It’s the time of year when folks everywhere decide to go green! Not the football cheer or hugging a tree, no this go green means salads and bowls of vegetables as we prepare to fit into our swimsuits this summer. Rather than reducing our carbon footprint, we focus on reducing our Carbonara footprint. Spring is a time for renewal and once again we renew our efforts to look more like we belong on muscle beach rather than look like a beached whale. The problem a lot of us have is the dedication to stick with a workout plan or activity — it’s human nature. If you’re one of those folks who needs a little motivation to get that heart a pumping, here are a few ideas you might want to consider. Rock the World Race is a 5K obstacle race and music festival that takes place in Grand Ledge’s beautiful Fitzgerald Park on June 30 and July 1. With a course that winds through the park, runners or walkers (or runners who turn into walkers) will face a series of obstacles that will be both fun and challenging at the same time. Race organizer Matt Dykstra has put together a course that can be enjoyed by athletes with different levels of, uh, athleticism. The first day of activities will be capped off with an attempt to break a Guinness World Record™ for the World’s longest distance traveled on a slip and slide in an hour. Check them out on Facebook or visit their website, www.rocktheworldrace.com for more information on this outstanding event. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a life coach, personal trainer and drill sergeant all in one package? Look no further than Holt’s own Tom Matt who hosts the “Boomers Rock” radio program on www.ftns.com on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. On this hourlong talk show Tom shares his enthusiasm (and I do mean enthusiasm!) for life. His topics are varied but all centered around improving your quality of life, and that’s important since we’re only given one life to improve. Don’t let the name of the show fool you; his message resonates with more than the Baby Boomer generation. It’s for anyone looking for getting up off the couch and living life to its fullest. So there you have it, two ideas to help you on your journey to fitting into that swimsuit, a new exciting event to take part in and your own coach to keep you motivated. Where’s my suit? Bring on the summer!
Pete Ruffing is the Sales Director at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. He and his wife of 14 years Brenda live in Okemos.