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3 lessons learned while running for a cause

If you are an “exercise is not for me” kind of person, read on. I recently took part in an event in Puerto Morelos that taught me a few tips about exercising and it might just inspire you to go out and get moving!

1.  NEVER underestimate the importance of water!
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Pok a pok player. Photo by Xcaret Park

The Mayans know it, Chaahk was one of their most respected deities, since long ago they knew cenotes, rivers, oceans and rain are connected and that our lives depended on this cycle. I am no expert, but I bet when they played Pok-a-tok, they stayed hydrated. So LocoLocals let’s not forget! The climate in the Yucatan Peninsula is mostly hot and humid, hence special attention is needed when it comes to exercising outdoors.

 

 

Here are some useful tips:

  •  Drink cool water, it absorbs faster than cold water.
  • Don’t wait until you are thirsty, sipping water (yes wa-ter, NO sugary fizzy drinks) throughout the day will keep your body hydrated and ready for action.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes they will allow air circulation while protecting you from the sun.
  • Speaking of the big yellow fellow, avoid direct sunlight. I like to use the Aussie formula of Slip-Slop-Slap-Seek & Slide, it’s easy!

Slip on a shirt – Slop on sunscreen – Slap on a hat – Seek shade and – Slide on sunglasses

2.   Its NEVER too late to join!
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Natalia Espinoza and her dad José Eduardo getting ready for action!

Also, the benefits of regular exercise are many, amongst the less obvious  (and my personal favorites) are:  brainpower improvement, stress relief, and that exercising  is a great excuse to go outside the house. Evolution adapted our bodies to a life near nature. Cars, pavement, buildings and cubicles are not exactly bliss inducing, are they? LocoLocals it is totally worth it to learn how to deal with our hot and humid weather to spend more time outdoors.

Remember that there are many ways to race, it is not all about always beating your personal score, its about joining a community for a common cause. I realized that LocoLocals on wheelchairs; chicas and vatos with their dogs; parents with prams; elders at their own pace; kids on roller-skates, skateboards and bikes they could do it and it all counts! Racing is a great way to get the whole family moving.

 3. Running for a cause is nothing short from inspiring

Confession time!  A couple of months ago I battled a nasty case of throat/ear infection that censored the gym for me for weeks. When I recovered I procrastinated like a pro and did not get back to my regular exercise routine. But then I learned that Puerto Morelos was hosting Vidanta‘ s Carrera de Colores in order to raise funds for the campaign Hazle la Navidad a Alguien “Make Someone’s Christmas Happen”.

So this Sunday 12th of October -Christopher Columbus spirit on – I put on my sneakers and rediscovered my will to run.

This  is the second year this family race is organized by Grupo Vidanta. Its participants are all employees or family members of this company. From the Entretainment Crew, to HR Services; from the Sales team to JOYÀ team, the newest addition to Vidanta’s Group, no one was left behind. Me included.

Here are all the happy winners for all A) B) C) & D) categories! A really fun bunch:

A) 1st place, the Espinosa Family (José Eduardo, Marilú, Jose Eduardo Jr and Natalia) B) 1st place, Francisco Ferreter and 2 children C) 1st Víctor Villegas, Entertainment Manager (13 min) 2nd Oscar Guillermo García, IT Department 3rd Luis Ademir, Entertainment crew D) Individual run (5km) 1st Jorge Villegas, Entertainment crew (17 min) 2nd Rogelio Daniel López, Entertainment crew 3rd José Luis Francisco Gómez, Entertainment crew
A) 1st place, the Espinosa Family (José Eduardo, Marilú, Jose Eduardo Jr and Natalia) B) 1st place, Francisco Ferreter and 2 children C) 1st Víctor Villegas, Entertainment Manager (13 min) 2nd Oscar Guillermo García, IT Department 3rd Luis Ademir, Entertainment crew D) Individual run (5km) 1st Jorge Villegas, Entertainment crew (17 min) 2nd Rogelio Daniel López, Entertainment crew 3rd José Luis Francisco Gómez, Entertainment crew

 

So, If you are like me an need a little push to get going, pick a cause and get behind it! You can organize your own community fundraiser. Make sure to do it safely, to welcome everyone’s participation and showcase the best our beloved Pomo has to offer while getting fitter at the same time!

Want some help organizing? Shoot us an email at hello@lovepomo.com

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