After both of her daughters moved out, then 47-year-old Jamie Greenbaum auditioned for – and got – a job as a spin instructor at Plymouth Meeting’s CycleBar, writes Laura Brzyski for Philadelphia Magazine.
When she joined the “empty nesters” club, the stay-at-home mom decided it was a time to reconnect with and reinvest in herself. Even though the spin instructor audition was out of her comfort zone, she decided to give it a go.
“I needed more opportunities to socialize and invest in my well being,” she said. “Even with the rise of at-home exercise bikes and equipment, fitness was pretty lonely and isolating as an empty nester.”
Three years later, Greenbaum regularly takes to the podium to keep her mind and body healthy and to motivate others to do the same.
“I believe movement of any kind can help loosen all that stiffness we unfortunately start to feel midlife,” she said. “I’d love to see more people stop allowing their excuses to get in the way and start using exercise as their medicine.”
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