May 16, 2023
Coach Cathy recently spent a long weekend in New York City and observed New Yorkers in action.
Walking around the city (Manhattan and Brooklyn), I noticed how many people were huffing it. Whether walking to or from work or the gym, running errands, or walking/running as a form of physical exercise, they were all trucking at an impressive clip—no slow pokes.
I picked up my pace and wondered if city folks exercised more daily than folks in Midcoast Maine. The answer is yes, probably because it’s their way of life. They must walk at least part of the way to their job, school, gym, grocery store, or a night out. We have many places to walk and hike on the coast, but it’s more for recreation and not a necessity.
Over the years, there has been much speculation about how many steps the average American takes daily and how many steps per mile. According to Mayo Clinic research, the average American walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps daily, roughly 1.5 to 2 miles. Other sources, such as verywellfit.com, say the average is 5,000-7,000 steps daily. Either way, it’s still less than the golden rule of 10,000 steps.
Did you know the 10,000 steps recommendation is not grounded in scientific research? Although impressive, 10,000 is a nice round number used in advertising for tracking devices. There are many things to consider when choosing your daily step goal, such as age, height, length of stride, occupation, and fitness goals. The number of daily steps is not one size fits all. Gradually increasing your step goal is more sustainable than jumping from 2,000 to 10,000 overnight.
While I enjoy visiting NYC, I craved greenery versus pavement as I traversed the boroughs. NYC prides itself on the number of parks open to the public. The parks provide safe spaces for small children and pets to burn energy and quiet spots for relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of the city. They are also quite beautiful, with flowers, trees, and boardwalks along the water.
I meandered through one of the parks, searching for a place to sit to eat my chocolate glazed donut from Peter Pan Bakery. Yes, the Brooklyn bakery in Spider-Man where MJ works! Maybe I stood in the exact spot where Zendaya and Tom Holland stood while making the movie. From my comfy bench, I noticed that aside from flying feet, New Yorkers were moving in many ways. I saw yoga classes on the grass, calisthenics on the sidelines, runners everywhere, and an awe-inspiring bike tour.
It was the 45th Anniversary of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour by Bike New York. It’s a 40-mile bike ride through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island. The streets are closed to cars; participants can use their bikes if they own or rent city bikes. It is quite the event uniting 32,000 people to fund building miles and miles of bike-friendly lanes and fundraising for many individual charities.
The takeaway is that New Yorkers certainly know how to get moving and keep moving every day. For the record, I had no guilt about eating my chocolate glazed donut while watching the fury of exercise surrounding me because I had 11,000 steps, including 32 flights of stairs, and it was only 10:00 am—still lots of time for yoga in the park. Even though I am back in Maine, moving like a New Yorker will help me close the rings on my fitness tracker. Time to increase my step goal!
Cathy grew up in NH surrounded by a large, loving family, where she learned generosity and hard work. She now models that for her two children. She was inspired to become a fitness coach when searching for ways to become more healthy herself after a life-threatening illness.
May 5, 2023
Life is all about balance. From time to time, one of our Hybrid team members takes time away to recharge their batteries. We’ve enjoyed hearing about Brandon in Egypt and Cathy in Nepal! Last month, I took a three week drive across half the country to celebrate my Mom’s 80th birthday! Here are a few highlights of our adventure state by state.
- Maine – Fielder’s Choice ice cream before it started snowing & before we left the state for awhile! Mainers love their ice cream!
- New Hampshire – isolated wicked snow storm then Polly’s Pancake Parlor for a delicious breakfast!
- Vermont – temps went from 58 degrees to 70 in less than 5 minutes! Lots of covered bridges & snacking on yummy aged cheddar cheese!
- New York – HOT! 80 degrees, thunder, lightning, heavy rain & winds but the hail missed us!
- Pennsylvania – some highway, some back roads & popped out in …
- Maryland – found the perfect crab shack with crab soup, crab dip on delicious french fries, huge crab cakes, and soft shell crab sandwiches!
- Virginia – Saw my cousin that we haven’t seen since he was just a kid. It was nice to chat & just pick up where we left off!
- North Carolina – Had delicious NC BBQ with my Aunt, then a quick hello to a cousin, her son & their famous dog Leo. Spent a warm summery day walking the NC Zoo. Had coffee with a friend from grammar school that we haven’t seen since 1987! Drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway to our next state…
- Tennessee – Spent the day in Chattanooga, went up Lookout Mountain on the funicular and toured The Hunter Museum of American Art!
- Popped into Georgia for a few minutes, back to Tennessee, then on to…
- Alabama – Stayed in Rocket City, Huntsville. Saw Eggbeater Jesus & a rocket!
- Mississippi – found the birthplace of Elvis and drove the Natchez Trace Parkway for a couple of days. Unfortunately we saw a bit of tornado damage here from 6 days earlier. Toured the civil war cemetery at Vicksburg and was reminded of another time our country was divided.
- Louisiana – Drove through & saw the capitol, Baton Rouge. On to the gulf. Had a DELICIOUS meal at a food truck. It was a restaurant until a hurricane took it out in 2015, they rebuilt, then another hurricane took them out again in 2020. They are temporarily working out of a food truck, making delicious seafood and making the best of their situation. Took a ferry over to…
- Texas! Drove down to Galveston, then on down to Corpus Christi & Padre Island for a couple of days. Up to San Marcos to see a niece and her pups, over to Lockhart (the BBQ capitol) for delicious brisket, Bastrop & Round Rock to see two of Neal’s brothers & our sister-in-law. Had delicious pecan goodies from Bastrop and lots more wonderful BBQ and brisket.
- Popped over to drive through the forests of Oklahoma on our way to
- Arkansas – Beautiful wildflowers, green rolling hills – baby calves everywhere! Back to Tennessee for our third time to hit Memphis & Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. Unfortunately, more tornado damage from a few days prior was witnessed going through Covington, TN on our way to …
- Kentucky – Saw Mom’s sister & another cousin! Had delicious homemade lasagna & carrot cake with family. Got Mom a hot brown on our way across the rolling horse and cow farms of Kentucky.
- Winded through West Virginia – stopped to finish up our delicious leftovers! Made our way back to Maryland, then Pennsylvania.
- Our 19th state was a stop in Connecticut to see more family and drop in on Neal’s grammar school friend doing a blues gig. He got the whole bar singing happy birthday to my Mom and she became the night’s celebrity!
- Massachusetts was our 20th state to hit. Neal whipped us off the road at the Johnny Appleseed rest area to see New England’s largest apple! Back through New Hampshire, then on to Maine. We finished the trip at my Dad’s favorite restaurant, Billy’s Chowder House in Wells, Maine. They opened in 1979 and we’ve been going there since the early 80’s.
20 states, about 5,800, lots of laughs, reconnecting with family & friends, delicious local foods, time with Mom – priceless!
After two years of contemplation, Royan walked through Hybrid’s doors in 2018. Even though she was battling cancer & a slipped disk, walking through that door to ask for help was the hardest thing she had ever done. The Hybrid team of coaches took it from there and the rest is history! Royan is now a Hybrid member as well as a team member, supporting Hunter and Dusty and all of the coaches as needed.