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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, June 23, 2010 7B Talk the walk: E00cw to convince yourself to exercise HERE'S TO YOUR HEALTH AURA WHITTAKER Exercise is a vital part of living, if you wish to live a long, active life. Some people love to exercise and some hate it with a passion. Either way, you need to do it. If you struggle to find the motivation to exercise, changing your vocabulary will help. Your negative thinking patterns may be getting in the way of your enjoying your workouts. Banishing negative talk can change how you approach and feel about exercise. Try to talk yourself into exercising, rather than out of exercising. How many times have you said how you hate to exercise? How you hate to huff nd sweat. How tired you feel afterward. Instead, change your self- talk to focus on how benefi- cial exercise is, how sweating is a good thing because it means you are getting fit. And when you get fit, you won't be as tired as you are now. Try telli/lg yourself how wonderful you will feel after you exercise, rather than how much you don't want to do it. Or, how great you will look in the long run, rather than how sore you'll be the next day. Here are some common phrases that may slip into your mind when your desire to workout is lacking. "As soon as" -- This phrase makes you feel like you're planning a future workout without actually having to commit to it. You might say, "As soon as my life isn't so crazy, I'll finally start working out." This way of thinking can morph into any number of ways to pro- crastinate: As soon as my kids graduate from college, or as soon as my bangs grow out, or as soon as there is worldwide peace, I'll start ex- ercising. Getting rid of the excuses can help you focus on what you want, rather than what's standing in your way. "Should" -- Anything that starts with, "I really should ..." is usually a phrase said out of guilt and often in- volves tasks that we either need to take off our to-do list ("I really should try bungee jumping") or do immediately ("I really should get out and take a walk while the weath- er is nice"). Replacing the word "should" with "will" (or will not) instantly changes your commitment level. "I'm too... "(Insert feeling here): Many of us use this phrase a lot, especially when Summer brings fire hazards The next time you are sit- ting around the campfire for s'mores or flipping hamburg- ers at a family cookout, make sure the kids are kept out of harm's way. "Fire is a mysterious at- traction for kids," says Dr. Michael Kim, emergency-de- partment physician at Amer- ican Family Children's Hos- pital. He has treated dozens of young people with burns caused by this traditional summertime activity -- and not always from the most ob- vious situations. He remembers treating a toddler who walked onto the hot coals of a barbecue pit in the backyard shortly after a cookout. The parents thought the coals had been put out, but the boy ended up with a second-degree burn on his foot. "Kids younger than four years old are at higher risk for injuries caused by camp- fires and barbecue grills," says Kim. "Parents with chil- dren that age must supervise, supervise,, supervise to make sure accidents don't occur." Kim has seen other situa- tions where older kids be- came burn victims -- includ- ing, for example, a teenager who got too close to a barbe- Cue grill while starting a fire with lighter fluid. "The explosion caused by the accelerant gave him a second-degree fac'ial burn and singed hair," he says. "He had to be treated in the burn unit." Kim says parents should educate their kids on the dangers of fire, and keep them away from materials used to make barbecue fires such as matches and lighter fluid. Dr. Greg Rebella, also a pe- diatric emergency depart- ment physician at AFCH, says all burned materials should be doused with water, sand or dirt so they are cool to touch and will not burn skin. "Never let your young child play near a fire pit, and do not assume that coals are no longer hot, even if you do not see a flame," he says. Kim says age-old reined ies, such as applying butter, will not help a burn. "Run cool water over the injured area and cover with a clean dry sheet," he says. "Do not put anything else on the burn. If the burn involves the face, head, hands, feet or genitals and/or the child is in severe pain, call 911. When in doubt, call your doc- tor for advice or go to the hospital for an evaluation." it comes to exercise. Being too tired, too bored, too stressed, too busy, too con- fused, too hot.., whatever it is, there's always a reason to skip exercise. Taking the "too" out of the phrase forces you to focus on the problem and do something about it. For example, if you're tired, ask yourself if you're physi- cally tired or mentally tired from a long workday. If it's mental fatigue, exercise can actually increase energy lev- els, so you can solve the prob- lem with the very thing you are trying to avoid. Positive vocabulary is just one way you can make the transition from hating exer- cise, to at least making it tol- erable, and maybe even en- joyable. Most importantly, keep your workouts fun. Run around the garden with your children. Hike up a moun- tain. Play a game of soccer. Get on a bicycle and explore your town. Jump on a tram- poline and laugh at yourself. You could save future health problems by becoming fitter. Remember to check with your doctor before starting an exerciseroutine. Aura Whittaker has a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology, which is the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement. She has more than 12 years experience in nutritional consulting and personal training. For comments and suggestions, e-mail Mrs. Whittaker at awhittaker@lassennews.com, or send mail to the Lassen County Times, 100 Grand Ave., Susanville, CA 96130, Attention: Whittaker Refund for suction dredge miners Legislation designed to provide full permit i'efunds to all suction dredge miners in California hit a road- block in an Agsembly policY committee. SB 889, au- thored by state Senator Sam Aanestad (R-Grass Valley), would have given miners the apportunity to apply for and receive a full refund of the $47 permit fee they paid last year for the right to suction dredge mine on Cal- ifornia streams and rivers. But the measure, which Aanestad introduced last year after the state Legisla- ture took emergency action to ban the mining practice, stalled June 15 in the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. Committee Democrats rejected the notion of a full refund and amended SB 889 to provide a refund of two-thirds of the original fee instead of the full amount. "This committee is all over the map in suggesting what portion of the mining fee should be refunded -- and it's really just arbi- trary," said a frustrated Aanestad during the hear- ing. "The only real fair number here is 100 percent of the $47 fee -- and if you're going to hold your vote for some arbitrary number that you've pulled out of thin air -- you're an- swerable to the people who elected you to office." Although the measure did pass with the amendment attached, Aanestad says he is unsure if he will continue to pursue the matter until he speaks with all stake- holders involved - includ- ing the mining organiza- tions that sponsored SB 889. He noted that a Los Ange- les small claims court (Weg- ner v. Koch et. al.) has al- ready ruled in favor of full refunds for California gold miners. In that case, the court found for the plaintiff and ordered the California Department of Fish and Game to refund the miner's permit fee of $47 and pay court costs of $32.50. In ad- dition to the cost of the judgment, the DFG and the California Attorney Gener- al's Office incurred legal ex- penses associated with the claim. "The courts have already ruled in favor of a full re- fund, and given the out- come of the committee hearing, additional claims against the state are almost guaranteed," said Aanes- tad. "That means additional costs to state taxpayers -- possibly in the millions of dollars -- because Democ- rats refuse to take the fair and right action." Nearly 4,000 suction- dredge mining permits were purchased last year according to the DFG, and more than 3,000 of the per- mits were purchased by California residents alone. The cost of a permit for Cal- ifornia residents is $47; for out-of-state miners the fee is $185.25. In 2009, the depart- ment collected about $250,000 from miners who were subsequently denied the right to mine. The ban on suction dredge mining took place in early August of last year, following the successful passage of SB 670. "My hope is that every miner who paid this fee calls their legislator today to explain to them what the definition of fairness is," said Aanestad. "Some legis- lators clearly need a reminder." Congratulations Kindness Award Itecip'ients! Ernest Eaton ii iii Quincy Sheila Oxford Westwood :!:ilil Karen Machin !iii Portola :: Adam iii!i !i Hull !ii: if!! Susanville :iiiil :ii:i/ i ii? i:iii Lillian Basham Greenville iii!:: Fay Almond Chester Visit www.plumasbank.com to see what Acts of Kindness each recipient performed.