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As Simple as Child’s Play

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Originally published as “The Recess Bell”, co-authored by Lee Allsbrook, now a retired Professor of Physical Education at Middle Tennessee State University.  – AS SIMPLE AS CHILD’S PLAY –  Robert Fulghum wrote that everything he really needed to know, he learned in kindergarten. Fulghum contends that the lessons of childhood, like sharing and playing fair, are just as important to us as adults. We would argue that everything we really need to know about play, we also learned in kindergarten. As children we knew instinctively how to play, where to play, when to play, and how much to play. As…

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WEEK ONE

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Day one: Finding a reason to be active. As children, all we wanted to do is be active. We played tag, we played hide and seek, we played catch, we rode our bikes to all the exciting places in our neighborhoods. Well, that may not be the case so much any more. Children today, and adults today, have allowed themselves to be convinced that being inactive, that sitting for hours in front of a computer, or playing games where the figures on the screen are moving but we aren’t is normal. It’s NOT. Movement is natural. Movement. I don’t know…

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Rules of the Road

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There aren’t a LOT of rules with the 2016 Penguin’s 100 Days Challenge. The goal is to move intentionally for 30 minutes EVERY day for 100 Days. FAQ:  What can I do? Anything thing that makes you move. Walk, run, cycle, vacuum, Zumba, Wii, it doesn’t matter. Park your car 5 minutes from your door at work, or at the mall. What DOES matter is that you make the decision to be ACTIVE. Do I have to do all 30 minutes at one time? NO! All of our lives are different. All of our lives are busy. But, all of us…

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Working the Shovel…

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Working the Shovel Originally published in Runner’s World Magazine, March 2000 Some of life’s lessons I’ve only had to learn once; like not to put my tongue on a frozen flagpole no matter how funny my buddies think it will be. Some of life’s lesson took me a little longer; like, when I’m given 16 weeks to do a project, I can’t wait to start until the day before it’s due. And some of life’s lessons are absolutes. Thin is the only word to use in a sentence that contains the word hips. But one of the most important lessons…

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You MIGHT be a “Penguin” if….

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You might be a Penguin if… …you have to politely (for the third time) tell the men in the police car moving behind you that no you do not wish for a ride. …you wear your jog bra on top of your singlet. This is especially true if you are male. …during a race, you keep turning around to see if there is still anybody behind you. …the rest of the pack is out of sight before you have run 100 yards. …you meet both the hare and the tortoise running back towards you doing their cool-down after a race…

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Let the GAMES begin…

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This is it. Day one. The first day of the rest of your life. Today is your first chance to succeed. And your first chance to fail. This is the first day when you can make the choice to be who you’ve always been or who you’ve always wanted to be. I can’t tell you how many January 1st have come and gone with resolutions that were doomed. I vowed to quit smoking at least 10 times. I was going to start a diet, lose weight, start exercising, learn to speak Spanish, meditate every day, become a better person and…

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Failing to Fail

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There is an old saying; Failing to plan is planning to fail. Well, the author of that quote didn’t know much about people like me. I did plan. And I did plan to fail. Whether it was a fitness program, or weight loss, or quitting smoking, I had to fail. No matter how much planning or hoping or dreaming went on in advance, the end was always the same: failure. If I had succeeded, at any point, my life would have changed. I would have changed. The “ME” that I had spent years cultivating would be a different me. The…

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History of the 100 Day Challenge

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This all started with a gesture of kindness. While working an event in Key West, Florida in January of 2010 I managed to throw my back out. It was so bad that I ended up in two different emergency rooms trying to get some relief. Months went by and the pain, while lessened, never truly went away. I could walk, some, but couldn’t run at all. It was the first time in nearly 20 years of running that I had an injury that prevented me from running. In early May of 2010 I dislocated the cuboid  joint in my foot….

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Make it Happen

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No one, especially me, wants to think about anything except the Holidays right now. I’m away visiting with family, I’ll take a few days to enjoy old hobbies and explore some new ones, and I absolutely want to enjoy every minute of the season. So, this is NOT a call to action. This is a call to celebration. I do want to take a minute to explain the 100 Days Challenge, to tell you what we’ve done, to tell you want we’re gonna do, and to tell what’s a little different for 2016. The 100 Days Challenge is pretty simple,…

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