Monday, January 5, 2009

4 This Year, "Adopt A Runner" &/Or Become One Yourself!


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I'd like to challenge the people who read this blog to be a positive "catalyst" to help others improve the quality of their lives -- and helping others to become healthier is at the center of it all.

Of course, as you know, one of the most powerful ways to do this is to first embody the essence of this change in yourself. That's where it all starts.

After all, Gandhi's famous quote, "Be the change you want to see in the world," applies to health as well! :)

If you'd like to receive support & encouragement towards this endeavor, I encourage you to join our "Healthy Eating Initiative" & "Thirteen Weeks To A Healthier You" programs over at JustFinish.com. If you'd like to find out more about these programs, you can also read the following articles & also visit Running Hoosier's blog. Also, please check out Running Hoosier's Facebook cause of the same name. All proceeds raised for this cause will benefit "Generation Excel", a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which "provides assistance to overweight adults & children in the form of fitness programs, weight-loss camp sponsorships and educational material." They also "provide grants for obesity research."

More specifically, "Generation Excel" sponsors the following endeavors:

--Weight Loss Camp Sponsorships: Generation Excel "makes it possible for 5-10 children per summer to attend a life-changing camp."

--Educational Materials: They are "producing a DVD which will provide education and support to parents of overweight children."

--Re-introduction of School-based Physical Fitness Programs: Generation Excel is starting a pilot program in Boston that will put physical education back in schools which have had to cut those programs."

These excellent projects are certainly something worth supporting!

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And then, while you are working towards this change within yourself, the next step is of course to genuinely give of yourself, by passing on that passionate spirit, the inner fire of motivation, onto others!

A person can start by doing something as simple as offering to share their wellness/fitness knowledge with others, to build awareness & light a spark within someone else.

People can start small, & start locally. Even helping a friend or family member counts. Little gestures can be just as powerful as the grand ones. You don't have to be canonized as a saint, (like Mother Teresa), to make a difference. :)

We can all "pay it forward" in one way or another, "doing our bit" to help the cause!

So, I'd like to encourage all fellow runners to "adopt" a runner (or two!) this year.

Getting others interested in running, &/or helping them to improve their own health/fitness state, can be as simple as talking about the sport you love, about why you love it so much, what it's given you, & what it can give to others. Genuine enthusiasm is so powerful & infectious!

4 comments:

Rolando said...

It would be great to help other runners. Just wish I was a better example of someone who was more passionate about the sport. darn. Guess I'm hitting the gym again tomorrow :)

TexasTesla said...

Does getting my kids interested count? They ALL want to 'do a 5k with mom' this year!

On another note Corey - in all your online fitness browsing, have you run across a site for/supporting/group on exercise-induced asthma? Suddenly I understand my breathing issues...but don't know what to do know! ;-)

cyberpenguin said...

Hi Rolando,

Feel free to make the "adoption" idea your own, changing the word "runner" to "exerciser"! :)

Of course, I realize running isn't going to be everyone's passion or first love; everyone responds to various sports differently & that's OK. After all, you gotta do what's right for you!

Of course the idea wasn't intended as a mandate/directive to convert the rest of the world into runners or force people to do something against their will. :)

Rather, the larger, underlying objective is to help people get moving by motivating & inspiring them. That's the first step!

As someone who is currently working out on a regular basis, I imagine that the people in your life have probably commented positively on your increased fitness & accomplishments, & have admired you for your resolve! So by your own example, you ARE already providing inspiration to others. :)

When other people see what you are getting out of exercising (& I don't just mean the physical results either :) ), they often get curious & express interest. Of course, right there, that provides a great lead-in for you to share your joy of whatever sport you love with them &/or invite them to join you in various fitness-related activities. :) It could be as simple as asking a friend to go for a walk or to the gym, or join you in a fun recreational activity (hiking, kayaking, fly-fishing, rollerblading, skateboarding, etc.).

Then, not only will you help a friend to get healthier & fitter, but you'll also gain a workout buddy in the process. ;-)

Hope you had a good gym workout!

-C

cyberpenguin said...

Hi TexasTesla,

Of course that counts! :) It's great to see that your children want to run a 5K with their mom! You've clearly "got it going on" & they want to be a part of that energy & enthusiasm. What a wonderful example you are setting for your children! After all, when it comes right down to it, children listen to what we do, & not what we say. :)

To answer your question, I do in fact happen to know of a few sites which you might find useful in getting answers & support with regard to exercise-induced asthma.

The first site is Organized Wisdom, which contains LOTS of resources (including a comprehensive listing of support groups).

The second is a health support group site called DailyStrength.com. (The direct link to the asthma support group is here.

And lastly, the site Drugs.com also has a fairly decent guide on exercise-induced asthma, which can be found here.

Hope you find these sites helpful!

I know a few people who have this condition, & they are able to manage their condition & still run, so that should be some positive & encouraging news for you!

Happy 2009!
-C

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