Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Socialcizing!


It can be difficult to keep in touch with friends/family when you're a vegan and they aren't.  Our societal culture have been built around food.


Special occasion?  
Eat.

Holiday? 
Eat.

Good news? 
Eat.

Bad news? 
Eat.



The first thing that comes to mind when people say "lets get together," is - "for brunch, lunch or dinner?"

This year I've taken it on as a personal challenge to break that cycle.  And I'm doing it in a way that benefits both me and my friends - not to mention my MS.

Exercise!

Or socialcize if you will - socializing while exercising.

I've been implementing socialcizing in various ways.

Getting groups of friends together by signing up as a team for various 5Ks around town.  I aim for at least one per month.  Some of us walk, some of us run - but we all get to hang out at some point.

Or, I'll drop in on one of my friend's yoga classes or invite a friend or two to my regular kickboxing class.

Even if it's just once, I've been checking out classes with a friend - cycling, Zumba, indoor rowing.  Anything that looks interesting - you never know what you'll gravitate towards until you try it.

For those who aren't that inclined to get out there and work it, I suggest a leisurely walk in a park.

When the weather turns, I'll take things inside - a nearby gym or rec center and more classes!

Exercise benefits MS tremendously.  The old advice was to do nothing while undergoing an attack, the new advice is move it or lose it - safely.  Whatever your current abilities, get out there - your future self thanks you. :)

Beating MS!

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