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Orienteering is a sport for the whole family as well as a “family of sports”. Participants use a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find check points in a designated area. The terrain is diverse and usually unfamiliar. Participants are “rated” based on their speed completing the course.
You can think of orienteering as a large well organized scavenger hunt outdoors. Instead of hunting for items, you are hunting for checkpoints. You use a map and a compass to locate a series of checkpoints. You are responsible for choosing routes–on or off trail–that will help you find all the points and get to the finish in the shortest amount of time.
The element of route choice is what makes orienteering mentally challenging. You not only have to move faster than other participants, you must out-think them as well. Because of this, orienteering is often called a “thinking sport” because it involves map reading, quick decision-making and athletic ability. Learn more about orienteering.
A great way to be physically active on a regular basis is to join a team or a league. You get to have fun with others and play a sport you enjoy. The social aspect of physical activity also helps you stick with it. The camaraderie can keep you going long after your gym membership would start gathering dust.
There are many sport or physical activities to choose from including: bowling, softball or baseball, golf, soccer, fencing, tennis or even water polo. Physical activity with other people is just more fun than by yourself.
Pick a sport or activity you like and search the Internet for a team or league in your area.
T’ai Chi is sometimes described as “meditation in motion” because it reduces stress and promotes serenity through gentle movements. It’s good for everyone, but especially good for folks that have been inactive for awhile or have minor mobility issues (arthritis).
To do T’ai Chi, you perform a series of movements called forms. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. The image of T’ai Chi in popular culture is typified by exceedingly slow movement. However, many T’ai Chi styles have secondary forms of a faster pace. Try T’ai Chi!
During hot summer months you may need to be physically active in the early morning or evening hours, when it is cooler. Another option is to take it indoors.
You can go the local mall for a power walk in their air conditioned space. You can hit the bowling alley for a different type of weight training. Find one in your area. Many bowling alleys even participate in a Kids Bowl Free Summer program.
Some archery ranges are indoors and there are many indoor rock climbing walls too. Really want to cool off? Hit the local indoor ice skating rink!
Boxing isn’t just for tough guys any more. Boxing is one of the most popular fitness regimes around that helps you produce a lean, toned, strong body. Boxing, in one form or another, has probably existed since man first fought over food or territory.
Although boxing is a competitive sport at both amateur and professional levels, you don’t have to compete to enjoy boxing or its many health benefits. According to Khadi Madama, Martial Artist and health and fitness consultant, “Boxing is the best cardio workout available.” Learn more about boxing.
Keep up the good work and join the Presidential Champions Program. It’s FREE, accessible online and you get rewards for your activity! Any physical activity that uses large muscle groups and burns energy count(s) toward achievement in the program. Running, playing golf, martial arts, dancing, even household chores all count toward the challenge. They’re all on the list of activities. The President’s Challenge lets you choose from almost 100 different activities. So you’re sure to find at least one you like and one or two that you probably do everyday anyway.
Defeat Diabetes Foundation Executive Director, Andy Mandell – Mr. Diabetes®, is an Active Lifestyle Presidential Champion Gold Award recipient. DDF Board Member and Type 2 diabetic, Bruce Share, is a Silver Award recipient and working on his gold.
The guidelines are simple. Sign Up Today!