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Discover a Double Bonus Mick“Discover a Double Bonus. Mick was pleased with himself as he strode along a country lane during his 10000 Steps Walk. He came across Tex fixing his fence while his dog Bozo was sitting nearby, howling mournfully. Whats wrong with poor old Bozo? he asked, he seems to be in great pain. He is, answered Tex, he is sitting on a thistle. Well, why doesnt he move? asked the astounded Mick. He cant be bothered, replied Tex. That has to be the silliest story Ive ever heard, you might claim; it would be except for one detail; there is a fair bit of Bozo in us all, including myself. Dont we all have problems which lessen our quality of life and which we can fix up but we cant be bothered? In the 1930s when I was in Primary School, my father had a golden rule, We Smiths dont watch sport, we play sport. I thought it was just his excuse for not taking us to the football but I was wrong as he spent a lot of time teaching us various games. I became competent at playing and enjoying at least 10 sports at a social level. As I grew older I thought that if I was active enough and played plenty of sport, I would not have to worry about watching what I ate, or dieting. It worked, but only for a while. Middle-aged spread, some arthritis and a mild heart attack let me know that my belief that I was fairly active was only wishful thinking. I knew I had to do more but I kept putting it off. Work, busyness and a couch-potato habit kept filling up the day. Then I read of the 10000 Steps per Day Project and decided that it was just what I needed so I joined up and now in my 5th week I am pleased that I started. A nasty little voice inside my head whispers, How long do you think youll last this time? Youve tried all sorts of fads before. I pour scorn on this objection because the lectures have already covered this. It is called negative self-talk and is a no, no in the program. I completed my walk yesterday; I am well on schedule for today, I have already earmarked time for tomorrow and my Pedometer tells me Im on track for attaining my goal, so there! It is called positive self-talk. The blurb on the enrolment form says Welcome to health and fitness and I am pleased that I have at least started. But read on, there is more. In the 8th February edition of the Rockhampton Bulletin this year it tells about the Secrets of Your Health and talks about meditation. This term is a bit scary to some people but to me it simply means quiet time, awareness living, reflecting or private prayer. The Bulletin goes on to say that meditation can relieve: - Anxiety and stress, - Fatigue and insomnia, - Headaches and migraines, - High blood pressure, - Long term pain and addiction - Boosts the immune system, - Improves self-esteem and self confidence. It finishes up by stating that researchers say that regular meditation also helps to give some protection against heart disease and cancer. We can be wise and pick up two bonuses, first, the benefits of the 10000 Steps Program and second, use part of the Walking Project as an awareness walk and tap into the benefits of meditation. Another alternative is make use of the Deed Poll and change your name to Bozo. John F. Smith. ”- Glenn, Queensland, 14 Aug 2003
This is fantastic!!“This is fantastic!! ”- Anonymous, Queensland, 8 Jul 2003
If I can do“If I can do it anyone can!! My idea of exercise was looking for the remote control when it got lost in between the couch! I registered as a member about 4 months ago and since then things have definitly improved. I'm now doing a 35 minute walk, three times a week with some other local walkers....you will see us puffing away either early in the morning or late afternoon. Seriously though, the pedometer is a great little device to kickstart you into doing something. And if you're like me and easily demotivated, try walking with some mates or in a walking group. ”- , Outside Australia, 10 Jun 2003
I find that the“I find that the pedometer is a great tool for motivating me. It tells me exactly how much (or how little) walking i have done. ”- Glenn, Queensland, 30 May 2003
Motivating myself to walk“Motivating myself to walk was like pulling teeth. I found it boring. Now that I have my pedometer this motivates me and reminds me of how slack I have been. My job is bad for me in the sense that I sit at a computer all day. Not good for clocking up steps. I now take a regular break and have an "time to myself walk" and come back in a few minutes feeling refreshed and ready to continue with my work. Walking is no longer boring, i make sure i take a walk before or after work for about 30 mins. I feel so much better for it, I have more energy and I not a tired as I used to feel. Give it a go!!!! you won't regret it. ”- Anonymous, Outside Australia, 30 May 2003
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