Since I was just a young girl, physical activity has been an important part of my life.
While I was growing up, I was heavily involved in gymnastics, dance and cheerleading.
Nearly everyday after school I attended some type of practice. I was always busy with competitions, tournaments or games on weekends. When I went to college, I continued all of these activities on a larger and more intense scale. It never occurred to me how difficult it would be to keep up with this same level of fitness as I got older. Once I got married, had three small children and worked a full-time job, it was a challenge to find time to workout. I sometimes went for runs while pushing a stroller. I worked out to videos with three kids crawling all over me. As the kids got older, life simply became more hectic. I was then driving them to their own practices and games. Because a healthy lifestyle is important to me, I’ve always figured out ways to work out in some capacity. Now that I’m in my fifties, my kids are all grown up with houses of their own. I have plenty of time to workout everyday. The issue now is that my age sometimes frustrates me. I am no longer able to workout in the same way. I can’t run ten miles, perform back handsprings or do a bunch of push ups. However, I am dedicated to maintaining my strength, flexibility, balance and stamina. Because of my commitment to regular exercise, I look and feel younger than my peers. I haven’t suffered any major health issues or injuries.