Robin Mason is one of our amazing nurse practitioners. Working full time and raising three busy kids has only made her more creative in finding ways to keep moving. Check out the strategies she shares below.
What do you currently do for exercise?
My favorite type of exercise is running. I try to run at least 3 days a week. To keep me motivated I sign up for races so I know that I need to “train” for these. The last race that I ran was the Peach Tree 10k in Atlanta , Georgia on July 4th. I ran with a group of friends and it was a lot of fun. On days that I don’t run I try to get a walk in. On the weekend it is usually 5 or 6 miles, shorter sometimes during the week.
What has been your biggest challenge with exercise in recent years?
As with many people having enough time has been the biggest challenge. Working full time and having three busy kids takes up a lot of my time so I have had to be creative with time management! For example, when my youngest is playing field hockey in the fall or lacrosse in the spring there is at least one game every weekend. Instead of sitting in a chair as a spectator I use that time to walk around the field on the track. I can usually get 5 or 6 miles done in about an hour and a half while still watching the game. In the winter if the weather is okay and she is playing basket ball my husband and daughter will drive to the gym and I will run there and get a ride back with them after the game. Thinking about my time management has allowed me to still be able to watch their activities and get my exercise in as well. The other change was switching from Planet Fitness to the YMCA so the whole family can go. At the YMCA everyone can find something to do whether it is shooting baskets, walking the track, using the weight room or swimming.
Why is exercise important to you right now in your life?
Exercise has become even more important for me as I have gotten older. I think it is so important to keep moving so that as I age I can be the best version of myself that I can be. I think exercise helps to prevent some of the difficulties people can have later in life with mobility. It sets a good example for my kids for sure. Most important it makes me feel good!
Thank you Robin!
Keep Moving, Be Well,