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  • Musings: Find ways for you to get fit

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  • Just briefly musing.
    Health tip of the week -- brought to you by St. Luke's Cushing Hospital
    Getting healthy! A second dose of 20 simple strategies for getting healthy!
    Last week we discussed:
    1. Toss out the junk food.
    2. Find some healthy recipes and buy the ingredients.
    3. Cook in bulk.
    4. Stock up on healthy snacks.
    5. Socialize in healthier ways.
    Realizing that I am one of those individuals wanting to lose weight, get fitter and to get healthier -- we all also realize it can be tough forming the habits!
    How do you change? Here, in the second part of a 4 part series, are five additional simple strategies.
    These are not for everyone, so pick and choose the ones that might fit in your life, and give them a try!
    Find a workout partner
    Get your spouse or good friend or coworker to go on walks or runs with you, or meet you at the gym or a workout class.
    Having someone do it with you makes it fun and easier, and you're more likely to show up if you have an appointment to meet someone.
    We offer some great Zumba classes. I have enjoyed watching the few times I went through the room.
    Use social media for motivation
    You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or your favorite online forums for motivation and accountability.
    Publicly announce two-week or month-long health challenges, and have people keep you accountable.
    Try fitocracy: It's a social fitness game that can make getting fit fun.
    Play outside
    It's important to go outside every day and get some fresh air and sunshine.
    Move around, take the kids out and play, find a friend and take a walk or throw or kick a ball around.
    You can also chase your escaped dog through the neighborhood!
    Find healthy options for eating out
    Instead of eating at fast food or chain restaurants where everything is deep fried, can you find more local restaurants where there are some healthy options?
    Make a list and go to those places when you go out.
    We have several of these family owned restaurants right here in Leavenworth!
    There is no reason or need wasting time you could be eating by driving to Kansas City!
    Make water and tea your default drink
    Many people drink soda or sugar coffee drinks all day. This is not necessary for a healthy or enjoyable life.
    Water can become your favorite drink, and unsweetened tea can be very healthy.
    Page 2 of 2 - I love a mindful green tea ritual once a day. Those of you who have a little coffee with your bag of sugar need to identify a new favorite drink!
    Just wanting to make everyone jealous -- 54 of our forward thinking local citizens will be watching the winningest NFL football team on Sunday.
    We will be enjoying the smashing of the San Diego Chargers! Not only that, but we have the best partier in Leavenworth County leading the way.
    I cannot divulge my source, but David Sommerla has been named the Party Poobah of Leavenworth County and he is heading the bus party for us!
    Everyone count your blessings! Those of you who are having to sit at home because you didn't get tickets -- maybe next year!
    Watch these “Musings” for the announcement next Summer for the sale of our next KC Chiefs Get-Away!
    I hear the tailgating is starting at Crancer's on Friday night!
    Remember runners: The early registration deadline for the High Noon Saloon's Rudolph Red-Nose Run is almost here!
    The early registration ends on November 29,. Only early registrants receive T-shirts!
    Don't forget, High Noon Saloon is providing all participants a free pasta buffet after the race!
    The goal is for RD Johnson to have to feed 1,000 people after the race!
    Open volleyball: On Monday evenings in the gymnasium of the Riverfront Community Center from 6-8 p.m., the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation are offering open gym for volleyball.
    It is $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents. If we start to draw over 24 people on a regular basis, we will set up 2 courts!
    There will be no “musings” next week. I know -- no tears allowed!
    I will be celebrating my 15th wedding anniversary. I sure hope I counted my fingers correctly as my darling bride religiously reads these informative “Musings”!
    We will be making our annual anniversary trip to visit state capital buildings -- Sacramento, Calif. and Carson City, Nev. will be No. 38 and No. 39 on our list!
    I will be visiting all of you again in two weeks.
    Philosophical note
    The success of a program and/or an organization is measured by the level of integrity of that program and/or organization.
    Remember: The goal for all of our programs is that the program policies and procedures are fair for the masses, fun for all and safe for everyone!
    Keep musing along. Enjoy your week!
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