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Fitness & Motherhood

               You see it all over Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter so I know that you know: it’s thet time of year when we start thinking about what we are thankful for.  I think throughout the year I do a pretty good job realizing that I have so much to be thankful for, but the month of November is a time to reflect a little more deeply.  Throughout the year I realize how amazing my family, friends and business are and I am so thankful for all of them but there is one aspect I often take for granted: my health.

                Having good health is easy to take for granted until you don’t have it.  I have been very lucky so far in my life to have had very few health issues.  When I have had some health issues they have been very minor compared to what others are fighting daily.  A gall bladder surgery and hip flexor issues have been the only medical problems that have kept me from my daily activities.  When I was in pain or stuck on the couch resting due to my minor health issues I was wishing to be back to my normal, active self.  It was in those times I realized how often we take a healthy body for granted.

                If you wake up in the morning and are able to get up you should feel thankful!  There are so many people around us who wish they could get out of bed, take a walk around the neighborhood with their dog or run a 5K over the weekend with friends.  Our health is something we take for granted every day instead of being grateful and thankful for what our bodies can do for us.

                This month focus on the healthy, active life you lead or can lead.  Take advantage of waking up feeling great or with only a few sore muscles and do something active.  Grab your kids and head to the nearest playground before the weather turns cold, rake the leaves and jump in the pile with your kids when you’re done or try a new exercise routine.  All of these things will help you appreciate your healthy body and the more you move the better you will feel.

                Take this November as a time to reflect on the great things in your life; family, friends, home, job.  Embrace your body and your loved ones in as many ways as you can!

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About Alison

Alison Neal is the owner of Stroller Strides of Fredericksburg. Stroller Strides is a total body workout that is done alongside your baby. Each instructor modifies the workouts for all fitness levels. As a mother, Alison knows it is hard to fit workouts into a busy schedule, but follow her blog right here for great fitness and healthy living tips! You can also learn more about Stroller Strides by visiting her website.


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Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.


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