How Mountain Biking Set Me on a New Path
At 53, started mountain biking! And I love it. You may think I’m crazy and you’d be partially right.
For the past 7 years I’ve dealt with chronic pain in my hip and back. I’ve tried a lot of different things from PT (a lot of PT), surgery, wine, ibuprofen, Aleve, massage, prayer, CBD oil, Pilates, yoga and a variety of physical activity. They all helped in some way. I basically got sick of letting pain rule the day and my head. We all deal with some type of pain. So, I sat myself down and asked…what are my goals, where do I want to be in 6 months or a year, how do I want to feel physically, socially, emotionally, mentally and I wrote it all down. Low and behold it fit right into what I share in my business – JoBurnsConnects. I CAN CHANGE and so can you.
Both my kids ride mountain bikes and so does my husband. I didn’t think I had the strength to do it with my pain issues, so I’d hike instead. I decided to try it and make it my physical activity of choice. I had a bike and I could ride on trails that were paved and dirt and I had two people to ride with that would encourage me. I’m slow for sure, yet I eventually get there in my own time. What I’ve noticed is that the more I ride, both distance and frequency, the less I hurt. And a little bonus, I feel stronger in the process. Then it hit me...mountain biking is both the necessity I needed to heal and the metaphor I could to apply to my business. It’s going to help me get where I want to go and make the CHANGE I desire for my health.
Are you ready to CHANGE and go with me? Over the next few weeks, I’m going share a bit of how you CAN CHANGE for health. It’s all about cultivating well-being through Connection, Activity and Nature. That’s the CAN. For me, I chose to bike with my husband and daughter and that happens to be outside in a whole variety of nature from streets, paved trails and mountain dirt – although now I’m moving indoors.
Now, for the CHANGE, that’s a little more detailed but not too complicated and I’ll share all the details over the coming weeks. And here’s a sneak preview:
C – Collaborate
H – Health, what’s your vision
A – Action – chose something, anything and commit to it
N – Nudge and network (new or old) find someone to take action with
G – Goals – set some, start small,
E – Explain – define your definition health to help others understand and be able to support you.
Now, I’m going to ask how you want to CHANGE for your health, your team’s or your organization’s, just one thing. Share it with me. I know you CAN!
Originally Posted December 20, 2020