Saskatchewan In Motion’s Get Our Community Moving Challenge got underway Monday in Moose Jaw.
Exercising from March 3-17 in the Friendly City could potentially net our city $10,000. The catch is that you have to exercise.
And no, walking around your workspace doesn’t count.
You’ve probably heard it takes a village to raise a child. Well, this same analogy could apply to the In Motion initiative.
In this case, however, it takes an entire community’s ardent push to exercise in order to claim the $10,000 prize.
However, just saying you’ve exercised will not be enough for Moose Jaw to take the prize.
You have to login and register yourself and members of your family at www.challenge.saskatchewaninmotion.ca for your exercise time to factor in to the community total.
Exercise can take many forms regardless of your age.
From taking the dog for walks to hockey practice to multiple sessions at the gym each week, every little ounce of work counts towards the In Motion challenge, as well as your own personal health and well-being.
At the Times-Herald, members of our editorial staff are nearing the end of an eight-week fitness challenge at Team Redgoat Training Centre. Other departments at the Times-Herald have also been participating since mid-January.
We have noticed a significant boost in office morale, inter-departmental conversations, enhanced strength and healthier eating.
Some of us were skeptical of putting our bodies through so much physical exertion, but on the cusp of completing the challenge we couldn’t be feeling better about ourselves and the decision to push our bodies more than most of us have in years.
Don’t think of exercise as work. Instead, think of it as a long-term health benefit.
World Golf Hall of Fame member Gary Player is 78 years old and still does more than 1,000 sit-ups every day and can squat an estimated 250 lbs.
Granted, the nine-time major champion is on a fitness level beyond the imaginations of many of us, but, if anything, Player has proven age doesn’t restrict one’s ability to exercise frequently.
So, get out there and exercise Moose Jaw. If not to be part of striving for a community goal, exercise for yourself and watch your strength, stamina, health and morale improve greatly over the coming weeks, months and beyond.
All editorials are written by the Times-Herald editorial staff.