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Local Woman Credits 'Minutes in Motion' for Healthy Lifestyle


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Registration is now open for Gundersen Lutheran's seventh Minutes in Motion Challenge. 

It's free to register at www.balanceyour7.com/minutesinmotion . You can register on your own or with a team. 

The challenge encourages participants to log their daily physical activity while aiming to get 30 minutes of activity into their routine each day for a period of six weeks. 

Leah Misch, of La Crescent, is now a veteran of the challenge having done it for the past three years. 

When she first signed up, Leah was roughly 90 pounds heavier than she is today. 

"It's definitely been a long road," said Leah, who is now training for her second half marathon race. 

"I remember my first run," she said, "being at the first one-tenth of a mile and thinking, 'oh my gosh, this is so hard.' My knees hurt and my lungs were on fire." 

But Leah stuck to her commitment and still maintains an active lifestyle to this day. 

"I do a lot of yoga," Leah said. "I also run... and do things like swimming and biking." 

"Minutes in motion gives people an opportunity to do whatever they can at their own level," said Linda Larson, of Gundersen Lutheran's Clinical Exercise Physiology department. "So it's for people who maybe that first five or 10 minutes of exercise is a first step for them, but it is also set up for people who are already out there exercising."  

"We're able to provide this as a free, fun thing for you to try," Larson said. "We're going to have spring soon, the weather will improve, and it's a great time to try to get out and do your 30 minutes." 


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