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Are we having fun yet?


Another way to stay sane is to move. Exercise. Dance. Crawl. Jump. Run. Walk.

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Hiking in autumn weather is the best!

Finding something you love to do as a form of exercise will insure it happens more than once. Walkers find time each day to get out for their walks – and they think of it as fun, not work. That goes for anything you get excited about – cycling, tennis, cross-country skiing, swimming, dancing, figure skating, running and on and on.

One friend started swimming last year. Not only is she stronger than ever, she is part of a group of swimmers who connect 2-3 times each week. The social piece of it is just as important as the endorphins that are giving her the exercise ‘high.’

People who regularly work out do so because they plan ahead. They know what time they have to get up in order to work out before the day begins, or they pack a lunch and get out of the office and into the fresh air.

Another friend rides her bike to work and is amazed at how wonderful she’s been feeling. It takes a huge effort to get up and out an hour earlier but she is so grateful  for it. She is happy, feels fit and has time to herself on the trip. She is already coming up with alternative exercise as the days get shorter and colder.

Movement – in any way that feels fun to you is not only great for your body, it’s great for your head. It give you time away from the things that take you down. It gets the blood flowing and the brain cells popping (that’s a medical term) and the end result is how much better you feel after one session.

I joined an aerobics class at the YMCA when my son was just a toddler. That class not only became the highlight of my week, it also was a place to have conversations with other adults that included more than one word at a time (Hot, NO, airplane, milk…) the typical conversation for babies. The class, teacher and participants were my mainstay for years as we learned each other’s stories and became friends.

Exercise can be a walk around the block. It can be dancing in the living room. It can be taking the stairs to the top floor (just for the heck of it) and other little activities. Once you turn it into a game it really can be fun –  a true way to stay sane!

 

Sanity: Mental Health in Motion


Sanity is defined as the quality or state of being sane; especially soundness or health of mind. Sanity comes from the Latin word Sanitas. (Merriam-webster.com/dictionary)

There are many ways to keep sane in this insane world. Previously I mentioned flexibility and the ability to change.

Another way to keep sane is to move. The act of moving, whether it’s up a steep mountain, along a sidewalk or inside a mall has healing properties.  Aerobics, dancing, cycling, running, swimming and walking helps :

  • Increase energy
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Keep depression at bay
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Elevate your mood
  • Lighten your load (mentally and physically)
  • Improve sleep

For me movement is a huge part of my world.

Walking and talking is even better and makes for an easy conversation. The ability to share stories, offer comments and learn from others during a walk are benefits that last much longer than the act. When the movement takes place outside there are other elements that add to a good frame of mind. Elements might include fresh air, cloud movement, landscape, people-watching,  children at play, artists at work, and more.

marge-gem lake hike1I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve expressed words of gratitude when I was out walking. There’s a feeling of freedom and appreciation for the world around me when I am moving.

The words that spill so easily from me soothe my heart and calm my soul.

“Thank you so much for this wonderful day…
~For this sunshine
~For the open sky
~For strong legs to help me climb
~For my friend who agreed to join me.”

And then there are times when walking alone works best. It allows me time for introspection, problem-solving, ideas for new blog topics, planning, praying and they all help lighten my load.

Movement is a good thing. It’s a reminder that I am alive. It’s a reminder to take care of this precious body of mine. It’s a reminder to say Thank You.

Thank you for reading, feel free to add your thoughts and ideas on what works for you.

For now  – ITS TIME TO DANCE. Turn on video below and move that body!
(We should both be dancin’, yeah!)

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If you need a reason to walk … listen up!


It’s spring, the air smells wonderful and it’s time to walk again.

mountain road in colorado

Take a walk, take a hike … and get moving to stay alive!

Sometimes when I walk, I listen to music or podcasts and recently I listened to a podcast from Fat2Fitradio.com. During their show, they mentioned a video on Youtube.com called 23 and ½ hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

After my walk, I went to Fat2FitRadio.com and located the link. It was 9 minutes long and chock full of information about our health, medicine and exercise. It was inspiring to me and I think you may enjoy it too. If you know someone who may benefit from watching this video, send them the link to my blog and invite them to watch, listen and learn…
(http://margekatherine.com/2012/05/03/if-you-need-a-reason-to-walk-listen-up/)

Let me know …either way what you think of this video, ok?

Fat2FitRadio.com

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No Comfort Zone in Step Motion


This week I plan to get take my hands of the keyboard, push away from my desk and find some stairs to walk.  I work in a building with 84 steps from my floor to the top of my building. Round trip is 168 step. So 3 flights = 504 stairs!

I'd much rather be on this beach in Cinnamon Bay than climbing stairs!

I'd much rather be back on this beach in Cinnamon Bay than climbing stairs!

How about 3 trips per day? Shall we?

Day 1 update: I did one flight up first thing in the morning and realized at 4:15 that I had better get moving and get my next 2 flights in. So I hauled my self out of my comfy work chair and trotted up the steps for a daily total of 504 stairs. The last landing is a burn zone for sure!

Day 2 update: The landing before the last 12 steps kills my thighs! Going down is easy enough but when I go back up — it’s that landing that does me in. Tuesday total 504 stairs. Yum!

Day 3 — I will let you know if the burn lessens today. And for the heck of it, I’ll do my 3 flights and add a building that has 5 floors. That should keep you in suspense! Until tomorrow…

No Stress Cafe!


no stress cafeThis is the time of year to get together and celebrate friends.

An afternoon lunch, a walk, sharing a cup of tea, making cookies…

It’s the season to connect.

It would be ideal if there were no stress involved. No worries about gifts to buy for the kids, family or friends.

It would be totally sweet if we just had weeks and weeks of lunches, breakfast gatherings, some walks, and a few intense hikes.

Or maybe just a couple of tickets to someplace warm, with a beach and sand.

That works too!

 

What’s not to love about Lent?


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As a Catholic child, Lent was a time of year to ‘give up’ something. During the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, we were taught to give up or abstain from worldly pleasures. Now, worldly pleasures for a small kid in a big family is an ambiguous term. So we gave up something we cherished. Again, living in a home with limited treats, no desserts and no allowance, my worldly pleasures were already few. I remember one year I gave up chewing gum and candy and fighting with my siblings. Another time I gave up candy… not too difficult when there’s none in the house.

In my adult years, I’ve embraced Lent as my 6 week New Year’s Resolution. I can do anything for 6 weeks, can’t you?

Walking in the snow

Additional steps for Lent

During Lent, I find ways to improve things about me. Here’s my plan for this year:

  • Steps. Increase steps to 120000 daily (that’s 6 miles of walking.)
  • Fruits/Veggies. Make sure I eat a total of 4 fruits/veggies per day.
  • Water. Up my water consumption by 2 liters — yum!
  • Love. Find ways to give it, grow it, spread it, nurture it, feed it and embrace it.

What’s not to love about Lent?

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