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Combined Efforts

I discovered this week how true it is that our combined efforts are what bring us our ultimate success and victories or, even, our faults. Team work is established well in many team sports. If this guy doesn’t block here or this guy doesn’t jump, there will be no score, advancement, turnover, etc. While this seems obvious at first, I have learned that, through the last couple weeks, teamwork is harder to come by than it seems. Fighting among each other, ranting and raving, being tired, and many other reasons lead to some slackers and other performers. Each team seems to have someone who keeps moving no matter what, who keeps giving their 110%, if only to pick up the slack of the half of the team that only gives about 90%. However, if just one or two more people on their team (or the others) makes it up to that 110% margin, this is where victory comes. True success is when everyone on the team gives the 110%. Here are two reasons to keep all of our efforts combined, whether we are working as a team or adding up our days.

1. Push harder now to reach your goals. An achievement is made true by combining all of our efforts, both the good and the bad. If you push through at 110% all of the time, your bad times will not seem so bad, and your small victories along the way will help to boost you tremendously. Taking this train head on, we are more capable of facing it. We will also begin to see the glass half full.

2. The are all links. No matter how many bad experiences you will have or even good ones, they are all a link in the chain to your goal. By removing one or two, you will lose connection and surely fall off track. By combining all of these together and seeing them as whole and together, we will be able to truly succeed whether by ourselves or as a team.

Just a little muse. . . The more people we have working 110%, the better. Let us help to bring others to this goal. The more people we bring here, the better our earth and lives will be.

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Moving Musing #2: Perseverance

A few years ago, I walked into the YMCA ready to lift some weights, much as I normally did about three times a week. My motivation wasn’t lacking too badly,but I could certainly tell that today was not my greatest day; however, I continued onward back to the bench press and squat racks. Out of what seemed like no where, a somewhat unfamiliar voice was talking a bit loudly, yet not in a rude fashion. I look up to see a man on a stationary bike, struggling, but this was not just any man. The man who was sitting on–and pedaling–the stationary bike, was usually wheel chair bound. My eyes grew to the size of basketballs in amazement. I didn’t even know he had use of his legs, let alone enough to ride a bike. I dropped all the weights that I had picked up and tried not to stare in a rude fashion, but I almost could not resist watching him. Inspiration at its greatest. The man struggled greatly indeed, for he had not only some disease that prevented 95% of the use of his legs and body, but he struggled to stay on the bike and other things let alone pedal, but the most amazing part was that the was on the bike at all, and moving. For the next hour, I watched in amusement as this nearly crippled man pedaled onward for almost 6 miles, chanting to himself all the way, “C’mon, man, cmon! You can do it, man!” His perseverance that day will linger with me forever, for he never gave up, even in the face of the most adversity that one could face. I now have no excuse not to move, and I hope this serves as one to you, too. Persevere and you will climb mountains.

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Moving Musing #1: A Rainy Trail

In an effort to begin a somewhat weekly set of musings, I have written this shortly after an experience last night. I want to present musings that will help move us, either environmentally, which most of them will be, but also physically, spiritually, and mentally. These musings will come from various life experiences, stories, and accomplishments. It’s just been an idea of mine since viewing one of my favorite blogs, so I figured we could give it a try here, too. They will be somewhat poetic and meant to be read aloud, but they will also be in somewhat of an essay format. I just hope they move you like they’ve moved me. So here goes. . . We call this one A Rainy Trail. 

Drip. Drop. Trickle. I release a slow and deep breath as my feet, in my most minimal shoes, pound against the soft and moist earthen trail. Dodging roots and rocks, I make my way up a hill, slowly at first, and then more steadily, as the lactic acid begins to pump through my veins. I have just started my trail run, and it is a beautiful day, for today it is raining in the late afternoon, and I, being alone, travel lightly and minimally through the forest. Keeping my own pace, I round the crest of the first hill, and to my amazement begin to fill with more than the oxygen that my legs most dearly desired. The stunning scene of trees that surrounds me is almost breathtaking, and I surely needed more oxygen and not less. For the first time in two months, I saw more green than at spring time. This was the first drink for these trees in quite some time, and they had thirsted much. Now full and contented, they shone with a hew of green indescribable. The next 3 miles were full of green and more green, as if the Earth had never been touched. This gave me hope for the world. I did not understand how someone could move through such a scene and not be moved. As I sloped down the cut back on the second hill, I crossed near the lakeside. A steamy, solemn view, it opened my eyes even more. The rain seemed to come down so slowly, yet so powerfully, that I could watch every rain drop hit the still glass pane of the lake, creating ripples until they were broken again by another rain drop. The foggy dew of the lake spilled over into the forest and set a somber tone. Mother Earth was thirsty and dirty, and now she had gotten her shower on this rainy trail, a most beautiful site to behind. I hope to see more rainy trails soon, for you and I both. For nature’s best photograph is a rainy forest. Good luck travelers, and I hope you are moved. 

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How to Move Every Day This Week

Most adults and children struggle with reaching 10,000 steps per day. To help this, I have devised a small plan with tips on reaching your 70,000 steps this week. Here is one tip for every day of the week.

  1. Don’t make it a hassle. First of all, moving is natural, so let it be natural. If you absolutely despise running or exercising, then do not think of movement as exercise. It all comes down to brain chemicals. Remove a “have to” philosophy and you will be halfway to the goal.
  2. Make time. Most of us live extremely busy lives, which some of us cannot help. What we can help, though, is some of our free time. Use your free time wisely. Instead of sitting down at 6pm and listening to gossip and news on TV about this and that, take a walk with your dog, go water your trees, or head to the gym. Most of the time it is not that we don’t have enough time but that we do not use our time wisely. 
  3. Make it fun. Doing something we hate, especially for a long time, is usually not very healthy. To counter this, make your movement fun. If all you do is play basketball every day this week instead of run, that’s great! Some movement is better than no movement.
  4. Mix it up. Sometimes our days become monotonous and dreadful because we do the same thing every day, which usually consists of a lot that we dislike. By mixing up what we do like and using less of what we don’t, we will not burnout as fast, which will help us keep moving.
  5. Take baby steps. Not too many people ever went to run a marathon in one day or week because they wanted too. Like them, you will have to work up to your goals, which is fine. Steady yourself daily, mix it up, and take baby steps when moving.
  6. Go forward, not backward. Whenever we move, remember why we are moving. Our utmost reason to move is to improve. Keep that in mind, even if it begins to hurt, and you will be solid in your moving.
  7. Keep moving. Whether you take the stairs, commute to work by bike, or even just start doing yoga, any movement is better than none. Once you start, chances are you won’t want to stop. Keeping moving in any way possible, even in the smallest steps, adds up to a whole bunch of moving. Piece it together overtime and keep pushing forward, and you will be a master at moving every day this week and hopefully every week.

Keep in mind that these 7 tips do not just apply to physical movement, also. You can apply them all to mental, environmental, and spiritual movements as well. As for now though, use them to just keep moving.

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What Fitness Is (And Should Be)

For most immediate people in my life, the mere mention of fitness brings about shrieks and shrills. This is, without a doubt, the utmost worst thing that can happen in life because fitness and moving physically is an essential. People wonder why we are overweight, have type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and so on, most of which is most likely linked to being sedentary, especially over the course of a long time. I could go on and on about why it is bad, but here’s a short list of what fitness is and should be for everyone.

1, Full. Fitness is full of many things: movement, breathing, rejuvenating, enhancing, and even sweating. If your fitness is not full, it will not be very beneficial. To make your fitness full, always warm up and cool down. In addition, set goals and follow through with them, although sometimes we like to slack, which is human. To truly make your fitness full, add the rest of the elements to follow.

2. Functional. To train for a marathon, you must run. To make your exercise functional, do one of two things: choose a specific goal or choose no goal (a generalist goal). By choosing a goal, you can set standards by which to train, diet, and strive toward. In my collegiate career, my goal was to run a faster 400m dash, so I trained to make this possible most of the year. Other parts of the year, I followed a no goal routine where I just was doing non-specific fitness for the fun of it. This made me more of a generalist, which is not bad. Functionality also refers to your exercises, which should be performed well at all times. The more you slack, the more you will end up hurting or getting injured in the end. The little acts of stretching, warm ups, and dieting really do make a difference. The decision is up to you, but exercise should be functional.

3. Fortifying. Fitness should not only fortify the physical body into rejuvenation but also the mental and spiritual bodies. Any movement is better than no movement, and your body requires and begs for all types of movement. Once you begin to conquer this fortifying trait, you will begin to not only love exercise but hope for more.

4. Freeing. Fitness that is freeing is the best kind. Going for a long slow run with no goal in mind, swimming however many laps you can stand, or doing push ups until failure, whatever the goal is, fitness should have elements of freeing. Personally, I have gotten all wrapped up in how many sets and reps and distances and times that I have to attain. Sometimes this is very needed and other times it is not. When your fitness frees you, you will begin to feel fortified.

5. Fun. Above all, exercise should be fun. Laughs and smiles are just as important as sweat and hard breaths. When playing basketball with friends, laugh a little, make jokes, and make it fun for everyone. If your fitness is not fun, then you are doing something wrong. Fitness should be fun and beneficial to you, in addition to the other points.

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Planting a Seed: A Metaphor for Tiny Actions

Earlier this week, Jess and I were at a store and found a few trees on sale. Needless to say we were excited, so we decided to pick them up and plant them. Although they are not truly a “seed,” they gave me a great idea for a post. Below are three things that happen when you plant a seed in someone’s life. Whether it be through a spiritual practice, a nice greeting card, a handshake, an opportunity, a job offer, a monetary donation, or a small gift, all small tokens plant a seed in someone’s life. Below you will see how metaphorical the life of a tree is with the actions in your life towards others; after all, it is natural.

1. Seeds cause growth. Although almost every seed must first germinate, which is a difficult process that can sometimes take a long, cold winter, the seedling will always come out of it alive if it pushes hard enough. Once this lesson has been learned and germination has occurred, the seed that you’ve planted will begin to root and take place in the ground. Growing taller and taller, it takes an even stronger hold on the ground. This is exactly how our actions are when we plant a seed in someone’s life. At first it may not seem like much, and it may even go through some intense cold winters; however, it will begin to flower and take root in the spring time.

2. From one acorn, many large oaks grow. From the one seed that you planted in someone’s life, many other lives will be touched; this is the essential reason why you must live your life and plant your seeds. Once the tree has reached a certain maturity level, it will bring new offspring to the world, who will germinate, take root, and seed others. Your seed that is now a sapling and then a mature tree will continue this its entire life. Thousands upon thousands of others can be reached because of your tiny act.

3. In death there is more life. Although a sad truth, it is important to realize that even in death there is abundant life. Whenever your seed has come to the end of its road, whether to be cut for lumber, struck by lightning, or collapsing of old age, it will begin a new purpose. The tree may decay over hundreds of more years, but it will serve the ground around it well, as shelter for animals and food for termites; it becomes one huge part in the circle of life. When your seed has made its final journey in someone’s life, whether it be a career change or actual death, then it will be able to do the same.

Plant your seeds. Not only should we be planting more real seeds, but also seeds in the lives of others. Hopefully our metaphor helped you understand why planting is important.

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7 Habits to Move Away From

While this site focuses a lot on moving forward, sometimes I like to take a step backward, or at least look backward, and begin to move in a different way or view things that we try to move away from. Here’s a short list of big things to start to move away from.

1. Negativity. Negative thoughts and actions impact our lives and the live of those around us. Moving away from negativity will help us grow in our positive life. It is with our positive life that we find fulfillment. Moving away from negativity also involves moving away from negative people, those which may hold you back; although, sometimes this is not always the case, as they can move towards a positive life, too. As you take baby steps to move away from negativity, you will see your life released in a new, much happier light.

2. Self-doubt. We are what we believe, after all. Doubting ourselves and our true goals and aspirations and aptitudes does nothing but bring negativity into our lives that will flood us with unhappiness. Moving away from self-doubt will boost our self-esteem to a level where we will begin to believe in ourselves; our lives will begin to take a purpose.

3. Procrastination. More about this one later. . . Just kidding. Procrastination is one of the worst habits that modern society has brought with it because it seems  to be so much easier to sit around and not really get anything accomplished. As we’ve noticed, though, almost every successful person that has ever been seems to lack this habit, which is good. We are trying to improve our own with baby steps and so should you.

4. Waste. Wasteful products, wasteful relationships, wasteful thoughts, there are all kinds of waste. We need to begin to move away particularly from the waste we release to the environment: greenhouse gases, landfills, and so on. We are on the move making baby steps towards many goals that could potentially help us in this category. As far as other types of waste go, they seem to burden our lives, build up, and eventually overwhelm us. By removing them piece by piece, we become stress free and free of negativity.

5. Discrimination. Because we live in a society of classes, whether we want to admit it or not, this habit is nearly a given, unfortunately. In my previous semester of college, I took an entire class based around this subject, and much of what I saw really surprised me because  most of it I had never thought.of before. Discrimination is one thing that has come along with the “advancement” of civilization; and is mostly there because of the way our societies work: someone at the top and someone at the bottom. I could go on and on about discrimination, but I will keep my words short and say that it is a habit to move away from.

6. Fear. Without a doubt, next to negativity and self doubt, fear is probably what is holding us back most. The fear of failure is most common. Whatever fear persists in your life that may even limit you in the slightest must be faced. A fear faced head on will be a habit soon overpowered and eliminated.

7. Sedentary. We are all humans and we need to move. That’s 10,000 steps a day for most people. This habit is one that is hurting society more in recent years. Because we live so technologically advanced, most things do not require much of an effort to do or require little movement. In essence, we are on our way to becoming vegetables. With the lack of movement we become overweight, have heart disease, develop cancerous tumors, and much more that can most of the time be partially prevented by movement. So why not move away from being sedentary and just move?

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Rejuvenation After Exercise

Most people dread exercise in one form or another we have started to notice. We cannot see how this works out. For us, exercise and physical activity give us a “high” very often. We believe maybe just because it is easier to sit on the couch and do nothing than it is to move that people dislike the idea of moving. To help prevent this, we have not only found joy in exercise, but we have found goals, challenges, and many pursuits which all can lead to a bit of a high inspiration.

I feel rejuvenated post workout recently. I do know that I enjoy exercise more than most people, but this is because I have found a source of fulfillment in what I am doing. It is good for the environment, my health, inspiring others and so on. Sometimes I get such a boost of energy after a workout that it ignites my whole day in fact. Of course, not every day is sunshine and rainbows because I definitely do have my days; however, I push through the hard ones and rejoice in times of triumph. My rejuvenation today was a bit of runner’s high. I tend to get this after running a short distance and then unleashing sprints. Whatever it is you do to find rejuvenation and get an exercise high, go for it and you will be thankful.

Recently I have even found that exercising in the morning is the best medicine for a good day; however, I am still taking my baby steps towards changing my routine from evening to morning or at least earlier in the day. The morning seems to be the ideal time because it wakes us, stimulates us. It prepares not only our body for more movement throughout the day but also gives our brain proper blood flow to trigger our thoughts. Also, exercise in the morning seems to trigger a “go-get-it” attitude for the rest of the day. I lean on this because I have always had a problem sustaining energy throughout the day. Jess has most often times exercised of the morning, and I can tell that she benefits greatly from it. Hopefully I can begin to move in that direction.

Not only giving me a high, exercising in the morning is easier than exercising later in the evening. Wait, you say, did I really just say that? Yes, indeed I did. Now this does not mean the first thing you have to do after you drag your butt out of bed is put on running shoes, chug an energy bar, and stretch your muscles. I suggest moving slowly at first. Eat something or get a drink, specifically coffee in my case along with water. Let your body open up to the new day and get the grogginess away. Basically you will be putting the bad part of the morning here. You know, the part that most people dread. After a bit of an awakened state, I suggest movement. Push yourself now and relax a bit after. You will feel rejuvenated.

Exercising in the evening is not all bad, though. I actually suggest another bout of exercise a few hours before sleep. This gets your body tired and ready to go into bed as long as you make sure it is two hours or more before bed. The main reason to avoid doing all of your workouts and movement in the evening dwindles down to the lack of motivation. Most people have worked eight or more hours, taken kids to soccer practice, commuted a long, boring way to work, or whatever other daily things you are doing. Sometimes these can smash down our motivation and prevent us from exercising to our full potential or even at all.

If the morning is not your thing, then exercising in the evening is fine. Movement is movement and any movement is better than no movement. To boost your exercise routine in the next couple days, try to find your “runners’ high” so to speak in whatever activity you are doing. Rejuvenation afterwards is always a good motivator.

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Doing What You Can With What You Have

Whether it be physically, spiritually, or environmentally, we all deal with struggles. Lacking perfection, we all face consequences of lacking something at one time or another. To help move me along, I try to use these tips to do what I can with what I’ve got at the present moment.

1. Keep one eye on the prize. Focusing on the future helps move us forward, and it gives purpose to what we are doing now, even if what we seem to be doing now doesn’t seem very meaningful. We need not focus too much on the future; however, we must also look at the present moment as a gift still, which is why only one of our two eyes is needed to look at the prize.

2. Exercise your strengths. If we focus on the good things we do have, despite how few or plenty, we begin to appreciate them more, use them more, and get better at them among other reasons. No one else in the world has the exact same strengths as you and definitely not for the same reasons. You are unique and need to utilize the true strengths you possess because if you don’t, no one will.

3. Do not dwell on weakness. Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles could not see, but that didn’t stop them from doing what they loved. If they were to dwell on their weakness, they may never have found their true strength, a strength from within that gave them the power to play and perform. You also need to dwell less on weaknesses. Of course, we all know they exist, but we must move pass them in order to be happy; put them on the back burner as the old cliche goes. Once you dwell less on your weaknesses, you will be to find your strengths and utilize them more.

4. Utilize your time. Time is the most precious of all resources; it is the one of which we are most limited. To make better use of your time, do what you can with it. If your dream is not totally in the picture, make wise, useful moves right now to make it happen. For example, if you are training for a marathon, don’t skip a day of running but run twice today. There are many more examples we could present, but learning to utilize your time is one of the most important skills in life.

5. Do not dwell too long on what you do not have (yet or ever). This is by far the hardest part of accepting what we have right now. We are always looking to the future, which, as mentioned, is a good thing; however, if we always dwell on what we do not have instead of what we do have, we will never learn to appreciate anything that actually comes to us. For us, this is the hardest of the rules, besides the previous, to follow. We are always looking forward and working toward a brighter day that sometimes we cannot stop and smell the flowers. Sometimes we also come to a crossroad or finish line in our life and realize that certain things we did work extremely hard for just aren’t in the cards for us anymore. It is then that we must accept that fact, one of the hardest things to do in life. Luckily, it is not always that way, and if the effort is put forth, you can achieve your goals.

6. Realize at times that less is more. Minimalism, in its basic sense, shows us that most things are not essential. You are born without modern technology in the womb; therefore, you already have nearly everything you need. The richest man is the man who needs the least and already has it. Begin to question what you truly need, and you will begin to realize that what little you may have or that despite lacking some things, you really have all that you need.

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Our Favorite Ways to Move Physically

Everyone who loves to move probably enjoys moving in more than one way, and even those who don’t move enough or don’t want to move will eventually find different ways to move that they enjoy. I will not say that we are beast endurance athletes, but we do keep rather fit. For instance, at my current college I train for events up to the 800m in track and field, and Jess also competes in road races. In addition, I play the wing position on my university’s rugby team, and Jess has a strong background in basketball. We probably know more about movement in physical ways than most but are far from experts. We will show you our favorite ways of moving that we have learned, however.

  • Sports. One of the most enjoyable ways to move, sports provide physical activity, a challenge, and fun. Because most every sport involves a form of movement, whether it be jumping, sprinting, leaping, or jogging, they all add some necessary movement time to our lives. Not only motion, sports teach us valuable skills, such as teamwork, motivation, and of course sport-specific skills that can even transfer to the real world, also. We recommend taking up sports because they are by far the easiest way to get started moving, especially because they prove to be a challenge and many folks band together to play them.
  • Backpacking/Hiking. Although we have only done a handful of trips in our lifetime, backpacking is an up and coming hobby that we are obsessing over. It involves all essential movement skills and gives one much more than they seek. Because of this, backpacking is an ideal way of moving physically; once you start to move, you begin to move spiritually and mentally as well. Immersed in the wild or even at your city park, you will begin to breath deeper breaths, take in far away sights, and even stop to smell the roses. Backpacking also brings one down to the bare essentials of life. If you can’t carry it with you, you leave it! This style of minimalism brings one peace. Moving one spiritually and physically, backpacking is one of our favorite ways to move.
  • Outdoor Recreation. In the wild I begin to feel alive, as if my true purpose comes upon me. There are more types of outdoor recreation than we can even name, but almost every way is a great way to move. Personally we like rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, geocaching, skiing, bouldering, and of course backpacking and hiking as mentioned before. In the outdoors, one can feel a close sense of connection with nature, and this type of connection can help one grow in more ways than one. As of this moment, our skills in outdoor recreation are not massive, but we work toward building them because we have noticed how essential outdoor recreation can be. So if you are looking for new  ways to move that will also move you in more ways than physically, look into outdoor recreation.
  • Running. Yes, we are runners; we all are runners in the race of life. Life is actually a lot like running. The greatest way to move next to walking, running provides nearly all the benefits of the previous listed events and even more. You can run to race, run to overcome, run to lose, run for peace, or you can just run. Running is the essential form of movement; humans are born and designed to be runners. More posts on running will be posted later because it is just that great of a way to move.

This list is just a snippet of some of our favorite ways to move. We are hoping to add many more movements to this list someday because we don’t ever want to stop moving and learning. Look for individual posts for each section soon.

So. . .how do you move?

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