I fear going to the health club to exercise on the machines this time of year because it’s like a race to the finish to try to get a treadmill prior to they’re all inspected out by others. Group physical fitness classes are another story.
These ideas got me questioning if I could find any Sisters of Providence who work out. And it was more motivating than I imagined.
Take Sibling Helen Dolores Losleben, for instance.
Sibling Helen trips the stationary bicycle 20 minutes every day. During that time, she states she gets through all 3 mysteries on her rosary, which hangs from her left handlebar,– happy, sorrowful and marvelous.
” It gets kind of boring if I don’t have something to do,” she stated while pitching.
A medical professional when encouraged her to stay fit by either riding a bicycle 20 minutes a day or walking 30 minutes a day. She selected cycling because it was the lower time of the two choices. She doesn’t keep in mind if that was in the 1940’s or 1950’s. Sister Helen will be 94 in February.
I believed it was great that she did the bike every afternoon. Then I learnt she also does sitting and standing stretches frequently in the physical fitness space in the mornings led by Sis Kathryn Koressel, who is 87.
So I stopped in that class the next morning.
” It’s constantly gentle because it’s for older people,” Sister Kathryn stated about the workouts. “Breathing is really crucial. I can’t emphasize that enough.”
She described that she’s been leading these 15 minute workout classes for more than seven years. She said a few of the research she did early on recommended resting a couple of minutes after each stretch.
” But we have actually got things to do,” she said. “That would take an hour!”
She has actually seen improvements in her health considering that frequently exercising. She said she once experienced fasciitis (heel pain).
” Through exercise, it went away completely,” she stated. “Keep yourself healthy. Your problems come another way.”
Sister Kathryn didn’t have much time to check out with me since she was expected on another flooring of Providence Hall to lead another 15 minute class.
I had the ability to invest a longer quantity of time with Sibling Margaret Norris. She loves to be outdoors walking and biking around Saint Mary-of-the-Woods early in the morning. Her rule this time of year is to stroll indoors if it’s under 20 degrees.
“Back in 1978 we were out of school for 22 days since of the blizzard. I had to get out!”
Walking resulted in running and running caused being selected to run in the Pan Am video games in Indianapolis. She ran in a marathon in Louisville in 1982 where she got approved for the 1983 Boston Marathon. She ran Boston in under 4 hours, so she received a medal.
” I simply ran,” she stated. There were people all the method shouting at you.”
She said it took her awhile after that experience to overcome all the shouting from the crowds of individuals.
Being outdoors is still what encourages her to work out today.
” I exercise to delight in the outdoors. If I see something while riding my bike I stop and look at it,” she stated. Simply get yourself out.
I could’ve invested weeks attempting to catch up with many more sis who exercise frequently, however I decided my last stop would be a late afternoon yoga class in the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College chapel in the basement of LeFer Hall. Yes, yoga class in a chapel. Do not you like the concept?
It existed where I observed Sisters Dawn Tomaszewski, Janice Smith and Mary Moloney slowly stretching and moving on their green and turquoise blue mats. With each intentional breath and every twist of their bodies they motivated me to go out and move.
I’m appreciative they allowed me to interrupt their daily workout routines. I will bring the words of these wise women and the examples they’ve offered me as I venture out for a healthy and active 2015.
Here’s to a healthy brand-new year!