Move it Monday: Time to Move

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It’s time to take a stand and protest your chair! Use Monday as an opportunity to stand up more regularly. You will be toning your muscles and increasing flexibility and coordination.

Being a bit antsy could be a good thing! According to the Mayo Clinic, “Any extended sitting — such as at a desk, behind a wheel or in front of a screen — can be harmful.”  Over many years, sitting stacks up poorly against your heart, weight, circulation, and blood sugar, to name a few.

Start slowly. The point isn’t to stand all day but to remember to stand up or move around when you’ve been sitting for much too long.

  • Split your time between sitting and standing by letting a timer do all the work. Set it to remind you to stand up, move around, or stretch in 30-minute intervals.
  • On the phone? Stand up or pace.
  • Get a glass of water! Use hydration to remind you to get up.
  • At the office, stand up in meetings and suggest walking and talking instead of sitting.
  • At home, get up off that couch! Fit some steps in while watching TV, either by pacing or walking in place.
  • Do some standing yoga poses between long bouts on the computer.

Starting on Monday then continuing throughout the week, be creative and create excuses to get up more from a desk or couch. It will improve your posture, activate your metabolism, and can help you be more alert. Find us on social media to get more out-standing ideas! FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

Rejuvenate Better With Sleep

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

Happy Healthy Monday!

Not sleeping enough?  You’re not alone. 1 in 3 people do not get enough sleep. Rejuvenate this Monday with fresh techniques and strategies to put some z’s on your pillow.

Start Monday refreshed by having a healthy plan on Sunday to wind down and get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is the most powerful way we have to recharge and replenish. Waking up from a night of deep sleep can boost your energy, put you in a good mood, and make you feel optimistic. If you’re tossing and turning, it’s time for some sleep solutions.

Read some tips for getting a good night’s sleep on the Healthy Monday blog.

Move It Monday: Take Your Game Outside

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From our friends at #MoveItMonday….

Of course, you know time flies when you’re having fun. If your fitness routine needs some fun this Monday, try taking a class or signing up for group sports – volleyball, basketball, softball, or some ultimate Frisbee in the park. Plus, you can’t overlook the benefits, from stress reduction to making friends.

Exercising in a group can sometimes be even better than exercising alone. Studies compared the two and found regular group fitness classes can lead to a significant decrease in stress and an increase in physical, mental, and emotional quality of life.

See the advantages of exercising in a group here.

 

Destress Monday: Tackle Stress With Gratitude

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From our friends at Healthy Monday:

Power up your Monday with positivity by cultivating gratitude. You’ll experience more well-being, less fatigue, and a brighter outlook.

Feeling grateful is a seed, once planted, that never stops growing and giving back. Seeing the glass half empty, or feeling pessimistic, can be hard to shake. It can also stress you out. A great antidote is to generate some gratitude.

Click here to find out how.

Move It Monday: Time to Move!

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From our friends at Move It Monday:

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Even the simplest movements and exercises can benefit your health. This Monday, incorporate some low-impact exercises into your day.

It turns out movement, no matter how limited, has big impacts on your overall mental and physical health. Evidence shows regular exercise prevents bone loss, increases muscle flexibility, and reduces incidences of heart disease, hypertension, and other chronic conditions.

See our low-impact exercise ideas here.

Time to Move for Your Heart

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We’re so happy you’re keeping it moving for your health! Did you know that heart disease is the biggest health threat to women? That’s why we’re promoting American Heart Month all throughout February!

Friday, February 2, is Wear Red Day, a date chosen by the American Heart Association to come together and promote heart health in women. Women are especially at risk for heart disease, which tops the list as the biggest health threat to women. But even moderate physical activity every day can help prevent heart disease. This Monday, before breaking out a great red outfit, get your body moving and your heart beating!

Experts recommend getting 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week to stay healthy. The same amount of activity is also an excellent way to prevent heart disease. Not only is it great for your cardiovascular system, but any form of exercise helps to ease stress, build your immune system, and benefit your overall health. Plus, people who start a new routine on Monday report being more likely to keep it up all week. Give yourself more reasons to celebrate on Wear Red Day this Friday. The best part is that pretty much any physical activity counts towards those 150 minutes! Read more here on our blog.

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Move it Monday: Benefits of Standing

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

Research has shown that sitting for long periods of time may have detrimental effects on our metabolism and cardiovascular health. The act of standing may have similar benefits as walking – standing improves posture and circulation, increases metabolism, and gently tones muscles in the core and legs while burning calories. However, there is no need to stand all day long. It’s possible to find a happy medium that will discourage inactivity while benefiting your health. Check out our blog post for a few ways to add more standing into your daily routine without overdoing it.

Move It Monday: Sneak in a Workout

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If you missed your 30 minutes of cardio, you may have made up for it without even realizing it. There are several things that you do every day that burn calories and contribute to getting more physical activity. This Monday, make a note of some of the things you do around the house and during the day that require you to move around more, then build on that to be more active! Check out the Move it Monday blog for a few ideas of “stealth activities” that can help you burn calories.

Destress Monday: Find Your Happy Place

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If you’re already dreading the week ahead when you wake up Monday morning, take a deep breath and find your happy place. Guided visualization is a relaxation tool used to reduce stress and provide a calming effect on the entire body. Rather than head into your week in a frazzled state, take five minutes this Monday to create a safe haven in your mind.

Read more here.

Move It Monday: Exercise on the Cheap

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You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get fit. Forget those fancy bikes and expensive gym fees. Excellent equipment and workout accessories can be found right in your own home. Public spaces and the great outdoors are also great places to move it without spending a penny. Read more about free and inexpensive ways to exercise on the Move It Monday blog.

Check out the adult exercise equipment at McKoy Park – get in your workout and enjoy one of our city parks.