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Fitness Plan – Do You have One?

by Trish Hubschman

Whenever my husband or I go to the primary doctor, she asks if we exercise. The answer is yes. After breakfast every morning, we go down to the basement and hit the machines. I’m on the stationary bike, he’s on the treadmill. Bouncy music is playing, and we rock and roll for twenty minutes. Some mornings, I look forward to it. Some mornings I feel it’s a chore and do it because I have to. Most times after a workout I feel invigorated, delicious and exhausted, sweaty too. My balance and coordination seem to be better after I exercise.  Sometimes I lift hand weights too, which gives me a good feeling.

Well, I decided to get the take from an expert and some general feedback from friends on exercising.

“When you enjoy exercise, you’ll continue,” says Margaret Marshall, author of Healthy Living Means Living Healthy. “Keeping up an exercise routine is important. Exercise makes a person powerful both physically and mentally.” She says that physical exercise will reduce stress and anxiety, host clearer thinking, and help relaxation.

Setting up a routine fitness plan is easy. She suggests making a list of activities you like to do, pick one and do it every day at a specified time. “It’s irrelevant the type of exercise you choose to do,” she says. Margaret likes to take walks in the morning. “Exercise is the appreciation of the incredible body that sustains your life,” says Margaret. She sometimes conducts workshops on stress management through healthy living.

Patrice Wein, a 55-year-old speech therapist, says, “Yes, I exercise almost every day. Couldn’t survive without it. I walk, kickbox, Zumba, and yoga. It’s just as important for my mental health as well as my physical health.”

“Exercising does make me feel good. It’s good to get the heart pumping and sweat. A little cardiovascular activity every day is usually good,” says Scott Stoffel, 52. Because of lower back pain, Scott’s daily routine involves stretching exercises suggested by a physical therapist. He also lifts weights twice a week and does the vibration plate.

Nikki Sena, a 28-year-old Doctor of Physical Therapy, is a fan of exercise. “I love exercising.

I exercise four to six times a week, forty to sixty minutes each time. I feel better mentally and physically after working out. I make sure to get rest days incorporated so I don’t burn out.” Nikki is a regular at her local gym.

Author Abbie Johnson Taylor, 59, reports, “yes, I have an exercise routine. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I go to a water exercise class at the Y. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I do an audio workout from Blind Alive, and On Saturdays and Sundays, I walk on the treadmill. I recently started taking a line dancing class on Friday afternoons. I definitely feel uplifted physically and emotionally when I’m done working out.”

Leonore Dvorkin of DLD Books self-publishing speaks about her 77-year-old husband, David’s, exercise plan.” David has different routines he does on a rotating basis. He uses the bike, the treadmill, does a heavy workout with barbells, does lots of stretching, uses the wobble board for balance, etc. He works out almost every day for two or more hours. Leonore, 74, also lifts weights, does the treadmill, etc. She has hosted exercise classes since 1976.

Mike Walton takes his four dogs on a twice-daily hike through the rain forest on his 3-acre property. This is a good way to exercise. He also says, “It feels good when I start tread milling then recycle at the neutral cycle until I feel tired at the end but a few minutes later I feel great like a teen.”

Senior Phil Monteleone looks forward to taking walks again or driving to places where he can take walks.

Because of the pandemic, neighborhood gyms are closed. Exercise equipment for home use seems to be in demand. This is good. It means people are still trying to stay in shape in keep healthy.

About the Author

Trish is the creator of the Tracy Gayle mystery series, Tidalwave, Stiff Competition and Ratings Game. She also writes short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction and articles. She is a graduate of Long Island University’s Southampton Campus and has a bachelors degree in English-Writing. She lives with her husband, Kevin, and dog, Henry, in Northeast Pennsylvania. Her website is

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  1. I like the approach with this article which gives opinions of several ways to exercise. This technique is also used in her Marriage Success in Their Words article, also very interesting and informative. I enjoy this author’s style and her mysteries, stories and poems. Great job.

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