Thoughts From Denise On The Fitness Journey Over 50

Friends are like bras.

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Friends are like bras. Close to your heart and there for support.

I absolutely love that quote. The first time I heard it, I was like YES. That’s exactly how I feel about all my amazing friends. Many of my friends, I’ve known well over 50 years. That looks so crazy as I write it for this article but I am still close with folks I started Kindergarten with in Cleveland.

I also have the most amazing group of friends here in Suwannee County that I know if I need any of them for support or help, all I need to do is call. Thinking back preparing for this article, I realize many I met at least nine years ago when I walked into Becky Skipper’s gym “Go Figure” which is now the pediatric building.

Through thick and thin, we still continue to meet regularly to exercise, for important events like baby showers and weddings, impromptu get togethers and new adventures. Today four of us gathered at Suwannee River State Park to exercise with a morning of hiking. We beat out the rain and had a fantastic time as we meandered through the beautiful trails.

I have been wanting to get out there because history fascinates me. The cemetery off Sand Hill trail dates well back into the 1800’s. There we found headstones in several of the little cemeteries still standing against time.

Making our way further in toward the Suwannee River, chatting along the way when before we knew it, we had completed five miles. I’m an outdoors kind of gal but as I was driving home, I thought to myself would I have done that alone? (Read this next: Reasons to exercise outside)

The answer? I don’t know. I’m motivated when training for an event or biking the many trails we have available to us. But I tend to think I wouldn’t have pushed myself as far as the four of us hiked today.

Good friends are woven into the fabric of our lives. They make us better people. Willing to try new things and explore new avenues. Push us when we need it especially when it comes to our health. For me, my friends truly are like a good sports bra. Close to my heart and SUPER supportive.

Whatever the week holds for you, make it a good one. Get up, grab a few friends, get moving and enjoy this beautiful world we live in. Your body will thank you.

To your health,


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