hills with my brother at Vista View [park in Davie]. Zach and I will run four to five miles on these hills. And we run pretty quick. I work hard.

Occasionally, I'll do spinning or boot camp on the beach. We are too blessed to live in South Florida to not get to the beach every once in a while.

Do you ever take breaks from working out?

I've made my workout a priority. I do miss some times, and that's OK, but a full-on break for weeks? No, it's hard to get back.

You mentioned that your brother, Zach, runs with you. Do you ever exercise with your husband, Jason?

Yes, we like to ride bikes with the kids. He has to work so hard in camps and football, but in the off season he's golfing and he'll Rollerblade and play football in the yard. He's [our sons'] coach for flag football and basketball for the Y in Weston.

Every day is an off day in the off season so we're playing, going to the beach, Rollerblading, whatever as much as we can.

Do you have a personal fitness motto or philosophy?

I like Nike's new motto: Make yourself. It's really inspirational.

Do you have any physical problems that hinder exercise?