Cooler weather brings thoughts of exercise and football – Washington Daily News

I seem to be creative best while sitting in my rocking chair on my porch. It’s a little cooler now so I can stay outside longer, which has resulted in more productive days.

Fall not only brings thoughts of the football season to the fore, it is also a better time to exercise outside. For those of you who have put off all summer because it’s too hot, it’s time to get started.

I’ve already talked about how much walking has helped me deal with COVID-19 and other life stresses, so here’s another hopefully helpful suggestion.

When you’re ready for a more strenuous workout than just walking and you are better at being in a group, there are several you can join. All are free and always welcome new faces.

For runners there is the Sole Patrol. I see her running downtown pretty much every Saturday morning. I’m not sure if they meet during the week, but it wouldn’t be difficult to find out. They are a friendly bunch and can hang out (relax) at Rachael K’s on Saturdays around 8:15 am.

There is also a bike group that meets around 7am on Saturdays and other times during the week. I don’t know if they have a name, but they wear fancy outfits and ride cool bikes. They usually gather in the Ribeye’s parking lot before peddling into the sunrise.

The FIA, also known as Females in Action, meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. at Mac Hodges Festival Park. You will do a variety of bootcamp style exercises and some running exercises.

After all, I know F3 best, which stands for Faith, Fellowship and Fitness. Men of different fitness levels and ages take part. It’s a very encouraging, positive group with no pressure to overwhelm yourself to keep up.

I have three mottos when I join these guys on Saturday mornings: Modify as needed during training, if I can, you can and someone has to be the last.

It’s a great group of people who haven’t made fun of me yet so I encourage you to check it out. They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for a bootcamp-style workout. Monday morning is for Bible study at People’s Pier, Wednesday is a downtown walk with an optional weighted backpack (also called a jerk), and Friday morning is a running day.

I’m looking forward to seeing my friends on Thursday and I am very disappointed when I can’t go. I understand if it’s a little early for you, but it’s a great way to start the day. Remember, every fitness program starts at the beginning and don’t push it too hard until you get used to it. Just do what you can and skip what you don’t want to do. In my case, that would be burpees. Good luck, and now is a good time to start.

It’s been a little harder to get up in time for F3 on Saturday lately because it’s high school football season.

Three weeks are in the books so far and the overall picture is still a bit messed up. Southside is off to a great start, however, Northside is above average when picking someone of their own size, and Washington’s offensive is as explosive as ever.

It’s still a little early, but the signs point to a fascinating conference season with potential for post-season success.

We hope vaccination rates will continue to rise so that each variant has no place to land. This is key to keeping the kids in the classroom and in the field.

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