When the weather turns cold in February, I usually start getting lazy. But this year, Cindy Bickman, my daughter Emily’s gymnastics coach, told us about First Lady Michelle Obama’s exercise challenge, and she strongly encouraged us to participate.
We each signed on, and after that, Emily took over recording our activities and time. Emily’s diligence and enthusiasm were contagious.
Emily and I started doing some of our exercising together, and we added our two mixed-terrier dogs to the challenge. When my friend invited us to ride and groom her haflinger horses, Emily figured out that there was a category for the “horse care” activities. Every morning when Emily practices her rhythmic gymnastics, I help her with her stretching exercises, and sometimes we do the Chattooga Gym’s “Safety Dance.”
After three months of participating in the President’s Challenge, we’ve gotten into the habit of looking for new and fun ways to exercise. Now the workouts have become part of our daily routine, and I feel sure we’ll keep it up after we’ve reached our goals.