As a child, I wasn't very active. Organized sports were not something I saw as a positive thing. I preferred the solo activity of reading, which is good for the brain, but not so great for the butt.
Then I discovered swimming. Pardon the pun, but I took to it like a fish to water. After working my way through every Red Cross water class offered, I eventually became a swimming instructor and lifeguard at my high school pool. I learned that not only was I good at swimming, but that it was also great exercise and great fun. Because I loved to do it, and took every available chance I could to be in the water, it wasn't a chore.
J Orkowski knows a little something about how that works. As the owner of Gymfinity, each day he works with kids of all ages and abilities, but the one thing they all have in common is that when they like something, they're more likely to do it. Sounds simple, but in terms of physical activity that's a huge challenge to overcome, especially considering how many kids are inactive and overweight in this country. So even if your child isn't about gymnastics, try to help him or her discover the activity that's right for them. Learn more about J's philosophy and the programs he offers in our feature story on page 22.
Of course, the May issue is also filled with a lot of other great articles:
Nancy Johnson expounds on the virtues of the humble bean, an economical, nutritious way to add taste, texture and variety to your meals.
Katherine Lord explains how a unique chiropractic technique can ease the pain of arthritis.
Marcia Simler explains how she gets to the root cause of health problems as a certified kinesiologist and herbalist.
Ernest Bingham reminds us of the importance of a clean chimney.
These are just a taste of the things to come in this issue of Nature's Pathways. Thank you to our growing list of supportive readers and advertisers who make this possible.