Since December, I’ve been getting exercise every day on a rowing machine in my basement, which came from a Black Friday sale at Best Buy. I hadn’t expected to gain a lot of fitness from it because, for several years, I had been rowing on the river four or five times a week, when the weather was good, so I thought it would be about the same.

Then I started going faster on it, although my workouts didn’t feel more difficult, and my husband said I was looking more fit. There is a weekly online race, which gives me a good opportunity to measure my progress. I definitely have a little more “umph” than I had last year. Putting regular exercise into my daily schedule was more of an improvement than I expected. That is often what results from better habits!

Word-art that says "The difference between try and triumph is a little 'umph.'"

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  1. Hi Meg, I’m proud of you, so inspiring! I have a treadmill in the basement, but I always find an excuse to not use it. I should be more active. Thanks!

    • Hi Elizabeth, yes, walk on your treadmill, it’s a good way to reduce stress because you can listen to music while walking. 🙂 I haven’t yet gotten around to painting and decorating my basement exercise room, but I’ll post a photo when I do.

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