• Nora Osuchowski

Too busy to exercise?

It's pretty well accepted that staying active is an important part of being healthy, but as a single mom of six kids I know how hard it can be to fit it in your schedule. Not being one of those 'get up at 5am to go to the gym or run 5 miles' kind of people, I've struggled in the past with consistently exercising.

I love being outside, and in recent years I discovered I loved hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. After my husband passed away, however, finding the time to do these things was difficult. But I know how much better I feel when I'm active, so I had to figure something out. For me I had find what naturally fit in my schedule, as well as what I enjoyed doing.

I knew I wasn't going to go to the gym or join a spin class, even if I could fit it in. It doesn't inspire me, so I didn't want to waste my energy. But I love being outside, so I just started walking everywhere. I'm lucky enough to live in a great little village where I also work. My kids are 'walkers' so I walk them back and forth to school most days- easily getting 4 miles in. I walk to the post office, the bank, the local deli, to my office, & even to meet my friends for dinner. It keeps me active.

Am I exactly where I want to be with my fitness goals? Where I was 2 years ago? No, but I feel good. Like most average people, I have another 15-20 lbs I'd love to lose, and I have places I'd like to be more tone, but I can do the things I want to do. I have energy and what I'm doing is something I enjoy doing and can do consistently. As my life changes I'm sure I'll tweak things. I'll add yoga back in, challenge myself with a run through the village, or maybe even take my bike out. As long as it's something I enjoy.

It comes down to finding something that makes you feel good and that you'll want to do. Give me a call or send me an email and we can chat to figure out what works for you.

The beautiful japanese maple on my walk to school with the kids.

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