Daily Challenge Wednesday Apr. 04, 2012
Healthy Behaviors is about lifestyle habits, namely healthy eating and physical activity, which have proven connections to lifelong health and disease prevention.
Take a walk and pretend you're in a marching band: Lift your knees high and swing your arms.
- Diane H.Flourishing
How to do it
Take a walk today, and pretend that you're a member of a marching band. Lift your knees higher than your normal walking gait. If you need to stop for a few minutes during the walk, march in place. While marching, swing your arms. If you're feeling daring, twirl an imaginary baton or play an invisible drum or other air instrument with gusto.
Why it matters
Studies have shown that students who participate in school marching bands have improved fitness levels and decreased instances of obesity. Even if you're not musically inclined, by marching outside on the sidewalk (or in place inside your home if you're shy), you can reap the cardiovascular benefits of this activity while also engaging leg and core muscles as you lift your knees and feet off the ground.
Er, well...I already did a 40-minute walk around the neighborhood woods before I read this, so I don't think I will go out again.
I learned a mindfulness dance at theThe Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tuscon, AZ last month. That was a contemplative intensive retreat called the "Pathless Path." One of my favorite things was when we did this dance (all 36 of us) to this exquisitely beautiful music. It always made me cry. I have the music and I will do this meditative dance tonight. You can lift you legs up pretty high doing the steps to the dance and you can just become the dance.
Got to go prepare dinner, now...
Show moreLarry T. and others posted 2 replies.
Elizabeth S. replied April 5, 2012 at 2:51 UTC:
My mom had us march up & down the street when I was young when we at our country house. It seemed silly & fun but she said it was also good for us. We did it like we were in the militry-about face etc. She could always get people laughing while doing some kind of exercise.
Lisa W. replied April 5, 2012 at 5:59 UTC:
I haven't picked another track yet. Maybe I am on the Pathless path...dancing...wondering what the music sounded like...
- Kristen R.BlossomingLevel 48
Done...took it INSIDE though!! Marched for 5 minutes while putting laundry away! Not to say I'm a shy person, but I'm pretty sure my neighbors would think I'm nuts!! It was bad enough that my cats were running away from me like I was mad!! Since I opted for the inside though...you can BET I twirled that baton!!! :0)
- Meredith B.BlossomingLevel 198
- Theresa W.BranchingLevel 137
Thanks so much for the encouragement Harpreet..I am getting off earlier and enjoying my night: )
I am loving this track...it is working me hard..but I am having fun with it..good variety. The neighbors just think I am crazy...but who is to say I am not : )
Show moreDiane H. and others posted 2 replies.
Theresa O. replied April 5, 2012 at 12:14 UTC:
I enjoyed that track too. The only track I did not like was exploring emotions because it mostly dealt with negative emotions and I choose to see the positive in life
Jenny G. replied April 6, 2012 at 1:00 UTC:
Always fun to get your encouragement. Thanks
- Deborah B.BlossomingLevel 147
Hey Thank Goodness Its Hump day ♥
This is a real fun Challenge, I did it at work at lunch time and people were looking at me strange, I just gave them a big smile and said it's my daily challenge. He he Lol
Have a great night all ♥
Oh I can't wait till tomorrow to start my challenge with Jane ♥ ♥
- Carlyn J.GrowingLevel 135
Felt strange doing this but met the challenge. Had to remind myself to swing arms while walking as a marching band. Hope it helps some of the muscles. Happy Middle of the week day to everyone.
- Monica B.BlossomingLevel 100
Donated blood today so I will try to do this one to the best of my ability. If I feel too lightheaded I will march tomorrow. Everyone seemed to really enjoy this one so I look forward to doing it when I'm at full capacity again. :)
Show moreJanet M. and others posted 4 replies.
Theresa W. replied April 4, 2012 at 22:44 UTC:
Monica B. replied April 5, 2012 at 20:22 UTC:
Was able to do this challenge late last night to "Seventy-six trombones" from the Music Man. Unfortunately, I dropped my baton when the music had to reload but the crowd still went wild with the finale.