Friday, April 24, 2015

Day 24: #HAWMC Fitness Friday

How do I maintain a healthy lifestyle? What is my favorite exercise? How do I manage fitness with a chronic illness?

I have shared before that I enjoy running. I am currently training for a big marathon here in Cincinnati, Ohio; it's the Flying Pig. I am running the half marathon which is 13.1 miles. I have run the half twice before but this year I have committed to train with a running group. I didn't think I would like it but it has turned out to be fun running with others. Plus I have had a run scheduled every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning since January no matter the weather conditions. My hubby has our one car garage (sometimes much to my dismay) set up as a gym with flat/incline benches, weights, roman chair, straight bars and punching bags. I like to join him out there for strength training but don't get out there as often as I would like. I also like to take walks with my son to the local library. It's about 4 blocks over and as he said yesterday on our walk, "this gives us good talking time"!. Our family is constantly moving so being active is not only necessary but a way of life for us.

Jackson manages fitness with hemophilia by doing what he wants without me restricting him, unless, of course, he has a bleed. Ever since he could walk he was like the Energizer Bunny...he keeps going, and going, and going. He literally will go until he climbs into bed and then is out like a light. He enjoys participating in sports; so far he has played basketball and currently he is playing flag football on a local high school's field turf. Last week he made two touchdowns and got to play in the rain!!! He loved it!! Our family is always on the move and he likes to keep up and have fun. Our philosophy is to let him have fun...we can treat a bleed!

Captain Jackson on the football field! 


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