June 22, 2004 Volume 1 No. 8 activeimage.ca

Last week while I was training outside with a client, we took a detour from our route to swing on the swings. At first my "adult" professional side thought how inappropriate this was... but five minutes later, I was laughing, screaming and feeling like I was 8 years old again!

This week challenge yourself to deviate from your schedule and do something spontaneous. Have fun, do something childish or silly -- your mind, body and spirit will thank you for it!!!

Enjoy the newsletter and have a Blessed Week!!

Cathy Morenzie

“The biggest mistake you can make is continually fearing you will make one.”

~ Unknown

Fear and doubt hold us back from attempting and accomplishing countless challenges in our lives! By the time we've hashed over in our minds all the things that could possibly go wrong and all the obstacles that we might potentially face, any trace of faith and belief in our ability to excel is diminished. We mentally wear ourselves out and, as a result, become physically fatigued and drained.

Life can never be completely strategically planned and any attempt we make to do so will only end in frustration. So have fun with life, deviate from your schedule sometimes, add some spontaneity and charisma to your days. Don't be caught in the trap of thinking everything will go to plan, because it won't. Leave the corridors of fear and walk boldly into the classroom of life ready to excel and achieve because you have something great to share with the world.

~ Nadia C. Thomas


Playground Fun

Remember your childhood days? Playing outside with reckless abandon; running, skipping, rolling in the grass! Look around the next time you take your children to the playground (or really free yourself and go alone). The playground provides a wonderful circuit training workout to help you get fit and have fun at the same time.

Try these playground activities.

Monkey bars. Great for strengthening the arms! Try doing chin-ups or swinging from rung to rung. Use lower monkey bars to do dips to tone the triceps.

Fireman's Pole Another great exercise for the arms. Try controlling the speed at which you slide down and feel those stomach muscles working. For an even bigger challenge try climbing up the pole.

Childhood Games Instead of just watching your kids play, join in the fun. Hide-and-go-seek, red rover and tag will get your heart rate going and create wonderful memories with your children.

Swing Pumping yourself higher and higher is a great workout for your abdominals and thighs. Try pointing your toes on the way up and draw your heels to your bum as you swing back.

See-Saw For a great leg workout try the see-saw. (not recommended with your child on the other end though :-) )

Teach your children the songs you learn while jumping double-dutch, skip, try a hoola- hoop or hopscotch. You're guaranteed to have a ton of fun, get a good workout and spend quality time with your children.


Just for Laughs

God is Missing

A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. The two were always getting into trouble and their parents could be assured that if any mischief occurred in their town their two young sons were in some way involved. They were at their wits' end as to what to do about their sons' behaviour.

The mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children in the past, so she asked her husband if he thought they should send the boys to speak with him.

The husband said, "We might as well. We need to do something before I really lose my temper!"

The clergyman agreed to speak with the boys, but asked to see them individually. The 8-year-old went to meet with him first.

The clergyman sat the boy down and asked him sternly, "Where is God?" The boy made no response, so the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God?" Again the boy made no attempt to answer, so the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face, "WHERE IS GOD?"

At that the boy bolted from the room and ran directly home slamming himself in his closet. His older brother followed him into the closet and said, "What happened?" The younger brother replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time. God is missing and they think we did it!"

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