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I’m always up for a great challenge. Thus, a bar-time (yes, that type) in downtown Raleigh recently had me discussing a myriad of exercise opportunities with a CrossFit pal’s wife one night. She presented me with an interesting challenge, indeed! I was invited to participate as her guest in a local Raleigh Barre class on a humpday Wednesday. Barre classes mix Pilates, dance, yoga, and strength training all while using a ballet barre and repetitions of small range-of-motion movements. How could… Continue reading »

Summertime often gives us more opportunities to be physically active in new places. Whether walking in a new place or in your same old neighborhood at home, remember some simple rules to keep you and your family safe. When walking on a road, walk on the left facing the traffic. When walking on a path or a sidewalk that does not allow cars, walk on the right. NO TEXTING – this should go without saying but just yesterday I saw someone… Continue reading »

No questions asked, having a dog keeps me motivated to move more. He is hands down the number one reason I put on my walking shoes and step outside… or that I even factor it into my daily routine. And I LOVE it. I love that I can now easily reach my daily goal of 10,000 steps. I love seeing different parts of the neighborhood and surrounding community. I love meeting new neighbors and dog owners. I love spending quality time with… Continue reading »

Developing a great playlist has been essential in my motivation to workout daily. I have, therefore, adopted the idea of being a self-proclaimed workout DJ that has the best hits of music to keep one energized. Whether I’m specifically listening to music for its vocals, beats, and/or cords, the rhythm always seem to put me in good spirits which distracts me from focusing on the work and effort of doing my exercise for the day. Ultimately, I depend on music… Continue reading »

SETTING A NEW GOAL: Saturday, May 14th 2016 was a big day for me as I was participating in my first road race ever, the Women’s Red Run fundraiser 4K run/walk held in Charlotte, North Carolina. For me, it was the cause that attracted me to participate in it. Heart Disease is the number one killer of women and this was the first annual event that my Huntersville Family Fitness gym was hosting,  I decided to sign up for it… Continue reading »

Do you have a bucket list??  Have you made that list of places you want to see, accomplishments you want to achieve or crazy new things you want to try??  I would encourage everyone to make a bucket list.   It keeps us on our toes, keeps us striving to achieve new things, and keeps life interesting. On April 18, 2016, I checked one more thing off my bucket list.  I ran the Boston Marathon. Without a doubt it was a… Continue reading »

About two years ago I blogged about pictures of old running shoes I put on my success board. I am happy to report I am on my 3rd pair of running shoes since that post. My last two pairs of running shoes have participated in cold, Thanksgiving Day Races and early morning races in June. My hiking boots have been to Acadia National Park, Grandfather Mountain, and on endless trails in state parks at Umstead, Eno River, and Falls Lake.… Continue reading »

I was overweight as a kid, and like a lot of overweight kids I was not a fan of exercise and the opportunities it presented to put my shortcomings on display (I’m looking at you, gym class). As an adult, however, I have come to love it. I particularly love the alone time granted by a long bike ride or an afternoon hiking. I can even find that solitude in a morning jog or a quick stop at the gym.… Continue reading »

Every night before I go to bed I use my phone to set my alarm. When I say “set my alarm” I should let you know that I have two sometimes three alarms set for the morning. I do not set three alarms because I cannot wake up, but it is because I want those five more minutes in my warm bed, especially during the winter. I could tell you that by setting three alarms everything works out great, but… Continue reading »

If you are like me, and most of your work is done in front of a computer, it can be hard to stay active during the 8+ hours you are at the office. Adding in a few extra steps and a few extra movements wherever you can will begin to add up. There are a few simple ways to increase your steps throughout your work day. Start with parking a little further away, then reconsider how you get to your office… Continue reading »