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5 Moves that Turn a Park into a Gym

You don’t need a gym membership to get in a good workout. While the kids or grandkids are playing, use the playground equipment and get in some physical activity, too!  Click here to read an article.

A great article about two companies (Holmes and Dollar Thrifty) in Oklahoma and how they encourage their employees to be more active.  I love the quote from one of the wellness coordinators:  “You either make time for wellness now or make time for sickness later.”  Click here to read.

 I found this article about finding workout music.  I know my music app has made a difference in my working out.  Give it a try!  Click here!

One of my dear members, Dennis from Olathe (also a LT member who just celebrated being at goal for 10 years), ran another marathon this past weekend, Sunday, October 11, 2009.  Not only was it a marathon, it was the Chicago Marathon!  He was one of 45,000 runners!  This is was his 9th marathon.  Please read his full story below.  Dennis placed 41 out of 113 in his age group, which happens to be 65-69 and Dennis is 66 years old!  He ran the 26.1 miles in 4:41:12 hours.  Congratulations, Dennis for being an inspiration for us all!  You are the best!

I slipped into my first Weight Watcher’s meeting in October 1998 and was the only man in the room.  I considered leaving but realized I needed to do something about my weight.  I weighed 204.8 pounds and felt sluggish and tired most of the time.  My clothes were tight and my doctor raised her eyebrows when she took my blood pressure.  I considered making some changes and thought about it for several months before I finally took action and stepped into the first meeting on that autumn morning.
After my initial weigh-in and consultation with the leader, we agreed that I should lose 25 pounds.  So, my goal was set and I started to follow the plan and also walk for thirty minutes every day.  I was faithful in following the entire Weight-Watcher’s program but soon became bored with walking and decided to jog instead.  I started running by picking out a mailbox and running to it and then walking to the next one.  I followed this pattern of alternately running and walking every day for a whole week.  The following week, I ran to the second mailbox and then walked to the next.  The following week I ran to three boxes and walked to the next one.  Gradually, I increased the distance until I could run the entire thirty minutes.
By Christmas time I lost 25 pounds and it was a great moment when the leader acknowledged my accomplishment while the others clapped for me.  I continued to attend the meetings and lengthen my running distances too.  In the spring of 1999 I ran a 5K and then a 10K.  I ran my very first Half-Marathon in May of 1999 and then decided to keep going and train for a marathon that was to be held in October.
I finished my very first marathon in October of 1999, just one year after I stepped into my first Weight Watcher’s meeting.  Since that time, I have run nine marathons, having finished the 2009 Chicago Marathon in 4 hours and 41 minutes!  I feel happy, invigorated and enjoy watching my doctor’s face when she looks over the results from my annual check-ups.
As a Life-Time member, I have stayed at my desired weight for ten years.  Yet, I still attend the weekly meetings and constantly learn new ways to live a healthy life style.  Thank you Weight Watchers!
Dennis Apple

Everyday Ways to Get Moving

You don’t have to spend an hour at the gym to get in enough movement. This article offers a variety of actions you can add in to the activities you already do each day. Exercise while brushing our teeth – yes, please! Extra steps for printing at the printer furthest from our desk – we’ll take that, too! Take a look for more great ideas! Click here!

If you missed either one of Oprah’s calls with Weight Watcher members, click here to listen.