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I Like to Move It, Move It (My Body)

By Bella Phipps, age 8

Here are some ways how to stay healthy and what happens when you do them.

Happy Life

Regular exercise every day for about one hour can increase up to five more years of life to live in a happy and healthy life with your family.

Sporty Fun

When you exercise daily you won’t get fat and you can enjoy any sports that you may do.By doing that sport you can stay healthy if you do it often.

Looks

If you exercise often then you won’t be fat and you’ll look better than ever!

Proud

Just stay healthy to make yourself proud to be fit and skinny.

Staying Healthy Is Important

Stay healthy so that you won’t die as soon as you would if you didn’t exercise and eat fruits and vegetables.

body for volleyball

Bella muscles ready for action

Volleyball Exercises

You can stay fit by doing volleyball because you must have quick feet so that you can get to the ball in time to bump it over the net.To get quick feet you have to increase your feet muscles which takes muscles.When you set the ball it increases your upper body strength.If you are the hitter in your volleyball team or club your upper body strength increases whenever you hit the ball over the net.

Basketball

Basketball can help you stay fit because whenever you shoot the ball into the basketball hoop you increase your upper body strength.When you pass the basketball to someone you increase upper body strength.If your dribbling the basketball it helps a bit by increasing your arm strength and your upper body strength.

Football

Another sport that would help you stay fit is football.Football is a throwing, kicking, and tackling sport and all three of these are increasing and using muscles.

Running And Push-Ups

If you run about a mile a day and do ten push-ups everyday for one month then you might be aching but you’ll be fit and you will burn a lot of fat.

Fruits And Veggies

When you eat fruits and vegetables often then you’ll definitely be  healthy but you also have to exercise so don’t think that only eating healthy will keep you healthy.

Those are some ways how to stay healthy and what happens if you do them often or a lot.

[This article was written by my daughter, Bella Phipps.]

What do you think the most unnatural position is for the human body? Think back to how we must have been for thousands of years: gathering food, moving from place to place for new food sources, following a herd of animals…

Sitting. Sitting drives me crazy!! Mornings are nice because I get to shower, make my smoothie and bounce around a bit before the sitting begins. Time to head to work, about 21 miles each way in traffic. In traffic that is 40-60 minutes on your butt just to park and walk inside to assume the position again. (Later I will talk about the positives of that commute, but I am sticking to the complaining for now.) Into your chair. 8-10 hours later with some standing for food and bathroom breaks and it is time to get back in the car and head the other way for a total daily commute and work aggregate of 10-12 hours! HALF of the calendar day firmly parked.

What to do?

For those who can bike commute, that is a great alternative when you don’t have to leave the office that day (need your car). When I ride to work it takes me 80-90 minutes and I am exhilarated, PLUS I get to ride home, too. Can’t do it often but I love it when I can.

If you have to drive, enroll in ‘Drivetime U’. I heard this phrase from Darren Hardy in The Compound Effect. Instead of listening to music or the news, I started by listening to Darren’s book on disc. I probably listened to the thing four times through before I decided to take that advice and began to explore other audio books. I would download Kindle versions and then use audible for the book being read TO me, many times by the author. Podcasts are another great medium to enjoy while driving. I am ready to launch my first podcast in the near future with what I have learned this way.

Your time at work should be focused with scheduled breaks. Ensure you plan on getting up periodically throughout the day. If your office permits, sneak in a few pushups or stretches when you are up to keep the productive juices flowing. It seems that 90 minutes is about the longest you can truly sustain focus, so stay hydrated and that will help force you to take breaks as well!

Find time for a walk or jog either during lunch or walk if you have a long telephone call and the weather cooperates. You might find yourself a lot more cheerful with an outdoor environment.

If none of these things help, you will want to schedule your time for moving your body. I am not saying work out because I want to be clear that moving your body means just that. Move more than is comfortable. If you don’t even walk, try parking a little further from your destination. If you walk, try adding in thirty seconds of jogging. Add in something that stretches your typical effort.

Whatever you decide to do, make it sustainable. Do something that you can easily do every day. If you find it is too challenging, do less. If it is super easy then do more. Remember that the goal is to find balance in your life. Like Sid Garza-Hillman says in his Approaching the Natural Podcast, take small steps. Don’t expect instant results. Small steps, good habits repeated over time will yield surprising results.

What can you add into your routines that will start you on a path towards a happier life?

 

Sunday morning (in just under 8 hours) I get to run my first half marathon as a plant based athlete. Though I haven’t specifically been training for this, I expect to run it faster than I have ever covered the distance before. If not, that is okay, but I feel SO good running on plants that I feel like the sky is the limit, even at age 46.

My first half marathon was the year after my mom died at age 54 from complications related to morbid obesity. That first race at 1:54 or so is my fastest out on a road (treadmill is easier). I cried during that race wishing she could have enjoyed what I was doing. I felt like she was watching from that point around mile eight and finished growing progressively faster each mile. I am going to put on a show for Mom tomorrow.

My wife Lynn, will be running the half tomorrow. She has been training for it and I expect her to be pleased with her results. It is a cool event called the Lost Dutchman. They have a variety of distances. I have done the marathon twice, I think 2006 & 2008, but never the half. It should be low to mid fifties at 7:11 sunrise and the race will be fast and cool.

Think happy thoughts and I will see you all at the finish!

Mark

@mochavegan