Let’s Be Active! (February 24, 2016)

Let’s Be Active

Promoting increased involvement within one’s family or community.

           How active are you?  Whether we are active as individuals, as family members, or as part of our communities, the idea is that we are active in something that interests us.  What interests you, your family, or your community?  

          There are so many ways for all of us to be active.  As an individual, many of us choose to be active in things that are related to our primary relationship roles, such as a being a spouse or a parent.  Being part of a mom’s group, ladies’ group, or spouse’s group are examples of how we as individuals can be active & support our connection with others.  However, we also often choose to be active in things such as organized causes or movements, that are not related to our relationships with others.  Contributing to causes or movements that advocate for the end of poverty, the education of children, or the protection of domestic violence victims are examples of how as individuals we can be active in supporting the rights of others.  

          As a family member, many of us choose to be active in things that foster healthy relationships between our family members.  For some families, this could be as simple as having regular game nights at home, but it could also be vacationing together or completing a marathon together, for example.  Activities such as these differ from activities that families choose to be active in together for the purpose of supporting others.  As a family member, we also choose to be active in things like welcoming someone to the neighborhood by inviting them over for dinner or helping a friend or loved one to complete a remodel, for example.  Although many activities are certainly not exclusive to either individuals or families, the experiences from participating in the activities may be vastly different as an individual or family member.  

          As a community member, there are many ways to choose to be active.  The results & experiences from our being active certainly depend on where we choose to be active, such as in our neighborhood, locally, regionally, nationally, &/or globally.  There are some causes & movements that provide this diversified experience, depending on how active people want to be in their participation.  However we define our community, choosing to be active in our community not only provides the individual &/or family with experiences, but provides for community support.  Therefore, how active we choose to be determines the amount of support we provide to our community.  

          So, how active are you now & how active do you want to be?  Are there things that you would like to be more active in as an individual, as a family, or as a community member?  What are you interested in being active in & what amount of support to yourself, to your family, & to others do you hope that you being active causes?  If you are not as active as an individual, family, or community member, then choose to be active in something that interests you, your family, or your community.  

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Let’s Get Moving! (February 17, 2016)

Let’s Get Moving!

Promoting increased physical exercise.

           Have you ever thought about how music gets you moving?  How music affects your life and influences your mood?  How it motivates you?  For some people music is a part of why they get moving.  Listening to music in order to get yourself moving is a great way to associate physical exercise with activities that you like to do.  

          This has long been true for me, since I enjoy to work out to music.  The regular beat of the music allows for me to generate a consistent rhythm to my workout.  This is especially true for me when I jog, but also for other types of workouts such as kickboxing, lifting weights, rowing, biking, and doing the nordic track.  Depending on my workout goals, I have used music to maintain a consistent stride, to slow down my pace, and to push my limits.  I have used the combination of music and physical exercise to destress.  Music also helps me to focus on the physical activity that I am performing, such as with yoga or pilates.  I like to use music to get moving, but also to promote relaxation after my workout is done.  

          How do you use music in your life?  Does it get you moving?  Are there more ways that you could incorporate music into your workout?  Are there activities that you would like better if you added music?  Can you think of some ways that music could better motivate you, better maintain your physical exercise, and better focus your efforts on getting yourself moving?    

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