Get Active!

“It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done” -Nelson Mandela

A new year is typically seen as the time of new beginnings. Many resolutions are made and a common one is to improve one’s health through a new fitness routine. We typically start off very motivated by a specific goal such as building muscle, getting stronger or losing weight. As life gets busy, however, we may find ourselves facing many obstacles that block us from accomplishing this goal.

In my personal life, fitness plays a very important role. I once faced a time where achieving my fitness goal seemed impossible. The everyday challenges in life pushed this goal further and further away until one day I decided I would no longer allow keeping myself from what I wanted. I made changes and sacrifices and today I stand in a place of feeling accomplished. Nelson Mandela’s words couldn’t have resonated with me more as I am no longer living in the impossible.

 
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As the Precious Life Infant Care Center Director, I have been truly blessed being able to serve the little ones to the best of my ability but I wanted to bring more to the shelter. Given the busy nature of the Shelter and all the programs we are running, it is hard to implement an ongoing fitness program.  We have attempted to create a Walking Club for the residents to encourage them to get out with their little ones around the neighborhood. Last summer, the Infant Care Center also celebrated “Fit Fridays” on a weekly basis to promote healthy activity with the babies in our care by going out on walks with them.

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I did not want to stop there and thought about how else to incorporate fitness into our program. That being said, I am very excited to announce that we are beginning this year with involvement in two walks/races! Precious Life Shelter would like to extend an invitation to all our supporters, friends and volunteers this year to join us in the following events:

Our first event is The Los Alamitos Race on the Base. Please join us, Friday night, February 22 as we run on the base in a fun Glow in the Dark Whimsical Run! We will be participating alongside our residents and their precious children. Come dressed silly, in neon colors or with your favorite t-shirt and get ready to get your walk on with us. This will be a fun experience to have with our little ones and to participate in a community event while getting active together.

Our second event is participating in the March of Dimes. This year, our Shelter celebrates 30 years of operating such an extraordinary organization that was founded to support women and their unborn babies. In the midst of our celebration, I found it important to find a cause that significantly ties in with who we are as an organization. We decided that the March of Dimes is the best way to show support in our community that we believe in the health of all moms and babies everywhere.

We would love for as many of you to join us as we come together to have fun and be active in either of these events or both!

If you are interested in joining us in either of these events and have questions, please contact me at leslies@preciouslifeshelter.org

 
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