Pura Vida = Pure Life. While embracing the spirit of adventure, discovery and camaraderie, The Coastal Challenge will afford you the opportunity to compete at your highest level against an international field in one of the longest, toughest and most memorable running events you will ever experience. On February 2nd, 2013 myself and my good friend and race partner, Bryce Wylde begin our Costa Rican running ec0-adventure through 225km of trail, mountains, beaches, jungle and river crossings. This is a 6 day staged race that we have committed ourselves to completing and experiencing to the fullest. This journey will definitely take physical strength, endurance and of course mental toughness. Although we will most definitely endure our share of mental demands, we also more importantly undergo this adventure in efforts to support a very important campaign for mental illness that can impact so many lives of children around the world but also right here in Canada. More info about The Coastal Challenge
The Coastal Challenge Intro Video
‘Mindful’ is a network that provides education about the role that diet, nutrition and lifestyle play in maintaining children’s mental health. The Mindful Mission is to fill the gap in treatment of children’s mental health by creating an integrated and supportive educational network where parents/caregivers, youth and health professionals can find current information on the importance of diet, nutrition and lifestyle in children’s mental health.
I have personally teamed up with Bryce Wylde (my race partner) to raise money for this important campaign with the goal of helping make a significant impact on the lives of children with mental health concerns. From ADHD and depression to anxiety and schizophrenia, mental illness affects 10% to 20% of Canadian children and youth, making it the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide. Canada has the 3rd highest suicide rate in the industrialized world, and the increased use of prescription medication for children is being questioned across the medical community. While medication can offer relief from symptoms, it can also cause troubling side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, weight gain, and even an increased risk of suicide and addiction.
Please help us support this campaign and give generously here: Mindful Charity
*any donation over $20 will receive a tax receipt. I thank you personally for your support.
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KEEP YOUR KIDS FIT
Consider the Stats:
Children should get a minimum of 60min of exercise/day
Childhood obesity rate has tripled within the last 25 years – parents must take action.
1. Turn screen time to lean time. Limit television, choose programs that can inspire activity (ie. Sports, nature, etc.)
2. What’s your child’s Think Factor? – Choose activities that inspire
Must be interested in the activity to be motivated and to avoid frustration
Take into account internal and external factors – make activity relevant
Consider temperament and personality according to sport or activities
Athlete vs non-athlete (a non-athlete may be less competitive and more self conscious – perhaps karate would be better suited)
3. Get creative (ex. Piggyback racing, game creation, run and fetch toys etc.)
4. Be Actively Present – Children require more stimulation nowadays – you MUST be present
5. Lead by example – parents dedicated to exercise = kids interested in exercise
6. Consider activity by age:
4-8 years old – keep it basic (i.e. non-competitive games like moving like an animal)
9-12 years old – coordination and complex movements can be enhanced.
Children generally open to competition but base this on temperament – kids receive competition differently. Ex. Activities: team sports, martial arts, running, swimming
Additional program info: www.ThinkFitnessStudios.com