Our first Community Service Run was a success! Thanks to everyone who came out and made the work go so quickly. We even found the energy after for a four-miler jog to a scenic marsh nearby.
Photo credits to Jennifer Plusch (Boom Boom Kitty), kick ass derby player and photographer extraordinaire!
Thanks to Julie Lovely for having us out to The Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center!
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Here at the ShockYard, we strive to help our clients improve their health in all aspects of their lives. This goal, in addition to the desire to give back to our community, has led us to develop a series of Social Club events centered on active community service projects.
A wealth of scientific studies show that volunteering is good for your health. Many of them are reviewed in this article from the Corporation for National & Community Service. For example volunteering results in lower mortality rates, even after controlling for other demographic factors. Those who volunteer also report lower levels of depression as well as higher levels of happiness, life-satisfaction, self-esteem, a sense of control over life, and physical health.
In a new survey from the United Health Group, over 75% of people who volunteered in the past year reported that volunteering has made them feel healthier and lowered their stress levels, while approximately 95% said that volunteering improved their mood and enriched their sense of purpose in life.
At our first community service event, we will be cleaning paddocks, painting fences, and grooming horses at Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes Therapeutic Equestrian Program. The Horses for Heroes program helps veterans who are coping with PTSD by giving them a hands-on opportunity to communicate and connect with horses in a way that can help them to rebuild their relationships with family, friends, and society. Click here to learn more about this amazing program at their website. We will finish out the day with a short run around the property for those who are interested and still have energy to burn.
Come volunteer with us, and get back even more than you give!
Where: Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program in West Bridgewater
When: Saturday June, 28th 2-5PM
What to bring: Garden gloves, boots, clothes you don't mind paint on, hedge trimmers, paint brushes,
and running shoes (if joining for the run after)
Sign Up: Community Wild Hearts Service Day Facebook Event
The great folks from PACTV came by one of our roller girl boot camps recently. Check it out!
Do you play a team sport and want to take your game to the next level?
Contact us and we'll design a recurring 1-hour group boot camp featuring strength training and sport-specific skills for you and your teammates.
From the mouths of Rollergirls:
"I can't begin to say how amazing ShockYard is, I have seen it change a lot of my friends physically and mentally. I have seen the smiles on everyones face after a workout, it's really inspiring. Big Props to ShockYard <3"
Looking for some motivation to keep up with running this winter? Join The ShockYard for our first Social Club group 5K! Sign up to run with The ShockYard team ($50 for members, $60 for non-members) by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This fee includes a 5K race training program, $30 race registration, and a ShockYard t-shirt. Let's do this!
More info on the race here:
Casey and I have a New Year’s Eve ritual. Every December 31st we cozy up by the Christmas tree with a holiday-themed cocktail and brainstorm our goals for the coming year. We then write those goals down and post them somewhere we will see them every day. One of my goals for 2013 was to run 100 miles. I set this goal knowing that it was quite modest compared to a full-time runner’s training regimen (working out to approximately 2 miles per week), but I wanted to be realistic knowing that we would be playing roller derby full time for 8 months of that year.
I hit my 100-mile goal the 3rd week of September, shortly after we came home from derby playoffs. Playoffs marked the end of our 6-year journey with our derby league, the Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls (BHRG, http://www.bleedingheartlandrollergirls.com/). The conclusion of this big life event left me reflecting on the whole process of becoming a competitive skater and, dauntingly, left a big gap in my sense of “fitness purpose”. For years, every sprint, push-up, trail run, kettle-bell swing, prowler push, and leg matrix has been important because it was all a part of making me the best skater I could be for BHRG. Yesterday I went to a new gym and the trainer asked me about my goals for working out. I had none. I had no grand meaning for why I wanted to pick up heavy things and put them down over and over. Eventually I told the trainer I wanted to be able to do a chin-up, but it rang a bit hollow.
So what now?
I’ve started this 100 miles blog to be a short self-assessment of where I am in my training and where I’m going. During my first 100 miles, I’ve gone running in Indiana, Georgia, New York, and Ontario. I played in approximately 20 derby bouts and scrimmages and skated in a WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs tournament for the first time (http://wftda.com/tournaments/2013). On the side, I finished my doctorate, and we sold our house in Bloomington. I haven’t had many injuries to deal with, thankfully. The only ongoing issue I’m struggling with is tightness in my left IT band close to the knee.
Going forward, my primary goal for my next 100 miles is to find a new goal! Beyond that, I hope to improve my flexibility and attempt to address the lingering tightness in my knee. I plan to take advantage of moving to a new place to try out new things and find inspiration. Hopefully that next big-picture purpose is just around the corner!
A recent study has revealed that people perform better and give more effort when competing against another person. But better yet: they work the hardest and perform best when working with that other person towards a common goal.
Brandon Irwin, assistant professor of kinesiology at Kansas State University, found that those who exercised with a teammate whom they perceived to be better increased their workout time and intensity by as much as 200 percent.
"People like to exercise with others and make it a social activity," Irwin said. "We found that when you're performing with someone who you perceive as a little better than you, you tend to give more effort than you normally would alone."
Read the whole article here: http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/nov12/exercise112612.html