Walking Fun Fact

Adding 150 minutes of brisk walking to your routine each week can add a little over three years to your lifespan.*

Happy Valentine’s Day.

I love my jump rope(orange and yellow with knots by handles). Do you see it?

With so much love in the air on this day, why not take your valentine on a brisk walk today, so you are able to enjoy a potential three years or more healthy time together?

That is what I am doing today. I just can’t resist the bright sunshine and cool, fresh air, even though the temperature is sub freezing with a decent wind chill factor. The air is ever so refreshing and the sunlight is extra inviting on a February day in the Pennsylvania wood lands.

Now, what constitutes a brisk walk? That is different for all of you. Brisk, as a reminder, is somewhere in the middle of your RPE chart. Once again, this is different for all of you; because, you are all on a personal fitness level with personal goals.

A brisk walk could also be done with your HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) program. Just be sure to stay within your safe RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) that we talk about, while doing enough work to raise your heart rate.

Enjoy your nice long Valentine weekend.

Best of health to you and good bye.

image by Natalie~Personal Trainer~NAPS 2 B Fit…~Health Coach.

*source: American Council on Exercise.

Loving and Supporting Neighborhood

Our community is the kind where everyone pulls together at a moment’s notice.

Someone I like to call our neighborhood philanthropist spread the idea to help celebrate the life of a child who passed away too young. The child is the daughter of a pillar of our neighborhood. The idea is to hang an orange heart on the mailbox and if you need the orange heart, to go to their mailbox and take what you need. This person cut innumerable heart shapes and pounded pavement to get the businesses on board, who are more than happy to help support their fellow business owner who is the father of this sweet little angel.

Overnight, everyone scrambled to find something orange, the child’s favorite color, and display it for all to see. I saw orange: ribbons, hearts, balloons of all shapes, bandanas, towels, and mostly orange heart shapes attached to business signs, mailboxes, vehicles and even the people themselves wearing orange and carrying orange plants. The family is going to plant a garden in their daughter’s memory.

These are the news stories I want to read and hear about in the media. This is a great example of how social media can and will be used for good reasons. The overwhelming community support is possible by posting one message and letting it go viral. We have lots of love to go around and just need the media to help us spread the good stories for copycat good deeds.

I now see why orange was this girl’s favorite color and I will never look at orange anything the same way ever again. Orange to me reminds me of the peaceful Orange Revolution and now it also means love and community fellowship with this sweet little angel’s face in the front leading the way.

It is amazing how people came up with homemade signs cut/sawed and painted so quickly, among other things. This just goes to show you that anything is possible when we put our minds together and go after that goal. Embrace the challenge to reach the goal.

Anything is possible when it comes from love. I love my neighborhood.

Best of health to you and goodbye to you and this family’s sweet little angel. The entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.

(photos by Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit, crafts made by the people in my neighborhood)