Move It Monday: Speed Up Your Monday Mile

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It may seem like a leisurely activity, but walking is most definitely a workout. Moving at a brisk pace—whether it’s around the neighborhood, through the park, or up-and-down city streets—can help improve endurance, heart health, bone strength, flexibility, and weight management. And since it’s a low-impact exercise, walking is an excellent option for people of all ages and ability levels.

Here’s how you can take your Monday Mile to the next level.

Use Movement to Boost Your Mood

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Physical activity is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, but regular movement—whether it’s dance, running, tennis, or yoga—can also have an immediate impact on your mental health and well-being.

Many forms of physical activity offer physiological benefits because they trigger a series of chemicals events that help improve brain function and regulate mood. And regardless of your current level of physical fitness, there is an endless number of exercises and movements you can practice—anytime or anywhere—to help relieve stress.

But to truly take advantage of the benefits of physical activity, one must understand the basics of how the different exercises and movements affect the body and mind.

Destress Monday: Practice Positivity

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Positive affirmations can help motivate you to pursue new healthy habits and overcome existing challenges by replacing that little negative voice in the back of your head with words of encouragement. Think of a positive affirmation as a mini, personal pep talk that you repeat to yourself in order to stay focused, driven, and inspired. These short phrases can be especially useful when attempting to recommit to an exercise routine or advance your level of fitness.

Read our positive affirmations and use this Move It Monday to harness the power of good thoughts.

Find Solace in the Healing Power of Nature

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Nature is medicine for soul. Walking outside, whether through a wooded trail, public park, or breezy coastline, can have a miraculous, almost magical, impact on our mental well being. The healing properties of the outdoors is well documented by scientists and spiritualists alike, with almost every culture around the globe demonstrating a certain degree reverence and respect for the planet.

Connect with the planet this Monday with the help of a mantra.

Try Some Mindful Walking This Monday

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Make Monday an occasion to try some mindful walking when you need to de-stress for a few minutes between activities. Any style of mindfulness is a robust antidote to stress. Mindfulness engages your normal powers of awareness and is something you can do anytime, anywhere.

Here are some steps to follow for a short and easy session of mindful walking.

Move It Monday: Stay Active to Stay Healthy

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Do you want to improve your strength, balance, and flexibility, have more energy, sleep better, feel happier, and reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers?

The answer is simple: start (and stay) active.

Regardless of your age or ability level, getting active—whether it’s walking, jogging, strolling, rolling, stretching, yoga, dancing, or weightlifting—can positively impact your physical and mental wellbeing and lead to a better quality of life.

Here’s how regular physical activity can transform your day-to-day life.

Move It Monday: Start Your Day with a Stretch

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Exercising from bed sounds too good to be true, but with bed yoga, it’s possible to start your morning with a rejuvenating workout from the comfort of your mattress.

Yoga is a form physical activity that combines stretching with light, flowing movements. Practicing yoga can help improve range of motion and circulation, as well as relieve stress and anxiety. Yoga requires the synchronization of movement and breath, and this alignment of body and mind is the perfect way to ease into the day.

Follow along with our instructional video.

March is Nutrition Month: What to eat before and after workouts

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What you eat before and after you exercise is almost as important as the workout itself. Food is your fuel—it gives you the energy necessary to be active and focused, and it also provides the nutrients required to build muscle and bone strength, as well as help the body recover post workout.

This Monday, in honor of Nutrition Month, plan some meals around your workouts.

Destress Monday: Managing Challenging Emotions

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There are times in life when powerful emotions can overwhelm you. But being swept away has its consequences. Uncontrolled anger can impact your relationships and even your health. You might feel your heart racing or tension in your body. Research suggests that anger may even be a risk factor for coronary heart disease.

So, how do you bring intense emotions under control? Acknowledge your feelings and restore calm with the simple ideas found here.

Do a Monday Mile for your Heart

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February is American Heart Month and we’re highlighting some of the positive impacts physical activity can have on your heart. Being more active can offer many benefits to your health. It can help reduce stress, build muscles, and increase your endurance. It can also boost your heart health!

Walking is something many of us do every day, several times a day. When it’s done for more than 30 minutes a day, it can be a great exercise for people at almost any level of fitness.

Here’s why just 30 minutes of walking a day can make a difference.