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Amy Maxwell
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Fit Runs in the family

So I wanted to let you guys in on a little secret… I am extremely lucky and blessed, pretty much my entire family is healthy and active and would choose an adventure up a mountain over a veg-on-the-couch day every time. My Grandpa Jones used to say, “We come from good stock” or “Damn good genes”, but I like to think that we have passed down more than just DNA…

I like to think that we have passed down the need to be fit and the joy of achieving OUR level of what that means to each of us. I am interviewing a few of my family members to show you what I mean and to explain the different meanings of “fit”. When I use the term “fit” I do not mean six-pack abs or the ability to dead lift your mom’s car… I like to use the term much more loosely, it can be mental, physical, emotional or a combination. I feel the most fit when I am doing something I love with my friends and family (which usually involves some sort of exercise + adventure = happy Amy equation).

My family is a good example because of the various age brackets we fit in… Take a peek into their lives and what FIT means to them:

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Fit Fam Member: Jody; my amazing mother
Age: 52 (don’t kill me mom! I think you are awesome!)

Stats: Yoga Instructor; 2-time Mud-Runner; Mother of 3; Dog & cat lover; Mountain biker, Member of a beer drinking runners club; Camping connoisseur; Her kids’ best friend; OG advice-giver

Words to live by: “I consider myself strong inside, so the outside needs to be as well.”

OVERVIEW:
1. How important is being physically fit to you?
Very important – I consider it part of my day.

2. How often do you work out or do something active for at least 30 mins?
Everyday! I do yoga & walk my dog Millie everyday and then Zumba 2-3 days a week. Weather permitting, I like to bike at least 1 day a week.

3. Do you prefer the gym, group exercise (such as yoga, cycling) or natural outdoor exercise (such as hiking, rock climbing, etc)?
Both are good, but more so anything outdoors.

4. Is it important that your partner, friends and/or family are physically fit? Why or Why not?
Yes – I want to share the benefit of strength, health and adventure with them. I don’t have the sympathy gene for those who are lazy!!

5. It’s Saturday, you can do anything you want… What do you do?
Go hike, bike or walk.


randi

Fit Fam Member: Randi; my kick ass sister
Age: 18 going on 25

Stats: Full-time college student; Yogi in training; Doesn’t sweat, like-ever, seriously; Mountain explorer; Waterfall chaser; Animal lover & animal rights enthusiast; Photographer; Model; Famous golfer’s girlfriend

Words to live by: “May your trails be crooked, winding be dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” —Edward Abbey

I’ve been meditating with this— “May I be happy, may I be healthy and may I live in peace.”

OVERVIEW:
1. How important is being physically fit to you?
I would say it’s a 12 on a scale of 1-10 for me. It’s super important to take care of yourself so when you retire you can boat hop on river boat cruises in Europe! 🙂 

2. How often do you work out or do something active for at least 30 mins?
I try to everyday, but college gets in the way so I would say about 3–4 times a week.

3. Do you prefer the gym, group exercise (such as yoga, cycling) or natural outdoor exercise (such as hiking, rock climbing, etc)?
I like both, but I think I prefer outdoor exercises better!

4. Is it important that your partner, friends and/or family are physically fit? Why or Why not?
So important yes! If they aren’t healthy enough to go on adventures with you who can you take?!

5. It’s Saturday, you can do anything you want… What do you do?Go to a national park or a recreational park nearby and hike and have lunch!


manda

Fit Fam Member: Amanda; future sister-in-law
Age: 25

Stats: Counselor and youth supporter; Spiratic Yogi; Benja’s mom; Volleyball player; Music festival goer, Peace & love vibes; Lifetime adventurer; PNW’er (aka she wears Birkenstocks with socks and still looks cool); Gypsy soul

Words to live by: “Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.”

OVERVIEW:
1. How important is being physically fit to you?
Being physically fit is important to me because it allows me to do activities that make me happy.

2. How often do you work out or do something active for at least 30 mins?
Definitely depends on the week, but I would say 5/week.

3. Do you prefer the gym, group exercise (such as yoga, cycling) or natural outdoor exercise (such as hiking, rock climbing, etc)?
I like dropping in to a hot yoga class every now and then. I work with kids, so I get paid to play dodgeball and volleyball with them too. I prefer being outdoors- hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, long walks around local neighborhoods/parks.

4. Is it important that your partner, friends and/or family are physically fit? Why or Why not?
It is important to me that my friends, family, and partner are physically fit so they can be active with me.

5. It’s Saturday, you can do anything you want… What do you do?
Hike! A two hour drive in any direction will take me into a national forest/park.


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Fit Fam Member: Zach; my badass broha
Age: 27

Stats: Steezologist; Legit skater with Omen Longboards & Free Wheel Company; Benja’s dad; Natural athlete (we tested this as kids by throwing things at each other without warning to see what would happen. He always caught it or kicked a goal by the way.); Gentle soul; Postive vibe thrower; Supports growing food for the homeless

Words to live by: “Do whatever you can to be happy and don’t chase your dream, live your dream.

OVERVIEW:
1. How important is being physically fit to you?
The only thing I care about is being able to do what I love to do. If I’m not physically fit enough, I will make sure I get there to continue to have fun.

2. How often do you work out or do something active for at least 30 mins?
If the weather permits, at least every day. Even on some rainy days I enjoy doing indoor balance boarding to keep those reflexes on point.

3. Do you prefer the gym, group exercise (such as yoga, cycling) or natural outdoor exercise (such as hiking, rock climbing, etc)?
Definitely outdoor sports such as skateboarding, skim-boarding, and hiking. I don’t believe that anyone ever needs to go to the gym. Just go outside and have fun!

4. Is it important that your partner, friends and/or family are physically fit? Why or Why not?
As long as they are healthy and happy. I have a lot of overweight friends and they are usually some of the happiest people I know.

5. It’s Saturday, you can do anything you want… What do you do?
Go to a skatepark or a steep hill with my friends. It’s nice to be outside and have some healthy competition.


me

Fit Fam Member: Meeee (Amy)
Age: 30

Stats: Graphic Designer; Digital hoarder; Restless mind; Animal lover; Wannabe runner, yogi, athlete in general; Frank’s mom; Master scuba diver; Member of the A-team; Mac life; Waterfall chaser; Adventurer; Travel addict; Foodie; Art lover

Words to live by: “You will come to realize that which you expect. So expect something extraordinary.”

OVERVIEW:
1. How important is being physically fit to you?
It is a top priority of mine. Take care of yourself today so that you may serve others tomorrow… or at least so you can bend over to tie your own shoes.

2. How often do you work out or do something active for at least 30 mins?
Every damn day. If I can’t make it to the gym I run, if I’m not feeling motivated I take the dog for a walk. Fake it till you make it.

3. Do you prefer the gym, group exercise (such as yoga, cycling) or natural outdoor exercise (such as hiking, rock climbing, etc)?
I love putting on my headphones and getting lost in the gym or taking a barre class, but I love accidental workouts even more… a hike, exploring, scuba, whatever activity you’ve got, let’s do it. 

4. Is it important that your partner, friends and/or family are physically fit? Why or Why not?
It is extremely important but for the right reasons… I want my family and friends to be happy and healthy and I truly believe you can’t be until you find your version of “fit”. Also, I really like to hang out with family and friends and if our hobbies align it makes it that much easier 🙂

5. It’s Saturday, you can do anything you want… What do you do?Eat a nice breakfast (cooked by my hubs haha) then take the pup on an adventure… usually a hike or running on the beach. After that maybe some frisbee in the backyard, then an evening walk followed by cocktails on the porch!


So the point of this article was to offer 5 different views from different age groups on what “fit” means to each of us. My family and my viewpoints are not what’s right or wrong, it is just a small offering of motivation from everyday people. Also I wanted to make sure my family knows just how amazing I think they are and why not share that with a bunch of strangers simultaneously!?

In all seriousness, maybe hiking or yoga just isn’t your thing, that’s ok, but what is? Do you bike? Maybe some spelunking? Do you play bubble soccer? (Seriously this looks amazing) I would love to hear what gets you up and at ’em when it comes to fitness! What does ‘fit mean to you? 

Cheers,
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5 Comments

  1. I love the fact you’re writing about the important things in your life. Sometimes we take these things for granted or don’t think others would be interested in reading or hearing about them. Well in this case, wrong! Love your blog & look forward to reading what’s to come. ❤️

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