Where is your happy place?

 Sometimes we need a place to escape. To lay down our stresses and be at peace with the world. This is mine. Castle Island, Boston

Sometimes we need a place to escape. To lay down our stresses and be at peace with the world. This is mine. Castle Island, Boston

Let’s just get right to it. Those of you who outlive me, please scatter my ashes at Castle island in South Boston!  I don’t know what it is about this place. Well actually i do.. it’s peaceful and beautiful and chock full of history! It’s the home of Pleasure Bay and Fort Independence, a national historic landmark built in the mid 1800′s. Surrounding this is the Harbor walk where you can find joggers, sailors, cyclists, and windsurfers enjoying their beautiful city.

When clients ask how to stay motivated for their workouts, my response is always, “Do something you love, in a place that you love because environment is big!”  Really big!  If you think gyms are boring and gloomy like I do, and you feel like you have to literally peel yourself away from your work desk to get a workout in, then for heaven’s sake that may not be your happy place!

 Perfect view for a crisp fall jog.

Perfect view for a crisp fall jog.

Now adays there are so many options for working out, (yoga, zumba, trx classes, cross-fit, cardio bar, etc), that regular gyms are becoming quite frankly, zzzzzz. My perfect schedule (aside from yoga several times per week), is my fitness meet-up group twice per week (for a bit of strength training), and Castle island for a cardio workout every day! It’s my happy place!

 Needed: running shoes, bottle of water, and a fury companion if you have one. ;)

Needed: running shoes, bottle of water, and a fury companion if you have one. ;)

The jog is a little over 2 miles with a few stops in between for Willie. Sometimes we mix it up and do a few sprints followed by some stretching.  I’ve been guilty of going there twice a day if there’s that little emotional something I need to let go of and I always leave with such a sense of peace. And in the winter months,  I promise you’ll still find us here. Willie has yet to see the snow! I can’t wait!

 Willie loves to explore!

Willie loves to explore!

 Where is your happy place? ~karen

Where is your happy place? ~karen

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