Sunday, February 13, 2011

Just freakin do it!!!!!

Sometimes too much knowledge can hurt a person!!!! Case in point, I'm trying to OVER think my training plan for this upcoming marathon season!!! I'm trying to think of the most intricate exercises on what days, when really I just need to go out, run, do my thing in the fitness room and continue for 4 1/2 months!!!!! Why is it that we try and over think things way too often?? When teaching, don't we try and teach in a way that is the most simple to understand for the student's sake, and our own!!! Yet, in everyday life we find ourselves trying to do more than we actually need to do!!!!! Just go out and freakin do it!!!!!!!!! You want student's to be active get them hooked on something they are interested in, it's NOT THAT HARD to figure out!!!!!!! Yet, we try and find all of these sources and different teaching methods to formulate a lesson that can be done just as well with enthusiasm, hands-on activity and passion from the teacher!!!! I know students get WAY more involved if they see the teacher truly loving what they do!!! Just like I LOVE freakin running when all I think about is doing a certain number of miles that day, some cross training routine in the fitness room and teach the heck out of the day!!! So like I said before JUST FREAKIN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!:) Life is made to be simple and to the point, so go out there make it simple and to the point!!!!! We're become a society of too many road blocks and "what if" scenarios!!! Obesity is a problem and yet we overlook the most SIMPLE answer: THROW AWAY THE TV AND GET YOUR KIDS OUTSIDE!!!! Yes, I fight for PE in the schools, but do you honestly think 40 minutes, 2-3 times a week will make a difference in a student's sedentary lifestyle outside of school?? NO!!!! There has to be some point in which parents, both blood and dorm (if boarding), get their "kids" motivated to take part in an active lifestyle!!! Playgrounds, baseball fields, hockey rinks, backyards, sandboxes, etc. are all becoming extinct in a child's life!!! Why?? Because technology has taken over!! Yeah good for the Wii, they're making games where kids don't sit on the ground to play video games, they have to stand!!! Wow, that is pretty active.......lame!!!! Are they getting outside and getting dirty, breaking arms and being tough?? No!!! This next generation for the FIRST TIME is predicted to have a SHORTER life expectancy than their parents!!! That hasn't happened since the CIVIL freakin WAR era!!! And yes this is the USA I am primarily talking about, but I'm pretty sure other nations as well are catching up!!! The once active lifestyle of today's youth is sadly being taken away by computer games and video games!!!! It's going to be a painful "We (PE teachers) told you so" in about 20 years when people are too fat to even get around via walking, they need their segway's to get from their office desk to the copier!!! Operation "Fat Universe" is a go in 20 years, let this be a warning to all!!!!!!!!!! That is unless we JUST FREAKIN DO IT and be active!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I truly believe everyone should have achievable active goals EVERY month, not only to stay in shape but stay motivated!!!!!!!! Okay new thought!!!!!!!


STARTING TOMORROW (MONDAY) I CHALLENGE YOU TO SIT DOWN AND THINK OF 3 ACTIVE GOALS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY!!!!!!!!!!! Then when March comes around 3 NEW, HARDER GOALS for the month of March!!!!!!!!! THEN April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and finishing with December!!!!!!! Then looking back at your year, see where you are in activity and overall health!!!!! New Year Resolutions fail because people don't know how to set realistic goals, AND don't know how to achieve their goals!!! These 3 goals you are setting should be something attainable and measurable!!! Walk 30 minutes everyday this month!! BAM 1 goal!! OR train for a 5k by looking online for a training program and sticking with it!!! BAM 2 goals!!!! So blogger world, let's reach our goals together!!!! Here will be my 3 active goals for the month of February and come March 1st I will blog if I reached them or not, THEN set 3 new goals, as well as you too!!!!!!

Goal 1: run at least 30 miles a week
Goal 2: 200 push-ups a day this week, 250 next week, and 300 by the end of February
Goal 3: at least a 2 hour hike every Saturday this month!!

There are my 3, what are your 3?!?!?! GET ACTIVE AND JUST FREAKIN DO IT........... PLANET EARTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) TOGETHER WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Monday, February 7, 2011

What is exercise??

Wow, one post in January!!! I'm surprised if any of you will even read this!! I'm sure you've given up on my blog by now, but if not enjoy!!!:)

As I start another semester at Woodstock, which I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!, my attitude towards this semester is by far the most proactive one I've had so far!!!:) The first year here it was all about finding myself as a teacher and seeing what techniques work in the classroom; not to mention adapting to life in India and at Woodstock (which has turned out FANTASTICALLY!!!)!!!! Last semester was more about getting into basic routine; knowing what I needed to do to get ready and do it without being asked!! It was also exploring the wide world of Health as a health teacher, which was actually really, really fun!!!!!:) Now we come to the beginning of my 4th semester at Woodstock and this semesters theme is "Exercise!!!!!" I know my routine, I know and love life in India and Woodstock, now it's time to start bringing some personal changes and ideas to the table!!!!:) I am addicted and passionate about running, no surprise here!!!! It is time for students, those who want to, to find their passion for running (sprinting/long distance)!!! One way I know I will prevent myself from becoming stagnant at my job is really invest my time into the running club I am starting this semester!!! Also, to really put myself out there and help out those who want it in the fitness room!!! For some reason last semester I took a back seat and watched students do the same old routine day in and day out in the fitness room, and that's not who I am or want to be!!! I want to see student's doing new things every single day!! I want students coming up to me, begging me to stay after school and teach them a new shoulder workout, or ab routine!!! Following through for the students this semester is one of my ultimate goals as a teacher!! The more I put myself out there for them, the more they will respect what I have to teach them, both in the classroom and life outside of Woodstock!!! And the greatest thing about this new perspective this semester is I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) How many people can say, honestly, they go to their job every single day and are excited to see what new challenges await them!! That is what makes teaching so special!! EVERY SINGLE DAY is a new challenge or adventure!!! Yes, some may go day in and day out doing the same thing year in and year out, but who's fault is that!!! There are SO many methods to teaching, so many ideas to strive to get through to students with, why do the same old thing every year!!?!? You'll become such a bad teacher that way!!! Why?!? Because students will become turned off, because they see their teacher losing interest and "going through the motions with them!!!!" Creativity is a teachers best weapon!! And I am my most creative in the gym/fitness room!!!! It's my second home!!!!;)

In addition to motivating the students, the staff are also on my list of to do's!!!!!! A happy body makes a happy mind!!!!:) The more active we are as educators, the more energy we will have and the happier this school will become!!!! I think exercise is the most important part of life!!! The happiest people I see are the ones I run past in the mornings going for a walk!!!! 6am runs are by far the best!!!!:) Always welcoming with a smile and namaste!!!!!!:) That is why I'm so pumped to be a lot more involved with the staff this year in the fitness room!!! Especially those wanting to trek the Himalayas this summer!!! It's a WIN WIN situation really!!!! They get in shape and I get to help them get in shape and see the benefits hard work pays off!!!! Anyways what is exercise to me, a way of life!! A gateway to expressing myself in the simplest yet purest of forms!!!! A day starter and night ender!!!:) Exercise can only make you stronger both physically and mentally!!! Let the 6 months of training BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) Happy smiling and make it an ACTIVE 2011 PLANET EARTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)