The Following Post came from http://wellfesto.com/ , A Great Lady in my Running Group Shared this the other day and I just has to share it with you !!! After our 70 Mile bike ride and many running adventures.. so many of things are true... Enjoy this Great Read :)
10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out
by brynnharrington on November 19, 2013
Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me. She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over. “Come on! Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation! Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties! PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!”
“THAT DRESS?” My brain couldn’t focus on an image of some random dress hanging in my closet. All I could think about was my three-year-old daughter hearing and trying to process those words.
My daughter’s little brain is making sense of the world every single second, taking in verbal and non-verbal cues about how things work and what things mean. And when it comes to exercise, I want her to grow up seeing it as a joy, and not a utility…as a gift, and not a chore…as an opportunity, not an obligation. I want her to do it for the love of it, not to fit into a dress. I want her to grow up knowing that…
Strength equals self-sufficiency. Being strong – particularly as a woman – is empowering. It will feel good someday to be able to carry your own luggage down the stairs if the airport escalator is broken, and it will be important to have a solid shot at outrunning a stranger should you meet one a dark alley.
Fitness opens doors. Being healthy and fit can help you see the world differently. The planet looks different from a bike or a pair of skis than it does from a car or an airplane. Out in the elements you have the time and space to notice details and meet people and remember smells and bugs and mud and rain and the feeling of warm sunshine on your face. And those are the moments that make up your life.
The bike is the new golf course. Being fit may help you get a seat at the table. Networking is no longer restricted to the golf course, and the stronger you are – and the more people you can hang with on the road and trail – the more people you’ll meet.
Exercise is a lifestyle, not an event. Being an active person isn’t about taking a class three times a week at the gym. It’s about things like biking to the grocery store and parking your car in the back of the lot and walking instead of taking a cab and catching up with friends on a hiking trail instead of a bar stool.
Health begets health. Healthy behavior inspires healthy behavior. Exercise. Healthy eating. Solid sleep. Positive relationships. These things are all related.
Endorphins help you cope. A good sweat session can clear the slate. You will have days when nothing seems to go right…when you’re dizzy with frustration or crying in despair. A workout can often turn things around.
Working out signals hard-working. The discipline required to work out on a regular basis signals success. Someone recently told me they are way more likely to hire marathon runners and mountain climbers because of the level of commitment that goes into those pursuits.
If you feel beautiful, you look beautiful. Looking beautiful starts on the inside. And being fit and strong feels beautiful.
Nature rules. And if you’re able to hike/run/bike/swim/ski/snowshoe, you can see more of it.
Little eyes are always watching. We learn from each other. You may have a daughter—or a niece or a neighbor or a friend – one day. And that little girl will be watching and listening to everything she you say and do. What messages do you want her to hear?
I’ll never talk to my daughter about fitting into THAT DRESS. But I will talk to her about what it sounds like to hear pine needles crunching under my feet and what it feels like to cross a finish line and how special it is to see the world on foot. I will talk to her about hard work and self sufficiency. I will teach her the joy of working out by showing her I love it. And I’ll leave the rest up to her.
My sister and I stopped at Bowermans Blueberries on Friday evening to pick up some blueberries to freeze and eat.. Blueberry season in Michigan is AWESOME...
Biking Saturday Morning bright and early I was off to on my first Road Biking adventure... I borrowed a road bike from a friend and headed north on a 70 mile bike ride with 16 bikers to a cottage on Lake Michigan in Ludington. We could not have asked for a better day for biking it was a little cooler and overcast which made for great biking and a fast pace all the way...Someone said we are going about 20mph the whole way up there. I fell once with the clip in shoes right away at the beginning and then after that I got the hang of it... They said everyone fall at least once... :) Hope you has Great weekend.
Happy Friday, I hope that you have had a wonderful week !!!! I have had a Great week so far... Running and Grooving Lots makes me Happy... I got a New Pair of Mizuno's, I had a gift card to Gazelles that I wanted to use towards new Shoes so I stopped in there on Tuesday and picked up a new pair. Right Now I am loving Mizuno Running Shoes, the fit and the style.. They are working for me ... I have been trying to get in at least 25 miles a week and these shoes have been wonderful. #Mizuno #Gazellesports
I am also Loving Local 5k's. Wednesday I did the Run for the Sun and it was awesome... It was for a Great Cause and they put on a really nice 5k. The snacks at the end were awesome too.. Ice Cream, Blueberries, Starbucks.... cant go wrong with any of that.... BIG Thanks to the Fazio Family for Donating the Race Registrations for the Holland Christian XC Team to Run ... Team Picture to Come.
While we were away last weekend we had the Sweetest neighbor girl watch Riley, and she had so much Fun... with Her and their Families Chocolate Lab... Aren't They Cute When you go Away, what do you do with your pets ? Friends, Family, Kennel ?
Location Information Race will begin and end at the tennis courts across from the Dow Center at Hope College, on the corner of 13th Street and Columbia. Go to www.campsunshine.info for more information and race route.