Hoda Kotb’s Main Goal in Hiring A Personal Trainer Isn’t What You May Think

Hoda Kotb of the Today Show is in the process of planning her wedding to longtime beau Joel Schiffman. The two are parents to Haley Joy, almost 3, and Hope Catherine, almost 1, and are certain to give their daughters a special role in their big day.

In a recent visit on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Kotb talked about becoming a mom later in life and her new focus on health, which prompted her to hire a personal trainer for the first time in her life.

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Living her best life now

At 55 years old, Kotb revealed that she is just now in her prime. Telling Page Six in October about her new book of inspiring quotes “I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By,” Kotb shared one she was finally experiencing.

“One of them is, ‘You only need three things to be happy. Something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to,” Kotb said. “I realized most of my life I’ve had something to do but that was it. I didn’t really in that early time have someone to love and something to look forward to.”

Life truly fell into place for Kotb when she was 49 years old and met Schiffman. In February 2017, the couple adopted their first child, Haley, followed by adopting baby Hope last April.

Kotb encourages people who feel like they have not found happiness yet in life to just give it time. “For all the people who are late bloomers, hang in babe,” she advised. “It’s fun at the end, it’s really fun at the end.”

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Motherhood later in life

In her appearance on Ellen, Kotb spoke of the wonder of finally becoming a parent when Haley came into her life.

“I still remember walking down the street one day after I had adopted Haley and this lady came up and she said, ‘Do you have children?’ And for a hundred years I said, ‘No, I don’t, but I have nieces,’” Kotb recalled, according to People. “And I looked at her and said, ‘I have a daughter.’ And she goes, ‘You have a daughter?’ I was like, ‘A daughter.’ I kept repeating it because it seemed so foreign.”

Becoming a first-time mom in her 50s, Kotb felt the importance of providing Haley with a sibling. “When you’re parents later in life … watching Haley and Hope together, all I really want is for them to have someone to hold their hand forever, and that’s it,” Kotb told DeGeneres. “I was scared, because we’re older, like maybe [it’s too late]. But then I realized they’ll have each other.”

Now planning a wedding and fully enjoying family life, Kotb feels “life, finally, makes sense,” she said. “I think I thought it did [before] but now, when I get home after work — and that’s usually in the afternoon — Haley, my older one, jumps 5 feet, 9 inches into my arms. I get that when I go home. And Hope smiles at me.”

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The Today anchor shared that while her professional life has always been important, her personal life is now where she has peace. “I said to Joel, I’ve worked my whole life, and my work has always ridden sidecar, forever,” Kotb said. “And all of a sudden, I have clarity. It’s weird.”

Fitness goals

Kotb also spoke to DeGeneres about her recent decision to hire a personal fitness trainer, though her ultimate goal is somewhat surprising. “I actually, for the first time got a trainer, and he said, ‘What do you want to do?’” Kotb revealed. “I said, ‘I want to get on the floor and get up a hundred times.’ I said, ‘I want to be able to lift up 35 lbs. and throw 35 lbs. in the air.’”

With 2 kids under the age of three, the journalist knows what to place as a priority. “He goes, ‘Do you want toned arms?’ [I said] ‘I don’t care. I want to get down and get up, get down and get up,’” Kotb told DeGeneres. “And that’s what I’ve been doing. And I think it’s funny — when you want to do something, your energy kicks in.”

Upon hearing Kotb’s workout plan, DeGeneres offered to lend a hand. “How much are you paying this trainer to get down and get up? Because I can train you, if you’d like,” the talk show host jokingly suggested. “I got some ideas about getting down and up.”

Odds are Kotb is going to stick with the pro for fitness!