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Keeping Body and Mind Fit - A Priority for Busy Mom

By Anne Heinrich for the Healthy Planet

August 1, 2006

 Lori Payne doesn't consider staying fit just another item on her long "to-do" list.  For Payne, a busy mother-of-two and swimming coach who also swims competitively herself, exercise is as necessary as sleep and food.

"Sports has always been there for me and it's what has kept me sane all of these years," she says.

Just about anybody would forgive Payne for letting up on the workouts, especially once they learn that she's also going to school. Payne is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Entertainment Management from Fontbonne University OPTIONS, a program designed specifically to meet the unique needs of working adults.

Most OPTIONS courses are five to eight weeks in length. All degree programs have been sequenced to be completed in two years or less. OPTIONS classes meet on the same evening each week. This unique format works out just right for someone like Payne, who also volunteers at her children's school and serves as a Girl Scout leader.

Payne, 46, always wanted to go back to school, but she never felt that the timing was right. The convenient and accelerated pace allows her to continue with her active life, including daily workouts-running, swimming and lifting weights.

"I can't imagine my life without being active," she says. "I think the key to staying fit is to find a sport or physical activity that you really enjoy. Then it doesn't feel like a chore. People just have to figure out how to keep their bodies moving."

Payne admits that there's another skill with which she's become pretty adept: juggling.

"My husband is an airline pilot and our kids are 9 1/2 and 11, so there is a lot of time management involved," she adds. "And, I'm getting better at saying 'no' to things that I just can't possibly fit into our life. I used to be a real 'yes' person, but over the years I've learned you just can't do that, or you'll never be able to do anything well."

OPTIONS has undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are accelerated and begin throughout the year at several convenient locations: Clayton, South County, North County, and Chesterfield.

Fontbonne University has been a provider of high-quality educational programs for more than 80 years. For more information about your OPTIONS, call 314-863-2220 or visit the website at

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