Finding the Time

One of the biggest struggles to consistently working out is finding the time. Eric, one of our operations specialists, looked at the problem only as an operations specialist could. After analyzing his schedule, he found he could create the time, but it required a change is the way he gets to and from the office. Here is his story:

EricLike many of us, it was a challenge for me to fit physical activity into my busy schedule. Between family, work, friends, and a myriad of miscellaneous responsibilities exercise often fell by the wayside. As the inevitable effects of this inactivity manifested themselves, it became apparent that I needed to find the time…….somehow.

Following a thorough analysis of my available time, I discovered that incorporating exercise into my daily commute was the solution. I was unwilling to sacrifice my time in others areas of my life i.e. kids, chores, sleep, recreational activities, etc. but my daily commute presented an opportunity. Given my proximity to work, walking, running, or some equivalent option was not viable. Those activities would have taken more additional time than I could afford. Though, I discovered that cycling to work add only 30 minutes to my commute, round-trip. Logically, it was an easy decision.

Despite the soundness of the logic, I still had some reservations. I had never been much of a cyclist. Of course, I learned to ride a bike when I was young and it was the preferred modus operandi for transportation before I was able to drive, but I never anticipated that it would become a large part of my life. I would see cyclists on the road and derisively snicker at their shorts and matching shirts (I have two sets now) or grumble about their brashness in traffic. Certainly, I never thought that I would become one of THEM.

Also, a major downside to this form of exercise is the initial cost; I had to come up with an initial investment for a quality (aka dependable) bike. Plus, I needed to acquire the necessities like a waterproof bag, lights, helmet, clothing, anti-theft protection, etc. I found it especially difficult to justify this cost because I didn’t have any evidence that I would really like it. Thankfully, I took the gamble and acquired the equipment so I could at least give it a shot. Again, given my time constraints I had to try.

My first few rides were wonderful: great weather, a feeling of accomplishment, the adulation of my friends/family. These were easy days to ride but life-style/routine changes are particularly tough and after the honeymoon stage wore off, it wasn’t always so easy to get excited in the morning for that ride……especially on days when it was cold or rainy.

Thankfully, the vast benefits of cycling daily motivated me through the difficult days and eventually the routine set-in. Now, I don’t even think about the commute – it’s just how I get to work. My energy level throughout the day is considerably higher, my mood is improved, and my productivity is enhanced. Each person is different and finding a physical activity that you enjoy is a challenge. Ultimately, for me, it is cycling and it has enriched my life infinitely………..and it only cost me an additional 30 minutes a day.

If you liked this story, check out Elaina’s story about her family’s decision to switch to bikes for their everyday transportation.

Making Fitness Fun

IMG_0020Marry Poppins once said, “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.  You find the fun and snap, the job’s a game!”  Whether you are tidying up the nursery or working out, there is a lot of truth in that statement!

This past weekend PacificSource presented the Saint Alphonsus Capitol Classic – A Children’s Race.  Close to 1,000 kids ages 6-14 raced a mile from the Boise Depot to the Idaho State Capitol.  It was great being able to watch the girls and boys find the fun in running.  Some found their fun in being competitive with their friends while others found their fun in just being out in the sunshine on a beautiful June day.IMG_0097

After kids crossed the finish line, PacificSource volunteers greeted the racers with medals, healthy snacks and the PacificSource Ninja Challenge obstacle.  Kids loved being able to run through agility ladders and poles, crawl through tunnels, and finish up with a bean bag toss.  Turning physical activities into a game is much like hiding the peas in the mashed potatoes.

Find the fun in healthy eating and physical activity this summer – for both you and your kids.  Set up a family obstacle course in your back yard; instead of going for an arduous run, play a game of tag with your kiddos; make healthy cooking a family affair.  Just remember that as soon as you find the fun, whatever you are doing, it is no longer work but a fun game.

Let the Holidays Move You!

iStock_000018006002XLargeThere is a real connection between stress and illness, which is why it’s important to take it easy this holiday season. Don’t get caught up in the stress of finding the perfect gift or creating the ultimate light display. Enjoy the season instead of driving yourself crazy. Use these eight tips to keep you healthy while enjoying the holiday festivities!

  1. Stick to it. Stick to your regular exercise routine as much as possible, especially during the holidays.
  2. Take advantage of layovers. Flying? Don’t sit around waiting to board your flight – walk around the airport.
  3. Let the music move you. Dance or exercise to your favorite holiday music.
  4. Get 15 minutes of sun each day. It peeks out, we promise!
  5. Choose fresh fruit in lieu of fruit cake.
  6. Delegate. Delegate wrapping presents or baking. No one to delegate to? Opt out of the least important tasks.
  7. Just say “Ho Ho No!” to perfectionism. No one expects you to be Martha Stewart.
  8. Carry it over. Make a New Year’s resolution with friends to start a daily walking group.