Your favourite ways to move it, move it
Jessica Harrison heads to the beach to help settle her mind whilst she moves her body: 'I love a long walk on the beach, hearing and feeling the energy of the ocean, and harnessing the healing power of the sea.'
We have plenty of admiration for Maria Dang, who told us: 'I'm a health care worker and I work right next to the thousand steps in Victoria. My colleagues and I would frequently change out of our scrubs and into our activewear and conquer the steps after every shift! Those days are long gone now but we've found a way to continue to stay active together! We are doing our own thousand steps, on our own staircases at home while FaceTiming each other! We have to be creative during these times!'
Ji'zele Hazi finds working with kids, and looking after her own, helps keep her on her toes all day: 'Working in child care, you play ball, dance, jump and skip and go home and the day starts all over again with my own kids.'
And Melanie Brown enjoys nothing more than getting outside with her furry friends: 'I enjoy taking my dogs for a long walk, taking in the beautiful environment and having an enjoyable exercise experience.'
Whilst Sonia Langlais usually loves to get the adrenaline pumping, she is adapting to the current changes by taking on more mindful activities. She explains'; 'I love active, adventure travel: trekking, cycling, paddling. But due to COVID, I'm having to make do with yoga, walking and various online classes for now. But itching to hit the road again...'
At Juanita Munro's place, nothing beats a boogie to get everyone moving and shaking! 'I like all sorts of ways to move, shake, drop, crackle and pop at my age! I'm a mum and always on the move, but my favourite thing is dancing to nursery rhymes with the kids because it makes us happy and keeps us moving, moving. You've got to move it, move it!'
More recently, Helen Barton has tied community and connection into her daily movement to boost morale, explaining; 'I have felt a much closer sense of community since the onset of Covid-19, and as such a typical day consists of my walking to my elderly mother's home where we both make our way over to her neighbours' houses, and as a group head to our local shops where we ensure everyone achieves the errands they need. This includes a visit to the local post office, newsagent, IGA food shop and a coffee at the cafe. Oh, and occasionally one of us requires a haircut!. We must make quite a sight but it is certainly the highlight of my day to be surrounded by the people that I care about.'
And last but not least, our winner Edward Norman came up with this awesome Fusion poem to express all his favourite ways to move and shake;
[ F ]inding our grooves, bushwalking on the weekends,
[ U ]nder the sun, sweating it all out with best friends!
[ S ]haring a laugh, high-fives, pat on the shoulders, motivation,
[ I ]nspiring one another, encouraging, releasing tension!
[ O ]vercoming personal mental health challenges together,
[ N ]othing is out of bounds when it comes to health matters.
[ H ]elping mates get up to speed with life and keeping fit,
[ E ]mbracing Tai Chi, Yoga, swimming, you name it!
[ A ]lways getting everyone involved through weekly activities,
[ L ]istening to our bodies, going for check-ups as age increase.
[ T ]aking care of our health, getting smart on our fitness goals,
[ H ]olding onto our dreams, connecting, as the world situation unfolds!