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Seeking a richer life, inside and out…



Why Make Time to Exercise?

hiking-iconSimple – it makes me feel good. Always has, ever since I was a kid. My three sisters and I couldn’t be more different when it comes to exercising. I’ve jogged, stretched, skated, biked, kettle belled, race walked, and chased myself around the world. All the while, they’ve reclined with a book, supine, and patted me on the head as I ran by, even though I’m sure they thought I was insane…

It’s been 40 years since I started got started in fitness. I’m a 50s-something female who played at sports in an era when there was virtually no recognition or career path for women athletes, but I did it anyway because I love it. I’ve been a competitive team athlete, a weekend warrior, a race walker, a runner, a weightlifter, a calisthenics devotee — all of those things in the quest for fitness. Continue reading “Why Make Time to Exercise?”


Bike Riding for Grownups

There’s More Than One Way to Ride a Bike

The good news is you can learn to ride your bike in new ways, no matter how old you are. That’s what I learned during one our first stays in West Texas after a life of living in snow country for the winter. I’ve been riding a bike since I was a little kid. I remember the first two-wheeler I rode and exactly where I wiped out, Continue reading “Bike Riding for Grownups”

The Sierra Vista Trail – Spectacular Single Track in the High Desert

A Fabulous Mountain Biking and Hiking Trail at the Edge of Las Cruces:

We spent this past Saturday on our mountain bikes, searching for the rainbow on the Sierra Vista Trail. It was a warm, sunny Las Cruces day. We were in shorts and light t-shirts with Camelbaks, apples, snacks, and extra water bottles to help us stay hydrated and energized for a full day’s ride. Continue reading “The Sierra Vista Trail – Spectacular Single Track in the High Desert”

Weightlifting the Yard Way

Adobe Weightlifting – the New Fitness and Landscaping Technique

We’re living in the desert in New Mexico. Very brown here, but my yard was looking no worse than anyone else’s until some college students moved in behind us. Nice kids, really. That first Friday, they moved their living room furniture – two blue plaid sofas and bright green Lazy Boys – into the back yard, added a rusted burn barrel and a couple of cases of beer and the party was on.

Fast forward to Saturday noon. Continue reading “Weightlifting the Yard Way”

Book Review: AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller

I want to hike forever after reading AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

viewLiving in New Mexico has brought me back to one of my oldest loves – hiking. It’s not the Appalachian Trail, but I live in an area so beautiful it takes my breath away when I wake up in the morning. The longer I live here, the more I hike, the braver I get and Continue reading “Book Review: AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller”

Honey, will you enter the wife-carrying race with me?

How weird are humans?  I just had to share this article about an actual wife-carrying race from the Finnish American Reporter. If you’ve read my earlier post on ancestry, you’ll know I am a died-in-the-wool Finlander at heart, but this little story left me speechless. I’ll have to ask my mom if our ancestors did this for fitness. Read on…. Continue reading “Honey, will you enter the wife-carrying race with me?”

Giant Lust Advanced: Best Women’s Mountain Bike Ever

My vote for the best women’s mountain bike is the Giant Lust Advanced 0.

Moving from Minneapolis (elevation 600 ft) to High Rolls Mountain Park, NM (elevation 7,000 ft) opened my eyes about the diversity of biking styles and needs. Minnesota – FLAT. New Mexico – NOT flat, in fact, mostly mountainous, at least where we ride. I now realize Continue reading “Giant Lust Advanced: Best Women’s Mountain Bike Ever”

Personalize Your Exercise Plan to Make it Stick

Create Your Own Fun Exercise Plan for the Best Long-Term Results

I’ve been doing lots of thinking about this topic… FUN….Make your exercise plan fun for you and odds are that you’ll stick with it much longer. Here is the first question: Continue reading “Personalize Your Exercise Plan to Make it Stick”

Why I Love My New Trekking Poles

Want to hike with less joint soreness? Try hiking or trekking poles!

My very fit 81-year-old mother-in-law turned me on to trekking poles and I can’t stop raving about them. She’s unstoppable on them. She just completed a 26-mile walking marathon with them and she’s signed up for another. This from a woman who had stopped taking daily walks because she wasn’t feeling as strong as she once did. Now we can’t keep up with her.

Continue reading “Why I Love My New Trekking Poles”

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