Youth Activity

Today, less than one out of seven children walk to school. In 1970, two out of three children walked to school.*

I remember someone telling us at a back to school night, that children adjust better than adults. Yes, I will agree; but, that is because the children are not parents and lack life experience.

Does the mama bear jump to her child’s rescue when needed? You bet your life she will and does every time. Is not the same true for us as parents? You bet your life it is and is every time.

So, how do we get more children walking to school, again? There are many concerns to be addressed, which, just may benefit us all.

Is it possible for a parent to adjust their schedule so they can walk to school as a family? I enjoyed walking our children to school and then back home at the end of their day. We made a hiking conference adventure out of our walks and took in all that nature has to offer. During a path construction project we even had the chance to gingerly walk on a log traversing the stream, which also led to making new friends. We were disappointed when the project was finished; because, our balance beam log was removed.

Is it possible to coordinate schedules with other responsible, trusted adults? We all have different schedules that just may work out in your favor. You don’t know until you ask and I bet the other parents are in the same boat, or mama and papa bear cave.

Is it possible to form a walk to school group? This is a great way to make new friends and you have the safety in numbers working for you. This could also be your group exercise session, serving double duty. We would stop along the way to play on swings, slides, etc. Being active will get your children to open up to you, too.

Is it possible to form a walk to school watch group? Talk to people along the walking path to have their eyes and ears open during certain times of the day to help keep an eye on the children. I would nonchalantly do my chores outside with a friendly “hello” and everyone is happy, well and safe.

The benefit for us all? A windfall just may be your best health with a closer family and neighborhood relationship. How great is that? 🙂

Best of health to you and goodbye.

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*source: American Council on Exercise

Walking is Number One

Walking is the most popular form of exercise in the U.S.A.*

People ask me all the time, “What exercise burns the most calories?” I tell them, “The one you will do.” Then they ask me the same question as if I do not understand their meaning. 

No exercise will burn calories if you do not do it. Choose something you enjoy and will continue to do in the long run. Haha, a pun. It does not matter what you do, just so you move around enough to feel like you are increasing your heart rate.

Did you read that correctly? …enough to feel like you are working and increasing  your heart rate. Not everyone will need to run and some of you will feel like a stroll is enough of a workout.

Yes, that is true. We call this the RPE or Rate of Perceived Exertion. Trust me, you want to exercise safely, right? Safe means you will be able to go back out again and continue for a lifetime.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

*source: American Council on Exercise

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Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and are continuing the celebrations throughout the weekend. 

We all had a great time sharing the labor of love as well as the meal.

I see Black Friday sales and Small Business Saturday sales are going well. Thank you for your patronage and enjoy your outings.

It is actually a great idea to go out after feasting. Remember reading all the Walking Fun Facts?

It is recommended that we walk after every meal; therefore, get up and go out on your errands, shopping, strolling, or whatever else you are doing. Moving around will get your digestive system moving properly, too.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

(images by Natalie ~ Personal Trainer ~ NAPS 2 B Fit)

ACE Walking Fun Fact

The longest uninterrupted walk was 19,019 miles from the southern tip of South America to the northern most part of Alaska and took 2,425 days.*

Oh boy, I guess I will see you in about six and a half years for Thanksgiving. Actually, that time frame would get me to you by Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

How many pairs of shoes would that take? This walk is well above the recommended ten thousand steps per day.

I wonder who did that walk and what their motivation was for such a trek.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

*source: American Council on Exercise

(photo by Natalie ~ Personal Trainer ~ NAPS 2 B Fit)

Happy Veterans’ Day

Thank you to all of you who take good care of us in United States of America and abroad.

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Military personnel and their dependents get one free hour of service once a year with Personal Trainer ~ NAPS 2 B Fit.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

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Personal Trainer ~ NAPS 2 B Fit Health + Fitness Tip

A person needs to walk the length of a football field to burn enough calories to offset eating a single piece of candy-coated chocolate.*

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Does that information motivate you to take it easy this time of year with all the temptations around us?

Does this tip motivate you to stick with your exercise program?

I hope so.

Enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas and the rest of your holidays with loved ones as well as your daily dose of proper exercise, rest, and yes, of course, your dessert ritual. Indulging in your favorite, little, simple pleasure every day will do amazing things for your health and well-being.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

source: American Council on Exercise

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Halloween Candy Aftermath

Out of sight, out of mind.

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How are you all doing with the temptations of trick-or-treat night stash in your homes?

Go ahead and have your treat; just do not make a meal of those treats. Try to fill up on the good food first; then, you will have the proper amount of room left to slowly enjoy the serving size of your choice for dessert.

Allowing yourself a ritual will help to balance your cravings, believe it or not. Just think about it and give it a try.

If that does not work for you, then hide the stash or give it away for the out of sight, out of mind tactic.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

(image by Natalie~Personal Trainer~NAPS 2 B Fit)