Ok, so I’m a health nut. I have a passion for a healthy lifestyle: physically, mentally, emotionally and most important, spiritually. I’ve always been into running and lifting weights; there was always a race I was training for. Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t stay active to set any world records, or even beat previous race times. I’m a social butterfly, and participating in events like a 5k provides me with an outlet to meet new people, while improving my health!
Looking for variety in my fitness routine, I started practicing yoga in 2013. I needed to balance all that running with stretching, and a class provided me the structure I needed to do so. It wasn’t until I’d been practicing yoga for a while that I realized its additional benefits. Yoga was helping my body in ways I never thought imaginable. Two years into practicing, I made the decision that I wanted to become an instructor. I wanted to help others achieve the physical and mental benefits I was receiving. I made that dream a reality in September of 2013, when I became a certified yoga instructor. Little did I realize what ties yoga would have to my career at NPPD.
One of my daily tasks at the District is managing and maintaining our Lessons Learned website. Simply put, if a safety incident occurs and other teammates could benefit learning from it, that incident is published on the website. Within the last six months, I’ve received several incident reports dealing with musculoskeletal issues such as carpal tunnel, neck strain, low back and knee pain and more. As I sorted through the stack of injuries, I couldn’t help but notice how preventable many were. I thought, “Man, if I could teach people a few simple stretches they can do daily, some of these issues would be nonexistent!”
I thought, “Man, if I could teach people a few simple stretches they can do daily, some of these issues would be nonexistent!”.
Upon mentioning this to our wellness coordinator, I was asked if I’d be willing to make some simple, three-to-five minute stretching videos. And, let me tell you – if you think doing a back bend in yoga class sounds uncomfortable, well, let me just tell you how out of my comfort zone this request was for me! But, how could I resist an opportunity to help and inspire teammates to improve their health, which is where my true passion lies? So, it was lights, camera – action!
Likewise, it’s important that everyone take action when it comes to their own health. For those of us at NPPD, we must first be proactive in helping ourselves in order to provide the best service for our customers. After all, we can’t do our jobs if we are sick and/or hurt. Only by working in the safest manner possible and taking our health seriously, can we most fully lend our talents and time to others. We must continuously fight the good fight for great health.
Now, who would like to join me in a Warrior One pose?