Move It Monday: Stretch for Flexibility

 

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Flexibility influences all other forms of exercise. Most importantly, better flexibility makes every-day activities easier, from getting out of bed to walking up stairs to reaching a high cabinet.

Try these 3 stretches to improve mobility and reduce risk of injury.

Move It Monday: Practice Your Balance

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Exercise is more than just aerobics and strength training. Balance is a lesser acknowledged component of physical fitness, but it is an essential element that can dramatically reduce your risk of injury. Good balance makes everyday activities easier, but it also benefits body awareness, coordination, joint stability, reaction time, and general long-term health.

Try these exercises to feel more stable.

Move It Monday – Dance your way to happiness!

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Want to have fun and still get some cardio? We recommend a little boogie-woogie. This Monday, dance to improve your mood, your heart, and your life!

No matter what kind of dance you do – swing, waltz, tap, modern – when you dance, you move your arms and legs and strengthen your core. This adds up to great cardio, which means weight management, a stronger heart and lungs, and reduced stress.
Click here to learn all the physical and mental benefits of dancing.

Move it Monday: Tune in to Tone Up

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From our friends at MondayCampaigns.org:

Even when we can’t get moving in the company of others, we can still exercise “together.” Numerous services exist that can bring your favorite fitness class — HIIT, spin, yoga, Zumba, kickboxing, dance — to your computer monitor, television screen, or smart phone. Many of them offer their tutorials, videos, and guided workouts at no cost or as part of a free trials, while others might require a monthly fee.

And we’ve got a list of them  below. Use this Monday to reconnect with your old workout buddies, join a new fitness family, or experiment with some different types of exercise — Zoom dance party anyone?
Click here for our favorite online group fitness classes.

Why not support a local business?

  • Decatur Healing Arts offers online streaming classes in Yoga, Qi Gong and more.
  • Body & Brain Yoga has a variety of classes.
  • Check out a barre class in the comfort of your home at Pure Barre Decatur.
  • FitWit offers online coaching and online fitness for children.
  • Rosalie at To the Beat Fitness offers free classes for seniors: Online Zumba Gold and Senior Fitness. There are other classes as well that you can pay for. She even offers an online Zumba Kids birthday party.

Let us know if you hear of others.

#stayactivedecatur

Enjoy Some Family Fun Yoga

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From our friends at TheMondayCampaigns:

Yoga is the ideal indoor-exercise. Requiring only a few square feet of space, yoga’s low-impact movements help support both the physical and mental well-being of you and your family.

What sets yoga apart from other forms of exercise is that it can be practiced by people of all different ages and fitness levels. Even with minimal experience, you’ll start feeling the benefits almost immediately, which is why a daily family yoga session is key to keeping everyone spry, stress-free, and occupied.

Click here for some yoga poses perfect for the whole family.

Take a Break and Break a Sweat With Fun Fitness Challenges

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From our friends at Move It Monday:

This month, we’re issuing a challenge to take part in several exercises that are designed to boost your overall health. Our goal is to help people obtain the energy they need for the week, and we’re giving you the opportunity to help us achieve this mission by completing this challenge every Monday.

Issue this challenge to anyone that comes to mind, whether it’s someone from work or a friend you video chatted with over the weekend. You can even use social media to tag someone in another part of the world to do the workout.

First up on this fitness challenge is jumping jacks.

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From our friends at MoveItMonday.org:

Start your week with some chair yoga! Chair yoga can reduce the strain and stress on your joints, be done at home or in the office, and is highly adjustable for all poses.

Here are 3 easy positions to get you started.

Move It Monday: Make an Appointment for Fitness

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Exercise is vital to a healthy life. We all know it can be difficult to make time for it with a busy schedule. This week we share some ideas to fit fitness into your daily routine. Motivate yourself this Monday to make time for a workout – and continue throughout the rest of the week.

Try these 3 tips to make sure you don’t skip fitness this week

Clear Your Head with Meditation

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From our friends at The Monday Campaigns:

This Monday, take a moment to destress with a one-minute meditation. Just one minute can help you calm your mind and clear your head!

Try one of our downloadable meditations today and start feeling more relaxed.

Are You Ready to Start Walking?

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From our friends at The Monday Campaigns:

Walking is a convenient exercise for individuals looking to incorporate more low-impact physical activity into their daily routine.

 Adopting a consistent walking routine is an important step towards an overall healthier lifestyle, but even an activity as straight forward as walking requires a little bit of planning.

First, set a daily or weekly walking goal that focuses on either distance, pace, duration, or some combination of the three. The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends able-bodied adults engage in at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week, so getting in around 30 minutes of walking a day, five days a week is a good goal to work towards.

Second, as with any new physical fitness routine, it’s crucial that you go at your own pace and aim for steady incremental progress. Dramatic changes don’t happen overnight, so trust the process, and help yourself stick with it by making your walks easily accessible.

Lastly, make sure you have the proper equipment and footwear. A high-quality pair of walking shoes with proper padding and enough space between your toes and the front of the shoe will make each step smoother. There are other features — an Achilles tendon protector, heel collar, gel or air midsole — that will ease the impact on the joints and reduce the chances of injury.