After many years of trying different things, Kelly Nelson became aware of the benefits of swimming for both his mind and body. Having experienced much anxiety throughout his life, he found that swimming helps his mind to calm down and relax.
Jason Marks has been going to the gym for many years.
Ann-Marie began her venture into running by starting at the gym. She decided one sunny day that she would like to try running outside.At first they were short walk-run sections in Bowen Park. But now she has a circuit which gets longer each week.
When an opportunity to run in the Run for the Mountain came up, she was up for the
challenge. She completed this in 55:40. Although the race was more intense than anything she had done before, she completed with a smile on her face: partly due to the camaraderie between her and other runners along the way.
Once weighing more than 210 pounds, Will has worked hard to get fit. He now weighs 155 pounds. It began when he discovered the trampoline. He would spend hours at a time with his friends jumping on it. His weight quickly decreased. Going to show that when you love your exercise, it’s not work.
With the shedding of weight, Will now loves to run. With the training he’s received from the boss man, Neil G he has developed his distance running ability.
On Saturday, September 14th, Will ran his first race in the 6km 8th Annual Run For the Mountain 2013. He did it in 54:09. Even after a challenging race, Will has been known to break out his famous dance moves no matter where he is.
Neil C has been focussed on creating initiatives that encourage motivation at Nanaimo Supportive Lifestyles.
Academic research has found that people with cognitive disabilities have a greater challenge motivating themselves than people without disabilities while also participating in more sedentary activities such as watching TV. People with cognitive disabilities often times have difficulty learning from verbal instruction. The research recommends altering the techniques toward using more visual and more kinaesthetic (learn by doing) instructions.
Neil's mission is to do exactly that - find ways that help to motivate our clientel. Using initiatives like Tractivity, our computerized distance/step/time tracking initiative, Clients can visualize how far they have gone each day, month, year. They can enter friendly competitions such as men vs. women and co-operatively work together to cross Canada (Our first attempt took 110 days with 19 people participating).
myLifeStyle is another initiative undertaken to encourage our clientèle to make goals and work hard to attain them. In order to gain a myLifeStyle tshirt, clients must set an achievable goal and work to attain it. Upon the completion of the goal, they gain a customized "myLifeStyle:" tshirt with their own tag line (such as "Runner") and a biography much like the one you are currently reading describing their accomplishment.