Aug 29, 2013 07:43PM
● By Beth Davis
I love summer. I love to swim, wear sundresses, grill out and spend extra time with my family. So, it’s always bittersweet when summer comes to an end, the kids are back in school and life is back to normal—or as normal as it gets in our house.
As a family, we are entering our busiest time. In addition to school, both of our kids are involved in sports: football, lacrosse, soccer and gymnastics. Although it gets a bit chaotic, we wouldn’t want it any other way. Staying active has always been important to our family. We recognize the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits for all of us. We do things together—go on hikes, ride bicycles, shoot baskets—and we get moving on our own. It is a challenge though, to find the time. I’m guilty of taking extended breaks from exercising and I’m especially prone to telling myself that I’m too busy to workout. However, it’s during these demanding, stressful times that my body—and my mind—need it most.
I will be the first to admit that I get bored easily—especially when it comes to fitness. I’m not one to do the same routine over and over, day after day. I like to mix it up. Outdoor activities are usually my go-to, but I love to throw in some fun classes at the gym to keep it interesting. And, I’m always up for trying something new. Just this week I signed up for my first mud run—a five-mile obstacle course through grimy mud that promises to “test your strength and toughness”. While I’m excited about the challenge, what thrills me most is that I’m doing it with a group of friends. I know that together, we’ll conquer the course and even if we don’t, we’ll sure have fun trying. And isn’t that the point?
What I love about this issue—focused on fitness tips and trends—is that it provides options. We understand that we are all unique individuals and what works for one, may not work for the other. The important thing is to find what works for you. Here’s hoping this issue inspires you to stay moving.