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

Today’s post is all about Learning ZoneXpress CEO, Joyce. Joyce is extremely active and great at encouraging and inspiring the team to get outside, try something new and have fun.  Here are some of her memories and thoughts on physical activity. Enjoy!

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

As a kid my favorite sport was softball, because it was the only sport available.  I was born in the 1950’s so title 9 had not yet occurred and there were no women’s sports yet in our school.  Softball at that time was a 4-H or community activity.

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

My favorite sport as an adult is Cross Country skiing.  It is a favorite because of the beauty, the solitude and the fact that it is something that is very gentle for us old folks to do. But I have to say I also love hiking, biking and this summer running is beginning to be fun too.  Maybe I’m fickle. My favorite is whatever is in season.  I am training for Grandma’s marathon this summer, it will be my first marathon.

Tell us your favorite sports/physical activity memory.

My favorite memory is not something that I did but rather my high school daughter being able to compete in a cross country meet after a significant surgery.  She was not fast or a contender to place but just the fact that she could participate after her surgery was monumental.

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

I think physical activity improves the quality of life, challenges of exertion are rewarding, and being in the out of doors is gratifying.  Physical activities also bring with them the comradery of peers and belonging, contributing to greater quality of life.   Not to mention as I age, continuing to move and being able to be agile is helpful.


What an inspiration! Joyce’s positive attitude and energy can’t help but make you want to get up and get moving. We’re excited to cheer her on in June as she runs her first marathon!

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

We continue our Physical Fitness & Sports Month features with Steve, our Chief Financial Officer.


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

Ice skating.  There was an ice skating rink about a block away from my house behind the middle school, so I could go there anytime.  We also could go ice skating there during our noon hour break from school.

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

Softball.  I think because we had a church team and then later had a company team.

Tell us your favorite sports/physical activity memory.

It’s not mine, but being involved and watching my daughter play and be successful is what brought sports to life for me.

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

I think having recesses during school is primary to a successful education.  Being part of a team builds so many skills that are used in all aspects of life.


Be on the lookout for more National Physical Activity & Sports Month featuring Learning ZoneXpress team members.

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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.

 


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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.

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