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Fitness Tip for August

Fitness n. – the quality or state of being physically fit; the quality of being suitable, qualified or morally fit for something.

These definitions come from “The Canadian Oxford” dictionary. When I sit with the definitions, particularily the second I can’t help but correlate it to healthy self esteem. That when one feels the “quality or state of being physically fit” – one naturally feels qualified, suitable and able. That is not to say that one who is not fit is not worthy, but the state of being in oneself will be augmented, (particularly one’s Self Esteem) when one is fit. Certainly there are numerous reports, both scientific and general that espouse the benefits of a regular fitness routine. Let’s face it our bodies are meant to MOVE. So get out and walk – the easiest way to begin a fitness routine. Walking is an easy, accessible, affordable exercise that WORKS! Walking builds muscle and bone, reduces stress, burns calories and improves overall health. Most women can burn as many as 550 calories an hour walking, and encouragingly are up to doing it again the following day.

Walking is replenishing and as such doesn’t burn you out like other routines/programs may. There is very little risk of injury involved.

Fitting in a walk a day may mean getting up a half hour earlier, or walking to the store instead of driving, however by including a walk into your daily routine you’ll immediately feel the results. Use walking as a stress burner instead of resorting to a cocktail or the TV. While it is summer you have the added pleasure of beautiful late night walks, especially beneficial for those who want to loose weight. To have walking compliment your weight loss program make sure you are walking at a brisk pace for at least 25 minutes – this is the time it takes for your metabolism to shift. If you are on holiday, schedule walks in with all the family and guests. Walking is a wonderful way to enjoy each other’s company, the dawn or night sky, and reinforce good habits.

I believe it was Ghandi who said “Walk, and keep on walking for you will eventually walk into your destiny. Walking is a simple and yet profound medium to allow the power of movement to return us to the stillness.

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.