Why do You Walk? Here are the Answers!

Yesterday concluded our last “Walk it Off Wednesday” of the summer! These past three weeks we asked, “Why do you walk?” We received some really good answers… some completely honest, some humorous, and some profound. Here they are for you to enjoy!




Let’s Move! Together!

Facebook_Move GraphicLast week First Lady, Michelle Obama celebrated the fourth anniversary of her Let’s Move! Campaign.

Let’s Move! is about putting children and their families on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years by encouraging them to eat healthfully and get active.

To demonstrate the national scope of all the great work happening around the country, the First Lady encouraged people of all ages to show her how they move through eating more fruits and vegetables, getting physically active, or making healthy changes like planting a community garden.

Happy family playing with a soccer ballNow, we’re asking you!

To celebrate the Let’s Move! movement we’re encouraging you to share what ‘moves’ you to get moving! Here’s what we’re asking you to do:

    1. First, (and most important) Move! Show us how you move through the choices you make to live a healthy life. Whether it’s eating healthfully, getting active, relaxing or managing your stress or spending quality time with your family and friends, we want to know how you’re moving to help change the health of our nation…for the better!
    2. Document your movement. Take a picture or create a video and post it to our PacificSource Healthy Life Facebook page. We want to see pictures or videos of you moving, your school moving, your work moving, your family moving, etc.
    3. As a thank you for sharing how you move, we’ll enter you into a drawing for a free Nike Fuel Band. We’ll draw the winner next week. If you win, we’ll message you on Facebook.
    4. Finally, share with your friends, family, colleagues, etc., to get them moving!

If the President and Vice President can do it, so can we!

In case you missed it and to get you inspired, here is a fun “Must see and Must Share video” on how the President and Vice President get moving. (Spoiler alert – Sunny and Bo are in the video too!)

Step it Up! Hitting the Excuse Wall

Advice from our wellness guru, Suzie.

Advice from our wellness guru, Suzie.

Last week we talked about the magical 10,000 step mark in a day (Step it Up! Walk Your Way to 10K). It sounds great, but let’s face it, life happens, and finding excuses for not reaching 10,000 steps is easy. But when it comes to physical activity, we can’t let excuses stop us. Besides reducing your risk of several diseases, physical activity keeps your bones healthier, your mind happier, and your life may be a little longer. No exaggeration, you should walk like your life depends on it, because it does! To give you advice on beating excuses every day, we asked our wellness expert in Boise, Suzie. These were her words of wisdom:

Finding the motivation to keep you on track is a sure-fire way to keep you moving towards 10,000 steps per day. Here are a few motivators that may inspire you to get in one more mile (or about 15 additional minutes) during your next walk/run.

  1. Create a new playlist. Music and running/walking go together like peanut butter and jelly! Plus, a good set of tunes is a great substitute when your walking buddy can’t make it. It helps to make a playlist that you only listen to during exercise. If you love your music, you’ll need to exercise to hear it.
  2. Pick a new route. Sometimes we just get stuck in the safe old routines. Look into safe walking/running areas close to your place of work, or home and mix it up. Don’t force yourself to take the same route every day at the same time, walking the same pace. Just typing it made me feel unmotivated. Changing up the scenery makes every walk a new adventure.
  3. Find the right words. Use the entire English language (if that doesn’t work, switch to French, Spanish, or Chinese) to help push you through your work out. It’s not silly to repeat motivational quotes or mantras to get you moving. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • I can do anything in 30 second intervals
  • It takes 4 weeks to see the difference, 8 weeks for friends and family to see the difference, 12 weeks for the rest of the world
  • Work – Excuse = Progress
  • The body achieves what the mind believes
  • Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
  • Goals are dreams with deadlines
  • One good meal won’t make you fat, just like one good meal won’t make you skinny
  • Zombies don’t wait for you to catch your breath
  • Sweat like a pig to look like a fox

I get pumped just typing my mantras. I reiterate, it is NOT silly, to say the words that get you pumped out loud. In fact, it’s really empowering. My last piece of advice for this post is:

color zombie runSign up for a 5k. This might sound a little intimidating, but signing up for a 5K gives a goal and a deadline. Walk, run, sprint or hobble along, but however you complete it, participating in a 5K gets you involved with other people and it’s fun to run for a cause. Plus, 5k run/walks are everywhere these days, and there are lots of runs designed to please the crowd. The color run, the dirty dash, 5k’s with a concert at the end, there’s even a 5k that simulates a zombie attack! There is a 5K for every interest, so search for the few that are up your alley, sign up with friends, and go for it!

The 5K may be a ways off, so don’t feel bad for just trying to make it to 10,000 steps a day. Just being aware of the ways you can make yourself more active in your day to day life is a huge step. Also, If you have a great mantra send them out to me! I love hearing new ways people get motivated, so lets help each other.


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