You care for others, but are you caring for yourself? Read one woman’s story.

BY: Carol
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As a mother and grandmother, I’ve taken care of others my whole life. I love helping out with my grandkids and volunteering at my church, where I do things like collect items for the food shelf and knit prayer shawls with my knitting group. So I was really surprised when my daughter told me she didn’t think I was a very compassionate person — to myself. She said I wasn’t getting the exercise I needed to stay strong and healthy, and she wanted to make sure her kids would have a healthy grandmother around for a long time. I have to say I was really touched by her caring, and it convinced me to make some changes. She persuaded me to join the women’s fitness center where she goes and it’s been really fun for us to work out together. I was nervous at first — about what to wear, how to work the machines — but everyone is so nice there and I caught on pretty quickly. By working out just 30 minutes a few times a week, I feel better, I look better and I’ve even made some new friends. I’m glad my daughter convinced me to take care of myself for a change!