Plogging: The Solution to Keeping our Home Healthy

A new trend from Sweden is soon becoming more and more popular all across the world. This simple technique helps both the environment and us humans too. So what better day to start something environmentally and health-friendly than today, on Earth Day. Our Earth is full of the greatest wonders and is home to trillions of different species, plants, and organisms. Unfortunately, with our very rushed lives, we sometimes forget to do simple things like turning off the faucet or cleaning up after ourselves. While these are simple and small mistakes, they may be harming our environment and are getting rid of some precious pieces of nature. With all this harm on the earth, what if there was something to undo this? What if we picked up after ourselves, stayed healthy, and ensured everyone else is too? Plogging does all of this! With just 30 minutes a day, we keep ourselves fit and help keep our environment clean too. Plogging is a Swedish term mixed with “picking up litter” and “jogging”. Plogging refers to the term in which you jog/walk and pick up litter. In this series of movements, you are both expanding on your flexibility and your stamina. The jogging and stopping movement is like a squat. Over the past few years, littering has become very prominent throughout our communities. We can see a lot of this waste end up in freshwater reservoirs or large bodies of water, where animals and organisms are harmed. This man-made waste can badly hurt and even kill fish or nearby animals. More waste results in more pollution and an unhealthy environment overall. While picking up trash may sound a little dirty at first, you are actually helping our very own Earth stay cleaner and grow better. Imagine a world with no trash and all this luscious greenery, clean water, and all this exotic marine life. How fun would that be! In any case, Plogging is the right way to go. We help ourselves, our animals, and mother nature stay fit and healthy together! So how about a new challenge for this year’s Earth Day. Why don’t we take a pledge to Plog? The answer to a cleaner and better planet is finally here: Plogging!

Fastest fingers first!

We are very excited to start the countdown for the discounted registrations for HAPPY FEET HEALTHY HEART 5K partnering with Dheean Pukardian!

Proceeds will go to Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Department!

General registrations are already open at full price, but you can mark your calendars to wait for the discounted tickets to be launched at 10 AM CT on Sunday April 14th.

What to do:

1.Bookmark this link:
https://raceroster.com/events/2019/22996/happy-feet-healthy-heart-5k-runwalk

2. Add a reminder on your calendar : 9:55 AM Sunday April 14th

3. Gather all info for you and family including T Shirt Sizes

4. Pick your team name

Login and grab the discounted registrations when you alarm goes off !! Look out for more reminders on HFWC facebook page and different whatsapp groups!

Are you Ready??

Its 2019 and Happy Feet Walkers Club has begun the planning for the annual 5k!

Opportunities to join us include sponsorship, volunteering , registering to walk/run or promoting the event to raise funds for the cause.

You can do one or you can do all, everything is appreciated!

First Annual Happy Feet Walkers Club 5K Family Walk-Run

Happy Feet leads to Healthy Hearts!

Join us for the first annual Happy Feet Healthy Hearts 5k Walk on Aug 18th 2018 at the Phillips Park in Aurora IL. This walk is targeted for all age groups and fitness levels. We encourage entire families to create teams and join us in our goal to raise awareness of heart health and specifically heart health for Women. Walking is a simple form of exercise that does not require any special gear or skill level but has immense benefits from physical wellness to emotional well being.

Save the date and watch this space for more information. Start lacing up your walking shoes and step out and enjoy the soon to be welcome warm weather in Chicagoland area!

Walk Managed by : Race Time Inc.

Supporting Cause is Women Heart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease!

Check out their website WomenHeart

 

 

In a walking slump? Don’t give up!

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Sometimes despite our best intentions, we find that we have lost our motivation to walk.  It honestly happens to everyone.  We have to stop for a week when we go on vacation or someone has fallen sick. We have visitors who have come from out of town  or there is too much work to do. The list is endless as to why we suddenly don’t have the time to walk. Once we stop walking,  it like our engine has been turned off.  No matter how many times we turn the key, and start a walk, it just doesn’t seem to ignite our walking engine.  We might do one walk here or there, but we can’t seem to get ourselves moving on a regular basis.  Then the guilt starts and every single day that we see others walking we think about why we aren’t walking.

If you are like me and feeling the guilt pile up day after day, take a deep breath.  The first thought might be to just give up.  After all it is easy for all of us to just drop out of the club, since we don’t pay any monthly membership dues.  But would that stop the guilt?  Would that actually help your health? The obvious answer is no.  So the next question to ask yourself is how to pull yourself out of the walking slump.

The answer is the Happy Feet game of tag! One of the unique things that has started in our club recently is our tagging system.  By tagging people to just walk only 200 steps or 10 minutes, the time and dedication needed for a longer walk is alleviated.  Everyone can participate.  If someone tags you, don’t ignore it.  Don’t put it off until “later”, because if you are in a slump then “later” never happens! 200 steps takes as little as 5 minutes depending on how fast you walk.  Even if you are on a conference call or making dinner, you can walk 200 steps easily.

The second step to becoming motivated is going to the Saturday walks.  These walks are an essential part of our club.  They give us all a chance to not just walk but to become re-energized by our friends. Let your fellow club members give you the motivation to start walking again.  Make a Happy Feet Friend close to your neighborhood and set a specific time that you will meet for a weekly walk.  Start with just one walk a week and build up from there.

The next steps is collages.  You might feel that the collages are a waste of time, but think of it as record of your effort, your time, and meeting your own goals.  There are of course weekly challenges to help make the collages even more interesting, but the core of the collage is saying that YOU are important enough to set aside time for YOURSELF.   We often hesitate to take a selfie – but why should we? It doesn’t matter how you look or what you wear, YOU are beautiful !

So the next time you find yourself in a walking slump, follow these steps and I promise that you will be back to walking everyday and feeling great. Remember your Happy Feet Friends will be happy to help you every “step” of the way!

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