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Well Connected Challenge Play Outside

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015
Well Connected Challenge - Outside

Doylestown Health invites you to join us in the Well Connected Challenge. Our goal is to inspire a more vibrant, healthier lifestyle for our community. With our new name, Doylestown Health, our mission is to help you get well and stay well. Small lifestyle changes can have a major impact on your overall health and well-being. To help in our mission we invite you to join the Well Connected Challenge.

Weekly Challenge

Each week we will have a new wellness challenge and encourage you to participate. Remember that small lifestyle changes can have a major impact on your overall health and well-being.

Week 1 - Play Outside

Both kids and adults benefit from being outdoors for your overall well-being. Being outside has many health benefits, including:

  • Increasing activity and exercise levels
  • Aiding in weight loss efforts
  • Increasing brain function, concentration skills and creativity
  • Getting more of the Vitamin D that we need for bone growth, cell growth and a healthy immune system
  • Lower stress levels and happier mood

Join our Well Connected Challenge for your chance to win a FitBit!

Steve White, Health Challenge Associate Spotlight

Steve White, director of Security for Doylestown Health, recently participated in the Delaware Valley Duathlon at Lake Nockmixon. He completed a 5k run, 15-mile bike and 5k run all in 2 hours and 12 minutes!

Steve White DuathlonFor Steve, exercising outdoors is like playing, reaping many of the same benefits. He is an avid runner and cyclist, and enjoys hitting the trails year round.

"I completely relax and unwind and I enjoy being outside with people," says Steve. "It helps me have a positive mental attitude. What’s better than to get outside and feel good about yourself?"

Exercising outdoors brings Steve back to his childhood days. He was a competitive runner in high school and played basketball through college. Steve joined the Central Bucks Family YMCA in 1992 and did his first 5K a month later. He has been doing events ever since, averaging more than 30 a year. Steve trained for his first triathlon in 2003. At 65 years of age, he is glad he remains competitive.

"Staying in shape is so essential to your physical and mental health," Steve says. "You need to keep yourself healthy if you want to live a happy life."

Steve enjoyed a 40-year-career as a police officer and chief of police before transitioning to head of Security for Doylestown Health. Exercising or playing outside has helped him deal with the stress of the job. “When you go outside your muscles totally relax. All the stress goes away. Mentally and physically it makes you healthier.”

Steve White Duathlon

There’s also something about being with other people who are running, cycling or staying active outdoors. "I enjoy the atmosphere outside," says Steve. "I enjoy the camaraderie of the people. When you have 200 people lining up to start a 5K there is so much energy and excitement."

Staying fit has become a way of life for Steve. But not everyone can go out and do a triathlon, right? Practically speaking, there are other ways to play outside that help keep you fit. Studies show that exercising outside improves mood and motivation. You’ll want to continue exercising if you’re having fun. The joy of being in nature is also a good motivator.

So, get outside and play. Go for a walk or take a bike ride. Play catch with your kids. Hit the local basketball court and participate in a game. You’ll see why outdoor play is good for your body and your mind.

Join our Well Connected Challenge for your chance to win a FitBit!

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