PT 360 NEWS APRIL 2018

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A pril 2018

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elliptical or treadmill for some outdoor jogs, grab a friend for an outdoor tennis match, or don a wetsuit for a spring paddle on the river. It’s time to come out of hibernation, get a big dose of fresh air, and re-energize your workout routine — or maybe even find something new that you love! comfort foods and happy hours to walks and picnics in the park can energize your spirit and friendships. Apple almond butter sandwiches and a river walk sound good to anyone? I know it sounds refreshing to me! I know my own spring revitalization will allow me to further hone my passions, focus on my goals, and take stock of my progress. And the warm weather and beautiful flowers make everything more engaging and just plain fun — accompanied, of course, by a heavy dose of antihistamine and decongestant. I hope your spring moves you forward! Shelly Coffman Even revitalizing your social routines to shift away from

Spring has sprung! If you’re like me, you have a love-hate relationship with spring. I love the flowers in bloom — and I hate the flowers (and everything else) in bloom! My ability to enjoy the outdoors is tempered by the fact that being outdoors makes me feel miserable, and my allergy symptoms continue for hours after I fold and go back inside. Here in the Pacific Northwest, retreating indoors when the weather is just starting to feel palatable again goes against every fiber of my being! out new ideas, reading new books, and purging the things or ideas that aren’t loved or aren’t working. I even take time to evaluate my social and work schedules to see what is maybe not serving me or my family well. It’s a good way to re-evaluate and make choices with my time that align with my goals of improved health and fitness, better community, and feeding my body and mind well. It’s also time to swap those warming and nourishing soups for some delicious and nutrient- dense salads. Swap the indoor Since I have to stay indoors so much, I like to take the opportunity to do a spring refresh by purging clutter — not just the house, but also my mind, trying

When hitting the gym or sweating through another exercise class loses its appeal, you might feel like there’s nothing left to do. You want to stay fit, but you don’t have the enthusiasm you once had, and the thought of dragging yourself to the gym is no longer motivating. Don’t throw in the towel yet, though. It might be time to try something different. Why not join an adult sports team? There are some surprising benefits to adult sports teams. Of course, sports will keep you physically healthy, but they can also keep you fit mentally. Unlike rote exercise, sports keep your mind active as you think through strategies before and during the game. Doesn’t that sound more stimulating than grinding out another mile on the treadmill or another set of reps on the bench? Sports leagues are also a great way to meet people. Creating a social circle is immensely beneficial to your mental and emotional health. You’ll have a new group of friends, and the team aspect of the sport creates long- lasting connections. Being part of a team also holds you accountable. You can’t miss the big game when the team is counting on you. T he B enefits of A dult S ports T eams

–-Shelly Coffman

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