This week’s trend hath nothing to do with exercise.
Nary a new fitness object shall be mentioned nor the word CALORIE be uttered.
This week we’re taking the focus outside. Not into the great outdoors (although your personal mission mightcould take you there!) but outside of ourselves.
My challenge for you today is to do ONE THING for someone else.
Im not daring to suggest even for a moment that the majority of the Bumbling Band isnt pretty damn giving, altruistic & kind on a daily basis already.
I was simply mulling how cool it would be if we, as a group, made today one of those practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty days.
What if we declared August12th to be MizFits Doing Unto Others Day & saw precisely how many people we can touch in one twenty-four hour period.
Sure it can take a whole heck of a lot longer than a day to trigger a true trend but the longest cardio session starts with a single pedal of the recumbent bike, right?
Stuck as to what you could do today? Here are a few ideas to start you off:
*In line at Starbucks? Pay for the person waiting behind you as a surprise!
*Eating lunch out at a restaurant? Randomly select a diner and pick up his/her check.
*Stop a stranger on the street and give him or her a genuine compliment and a smile.
*Clean out your toy room and bring all the gently used toys to a firestation so they have extras on the truck in case they encounter a frightened child at a fire.
*Volunteer, even just for an afternoon, at a local hospital, homeless shelter, nursing home, or animal shelter.
*Animal lover? Grab a zip lock bag, scoop in some cat or dog food & offer to the homeless people you see with pets (this one mightcould just be me).
Not yet sold on the notion? Need a little fitness prodding?
Acting in a kind/giving fashion can:
• Help contribute to the maintenance of good health & it can diminish the effect of diseases both psychological and physical.
• A rush of euphoria, followed by a long period of calm, after performing a kind act is often referred to as a “helper’s high” (who knew?!). This ‘helper’s high’ also triggers the release of endorphins.
• Stress-related health problems improve after performing kind acts. It can lessen feelings of depression, decrease feelings of isolation that can cause stress, overeating, & ulcers.
• Helping can enhance our feelings of joyfulness, emotional resilience, and vigor (woo-hoo! Im all about the vim & vigor).
• A decrease in the intensity and the awareness of physical pain can occur.
• The health benefits/sense of well-being return for hours or even days whenever the helping act is remembered (see? we CAN make an impact in only one day!)
• An increased sense of self-worth, greater happiness, and optimism.
• The practice of caring for strangers translates to immense immune and healing benefits.
Still not sold?
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So that’s the deal, People. Hit us up in the comments with the Random Act you plan for today & GO FORTH and spread the love.