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Well, the heat has officially come to the Piedmont region of North Carolina and it looks like it is here to stay for the summer. I love the longer days, the spontaneous outdoor adventures and how summer just feels like a more carefree time of year. What I do not love is the air made of hot soup and the fact that I have to walk my dog at least twice a day in the aforementioned soup air. So, here… Continue reading »

So it’s been two years since I got my gym membership.  I shared my strength training success after joining the gym, and continue to share my journey with you.  of my successes and challenges this year have outside of the gym walls and away from the weights and machines. The workouts keep me honest and help me to get other places I want to be. I started off with a 10 Mile race in April 2018.. over hills… down hills.. over… Continue reading »

Growing up, I loved riding horses. If it was a clear and sunny Saturday, I was begging my parents to take me to ride. When I passed by the old fence post leading into the pasture where the horses were grazing, I couldn’t wait to jump out and start riding. But, one day I lost control of my horse when he sprinted under a tree, knocking me completely off of the saddle. It took a while before I attempted to… Continue reading »

With the start of the New Year, we tend to reflect on the previous year as well as contemplate the year ahead of us. This is a great time to set your intentions and goals for the new year and ACT upon them! Going into the New Year, I did not have a specific goal in mind. However, on New Year’s Day morning, I saw a post from the North Carolina State Parks Instagram account (@ncstateparks) promoting their NC 100… Continue reading »

Just a year ago, when I thought of wintertime I pictured drinking hot cocoa, preparing for the holidays and wrapping up in a warm blanket – physical activity certainly was not on the list. The winter months and the holiday season can bring a distaste for being active. Be encouraged to discover what works best for you so that physical activity can be a part of your daily routine, even you are in stuck indoors. Try these tips to practice… Continue reading »

The winter season brings shorter days and colder temperatures. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay active! Plan ahead, consider alternative exercises, and be prepared to readjust your workout routine as we move into the winter season. The simplest adjustment I have made that has kept me active during the shorter days is the purchase of a tiny but powerful flashlight. This flashlight has allowed me to maintain my evening walks with my dog, and to feel safe while doing… Continue reading »

You may be familiar with the general rule of thumb about stretching – stretch a few minutes before your exercise to warm up and a few minutes after to cool down. If you are new to stretching and exercising, chair yoga is a good place to start getting comfortable with strengthening your muscles and improving flexibility. If you do exercise regularly, chair yoga is a great practice for maintaining flexibility and energizing your body. If you would like a visual… Continue reading »

This summer I had to replace my beloved Samsung Gear tracker. It had enough of my running and flat out refused to connect to my phone anymore. I really wanted the Garmin Fenix 5 but could not spend that much money on a tracker. So I decided on the FitBit Versa because it can track multiple activities, heart rate, and sleep patterns. This is the only Fitbit I have owned. I am pretty happy with it so far and I’ve… Continue reading »

Fall is here, and it’s time for cute family pictures, sweaters, apple cider, and pumpkin-flavored…everything! The pumpkin patch is such an enjoyable fall attraction for kids and adults of all ages, and a great way to be active as a family. Pumpkin patches may have any number of activities so use that as an opportunity to enjoy the fall weather and get moving. Go through the corn maze – A great way to race and be active with the family!… Continue reading »

Fall is here, and it is such a beautiful time of year! The leaves start to fall, the pumpkins come out and the weather becomes much cooler. Can you think of a more perfect time to get outside and be active? Several indoor and outdoor activities exist that are great for cooler weather, so don’t let your active lifestyle drop along with the temperature! Before you start being active, consider these tips to make the most of this fall season.… Continue reading »