Healthy Monday: DeStress at Work

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

If you need to reduce stress at your desk, look no further than a good stretch! Throughout a typical day, it’s normal for tension to build up in our shoulders, neck, and back. Doing a few simple yoga moves can help relieve that tension – and you can do it while seated in a chair! This Monday, spend a few moments stretching your muscles and letting stress go!

The benefits of exercise as stress relief are well-documented, but it’s understandable if you can’t always get up and take a walk during a stressful day. Fortunately, you can still engage in some light physical activity without having to leave your work station or desk. Any movement is good for your body as well as your mind; it will get your blood flowing and direct more oxygen to your brain.

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Get Moving for Your Mood

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From our friends at MoveItMonday:

Physical activity comes with psychological and physiological benefits that can help improve mood and manage stress.

All forms of exercise — from walking and jogging to yoga and weight lifting — can help reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.

Click here to learn more about how even low-intensity exercise can help improve your brain function and regulate your mood.

Move It Monday: Loosen Up Those Rusty Joints

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From our friends at MoveItMonday.org:

It may seem counter-intuitive, but the best way to manage and mitigate the symptoms of arthritis is by incorporating more movement — be it carefully — into your daily routine.

Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that leads to inflammation, stiffness, swelling, and pain throughout the body and joints. The condition can be agonizing and disruptive, especially when trying to be physically active.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, when it comes to staying active with arthritis, initially approach workouts with a degree of caution and awareness, and consult a doctor or physician if you have any questions or uncertainties.

Whether you have arthritis, or simply suffer from the occasional achy joint, warm-ups, dynamic stretches, yoga, walking, and other low-impact exercises are your friends – just remember to limit your range of motion and pace yourself to reduce the risk of injury.

Check out our list of low-impact workouts and get moving this Monday.

February is American Heart Month – Find Some Time to Walk Today!

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

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. It’s the first Monday of American Heart Month, so find some time to walk today!

Find out more about the heart health benefits of walking.

Move It Monday: Stretch Away Stress

From our friends at #moveitmonday:

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Flexibility is freedom. Thankfully, being able to fearlessly approach any activity, be it a walk around the neighborhood, tennis match, pick-up basketball game, or simply lugging in this week’s grocery hall is a luxury within anyone’s reach.

The key to staying active is all about protecting your body from injury and preparing it for potentially strenuous physical exertion. For this week, we’ve compiled a list of our most popular articles and exercises that can help you find your flexibility and ready yourself for your next workout. And the best part is — you can start them this Monday.

Check out our Best of 2019: Find Your Flexibility roundup.

Healthy Monday: Shift to the Positive

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From our friends at DeStressMonday.org:

Positivity is powerful. Exuding optimism can raise the spirits of others while also giving you a beneficial boost.

We’ve compiled a list of our most popular articles from 2019 to help shift your mindset and actions to the positive.

Accentuate the positive with our Best of 2019 roundup.

Move It Monday: Fun Family Fitness

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From our friends at #MoveItMonday

The sound of the wind rustling through branches, the sight of moss crawling over tree stumps, the sweet smell of fallen leaves after a fresh rain: There’s magic in the woods… but you’ve got to go find it.

Make this Move it Monday an afternoon of exploration with a family nature walk and scavenger hunt through the forest, public park, or even your backyard. Children of all ages are drawn to the adventure and endless intrigue of the outdoors, but incorporating a scavenger hunt will keep them moving and engaged (and well behaved).
Don’t know where to start? Click here.

Move It Monday: Fun Family Fitness

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

It’s Saturday morning and the kids have just wrapped up cartoons and polished off their cereal.

And now they’re restless.

But what’s a parent to do when they’ve got a couple of little ones bouncing off the walls? Instead of trying to get Chris and Sally to sit down to a puzzle, board game, or art project, use family game day as an opportunity to get everyone moving.

We’ve picked some awesome Move it Monday actives to help the kids expend all of that excess energy: No iPad, X-Box, or television required!

Build an Obstacle Course
Let your imagination (and children) run wild with an obstacle course. Shift around the furniture, throw in some pillows, create some corridors, and send your kids on a fun journey through the house and into the yard. Need some inspiration? Consider adding in a puzzle half-way through the obstacle course or make a section that requires kids to crawl, hop, or wiggle their way through to the end.

Wacky Races
Go beyond the typical running race and introduce your kids to some cool and funky variations. Three-legged and wheel barrow races are always a hit, but you can also add in a crab walk, hop scotch, jump rope, or soccer ball to ramp up the fun. The more creative you get, the more captivated your audience.

Family Freeze Tag

This activity is perfect for a bigger group and a spacious backyard. Freeze tag is a classic, but the comradery necessary to rescue your frozen teammates can get even mom’s and dad’s adrenaline pumping. The stopping-and-starting of freeze tag allows you to exert a burst of energy — and then rest. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a refresher on the rules: One person is “it” (they do the tagging); everyone else runs around until they are tagged. Once tagged, you remain “frozen” with your legs set wide apart until another player crawls through them, which unfreezes you. The game finishes when all players are frozen (or the “it” gets too tired).

Freeze Dance
If you’ve got a lot of kids to entertain, there’s nothing better than a groovy game of freeze dance. Put on some pop hits, grunge, gospel, rock, rap, Disney tunes, or whatever other music you fancy and start dancing. When the music is stopped (someone will have to be the DJ), anyone who is still moving is out. The last person standing wins!

Move It Monday: Fun Family Fitness

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Happy Healthy Monday from our friends at the Monday Campaigns!

There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to bring the family closer. So why not turn your plain-old, ordinary exercises into a family fitness challenge.

Experts recommend individuals spend at least 150 minutes per week exercising or being active, so we’ve compiled a list of exercises that can easily be converted into fitness challenges for you and the whole family to do together. Completing one or two of these challenges a week will help you satisfy that weekly workout requirement. Group challenges inevitably motivate you to push yourself a harder, and they can even help you squeeze out an extra rep (or two or three).

The cherry on top is that these fitness challenges don’t require any hardcore workout equipment; all you need is maybe a few chairs, some floor space, and a few willing participants.

Check out five of our favorite challenges.

Healthy Monday: Make Happiness Go Viral

Happy Healthy Monday from our friends at The Monday Campaigns!

As the weather gets a little colder, the days get a little darker, the stress of assembling a flawless Thanksgiving meal creeps a little closer, it becomes even MORE important to send positive vibes out into the atmosphere (and beyond).

Research shows that it only takes one good deed to change a person’s afternoon, day, week, month, or lifetime. A kind action reverberates beyond your immediate social circle and can impact the lives of people you may never even meet.

The same is true when a kind or positive post is shared on social media.

See how you can help us make happiness go viral today.