I have been going to the gym for as long as I can remember. I’ve never been a workout class kind of person. I like to exercise on my own time, do my own thing. Last March, I stopped this daily ritual and began working out at home. Purchasing a treadmill certainly helped. I use the treadmill each day while listening to my Spotify playlist. This month, I decided to give the free yearly subscription to iFit a try. I’ve heard my friends talk enthusiastically about the virtual workouts offered from their exercise machines. I considered which one I might try, narrowing down my selection through the features. This helped, and I settled on an Adriatic Sea Interval Series with Kelsey Sheahan.
My skepticism didn’t last long. I was hooked from the start. For the past week, I’ve been exercising and traveling my way through Croatia. I’ve run up the Marjan Hill, across the white sandy beaches, through various historic towns, and along the picturesque blue ocean. I’ve visited and taken mental pictures of the Historic Saint Peter’s Church, the waterfalls of the Plitvice Lakes, and Diocletian’s Palace. Kelsey (we are on a first name basis now) has been not only my cheerleader, but my tour guide. She motivates me to keep going telling me about the prize (some kind of amazing site) we will reach at the end of the run. I find myself smiling at the tourists we pass, trying to peek in the shops that line the roadsides, and maneuvering my body to fit through the narrow paths we move through. I may never physically travel to Croatia, but I feel like I am there each morning and I’m getting more fit as I explore the beauty.