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WI Mom: Making Time to Stay Physically Fit

May 22, 2012

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. - A new survey from the American Cancer Society finds 40 percent of women would be more physically active if it felt more like play than work. May is Women's Health Month, and Kay Pickar, a Rothschild mother of three, says finding time to be active is always an issue.

"Especially for working women, it's very difficult to throw an extra hour into gym, and then you've got your commute time, and do you run home and shower before you run to work, or do you try to shower at the fitness center, and just adding that one more thing. And typically, I believe, women put themselves last."

The American Cancer Society says being active is an essential element of maintaining healthy weight and helping reduce the risk of cancer.

Pickar finds that multi-tasking, which she says women are good at, helps her to keep physical activity an easy and important part of her life.

"We live very close to a grocery store, we live close to the library, we live close to the post office, and we will hike. Because, I feel like, well, then I'm getting my exercise and I'm saving gas and getting these chores done."

Pickar says the website ChooseYou.com has really helped her get ideas on how to make physical activity more like play than work.

She says it's important to be a role model for your children.

"We want our children to also have a model of living a healthy lifestyle, of enjoying the outdoors, and all four seasons. So, we just try to find things that we can slip into our weeknights and also our weekends, and help us to get more exercise."

An average of 13,000 Wisconsin women are diagnosed with cancer every year, and the American Cancer Society says the ChooseYou.com website can give women simple tools and practical tips to make their own health a priority.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI