Peggy was ahead of her time. Back in the day when women weren’t supposed to sweat, she was dripping wet every morning. “Barclay,” she’d say. “You must get out of breath once a day.” Her Bible was the Royal Canadian Air Force Exercise Plans for Physical Fitness. Naturally she did her sit ups, push ups, jumping jacks in heels.
Peggy kept her slim figure intact until the very end. Even when restricted to her bed, she arranged for a physical trainer to bring over weights and beach balls. I suspect she was wearing heels under the covers.
“You just have to keep moving!” she’d declare.
Now the downside to all this is that I grew up to be an exercise fiend. I completed 15 marathons, played tennis 4-5 times a week, biked, took hot yoga — and sweated my way right into an eating disorder that can still rear its ugly head.
But Mom was right. Exercise is key to warding off depression, staying fit, producing endorphins, rebooting energy levels, combating disease. And if it’s a social thing, all the better. Whereas my mom was relegated to the bedroom (the only acceptable form of exercise for a 1950s female was vacuuming), my world expanded through exercise.
I met my husband and secured 2 jobs on a tennis court; my ladies doubles group has sprouted a wine group; and during my brief and unspectacular hockey career, I encountered fascinating women from different backgrounds and orientations.
So let’s follow Peggy’s advice and keep moving! Just not in heels!
Today’s Takeaway –
- Discover a new sport. Consider Pickleball — it’s easy to learn and cheap. It’s the fastest growing racket sport and has Baby Boomer written all over it.
- After exercise, stick around for an adult beverage. Your workout can lead to friendships you didn’t anticipate with people you wouldn’t otherwise encounter.
Enjoy the ride!
xox, Barclay and Joy