With changing priorities, schedules, and goals, sometimes the things your life once revolved around come to an end. This was exactly the case when assistant native editor Carrie Carrollo made a cross-country move.
Her Story: "While my peers got carpooled off to volleyball or track and field practice after school, I spent (what seemed like) every spare moment embodying my inner equestrian. But after 12 years of riding and competing, I was ready to close that chapter when I moved to New York. What I didn't realize was that the mentally therapeutic benefits of riding would eventually stop, too. In an effort to find them again, I threw myself into a variety of workouts — all of which were new, intimidating, and beyond what I was confident my body could handle. I began working out nearly every day, experimenting with everything from boxing to a surfboard cardio class (yes, that's a thing), and even tried them alone — a scary feat for me! It's been a total game changer, both mentally and physically."
The Fitness Essentials That Keep Her Going: "A stainless steel water bottle ($35) is a definite must have because it keeps water cold for literally hours. I also love having supportive sports bras ($45) that are versatile enough to wear to any workout — including to the barn! And, as weird as it may sound, I can't live without a variety of the fitness-related apps on my phone. Similar to a fitness tracker ($120), my phone's built in 'health' app tracks my stats and steps, and my gym's app has a schedule of my classes to keep me organized."