“My inspiration is outside in nature because I need that sunshine — or the clouds even,” Terri Weber says. After retiring almost two years ago, no matter what the weather forecast, you’ll find Terri walking 3 to 4 miles a day in the rain, snow, or high summertime humidity. When it’s below freezing, Terri will shorten her walks, but 10,000 steps a day is her minimum. She works hard to reach her goal walking first in her area and then adding another trek through a local park like The Parklands of Floyds Fork or Cherokee Park.
Terri starts her day in the early morning hours in her neighborhood. “I walk one lap around my circle every morning,” Terri says. She adds that this is a great way to watch the sunrise, and while getting in her steps, she helps out neighbors by moving the newspapers that sit at the end of their driveways up to their front porch. “That walk is more purposeful now, and it gives me the motivation to get up and do it,” she says.
I’ve developed a new nature photographic hobby, so that has inspired me to be outside even more.”– Terri Weber
Listening to the birds singing or stopping to take photos of the changing wildlife has helped Terri become more aware of her surroundings.
Terri has kept exercise an important part of her life for over 30 years and says, “I used to run a lot, but now that I’m 64 years old, I’ve learned to keep a pretty good walking pace. “I lift weights at home at least every other day,” Terri says. She goes on to say that she incorporates small weights, body squats, and crunches in order to stay toned.
She suggests trying some sort of physical exercise a minimum of 10-15 minutes a day, “I think exercise, whether it’s 10 minutes or 20 minutes, is beneficial for a person’s mental health,” Terri begins, “once people get outside with just a little bit of fresh air—it’s so good for you.”
By Tonilyn Hornung | Photos by Erika Doll