Ariel Tweto of ‘Flying Wild Alaska’ Dishes on Her Top Tips for Staying in Shape
Have you considered sleeping in your running shorts? You might want to.
How in shape would you be if you grew up in Alaska? Personally, I know I’d be all about bundling myself into blankets and staying toasty indoors! Ariel Tweto, the 23-year-old star of Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska proves she’s no me as she dishes a little bit about her typical fitness routine: “I run every day.” she says. “I train for about two hours and go three miles a day when I run. I also love to do acrobatics, paddle surfing, hiking, and wrestling!”
Wow! I officially feel like a sponge in comparison. But wait, what’s this about wrestling?
“I wrestled in high school against the boys and was the first girl there to win district. It was tough — the guys there were used to wrestling reindeer,” Ariel says.
Reindeer?! I just hope Rudolph wasn’t harmed!
Born and raised in Unalakleet, Alaska, Ariel is a member of the ground crew for the Alaskan airline ERA Alaska. The other members of the crew include Ariel’s family members: dad Jim who works as the COO of the airline, station manager mom Ferno, and sister Ayla who has her own pilot’s license.
“We grew up running the airline out of our house,” Ariel explains. “The airline brings food and supplies in to people out in the area because the weather is so crazy and it’s really remote. There’s only one store and one road. You hunt and fish for all of your food and the only transportation available is by airplane.”
No driving then? “Nope. You walk everywhere!” Ariel says.
Looks like the residents of Los Angeles won’t be relocating up north anytime soon! And Tweto can speak on their behalf as she currently splits her time between LA and Alaska, attending school at Chapman University.
“I was tired of being cold!” Ariel says about her decision to head to SoCal. “Plus I really love travelling and meeting new people.”
While this season on Flying Wild Alaska, Ariel will be working towards getting her own pilot’s license, she’ll also be working on her own to get her degree in Communications. How does she stay so focused? Exercising daily!
“Running helps to clear my mind. I always try to run outside when I can, especially on trails. I even sleep in my running shorts to go for runs when I first wake up in the morning. It’s really the one time of the day that I have to myself,” Ariel says.
Ariel has more than just her love for running to motivate her. Mom is also a big inspiration. Ariel says, “I think to myself ‘if my 50-year-old mother can do it in a blizzard so can I!’”
She also mentions that she exercises just as much in Alaska as she does in California: “My entire family is active and we all go on walks after dinner together. It could be minus 50 degrees out and we’d all still go- that’s how we catch up on our day.”
Once again, I am suddenly aware of my not so super active lifestyle, cough cough. Any way I can begin to personally motivate myself to buns of steel? “You have to set small goals for yourself each day. I think it really helps to physically put them down on paper and then check them off as you go. Then get up and do it!”
Ariel also adds that more keys to getting fit include buying good running shoes and eating as naturally as possible (though she does have a soft spot for Thai food and apple fritters!). Overall Ariel’s biggest piece of advice for staying in shape is that it always works for you: “You never regret working out and always feel so good when you’re done!”
So let’s check off the list once more, shall we? Ariel is a runner, a wrestler, a paddle-surfer, a hiker … am I missing anything that she hasn’t tried just yet?
“Well, I do want to get better at jet skiing and I just did skydiving for the first time! But my biggest dream is to do Cirque du Soleil- or at least see a show first!”
You go girl!
Flying Wild Alaska’s second season premiere is on Friday Oct. 28th at 10/9pm on Discovery Channel.
Heather Taylor is BettyConfidential’s L.A.correspondent.