“Trashy Gizzard” has been organized by Ranger Jason for this Sunday, February 24th. Spring rains have washed a lot of trash into the Gizzard Gulf. Let team up to get some exercise and clean up our park at the same time. Being physically active starts with getting on your feet and moving. We know that exercise is good for us, but still more than 1 of 3 Americans is overweight. A recent study reports 8 out of 10 adults do not meet federal recommendations for at least 2½ hours of exercise each week. Kids should get at least 1 hour of physical activity a day. With our busy lives it can be hard to make time for exercise so we need to build it into our routines. Exercise can happen anywhere at any time.
When given the option, choose to walk, bike, or jog. Park in the back of the lot instead of driving around or waiting for the spot closest to the door. Do other small things like taking the stairs or walking your dog. While watching TV, how many leg-lifts, jumping jacks, pushups, or even sit-ups can you do during each 3 minute commercial break? Turn on the radio when cleaning the house and dance like you’re 16 again! When you’re at the park, walk around instead of sitting on the bleachers. Challenge yourself to walk briskly, moving your legs and pumping your arms. 10 minutes of jumping jacks can burn up to 100 calories. Several short 10-minute workouts throughout the day can be as effective as a trip to the gym.
Keep in mind there are many opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration too, especially right here near home. We have several parks in Grundy County including Savage Gulf, South Cumberland, Grundy Forest and Grundy Lakes. Stay motivated and keep it fun by involving family and friends. Keep an eye out for opportunities such as “Run for God,” local 5K races, and other community groups and events you can join.
It’s never too late to start getting healthy. No day is too short, or too busy to set aside a few minutes for our own health. The choice to be active and healthy today can lead to being healthy tomorrow.
So come out and join us on Sunday. Let’s have a fun time together and make a difference in our park. We’ll meet at 11:00 a.m. at the Grundy Forest parking lot. Gloves and bags will be provided; you’ll need to wear sturdy footwear. Refreshments will be provided for all helpers and volunteers!
Contributing to this column were University of the South students Linnea Carver and Ben Almassi.