“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible,” says a quote from our inner child, Walt Disney. These wise words are something we should all listen to. Ponder this question – when was the last time you did something that you’ve never done before? It’s important to keep moving through life filled with excitement, and do obstacles that challenge us. Why? Well, life is too short and you’ll never know what you can accomplish if you don’t take a leap of faith every once in a while.
With a career in the Health and Fitness Industry, I have the pleasure of witnessing the impossible every day. It is a reward that I am very grateful for, and it serves as a countless reminder of why I chose this career in the first place. For instance, here are a few members of the Darien Y who undertake the impossible:
Peter Ward, at 90 years old, completed a 90 second plank!
Emily Dimonekas, a 10 year old Teen Lean Machine participant, increased her pushups by 20 reps in 8 weeks!
15 participants have graduated from Revive, our cancer survivorship program at the Y! (Revive is a progressive Health and Fitness Program at the Y for those in remission or currently undergoing treatment for cancer.)
Our top three Adult Lean Machine winners (Werner Domittner, Tom Cerussi and Carmen Gregory) lost a total of 78.8lbs, 46.7 inches, and 25.1% body fat in 8 weeks!
All of these participants started at the beginning, by stepping out of their comfort zone, signing up for a program, and giving it their best try to accomplish what at first felt…impossible.
Now, what if you could accomplish something impossible while helping others too? I’m talking about a challenge that will help raise money to provide an “impossible” opportunity to those who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance. Drum roll please! This year The Darien YMCA will hold its first ever fitness fundraiser, THE Y GAMES: TEAM CHARITY CHALLENGE , a challenge that will raise money to provide financial assistance to children, families, and seniors in our community. The best part about this challenge is that it truly is a team effort, as you and three friends will be competing against other teams in events that will test every fundamental aspect of your physical capabilities. From climbing a rock wall to racing down the pool lanes, you and your team will represent and support the Y’s financial assistance program. As a result, the Y will then be able to offer many a chance to defy the impossible, too.
So we are asking YOU – right NOW - to find three friends and take the challenge, because in the spirit of the YMCA’s focus on a healthy mind, body, and spirit for all, doing something impossible can benefit our mental, physical, and spiritual health in more ways than one.
For more information about The Y Games: Team Charity Challenge, and to sign up, please visit http://www.darien-ymca.org/special-events/y-games-registration .