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Dara Johnston- Resident Lazy Bones

When asked to write a post about staying active, the first thought was who are we kidding?!?! Staying active, sure that’s definitely important, and what all of the health magazines state we should do as well as our health professionals/ parent educators/ teachers etc…

However, what I wish I could say to the next person to tell me to get off the couch is a resounding (ARE YOU KIDDING ME?) Is this some horrible cosmic joke? Am I now supposed to fit in being active with the care of my loved ones, working all the time, studying for classes, studying for professional certifications, trying to get ahead at work, and my failure of a social life?

Once again – are you serious!

So instead this post will illuminate why taking time for oneself is a better alternative to ‘staying active’. Sure all you gym rats and super healthy types can still workout until you ach; eating your organic vegetables and staying away from refined sugar.

However, my lazy self is going to attack this list of things as if it were my weekly bucket list:

  • Taking time to read a book for leisure
  • Taking a walk in the early evening
  • Meditating (if that’s your thing)
  • Actually have a conversation with my loved ones that doesn’t end and begin with ‘Yeah, work/ school was fine’
  • Setting the alarm early so that I can press the snooze button as many times as I want
  • Going on a hike, instead of cleaning out the garage
  • Turning off my phone, Ipad, Computer for the whole weekend
  • Sleeping past 5 AM on the weekends
  • Learning to cook a new dish each weekend that straddles the line of healthy and still edible

You get the picture, I am not advocating for staying on the couch indefinitely but rather slowing down long enough to enjoy the simple pleasures. Therefore, I challenge all of you to come up with a short weekly bucket list that helps to put the focus back on your priorities- what type of things will be on your list?

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Comments on: "Staying Active: The Last Cosmic Joke" (5)

  1. Tammy Wilson said:

    Good post I beleive that it is important to keep your mind as well as your body in shape. Read a good book to or with your children. Go to a play, study family or U.S. history together etc. I had an old friend that was one of our class advisors in high school she use to say it is most important to not grow old from the neck up. She received her last college degree in her eighties. She remained as sharp as a tack until her death at 101 years old!

  2. Ethelyn said:

    I agree with reading a book for pleasure! I also sneak in a magazine (or two) a week. Also, a long, hot bath is always on my list. Spending time with friends, trying not to be in a hurry and just hanging out would top my list. Mental health is as important as physical health 🙂

  3. Janet Kinstetter said:

    What a great post! My bucket list will include: reading a book on gardening; going out and pulling a calf if momma cow is having a problem and needs me!; Having my son help me wash all the mud off my car due to the snow melting and I have a muddy driveway; hanging out clothes in the early morning as the meadowlarks are singing. These are all signs that spring has finally arrived and I look forward to staying active this spring!

  4. Jan Jones said:

    WOW! You guys are really getting active. I felt the urge this morning when the spring sun came in through the window! I go outside and clean corrals, hug the horses, and watch the dogs stay active! This is my ritual and when ever I wear my pediometer I register at lease three miles each day. I also get something done that is constructive! I love the nice weather and also my animals. Don’t know what I would do without them.

  5. Erin Swilling said:

    What a great idea! My bucket list is going to be mostly puppy related as we are getting a new member of our family on April 9th. Thankfully, the kind of puppy we are getting, a Blue Heeler (otherwise known as an Australian Cattle Dog), is a very, very active breed of dog. So here goes:

    – Take puppy on a walk before work/school every day
    – Take puppy on afternoon walk as soon as we are all home from work/school
    – Take puppy on evening walking before bedtime
    – Practice dog obedience class information daily
    – incorporate more vegeteables into our weekly dinners

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