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You don’t have to be a regular golfer to enjoy a little duffing every now and then. Hit the links and golf 9 holes. No clubs? Then head to the driving range and hit a bucket of balls and see if you like the long game.
Almost everyone has hit the miniature golf course a time or two – go again and practice your crazy putts.
Many local parks also now have disc golf courses – sort of a cross between golf and Frisbee.
Did you know that most of the routine errands that we do every day are less than a mile from our home, yet, most of us still drive! Keep in mind that the average city block is 1/8 to 1/10 of a mile. So that means most errands are within 10 blocks of home. I’ve seen people hop in their car and literally drive two blocks to the corner store AND circle for parking.
This is a great way to add brief spurts of physical activity to your regular routine. You get to experience some sunshine and fresh air and get a closer look at your neighborhood. It’s hard to take note of your neighbor’s new garden if you are whizzing by at 30 miles per hour.
Stretching is the deliberate lengthening of muscles in order to increase muscle flexibility and joint range of motion. Stretching is a natural and instinctive activity and something you can do every day regardless of your physical condition.
People stretch instinctively after waking from sleep or after long periods of inactivity. But, by making it part of your daily routine you will find that all of your everyday activities are easier.
Stretching does not have to involve a huge time commitment, but stretching can give you huge results! Even better, there are simple stretches you can do while watching TV, on the computer, or getting ready for bed. Ready, set, stretch!
Keep up the good work and join the Presidential Champions Program. It’s FREE, accessible online and you get rewards for your activity! Any physical activity that uses large muscle groups and burns energy count(s) toward achievement in the program. Running, playing golf, martial arts, dancing, even household chores all count toward the challenge. They’re all on the list of activities. The President’s Challenge lets you choose from almost 100 different activities. So you’re sure to find at least one you like and one or two that you probably do everyday anyway.
Defeat Diabetes Foundation Executive Director, Andy Mandell – Mr. Diabetes®, is an Active Lifestyle Presidential Champion Gold Award recipient. Former DDF Board Member and Type 2 diabetic, Bruce Share, is a Silver Award recipient and working on his gold.
The guidelines are simple. Sign Up Today!
A great way to be physically active on a regular basis is to join a team or a league. You get to have fun with others and play a sport you enjoy. The social aspect of physical activity also helps you stick with it. The camaraderie can keep you going long after your gym membership would start gathering dust.
There are many sport or physical activities to choose from including: bowling, softball or baseball, golf, soccer, fencing, tennis or even water polo. Physical activity with other people is just more fun than by yourself.
Pick a sport or activity you like and search the Internet for a team or league in your area.
Increasing evidence demonstrates the many benefits of nature on children’s psychological and physical well-being, including reduced stress, greater physical health, more creativity and improved concentration.
So this weekend explore the outdoors with your family. Here are some ideas for your family to get outdoors!
T’ai Chi is sometimes described as “meditation in motion” because it reduces stress and promotes serenity through gentle movements. It’s good for everyone, but especially good for folks that have been inactive for awhile or have minor mobility issues (arthritis).
To do T’ai Chi, you perform a series of movements called forms. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. The image of T’ai Chi in popular culture is typified by exceedingly slow movement. However, many T’ai Chi styles have secondary forms of a faster pace. Try T’ai Chi!