I found my journal from when I was in elementary school and jeeeze did I live the ~ACTIVE~ lifestyle. I wrote about how my family and I would go to the beach after school, and how dad would take us to the park when he got home from work. I wrote about crafting with my mom at her shop, and swimming together in our pool. I can recall from memory skipping along the shore looking for the perfect shell and playing in the sand for hours occasionally looking up from my masterpiece and seeing my dad surfing, always smiling.
Sports and physical activities have always been an important part of my life. And I’m forever grateful for my parents in opening up new opportunities for me and providing a happy healthy active lifestyle. THANKS MA & PA!
“You are as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fears; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.” – Samuel Ullman
April – Stay Active
Explore somewhere new
Play in a volleyball tournament
Run a half marathon
Get off the path
- Explore somewhere new – ‘LET’S RIDE’ // This month I purchased a bike, finally! It’s adorbs a 700c Schwinn Admiral Women’s Hybrid Bike, Mint colored! Probably should name her, let me know if y’all think of anything. She’s already been all over the place, just yesterday I rode around for 3 hours exploring Tampa Bay. It’s been quite the ride – constantly getting lost, finding where I am and getting lost again!
- Play in a volleyball tournament – I play volleyball every other Monday at the sand courts connected to Cinco Soccer. A fun group of friends all united by our love for volleyball. On Saturday, April 9th my friend Tom Yu and I signed up to play 2 on 2 sand volleyball with the Tampa Bay Beach Bums. We didn’t do too great, but had a blast and our fav cheerleaders there to support us. I even got to do a little freestyle with the DJ in between games. BUMP, SET, & SPIKE!
- Run a half marathon – Growing up in Gulf breeze we had one facility for everything having to do with SPORTS. Just one. The Breezers know it as ‘the Rec’ (The Gulf Breeze Recreational Center – Shoreline Park). Thank god for this place, in the 1st grade I started getting into basketball, tennis, and volleyball. My dad coached a few sports & seasons for Kelly and I. I never did genuinely thank him for taking time after work to coach, thanks dad. In high school I picked up swimming, & track and field (high-jump), it wasn’t until college that I got into running. Since then I’ve ran in about 8 different countries, it a different perspective to see a new city. I decided I needed to get serious about running so on April 17th I ran my first half marathon. My time was 9 minutes and 21 seconds per mile – definitely surprised myself! Finishing in exactly 2 hours and 2 minutes. Fun things that happened: I high- fived AT LEAST 13 people along the route, mostly the volunteers at the water stations (HEY. they were doing a great job too)! I danced while running, sung out lyrics to my fav songs, and met a few cool peeps from out of town after the race. Definitely won’t be my last race – had a BLAST!
- Get off the path – A few hours after my half marathon I rented a kayak (obvi I really hit the “stay active” motto hard this day). Pretty self-explanatory. Had a very peaceful afternoon taking in sunshine, shooting some rad GoPro videos and literally eating my way through Weeki Wachee Springs.
Exercising is a great way to lift your mood. Research shows that strengthening and aerobic workouts release tension and decreases depression. If I ever feel the urge to start snacking when I don’t need to I immediately grab my bike or go on a walk, it de-stresses me and I instantly feel energized.
Eliminate all obstacles and excuses hindering you from living an active lifestyle (I’m too old, I don’t have time, I have no willpower). Walk with a friend, do at home exercises during your fav show. Look at your schedule and cut out something of lower priority.
Till next month – GET OUTSIDE!