MANA Wahine Fitness
There were two events our team participated in, one we co-hosted and the other we sponsored. This is my take-a-way from both events. First off this post will describe how we co-hosted a wellness movement. The agenda was simple and the idea was to get the community to try different types of fitness styles.
I’ll be the first to admit that 7am yoga is for the truly dedicated. Personally my favorite time to practice is at 6am but that’s after years of training. Yet this crew was pretty awesome because it was a first attempt for many. Impressive!
This style was completely new to me and it consisted of pow-wow music & movements. The two leading the session are a father & son team who have competed in different pow-wow venues throughout North America. This was intense & motivating.
HIIT felt like a bootcamp session but it had a predetermined list of targeted movements that were on a whiteboard while being timed. I would challenge anyone taking their fitness to the next level to try it.
We also had local businesses such as Curves join us. Each resource vendor donated items to our raffle and were able to gather new leads for their businesses. They were an important component of community outreach.
The highlight was having a representative from a local farmers market share products that are grown & made in Washington state. It was full of delicious berries and so much more.
How to host a Wave Of Wellness or Fitness event in your community.
- Gather of team of like minded people who are service driven.
- Set up regular meetings and possibly a “private” Facebook page to share any questions, progress or developments.
- Pick a place, date, time, budget, teams (set-up, break-down, kitchen, security & registration) and determine resources needed.
- Plan your marketing strategy and have everyone share on their social media pages.
- Host & have fun. Remember to take lots of pics.
Whose shoes would you walk in, so that you can understand what they’re going through? Sometimes the world of fitness can be so judgmental and mean. Labeling people because their body type doesn’t match up to a magazine’s standard. What if we took time to understand a persons health struggles before judging them? Maybe we should walk a mile with them?
Why not start a wave of wellness in your community. All you have to do is gather a few fitness fanatics, find a place, create an event, print out some registration forms and invite people to join you. Below is the agenda for the Nisqually Tribe’s Wave Of Wellness and you can keep it simple or extravagant, it’s up to you. We’re ending our event with a Heart Happy Walk…
Before you step a foot on the one-mile trail dedicate your walk to someone special. Write their name on the poster provided and step to honor them. It could be for someone you want to heal, a memorial or a display of gratitude. It’s their mile that you’re walking so choose wisely.Nisqually Tribe’s Wave Of WellnessAugust 1, 2016 @ 7am-12pmNisqually Youth & Community Center (NYCC)1937 Lashi St. SEOlympia, WA. 98513AgendaNisqually Youth & Community Center7am – 10am Registration7am – Sunrise Yoga: Maja Brickner8am – Breakfast: Welcome & Guest Speaker: David Bean9am – HITT Workout: Kareem Gannie10am – Intertribal Fitness: Melvin Blacketer11am – Zumba® Fitness: Ho’omalamalama12pm – Heart Happy Walk(Each session about 45min with 15min transition)Game Rm – Nisqually Garden Learning sessions with the garden team.
- 11amLeschi Rm – Nutrition with Bernita Learning sessions with the nutritionalist.
Mezzanine Walking track above gym for resource vendors who specialize in health and wellness will be setting up tables for non-participants to stroll and collect info. If you would like to be a vendor email email@example.com
Nisqually's W.O.W. event will kickoff STRONG WARRIOR CHALLENGE and we hope that every tribe will be represented in this competition. So get your teams together and email Leilani. (Info on the flier below.)