Fitness

What Happens in Mile 12 Stays in Mile 12

Posted by: Carrie Meyer   |   Monday, October 3, 2011   |   Back to Blog

You may recall a previous blog I wrote about my journey into the world of running (there were several references to a disoriented giraffe if that helps jog your memory). Last weekend I participated in Run Greater Indianapolis Half Marathon in Danville, Indiana. The route was beautiful, the weather amazing. Picture beautiful fall foliage, crisp air, and sunny skies. I started the race trying to remember everything I had learned in the 10 months I have been running.

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Just Add Water: Why I LOVE Water Aerobics

Posted by: Patti Carrington   |   Wednesday, September 7, 2011   |   Back to Blog

Did you know that water aerobics is a total-body workout? It can include good cardio and works your arms, legs, booty, and core! With accessories and equipment, or variation in movement and water depth, you can work on different muscle groups too. Plus, it's low-impact so it's great for everyone. Check out my Top Ten reasons I love working out in the water. Also, find out how you can try an inexpensive, super fun class right here in Danville and become my fellow "mermaid wannabe!"

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Kids and Fitness: My Favorite Race

Posted by: Aimee Ketterer   |   Wednesday, May 25, 2011   |   Back to Blog

Recently, my youngest son, Cameron, discovered the joys of running. He’s joined a group called Avon Junior Runners that stresses fun and fitness. The running group has given him a much-needed outlet to kick the “end of school blahs” while improving his fitness and stamina. I was personally excited about this group because it provides me with the opportunity to run alongside him a few times each week. In my daydreams about our running outings, I forgot that when you’re an 11 year-old boy constantly striving to be cool, it’s mortifying to have 50 other kids see you running with your mom. Therefore, I’m not actually “allowed” to run next to Cameron while he’s in the group (his rule, not the coach’s).

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Get Over It!

Posted by: Melody Sears, Guest Blogger   |   Tuesday, April 26, 2011   |   Back to Blog

I mean, really. Getting fit isn't usually pretty, easy or convenient. And, honestly, it kind of smells bad sometimes. But we just have to get over it! As Great Shapers, we now know (well, we've always known) that we MUST move if we are going to lose some weight and get healthier. And we are not allowed (anymore) to make excuses for why we can't. You know, like, “I'm embarrassed to do something new because I don't know what I'm doing and I'll look silly.” Or, “Just taking the stairs won’t really make a difference.”

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Might as Well Face It, I'm Addicted to ...

Posted by: Patti Carrington   |   Monday, April 4, 2011   |   Back to Blog

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with exercise. Being self-conscious, I didn’t want to be seen in work-out gear or working out. And when the boys were growing up, life was busy! Ron and I were so involved in their lives and always working – we didn’t do a thing for ourselves. The only exercise I got was running to and from the car, which always left me breathless! Nowadays, life isn’t any less hectic ... But now I have put me on my priority list.

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How I (Sorta) Became a Runner

Posted by: Carrie Meyer   |   Thursday, March 10, 2011   |   Back to Blog

Running has never been my thing. If you ever saw me try to do it, you would understand why. I am nearly six feet tall, and when I start running, I look like a startled, drunken giraffe that has tragically lost the use of one of its legs. I will give you a minute to let that imagery sink in.

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Puppy Love

Posted by: Jenny Bates   |   Tuesday, March 1, 2011   |   Back to Blog

While we were looking for a dog to bring warmth, companionship and fun to our home, I forgot how much we would all benefit from a little creature that needs constant exercise. Almost every morning, I have a running buddy. Tonks is always ready to go for a quick run, even if I’m not. It’s hard to say no to those milk chocolate eyes and thumping tail.

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With Exercise, Every Day is a Fresh Start

Posted by: Patti Carrington   |   Thursday, February 3, 2011   |   Back to Blog

I love fresh starts – it’s like a second chance all wrapped up in unconditional love and forgiveness. I’ve learned that every day is a new fresh start, kind of like a “do-over.” Not an “undo,” but time to forgive yourself for mistakes made yesterday and a chance to take another shot at getting it right this time. Things happen in life. No matter what happened, accept it. Take responsibility, learn from your missteps, adjust your plan, and move on. This philosophy holds true for exercise. Sometimes it takes time to find what works for you. So don't be afraid to try new things, like fun fitness classes.

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