Active SWV is excited to announce the Community Captain of the Month for April is Charity Wysong. Charity leads Active SWV’s Walk in the Park program, a walking/hiking group at Fayette County Park every Wednesday at 10am. Charity also leads hikes in the NRG for our Get Active in the Park programs. We caught up with Charity to ask her a few questions about what motivates her to volunteer and to stay physically active.
Tell us about yourself, where are you from?
I was raised in Edmond, spent most of my childhood climbing trees at my grandparents house on Beauty Mountain.
Why are you active? How did you start being physically active?
I just enjoy being outdoors. Being active makes the day go by faster and makes life more enjoyable. I was always physically active in my youth but went through a lazy-period in my early adult life until it finally dawned on me that I was alive but wasn’t “living”. Being active allows me to see so much more in life.
What motivated you to volunteer with Active SWV in your community?
My first hike with Active made me want to do more. I really like connecting with the people, hearing their stories, telling my stories as well as my families stories – keeping the community “alive”. We need to do more to share our stories so the history doesn’t get lost. This community is rich in history, and I want to do my part to keep the history alive. If I can hike and connect with people at the same time, that makes volunteering with Active a “win-win”.
How do you stay motivated? Why is being active a priority for you?
I keep in mind (from a television ad) “a body in motion, stays in motion”, and I don’t want to be a couch potato.
Why do you think someone should join an Active SWV free program?
These programs help you get out of your comfort zone. If you stay within your comfort zone you will never try anything new. If you never try anything new, how will you know whether you like it or not? Life is about experiences. I hike alone a lot, but one thing I would never do alone was hike at night. My favorite thing about Active is being able to hike at night (with a bunch of NEW FRIENDS). Having fun and meeting new people-how can you go wrong with that?
If you would like more information about physical activity opportunities offered in your area by Active SWV Community Captains check out our events calendar at www.activeswv.or/events. If you would like information a becoming a volunteer Community Captain to lead a program in your hometown email Erin Reid at [email protected] or check out our Facebook event page for the next training sessionShare