Fernie Shape

Today, my physical activity included walking my Labrador Retriever about five blocks. I have had a lot of those days over the last month or so.

My life has been busy. I won’t burden you with the details, but suffice it to say that lately my life has been busier than normal. As a result, I have been neglecting some important things, including exercise. For me, exercise is as important for my mental health as it is for my physical health. Doing physical activity, like going out for a bike ride, helps me to lower my stress and helps me to put my problems into a realistic perspective. I have not been for a bike ride yet this summer! In Fernie, that seems equivalent to confessing to committing a cardinal sin. I feel out of shape. I feel like all my friends are ultra-fit and doing amazing physical activities (marathons, bike events, starting Ultimate Frisbee clubs, et cetera).

When I compare myself to my Fernie friends, I am out of shape. I need to remind myself that Fernie is not average. To generalize, many people who live in Fernie are in great shape. Many live here because they love the outdoors and the activities it offers. On any given Saturday, I can find more friends out on the trails than I can in the stores shopping. People living in Fernie are generally happy, positive, energetic people. But we all have difficult times when life gets busy. I am doing what I can. Some days, that means walking the dog and trying to squeeze in a few push-ups. That’s okay. We do what we can.

I am looking forward to the “slower” pace of summer as school winds down. I know I will find time again for running and for biking with friends. I will make time for going on hikes with my beautiful family.

Until then, I will do what I can. And I will take a life lesson from my tail-wagging dog Lexi and enjoy the five-block walks. See you out on the trails this July.

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