Sunday, September 8, 2013
Inspiring Others To Get ACTIVE
One of the things that gets me FIRED UP about working with Team RWB is the opportunities to conduct Veteran outreach events and interact with Veterans and community members in the area. Yesterday I got to workout with a group of Veterans and community members in Carmel, NY. There were Veterans and community members of all ages.
The workout was a circuit consisting of several functional fitness stations with various pieces of equipment (slamballs, weight sled, medicine balls, etc..). At first glance this type of workout can be intimidating, especially to people who have not been physically active in a while. Before the workout started I gave a few remarks and stressed that “if you can move or walk you can be an athlete.” That message had an energizing effect on the group because it removed a potential obstacle to participation. The workout went great and team members were encouraging each other and cheering as they rotated between stations.
Being physically active does not mean being an elite athlete. From my perspective as a wounded warrior, and from having several friends whose combat related injuries have placed physical limitations on them; I believe if a person can move/walk they can be an athlete. If that is walking around the block than so be it. As long as they are challenging the baggage, and making changes not excuses they will improve, which will influence and inspire others to get active. And that is exactly what happened during this workout.
In the picture above,me and another team member are standing with Vietnam Veteran and Silver Star recipient Karl Rohde. Karl was pretty FIRED UP after the event, and is looking forward to getting active and working out with the team next month. Talking to Karl and the other Veterans reminded me of the letter General Jonathan Wainwright sent to soldiers getting out of the Army after their service during World War II (Read the letter here) His charge to them “Start being a leader as soon as you put on your civilian clothes."