On this week’s episode of my television show Living Well, we discussed exercise. More specifically we talked about Anytime, Anywhere, portable, affordable exercise! We also talked about the fact that exercise can be social and fun too!
Many people avoid getting involved in an exercise program because the big change of starting something new feels too overwhelming, so instead of starting a little at a time, many people do nothing.
If you have followed this pattern even though you know you should be moving your body more, I challenge you to take on the philosophy of my first guest on this week’s episode.
Angie Mailhot has a BA in Human Movement with a Specialization in Health Promotion, an Exchange Life Wellness Coach, Owner of Triunity Fitness and Wellness Studio and Band Width Fitness Canada Inc.
She is a certified Personal Trainer and Corporate Fitness Consultant with 20 years of experience that specializes in posture correction, spinal stabilization and restoration of functional mobility, strength and power.
With a family of 6 she recognizes the value of time and the personal health costs of today’s busy lifestyles on our lives.
Sharing fitness options that can be done anywhere, anytime, with very little cost, that are fun and challenging no matter what your age or ability is her passion.
Portable, affordable and versatile fitness options that work with any individual or corporate lifestyle is her daily practice.
While on the show, Angie gave some really positive and practical examples of how to make your exercise anytime, anywhere.
-When you are at the grocery store, park at the back of the parking lot and walk in instead of circling for 10 minutes looking for a closer spot.
-Take the stairs instead of the elevator
-When at your kids sporting events, find another parent and walk around the field while you watch instead of sitting still on your butt in the stands or on the sidelines.
-When you are doing dishes or brushing your teeth, do a set of 20 squats.
All of these suggestions are easy to implement starting TODAY and are not near as intimidating as taking on an ‘Exercise Program’.
Every bit of movement helps. Start small and add a little each day.
Committing a little bit of time each day to YOU… will positively change your health and your life!
My second interview on this episode was a lot of fun as I interviewed 2 members of the ‘Beverage Club Training Mates’
You are probably wondering what that means. I did too until these ladies explained it to me.
In my own athletic endeavors, I have found that one of my favourite things, that kept me going in my training when it got tough, was having training partners for support and encouragement and fun social time.
These women have taken this concept of teamwork and athletic achievement to a really wonderful place.
‘The Beverage Club Training Mates’ or the BCTMs for short, is made up of 5 women who share a love for running and triathlon as well as the social good times that come along with having a fun group of training partners.
Nancy, Susan, Sue, Carol and Kara have a remarkable list of athletic achievements.
Between them, they have completed 5 marathons, over 20 half marathons, 2 Half Ironman triathlons and numerous triathlons of other distances.
They have also participated in events wearing matching outfits, (in one case, matching Santa Suits) and have had a lot of fun socializing as they train or plan for their next event.
They each have areas of strength that when put together in the group dynamic, make them all stronger physically, mentally and emotionally.
They arrange most of their training days to end with a meal or a drink together. (The origin of the Beverage Club Training Mates) They have breakfast or lunch or just coffee or an adult beverage to talk about their training as well as to support each other through the personal trials that life brings.
During one of these post training meals, they wrote their athletic goals on paper napkins and each have them framed at home where they can be reminded of where they’ve been together and what they have planned for the next 5 years.
They say quite confidently that they will never be first, and they have been last but they keep putting one foot in front of the other all the while supporting each other to get to the finish line.
Their team motto is: “We don’t care about where we place we just want to finish upright and smiling :)”
They are currently training for a Half Ironman Triathlon in Michigan in a couple of weeks and I know they will do great and I am sure that they will all cross the finish line, upright and smiling!
I am completely inspired by this group of women and I hope that you will find some inspiration to know that with the help and support of your friends, you can achieve amazing things!
This week’s episode of Living Well ended with an Amazing Health Fact:
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV!
So get up and get moving….your body and your health will thank you
Dr. Peggy Malone is a Chiropractor and an Athlete who helps other athletes to overcome injury and get back to their sport. She also inspires patients from all walks of life to take control of their health to be as happy and as healthy as they can be.
A former varsity Basketball and Rugby player, she has since entered the world of endurance athletics where she has completed 2 Ironman Triathlons, 3 Marathons, several Half Marathons and many other Triathlons, Road Races and Off-Road Adventure races of varying distances.
Her own athletic endeavors and injuries have given her valuable insight into working with athletes in her practice for both the care of injuries as well as for the improvement of athletic performance.