“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~ Walt Disney
With summer time quickly approaching and schools letting out here on the East Coast, questions arise as to how we should spend our weekends, keep the kids busy, or in my case, fill my semi-empty work days! I personally will be training clients and still working as a sales representative at a local gym, but with slightly more downtime, I prefer to try new things, travel to new places, and STAY ACTIVE!
Some of my personal suggestions and recommendations include signing up with web sites such as Groupon and Social Living to become familiar with new attractions, restaurants, and day trip sights within your area. The deals are often very reasonable and worth planning in advance! Many are active but some are very therapeutic; i.e. manicures, pedicures, massages, winery tours, etc. However, some of my favorites, from personal experience, include going to Bed and Breakfast sights, trying indoor rock climbing, attempting to knit (that didn’t work out so well but it was humorous!), receiving full body massages during competition prep, trying new culturally-based restaurants, purchasing movie tickets half price, etc. These sites also offer discounted registration fees towards fun-runs and other marathons and offer plenty of suggestions for kid’s birthdays and camps. So, rather than parking it in front of your television or laptop, get out and around your OWN neighborhood, possibly to places you never knew existed, and you MAY just acquire a taste for something NEW!
Just recently, I completed my first Mud Run which consisted of 12 obstacles and was a 5k in length. All competitors were female and the proceeds went towards Breast Cancer research. The crowd itself was inspiring and I admired the detail and creativity put towards team costumes, shirts, and names. Lots of laughs were shared throughout the event and it was a blessing to witness the team efforts and the struggle some endured to finish each segment. My personal favorite part was cooling off and washing off as we crossed a few creeks but the mud wasn’t so bad for this Jersey Girl after all! Although a 5k run is far from foreign to me, involving mud was never a desire. BUT, it was still worth going outside my comfort zone and I would recommend the Dirty Girl Mud Run to ALL women of every shape, size, and level of fitness! What will YOU do with your summer?!
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