Spring Already? What New Outdoor Activities Do You Have Planned?
Being originally from Ohio, I know what cold weather is all about! I can remember growing up and having a day of school cancelled because it was -40 degrees outside. For two to three months of the year, it was impossible to do outdoor activities like such golfing, sailing, biking, walking, hiking, running or even flying a kite due to the cold weather.
But, here in California, we’re blessed with great weather – 70 degrees and sunny a majority of the year with winters that are mild and short.
With March upon us and as we stare directly at nine months of great weather, what outdoor activities or exercises will you incorporate into your weekly schedule?
As I’ve mentioned before, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends exercising at least 150 minutes per week. That translates to five days a week, 30 minutes a day.
Here at Keenan, as an example of our company wellness activities, we’re putting together walking and running groups. The Torrance Running Club is open to all levels of runners, meets every Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m., and is for any Keenan employee willing to get some physical activity with their colleagues.
“The Torrance Running Club begun with a group of people feeling a need to release the stress of the week and commit to a healthier lifestyle,” said Orlon Ferguson, leader of our club. “We decided as friends to push ourselves and run together one day a week. The run is a 3.2-mile loop, or basically a 5K. All you need to participate is commitment and the willingness to begin a healthy lifestyle. And everyone gives 100%!”
We’d like to hear your ideas. Are there any activities you’ve started as a group or individual within your organizations that encourage increased physical activity?
NOTE: Before starting any new physical activity, make sure to consult with your physician.