I have a feature on the cover of—wait a sec, let me pop another piece of chocolate in my mouth—the Jefferson Monthly, a magazine that goes out to 10,500 readers in the listening area of our local NPR affiliate. The article is about the importance and benefits of exercise.
My husband helped me write it. He loves exercising. He stayed up late last night crafting a letter to a couple of his friends in Buffalo, who are both in their 40s now and have both become obese. He’s worried about them and wants to inspire them to do more exercising. His plan is to send the letter along with copies of the magazine. And to do it gently and gracefully, in a way that will inspire not offend.
The last time I weighed myself the numbers on the scale were very discouraging.
Yesterday when I did some circuit training I hurt my lower back. It was bleak and rainy and cold outside. I put on my running shoes, my three-year-old daughter wailing like her heart was broken in a thousand pieces.
I could still hear her as I went down the porch steps to finally do some exercising.
“I wan go with Mommy! I wan go with Mommy!”
I hit the heavy bag in our garage in a lackluster way for a few minutes. Then I tried to go running. I really did. But I felt a heavy horrible weight on my heart. So I went back inside and nursed my toddler instead.
At about five o’clock Leone, Athena, and I walked to our friend’s house who had a baby five days ago to deliver Shayna and her family an organic dinner of beef barley vegetable stew, homemade bread rolls with garbanzo bean and brown rice flour, grapefruit, and pineapple.
We huffed up her long steep hill. I pretended that counted as exercise.
Exercising is important
It’s so easy to know what you need to do to be fit and healthy.
It’s so much harder to actually do it. The people I interviewed for the article inspired me. My inconsistency in the exercise department depresses me.
I was a bit over word count. This pull-out box, of interest to local readers, got axed in the editing process. So I’m including it here:
Local Resources for Runners:
Rogue Valley Runners (161 East Main Street, Ashland, Oregon, 541-201-0014), a running specialty store, also sponsors local races and hosts weekly group runs, 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for men, 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays for women (5-10 miles, all levels welcome).
Southern Oregon Runners (541-951-1593) is a running club that publishes a local newsletter, puts on local area events, offers members discounts at running stores in Eugene, Grants Pass, and Ashland and inspires people of all ages and fitness levels to go out and do their miles.
Area Zumba Classes:
April Fidura teaches Zumba at Kids Unlimited (821 North Riverside Drive; Medford, Oregon), Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. First class free.
Zumba classes at Ashland Family YMCA (540 YMCA Way, Ashland, Oregon; 541-482-9622) are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. Call for times.
If You Want to Try Rowing:
Ashland Rowing Club is a non-profit dedicated to both indoor and outdoor rowing. They offer clinics, coaching, and private lessons, and once you learn how to row you can become a member.