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.

Move It Monday: Get Your Groove On

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Dancing is a whole-body workout that is actually fun! It’s good for your heart, it makes you stronger, and it will help with balance and coordination. There are a lot of ways in which you can work on your dance moves – on your own, with a friend or partner or in a class setting. Experiment with different styles of dance and choreography to get a feel for what you enjoy the most.

Read more about the benefits of dancing here.

Move It Monday: Reach for Better Posture

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Good posture helps you maintain correct form while exercising, which results in fewer injuries and greater gains! Working on balance can strengthen your abilities in tennis, golf, running, dancing, skiing, walking – and just about any other sport or activity. The good news: You can improve your posture with a few simple exercises.

Read more about the benefits of improving your posture and some tips on how to do so here.

Move It Monday: Play Some Tunes

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Working out with music has been shown to help one to keep pace, elevate one’s mood, and make one want to move! Find and play those tunes that put you ‘in the zone’. (Source: Huffington Post)

For more information on living healthy, visit http://www.mondaycampaigns.org.

 

Move It Monday: Stretching is Crucial

From the folks at Move It Monday:

Stretching before and after exercise is crucial. Stretching helps increase the range of motion around a joint and also loosens up the stiffness in muscles. When you warm your muscles up before exercise, the better able they are to deal with stressful movement. Stretching is also a great way to cool down your muscles afterwards. Visit our blog for three easy stretches to work into your day.

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Destress Monday…Take a Breath!

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Everyone encounters stress. How you handle it makes all the difference. Instead of battling stress outright, see if you can find positive aspects in the situation, then reframe it to your advantage. Turn your stress into a positive motivator. You’ll soon feel better and more productive!

For more information on managing stress, visit http://www.destressmonday.org.

 

Move it Monday: Walking is Real Exercise

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Walking is real exercise; the startling health benefits prove it! Read all about them here and set aside time for a walk this Monday.

Join Tracie for our weekly Walk With a Doc every Wednesday at 9 am. More information about walking in Decatur is at decaturga.com/walking.