By Lucy DelSarto, Wellness Educator & Coach –
Do you remember when organized sports meant getting some kids together from the neighborhood to play kick-the-can, dodge ball, baseball or basketball? The perception was we were all winners because we got to play and have fun. Today, the sports world seems to be obsessed with defeating opponents more than enjoying the game. A healthier approach would be to focus on personal development and growth for lifetime fitness.
I spoke at a conference recently where the emphasis was on the positive impact of maintaining physical education in the schools. Only a small percentage of athletes play sports in college and an even smaller percentage play professionally. If we neglect to teach children the importance of physical fitness, their health will be dramatically impacted.
Exercise is Our Best Defense
Exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to menopause to Alzheimer’s. The mind is stimulated with exercise and improves cognitive behavior. Unlike organs, the brain doesn’t wear out with use – it improves. Staying mentally active is fundamental at any age; but especially important as we grow older. The body responds to being active with increased strength and flexibility as muscles are worked. The increased oxygen and blood flow help all the systems of the body work more efficiently. Weight management is yet another perk.
The emotional benefits include social connections and stress reduction. Numerous studies have proven that exercise works as a great anti-depressant; with no toxic side-effects. The financial rewards are also becoming more apparent as health insurance premiums continue to rise. One thing I always like to point out is, health insurance does not provide health; at best it may pay for part of your illness or treatments. By being proactive and committing to being active, you reap multiple benefits today and in the future through prevention.
Show up each day whether you feel like it or not. You’ll never regret a workout. Emotions and conflicts will arise; however, knowing this happens and being prepared allows you to conquer these situations.
Racquetball Warrior Testimonials
“I have had Parkinson’s for fifteen years. My physicians recommended I be more conscious of exercise. I chose to begin playing racquetball because it addressed many of the areas I wanted to enhance and improve. With a desire to play and learn, I began participating in Lucy’s racquetball clinics. I went from playing an hour a week to as many as fifteen! My doctors are ecstatic. They are thrilled and encouraged by the results. Racquetball has been a blessing to me in many ways. If I can do this, you can too.” Keith Allen
“I’ve been playing racquetball for thirty years and love it. There is no other sport that gives me such a high. Although I’ve had numerous surgeries in my life, my goal has always been to be able to get back on the racquetball court. Lucy’s clinics are a great way to learn and play.” Rachel Hight
“Racquetball is such a great outlet. Having an enthusiastic coach and role model like Lucy has made all the difference. As a beginner, I’m here for the fun but am also enjoying a great workout!”
Beginning is easy – continuing is hard.
Two coaching legends who embodied and emphasized values and character are John Wooden and Jimmy Valvano. Below is John Wooden’s Seven-Point Creed, which he lived and coached by:
1. Be true to yourself
2. Make each day your masterpiece
3. Help others
4. Drink deeply from good books, especially, the Bible
5. Make friendship a fine art
6. Build a shelter against a rainy day
7. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your
In Jimmy Valvano’s 1993 inspirational ESPY speech, he spoke about his passion for life as he was fighting cancer. A few of his encouraging words included:
“Enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. Spend each day with some laughter and thought. Get your emotions going and be enthusiastic every day.”
Wellness is about embracing each and every day. Make each day your masterpiece by being active; physically, mentally and spiritually. TCOY = Take Care of You. TCOY is a philosophy and way of life. Life doesn’t come with a remote control. If you don’t like what’s playing, get up and change the channel. Changing your attitude will change your life. My coaching provides training, motivation and accountability.
SERVING UP FUN! RACQUETBALL CLINICS
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Only $80! (A $200 value)
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