Fitness has always been a huge part of my life and I am fortunate that I have always been athletic. It gave me confidence when I was a little girl and it helped me keep my focus as a teenager and into my young adult years. It gave me strength through the darker times of my life and now, it has become a driving force in my life. There is so much beauty in strength and the power that it can give you is immeasurable.  

Reflecting on my fitness journey, this has been a big year for me. I turned 55, so now I am officially closer to my 60’s than I am to my 50’s. I also became a bubbe (yiddish for grandmother, pronounced “Bubbee”). Having Crosby, my grandson, in my life made me realize some incredible things. First, how deeply and profoundly you can love someone in a matter of minutes and secondly, how important it is to stay young and fit. Not only do I want to watch Crosby play sports when he gets older, but I want to play with him! I want to go on bike rides with him, teach him tennis, play catch and even climb a tree if that’s what he wants to do. Just because I’m getting older doesn’t mean that I need to slow down. This is why I Fuse!

There are many things in life we have no control over, especially as we age. Our children grow up and become independent while our parents age and over time, their health inevitably declines. As women, in particular, our roles as mothers and daughters shift and that change is not only challenging, but emotionally draining as well. It’s easy to get caught up in our ever-changing lives, busy taking care of everyone else and forgetting about our own health.

I choose to think about things differently. I know how important self-care is. For me, the absolute best thing I can do is take care of my body. I have always believed, and often preached to my clients, that your body is one of the few things that you actually have control over. From what you eat to your exercise routine, it’s your choice. I choose to Fuse every day because it’s sustainable, and it truly makes me feel empowered, strong, invigorated and then relaxed. I hear so many people in my age group complaining about their weight or their backs, knees, etc. I don’t give into the aging process! Chronologically it happens, but I have made a conscious decision to fight it every step of the way.

My kids tease me that they’re going to be chasing me when I’m 70 and I’m using that as motivation. I’m 55 and in the best shape of my life, both physically and mentally. It was a life decision that I made years ago when I was going through my divorce. Working out gave me back the power in my life that I felt had been stripped away. Life is way too short to give into the aging process. That’s why I’m so passionate about what I do and how Fuse can help clients of all ages.

Age is definitely just a number and I’m proud to tell people how old I am. I love the reaction I get when my daughter Sam and I are together, and I tell people I’m her mother and Crosby is my grandson. Truth is, being physically fit has also enabled me to become emotionally fit. It has helped me overcome various challenges in my life and ultimately, given me the gift of defying my age. “I’m too old” will not be an excuse for anything for me. Age has no limitations unless you let it. 60’s beware, because this bubbe will be ready and stronger than ever!