August 1st National Mountain Climbing Day

Since it is the middle of summer and you are probably bored and looking for something to do why not go mountain climbing!?! That’s sort of what Bobby Matthews and Josh Madigan did in 2016 by completing the 46 High Peaks in New York. Bobby is the son of the creator of HolidayInsights.com. It is an accomplishment to be proud of. I have a hard time climbing the hill in front of my house and I live in Florida where there are no real hills anyway. It is a great way to keep fit, or get fit, because you can choose the difficulty you want and see some great scenery along the way.

How to celebrate – Go climb a mountain! (Or a hill if you are like me). Form a mountain climbing club in your neighborhood. Create your own Von Trapp Family singers.

July 27th Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day

So since you’ve got nothing else to do today, take your houseplant for a walk today. You might tell them a story along the way to help entertain them, stop at bigger plants and encourage them to grow and make sure they get plenty of sunlight! Actually if you can arrange to have the sun out and a light sprinkle at the same time, like we get here in Florida all the time, all the better, they are getting sun and water at the same time. If you own a larger houseplant you can put then in you little red wagon and pull them along behind you! Today was created by Wellcat.com.

How to celebrate – Take your houseplants for a walk. If you are too busy hire a professional plant walker. Make sure to record yourself on a phone so when your plant complains later you never do anything with them you’ll have proof that you did.

November 17th Take A Hike Day

There are several meanings to “Take a Hike” but we will stick with the most obvious and literal, take a walk! It is a simple form of exercise that practically anyone can do. It gets you out in nature, enjoying the sights and sounds the world has to offer and you get to see things that change daily, albeit they may be very small changes. You can hike alone, or in a group, although it is always better to hike with at least one partner. You can make new friends, maybe even find other related hobbies and if nothing else, feel better about yourself for doing it.

How to celebrate – Go for a walk. Join a hiking group. Create some new trails for yourself.

April 7th National Walking Day

There is no doubt that walking is good for us. Most of us do not do enough walking, just like most of us do not drink enough water. You can complain about how you feel, how you look or your lack of energy but are you doing the things that will restore all of those things to you? The American Heart Association created today in 2007, suggesting that we walk at least a half hour a day. That’s really not too much to ask and it is a really good idea. That exercise can add years to your life, quality years and it costs you so very little!

How to celebrate – Get a dog and take them for a walk. Start a walk group in your neighborhood. Get out and allow yourself to think about things other than immediate issues by enjoying nature.

August 31st National Trail Mix Day

Cereal, nuts, m&ms, raisins, dried fruit, pretzels, dried vegetables… in fact nearly anything you can think of can be included in your own personal trail mix! The idea behind trail mix is pretty obvious, to provide you with energy as you walk along the great trails of the world. We need to replace some of the calories we burn when we do extended exercise. Since the idea of being on the trail is longer than say even a football game, we need something to sustain us and it has to be easy to carry, easy to eat and quick reacting. It helps if it tastes good too! And to be honest, you don’t have to be on a trail to eat… though that’s good for you too! (Though it might be tough to eat your trail mix through a mask.)

How to celebrate – Buy some trail mix. Make your own trail mix. Go for a walk.

June 6th National Gardening Exercise Day

June 6th National Gardening Exercise Day

Gardening is fun. It is also therapeutic, builds muscles, and helps burn calories. There are number of different gardens you can tend to… vegetable, flower, herb… and even rocks. You will need to plant your garden, weed it, water it, and enjoy it. It may help to talk or sing to your garden as well, although I am not sure it does a rock garden much good. You will need to determine what type of garden you want, and where you will want to place it. Besides plants, you will also need tools, clothing, hats, and water pails or hoses.

How to celebrate – Choose where you want your garden to go. Choose what type of garden you want. Plant your garden.

October 8th American Touch Tag Day

Kids have been playing tag since time began. At first it was probably out of fear as playing tag with a dinosaur wouldn’t be much fun. The game requires no tools or devices to play, only the energy to run around seemingly aimlessly. It is a fun game unless you are really slow, that tends to always make you “it” and there is little chance of capturing someone else to end your turn. (I know, I was that kid!) Still, it is better than just standing still and doing nothing and it is great exercise! Maybe adults should play tag to get themselves back into shape! Since there is an American tag day I have to assume every country has it’s own day of tag. Except maybe those places where running from someone is believed to be a pretense to criminal activities.

How to celebrate – Play tag today. Make up your own version of tag by adding a few challenges. Play tag with your pets.

August 1st National Mountain Climbing Day

August 1st National Mountain Climbing Day

This is not a day designed to get you to climb Mt Everest. It is designed to get you up and out of the house and walking along the many natural, and man-made, paths that might include a mountain or two. Leave Mount Everest to the experts, those people that want to drive spikes into rock slabs and dangle from ropes. Pick the easier paths, still requiring effort but not beyond the average everyday hiker. It was created to honor Bobby Madigan and Josh Madigan for scaling the highest 46 peaks in the Adirondack Mountain’s in New York. Watch out for the snow, if you come across any, I got the worst sunburn of my life going up a foot trail of a mountain in Colorado. The sun reflects off the snow and will burn you to a crisp!

How to celebrate – Go climb a mountain! Watch the Sound of Music. Get out and enjoy nature.

June 24th National Swim A Lap Day

Ah summer. It’s warm, or hot, outside and nearly everything you do causes you to sweat. If you keep your exercise regimen then you can plan on sweating a lot! Or… you can start swimming laps! It’s great exercise and you stay cool! And even better, since it’s a National Day you are being patriotic as well! There are really only two things you need to watch out for. The first is, make sure there is water in your pool! Diving in to swim laps when there is no water can be a bit hazardous. The second is, you really should always swim with partner, it’s safer and more fun.

How to celebrate – Swim a lap! Throw a pool party. enjoy the good weather.

May 17th National Bike To Work Day

This is a great idea! Let’s all ride to work on our bicycles. It is always the 3rd Friday in May and has been created by the League of American Bicyclists who came from the League of American Wheelmen, formed in 1880. Back then you could ride anything to work that had wheels. Of course, the horse was the most natural thing to ride and I do not believe most horses have wheels. Now I am all for saving the environment and getting the exercise required to be healthy… that said, I’m not too sure about this ride a bike to work day. If you wear a suit and carry a briefcase this could be a challenge. if you wear a dress to work and carry a purse, it could be an issue. If you work an hour away by car, this could be an issue. It’s a great idea but it takes some preplanning and some extra effort on your part. Try the night before as a test to make sure this is practical for you.

How to celebrate – Ride your bike to work. I would suggest not taking the highway. Form a bike ride to work group.