The Lake

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting my hometown of Brentwood, TN. My husband and I got up early one morning, while my mother watched the girls, and headed out to our favorite walking place- a 4 mile hike at Radnor Lake. As part of my continued program to lose my remaining pregnancy weight, I thought a walk at the lake would be a wonderful way to get some exercise while out of town.

The first part of the trail is a beautiful, flat walk around the lake, but the second part is a steep hill. So steep that they have built wood steps into the ground. Getting up that hill with my extra pregnancy weight was a lot harder this time. So hard that I was breathing pretty heavy within a few minutes of the climb. My legs were burning and my pace slowed. It was difficult (much harder than lounging on the couch with a good cup of coffee) but it felt GREAT!!!

So, I got to wondering why the the strenuous exercise felt so great to me while many others would be complaining about the hard work. A man coming down the hill towards us even commented on what a complainer his girlfriend was being on their hike! I had to remind myself that I practically grew up at Radnor Lake. I began walking with my parents there at a very early age. Part of my training for my first bodybuilding competition at age 17 was on those trails and when I got married, I brought my husband there with our dogs to walk. Not only was the lake and its trails an early inspiration to me, but so where the many visits to the gym with my mom as a young girl. I couldn’t wait to be old enough work out at a gym! I had grown up visiting Radnor Lake much like I had grown up with fitness as part of my life.

Now, I don’t believe children should necessarily start exercising as soon as they can walk and that everyone should dedicate their career to fitness, but lifelong habits start young. How we view exercise could easily rub off on our children, grandchildren or other children in our lives- at least enough to keep them healthy.

If you haven’t grown up with fitness in your life, there are many things you can do to learn to love fitness. These days fitness is about feeling good not “no pain, no gain”. I hear my students and clients talk frequently about how much they actually look forward to their Yoga and Pilates class and hardly view them as exercise.

I hope to motivate my daughters much the same why I do my clients and students- to enjoy fitness, make it a habit, and love your body! I truly look forward to sharing my love of fitness with my girls and especially look forward to introducing them to The Lake.

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