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Thought Bullets
March 2006

Just for the Health of It - Choosing Your Physical Activity Heroes

We just came off a month that contained both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics.  As a result, I was reminded of my favorite joke about the definition of competitive athletics in the United States, which is this: competitive athletics is when 22 million people desperately in need of physical activity watch 22 elite athletes desperately in need of rest.  It would be easy to choose “super heroes” related to competitive athletics, but when it comes to physical activity, you may want to choose a different kind of hero – someone YOU can pattern your life after.  An article written by Mary Beth Faller of the Arizona Republic newspaper caught my attention last summer.  Faller promotes selecting a physical activity hero like your next door neighbor or co-worker.  That is, someone who manages to carve out time every day for enjoyable physical activity.  So here’s to all the real super heroes out there when it comes to physical activity – all of you who engage in daily enjoyable physical activity in the hectic world of work, family, spiritual well-being and civic engagements. 

Source:  Faller, Mary BethA healthier look at fitness. The Arizona Republic.  July 5, 2005.

Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD

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