Wellness Pathway #220 Volunteer for Health

In Wellness Pathway #175, Fitness Gardening, I wrote about the exercise value of daily chores. Four hours of gardening burn nearly as many calories as running a four hour marathon. Athletes sometimes forget this, producing over training injuries by not taking into account the cross-training impact of daily chores.

Non-athletes, on the other hand, may take some comfort here. Even if you do not maintain a regular workout schedule, daily chores may be enough to compensate in order to keep you healthy and fit. The key is to make them regular and vigorous enough to have a conditioning impact.

In addition to household and garden chores, another excellent alternative to working out is to volunteer for aerobic and anaerobic activities with your favorite charity. Work projects abound that require lifting, digging, hauling, hammering, twisting, sweeping, stooping,  stretching, and standing — to mention only a few of the most common movements. The Habitat for Humanity website is a great place to start to find a local opportunity in your area.

Given the focus of this week’s Provision, Spaceship Earth, as well as the upcoming occasion of Earth Day on April 22, environmental work projects are another great opportunity to volunteer for health. Since every day is Earth Day, you may want to plan a vacation around your activities to save the planet. The nonprofit American Hiking Society’s Volunteer Vacations, offers participants one to two weeks of trimming, chopping, raking, and construction along public trails, all for $80 — $100 plus transportation.

According to government data, volunteering on community-service projects is associated with a slew of health benefits, including better physical health in older age, greater life satisfaction, and lower mortality. Why not take up the cause, and volunteer for health!

Coaching Inquiries: When was the last time that you exerted yourself in a volunteer activity? How could you make that a more regular occurrence? What activities and causes do you find most interesting and attractive? Who could contact to schedule something in the near future?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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