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National Physical Fitness & Sports Month – LZX Team Feature: Naomi

Today’s post comes from Naomi. Naomi is one of the graphic designers here at Learning ZoneXpress. She’s extremely creative and helps bring our nutrition education resources to life with beautiful color and engaging design. Here’s what Naomi has to share about sports and activities both in her childhood and as an adult.


What was your favorite sport/activity as a kid and why?

Naomi riding at 16 yrs

Naomi riding at 16 years old.

As I kid, I absolutely loved playing soccer. You ran and didn’t even really think about all the running you were doing! Just going after that wonderful ball!

I also did a lot of riding when I was young, all the way through my 18th year. You don’t think there’s a lot of activity when you “just sit on a horse,” but your entire body is at work whether moving with the horse or sitting their strides. Then you get into the care of the horse and that includes stall cleaning! The rewards though are wonderful. You have a friend for life, a companion. You learn empathy and definitely responsibility. Plus you get to ride!

What is your favorite sport/activity as an adult and why?

I am tied on this one. I love curling. It is such an engaging sport and excellent exercise – definitely for cardio! Anyone at any age can do it. My other favorite activity is pool aka billiards. Hand and eye coordination, precision and just really thinking about your approach to each ball. If you like geometry, this is a great sport/activity!

Naomi's son, Tyler, throwing a curling stone

Naomi’s son, Tyler, throwing a curling stone at a local curling clinic with Olympian, John Benton.

Tell us your favorite sports/physical activity memory.

My favorite memory is from this year winning as many matches as I did at the state pool tournament. Finally overcoming the mental aspect of the game. My other is with my son, finally getting him on the ice and teaching him how to throw 42lb stones!

What are your thoughts on the importance of physical activity and sports?

There are so many benefits to activity and sports. For starters it get’s you outside or out and interacting with other people, making friends too. Exercise is always healthy and there’s no better way to do something that you “should” do than making it something that you want to do.

 


Stay tuned for more National Physical Activity & Sports Month featuring Learning ZoneXpress team members.

 

 

National Physical Fitness & Sports Month – LZX Team Feature: Linnea

We continue our coverage of National Physical Fitness & Sports Month with Linnea! Linnea is our Learning ZoneXpress project manager, product manager, content expert – the list could go on and on. She’s passionate about nutrition and activity, and we all learn so much from her every day.

Learn more about this great gal in the post below!


Learning ZoneXpress Linnea riding bike at 6 years old

6-year old Linnea riding her bike without training wheels!

What was your favorite sport/activity as a kid and why?

Honestly, I didn’t really like organized sports very much as a kid, mostly because my family moved quite a bit and so team-based sports were hard to commit to. We did a lot of family bike rides on old railroad bed trails when we were younger. I remember being so proud to say I’d rode my bike 20, 30, even 40 miles!

As for organized sports, I took swimming lessons as a kid and in third grade I desperately wanted to take dance lessons. My parents allowed me to take those dance lessons, but only if I also took tae kwon do. So I learned tap, jazz, and ballet as I learned to break boards with my feet. Balance! 

What is your favorite sport/activity as an adult and why?

Cycling, hands down. It’s become such a versatile sport and one that you can do year-round, even in the snowy Minnesota winters. In the summer, I ride my road bike. In the spring and fall, I like to switch over to riding gravel, especially when the sun is low in the sky (it’s safer on roads with little to no traffic). Winter is time to break out the fat bike and ride single-track mountain bike trails and if it’s too cold, ride inside on a trainer.

Linnea competing in the Almanzo 100 bike race.

Linnea competing in the Almanzo 100 bike race.

Tell us your favorite sports/physical activity memory.

Too many, but probably completing my first “century” (100 mile bike ride) or my first gravel “race”, the Almanzo 100, which is also a century and is much, much harder than riding 100 miles on the road. That was the first time I’d ever finished faster than my dad in any sort of athletic event—and I beat him by 45 minutes!

What are your thoughts on the importance of physical activity and sports?

Physical activity is important to me because it’s my “me time.” When I go for a bike ride, run, or even just a hike at the state park with my dog, it’s my time to think and clear my mind. I always say I get my best ideas on my bike. Plus, physical activity is my social outlet. Most of the friends I’ve made as an adult have come through group rides and my cycling team—all people I probably wouldn’t know if I weren’t riding my bike—and because of those friendships it keeps me motivated to ride.


Great stories and photos from Linnea! Stay tuned for more featured LZX team members.

National Physical Fitness & Sports Month – LZX Team Feature: Michelle

Active Kids MyPlate PosterTo continue our posts for National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, we’re featuring another LZX employee’s thoughts and stories on physical activity. Today’s post is all about Michelle. Michelle is new to the LZX team, and we are thrilled to have her.

She works in both our Customer Service and Shipping Departments and does a fantastic job. Here’s what she has to say about sports and activity. Enjoy!


What was your favorite sport/activity as a kid and why?

I enjoyed playing softball and basketball growing up.  I grew up watching baseball and basketball with my dad.  I enjoy the fast pace of basketball and the fact that it truly is a team sport.  Softball is also a team sport but is a little more individual when it comes to hitting and fielding.

What is your favorite sport/activity as an adult and why?

Softball and volleyball.  I enjoy getting together with friends one night a week to compete doing something that we love.  It’s a good way to interact with others as well as stay active. 

Tell us your favorite sports/activity memory.

Playing with the marching band on the 4th of July in Washington, D.C., in front of the White House.  We were also able to tour the White House, and you are not allowed to do that anymore – definitely one of my favorite memories.

Did you play sports in High School? College? Tell us about it!

In High School, I was in marching band.  I didn’t start up softball and volleyball again until after I finished school.  I then joined the adult leagues.

What are your thoughts on the importance of physical activity and sports? 

I feel physical activity and sports are very important not only for the benefits of staying active, but also all the lessons that you can learn when it comes to being a team player, how to get along with others and how to handle each situation whether you win or lose.  The social part as well as the physical part are very important.


Great thoughts from Michelle! Stay tuned for more featured LZX team members.

National Physical Fitness & Sports Month – LZX Team Feature: Becky

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, something we take pretty seriously here at Learning ZoneXpress. To help celebrate and continue the conversation about the importance of physical activity, we thought it would be fun to share thoughts, stories and pictures from LZX team members about the topic. We’ll be sharing these throughout the month of May.

First up is Becky. (Michelle’s on deck and Linnea is in the hole)

Becky is our Marketing Database Manager and has been involved in sports her entire life.


What was your favorite sport/activity as a kid and why?

Becky Joyce Softball - Hawaiian Day2

Becky and CEO, Joyce, played softball together years before working together at LZX!

Tether Ball, because I am short and height didn’t matter.

What is your favorite sport/activity as an adult and why?

Softball – a great summer activity. Volleyball – a perfect team sport. Golf – it doesn’t hurt my body.

Tell us your favorite sports/physical activity memory. 

Participating in the National Softball Tournament in Dallas, TX.

Did you play sports in High School? College? Tell us about it!

Women’s sports were just being introduced when I was in High School, so it was all new. I played basketball (guard – I was very short), gymnastics, track and flag football.

What are your thoughts on the importance of physical activity and sports? 

Teaches teamwork, helps prevent chronic diseases. Better physical and mental health improve sleep and help control obesity.


Our beloved Becky was recently recognized in our Owatonna People’s Press for nearly 40 years served on the Owatonna Softball Association Board. “There is only one Becky Vick” the article states, and here at LZX we couldn’t agree more. Read the entire article here.

Thank you Becky for your years of service to the community and to Learning Zone.