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28 Jun, 2010

Know More Do More Monday: Gettin’ on ye old bike

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Know More Do More

Last week I drew this activity from the KMDM tip jar:

 Make a list of physical activities you like. Pick one to do this week. 1/3 of youth indicate doing no physical activity as part of their free time.

You know what I really like to do? Ride my bike. I don’t do it to compete, I don’t wear any spandex, I don’t have carved muscles in my legs and I suspect I never will. I just like to tool around on my bike. I like the feeling of the wind in my hair helmet and the landscape pouring by my eyes like a glass of cool water pours down my throat. I also like travelling to places on my own steam.

It’s good for my brain, good for my soul, good for my heart.

I really wanted to undertake a fun kind of outing this week (kind of like our marathon bike trip of 2008) but the weather gods did not cooperate, so the girls and I went today. We picked up our bikes and pedaled over to the library, and then to the local park for a rest in the shade. And it felt pretty darn good to have done it.

Maybe I’ll start biking for groceries again this summer? We’ll see.

In the meantime, the KMDM challenge for the coming week is this:

Stop the pop! And drink more water. Flavour it with lemon or a sprig of mint. Cola adds extra calories to our diets. Studies show that drinking large amounts of cola may contribute to obesity.

MAY CONTRIBUTE? I will refrain from commentary at this point.

Emma drew this tip, handed it to me and promptly announced how easy this is going to be. It won’t be a struggle, that’s for sure. Pop is rare in our house, but getting more water down the hatch might be a challenge. Hmm.

If you’ve been following the KMDM twitter feed please note that my job as official tweeter ends at the end of this month. I’m taking my name and face off the account, but please keep following along! I’m sure the tips will be just as good. :)

This post is part of the Know More Do More initiative spearheaded by the Champlain Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Network. KMDM is about empowering parents and inspiring them to take charge of their children’s health by taking easy steps to increase activity levels and improve eating habits. I’m one of two champion families who has been asked to take this challenge. You can join too. Check out the official website for more information. You can also get healthy tips by following @knowmoredomore on Twitter. If you’re blogging about your participation, please let me know so we can cheer each other on! You can read all of my past weekly challenges here!

2 Responses to "Know More Do More Monday: Gettin’ on ye old bike"

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June 28th, 2010 at 1:35 pm


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2 | Know More Do More Monday: hydration >> a peek inside the fishbowl

July 5th, 2010 at 9:06 am


[…] I mentioned last week, Emma handed this tip to me with a smile and a big declaration of how EASY this was going to be. […]

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human offspring: Emma (23) and Sarah (21). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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