JoyRider Profile: Donna Alderman
Q: How long have you been an avid JoyRider?
I found Joy at the beginning of last summer, at the prodding… er, challenge of my younger daughter who bluntly advised: “Mom, there is a difference between being thin and being fit. You are thin, but you are not fit. Come spinning with me.” I knew that she wasn't talking about weaving yarn, but I had no idea what 'spinning' was all about. Aside from realizing that in fact I was not fit, and that I wanted to do something about that, I got hooked on the positive energy all around me, and in particular, the JoyRide instructors.
Spinning is something I love to do for my mind and body, but my soul felt so much better spinning with Joyful people who exude positive energy and share their hearts so generously with each of us and the communities in which we live.
Q: What’s your weekly Joy schedule/ fitness regimen?
I have become a Joy Addict, and tend to schedule my day around my workout schedule, which is one perk of being semi-retired! Ideally, I do back-to-back spin and studio 2 classes each morning, 6 days a week. I have tried most of the studio classes, and try to balance between circuit, Pilates and sculpt in addition to spin. I find the combination gives me a great balance of aerobic and anaerobic exercise.
Q: What were/are your fitness goals?
Well for starters, it was to get fit. (And to get rid of some of those jiggles that snuck up and moved in on my body over the years.) That fast evolved into getting fitter and getting stronger. I am a quasi 'has been' competitive athlete and don't really embark upon something unless I plan to give it my all… so I suppose that my fitness goals will continue to evolve.
Q: What kinds of results have you seen since working out at JoyRide?
Most important, I am happier, and of course more Joyful -seriously! There really is something about those endorphins coursing through the body. I feel more like an athlete again, physically as well as mentally, which makes me feel better about me. Strong really IS the new thin!
Q: Have you had to overcome any health issues or injuries?
I prefer to think of it as managing around acquired weaknesses… most of us will have some sort of injury or ailment to deal with by midlife. I am proud of those because it means that i didn't leave much on the table. Go hard, or go home! These days my knees are my weak spot, and that area which requires exercise 'management.' A few skiing accidents resulting in ligament and cartilage damage and a fox hunting mishap resulting in a minor leg fracture a couple of years ago keep me honest with my knees today. I still ski and ride but I also now make smarter choices about the 'exercise' I do -- indoor cycling is so much easier on the knees than running.
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Q: How do you recommend JoyRide to your friends/ daughters?
Since my daughter brought me in to JoyRide and is away at college, I have started bringing some of her friends, and my friends' daughters, to JoyRide with me. Many of my friends are in their 60s and themselves managing their own body 'issues' and are a little intimidated. I happen to be an 'all out' kind of girl, but I also appreciate that slow and steady wins the race for many people. I explain that JoyRide is an 'at your own pace' workout and that a strong mind and core are fundamental to a strong and healthy body. They will all make it in for a JoyRide, this I know.
Q: What are your favorite songs / music to spin to? What kinds of songs motivate you?
I don't really have any favorite songs, although I do love Pharrell's 'Happy' right now. I very much appreciate great music with a strong beat when I ride. The instructors's energy is primary in motivating me regardless of the genre of music but I do prefer stuff that I know, especially dance and club music and hip hop so that I can get lost in the beat when i get my Joy on.
Q: Your enthusiasm is infectious. Why is a positive attitude important?
In life -- in the gym or studio, on the street, any and everywhere -- a positive attitude is the starting point for happiness. And happiness is at the base of good health. The longer we live, the more experiences we will have, and the more experiences we all have the more tough ones seem to find there way into our lives. If we are fortunate enough to be able to wake up each day, stand on our own two feet and live in the communities that we do, we already have a helluva lot to be thankful for. I have experienced plenty of stuff along the way [one day you can read my book! haha] but I am able to find the humor and strength in all of it. What doesn't kill us surely does make us stronger, those experiences and of course JoyRide!