Live Your Film

Life Is Too Short for Just One Sport

by Tess Woods

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Husband Mario turns out to be a good workout partner for Tess.

I used to call myself a runner. I’m not sure what I would call myself now. I ran competitively since 7th grade but after college I was sick of it. I played soccer for years but quit to refocus on running.

In my early 20s, when I was looking to stay in shape—but refused to run—I looked into a recreational soccer league and started playing again. It was awesome! I realized how much I missed the give and take of soccer, the plays, the sprints and the team aspect.

I continue to play soccer now in my 40s at Off the Wall Sports. In addition, I have continued to broaden my horizons.  I am the type who gets bored pretty easy, but I know I need to work out. It is a stress reliever for me, and I am calmer, more patient and (to be perfectly honest) much nicer when I do stay active.

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Tess takes a tri for a spin.

I have found that I like to “mix it up” so to speak with my workouts:

Monday: Soccer
Tuesday: Yoga (and maybe some weightlifting if I have time)
Wednesday: Running
Thursday: Swimming
Friday: Day off
Saturday: Running
Sunday: Biking and swimming

I know this sounds like a lot. My last child just entered preschool 4 days a week so I have more time on my hands than I have had in a while; but that’s not the point (If you don’t have time to workout, check out Holly’s blog about sneaking in a run.)

The point is, I like having something different to do each day. It keeps it interesting and I think I am in better all around shape than I have ever been. So now I like to call myself a runner, soccer player, cyclist, swimmer, yogi and if you want me to continue down this path … mountain climber, dancer, kayakist (is that a word?), hiker

Just in the past year, through Team Film, I have had the opportunity to try all kinds of new physical activities: TRX, YoPi, Pilates reformer and9Round circuit training to name a few.

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She gives archery a shot—with daughter in tow. Just in the past year, through Team Film, I have had the opportunity to try all kinds of new physical activities: TRX, YoPi, Pilates reformer and 9Round circuit training to name a few.

It’s all about trying new things and finding something or some things (plural!) you enjoy doing. For me, an activity has to be fun, interesting and challenging. If it is, I will be coming back for more!

 

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