Talking #physed with the #voxcast Crew

Want to listen to a chat on health and physical education? Click HERE Thanks to my friend Jorge Rodriguez and the #voxcast crew for taking time to chat with me. If you are a #physed teacher, click HERE to get your free demo of WELNET software to help improve your program. Stay happy, stay healthy, and always keep that smile on!


Exploring and Soaring

When you consistently write, you gain a unique opportunity. You see yourself in a different time and place. You can see and reflect on the person that you once were. After all, you are no longer the person that wrote those words, are you? You are someone different, however so slightly. This TED Talk made me think of a version of myself from long, long-ago. A version of myself that didn’t write, read, or even think…if I remember correctly. This video reminded me of a time and place when I was a ‘wild thing,’ exploring and soaring. I loved it!

Did I go to a school like this? No. I didn’t go to a school like this but, I would hope that every child has the chance to. This is an awesome school! Here’s to exploring and soaring!

Tuesday 20s

Make this workout as easy, or as difficult as you wish. #Tuesday20s

How it is done:

Complete 20 repetitions of each of the exercises in the video. They can be completed in any order, and in any length of time. If you need a competition to motivate you, challenge someone to do the workout faster than you did. ūüôā

Live active, smile, and always remember that the¬†real competition is against yourself. Here’s to being better every…single…day…

Thinking Lemons


I wrote this poem over two years ago. I came across it today and it inspired me to pick up a pen and write. I’m sharing it with you because I hope it will give you a little inspiration to do something positive today and make yourself a better person for tomorrow. I hope you enjoy my poem, “Thinking Lemons.”

When life throws you lemons you are told to make a drink, when life gives us problems we step back and think. Today my suggestion is to be and only be, fret not the unknown or what we do not see. Take step after step, stride upon stride, walking confidently in your direction, in control of your ride. You hold the power, the choice is your test, no one is better at being you, I attest. If my rambling holds truth than there is one thing left to do, stop blaming external things and be a better YOU.

Letter to you…


The following poem, written by a person that may never be known, is not important.

What is important, is how you react to the poem…

The poem will be introduced by a small statement, in order to ignite inspiration (assuming inspiration is flamable) in you.

The Statement: ‘Listen more to learn more.’

What is a middle schooler?

I was asked one day.

I knew what he was,

but what should I say?

He is noise and confusion.

He is silence that is deep.

He is sunshine and laughter,

or a cloud that will wait.

He is swift as an arrow.

He is a waster of time.

He wants to be rich,

but he cannot save a dime.

He is rude and nasty.

He is polite as can be.

He wants parental guidance,

but fights to be free.

He’s aggressive and bossy.

He is timid and shy.

He knows all the answers,

but still will ask “why?”

He is awkward and clumsy.

He is graceful and poised.

He is ever changing,

but do not be annoyed.

What is a middle schooler?

I was asked one day.

He is the future unfolding,

so do not stand in the way.

-By: Eight Grade Middle School Student

Are you standing in the way of the future, or standing up for the future?

As the weather changes

Summer 2014¬†is all but a memory now¬†and Autumn is¬†upon us. As Autumn¬†falls into winter, the desire and convenience of exercising often falls to the bottom of our priority lists. (Pun intended with the ‘fall’ references!) It isn’t that we want it to happen this way, but the weather has a unique way of changing our habits. For some of us the weather also changes our¬†moods. When the weather turns cold and¬†rainy we tend to stay indoors more. We¬†often chose to curl up under a warm blanket and read a book or watch a movie. The dreary weather sometimes makes us lethargic or depresses us.¬†Exercise is the last thing we want to do and the thought of being active just makes us want to put our heads under that blanket.

So the question that begs asking is, how do we stay active through the chilly season?

Living Active’s Advice:

As the seasons change, change your routine. Consistency is a great way to create positive exercise habits but sometimes a routine can be accompanied by complacency. We are not talking about reinventing the wheel here, we are talking about making your workout relevant and doable.

For example: If you live in Wisconsin and your summer routine is a¬†5 am morning jog…great. But as the temperatures¬†drop into the teens and negative numbers, maybe that run isn’t as appealing in December or January as it was in July. So change it up! Turn your¬†morning jog into a morning Yoga session. There are lots of workouts¬†to choose from, and a new workout is not only good for the muscles, but it is a great motivator.

Our bodies can get used to a workout the same way we get used to the same old work schedule. Keep your body guessing as the seasons begin to change, and don’t hesitate to talk about it with your family and friends.¬†Put some time and thought into your autumn and winter workout routines. Start¬†thinking about exercising now¬†so that when the next summer season comes along, you are already in swimsuit shape!