Move It Monday: Start Slow and Build Up

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From our friends at Move It Monday:

If you’re using this Monday to begin a new fitness routine, this is a great step toward following a healthy lifestyle! However, before you start moving, make sure you start smart and ease yourself in. This Monday, start your new workout slow so you can avoid injury and get stronger!

When you’re motivated and ready to start a new activity, it’s tempting to want to dive right in – especially if you’re starting something fun! Many people who push themselves beyond their fitness levels may put themselves at risk for injuries. But there’s a smart way to begin a new workout without hurting yourself, and it’ll even make a challenging workout easier to get used to.

First, be prepared for a workout. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable, breathable clothes and sneakers. Have a bottle of water handy to stay hydratedduring your workout; it’s a good idea to be hydrated before and after, too. Once you’ve decided on a workout, set a simple goal for yourself. For example, if you’re walking, aim to walk at a moderate pace for about 10 to 15 minutes to start. If you’re lifting weights, start with lighter weights at first. If you’re hoping to do something more aerobic and high-impact, start with short sets of mini-workouts. Starting slow will not only prevent you from overdoing it, it will help you assess your current fitness level.

You can use every Monday to track your progress and challenge yourself to reach your next level. Spending your first week as a beginner can also serve as a warm-up for your body and get it used to a new activity. Doing low-impact exercises will get your blood flowing and your muscles moving, so you’ll still be doing something great for your health! After that first week, see if you’re ready to move to the next level – then challenge yourself!

This Monday, work out the smart way by starting slow! Every Monday can be the perfect time to either keep going or take your exercise to the next level.

Move It Monday: The Family That Walks Together Talks Together

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From our friends at Move It Monday:

It’s the end of the year, and with the holidays and New Year’s, you’re probably spending more time with your friends and family than you usually do. Maintain a fitness routine during the holidays by rallying your seasonal support system to keep moving this Monday.

study looking at group fitness showed that physical, mental, and emotional quality of life improves when participants exercise together. It could also lead to a significant improvement in mood and well-being.

So, instead of working out solo, grab a friend, or your whole family. Here are some fun group fitness ideas:

  • Take a fitness class together like Zumba or Pilates
  • Walk or jog a Monday Mile
  • Grab some bikes and take a bike ride
  • Do some mini-exercises together
  • Sign-up for a dance class, where partners are part of the fun!
  • Roll out your mats and take a yoga class
  • Organize a game in a court, like basketball or volleyball

This holiday season do some group fitness with your family and friends on Monday to be happy and healthy, together. Happy Holidays from Move It Monday!

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Move it Monday: This Monday, Ink it in!

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From our friends at Move It Monday

Exercise is vital to a healthy life. But, 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.

Exercise guidelines recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, how you break that up is up to you. Carve out a regular standing time with yourself for fitness and make an appointment. The reason? If you have it in your calendar, you’re more likely to be mentally prepared and show up. Entries like “Swimming” and “Monday Mile” should become regular dates to motivate you to get a move on.

  1. Start this Monday and stick to it throughout the week. When you start the week with fitness, research shows it’s easier to stay motivated and inspired the rest of the week. Schedule time to take a class, go swimming, ride a bike, or go for a Monday Mile. Commit to get moving every Monday.
  1. Small steps can lead to big changes. There are a million things to do every day, and sometimes it feels impossible to get it all done. Scheduling in short bursts of physical activity throughout the day can add up to make a big difference.
  1. Schedule a power lunch. If exercising in the morning or after work isn’t always possible, makeover your lunch hour. Schedule a mid-afternoon yoga class or do a mini-workout at your desk. If it’s nice out, plan a Monday Mile, it’s only 2000 steps and takes less than 20 minutes.

This Monday, make the time to fit fitness into your busy schedule and commit to stick with it throughout the week. For more exercise tips and support, follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. We’d love to hear from you! Share your Move It Monday fitness successes.

Healthy Monday: Breathe With the Heart

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

Happy Healthy Monday!

In a matter of moments, turn down stress to find calm again by doing some stealth deep breathing. It’s one of the quickest and most reliable ways to slow a racing heart. This Monday, use deep breathing to destress and support your heart.

See our tips for practicing deep breathing on the go.

Destress Monday: Walk It Off

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From our friends at Destress Monday:

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:

  1. Pick a time in your daily routine to practice mindful walking for at least five minutes.
  2. Concentrate on the physical sensations of walking – the sights, sounds, and feelings of each step.
  3. If your mind wanders, gently return your focus by repeating “left, right” as you walk.

As you walk, pay attention to the physical experience of walking. Bring your attention to your feet, noticing the sensations of walking itself. Witness the heel, ball, and toe of each foot as it makes contact, over and over, in every step. Bring your attention to the breath and the rhythm of your stride.

Mindful walking is a form of mindfulness, which is a way to focus on the present and not get caught up in thoughts of the past or worries about the future, giving you a greater sense of well-being and relaxation. This naturally slows down your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. Its benefits include: stress reduction, reduced rumination, and increased focus.

This Monday, no matter where you’re going or how fast you’re walking, use this tip to de-stress and slow down, yet keep moving.

For information about walking in Decatur, visit decaturga.com/walking.

Move It Monday

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Exercising together makes your whole family stronger! There are many quick and easy exercises everyone can do to stay fit together. This Monday, we’ll give you a few to start so you can continue throughout your week. It’s time to get moving with your whole crew!

Not only is your exercise regimen good for you, but it may also be good for your family members. Research has found that if one person in the family starts exercising, others are more likely to join in.

To ignite your Monday and accommodate all fitness levels, we’ve come up with four mini-exercise ideas for the whole family to enjoy.

Monday Mile  Do a Monday Mile! Map out a round-trip mile from your front door. All you need is a pair of sneakers! Depending on your fitness levels, you can walk or jog.

Yoga Anywhere, Anytime Try a short sequence together. Yoga builds flexibility, mobility, strength, and addresses many muscle groups. Use core yoga postures like downward dog, tree, and child’s pose. Yoga will surely bring some smiles. Do yoga in bedin a chair, or on a yoga mat!

Charity Walk Is there a cause that stands out for your family? Pick a charity and train for an upcoming run/walk event. This is a great opportunity to cheer each other on, build togetherness, and do good!

Family Repetitions Strength training is a key component of overall fitness. To accommodate all fitness levels, use soup cans or weights to get strong together. Grab the weights to work your arms, legs, and back. In the living room or backyard, have your crew do repetitions of bicep curls, lunges, and finish off with some squats. Bring it all together with a smile!

Your best fitness partners are sitting across from you every day at the dinner table! Move It Monday encourages families all over the world to kick off the week with exercise. We’d love to hear from you! Share your ideas with us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

Move It Monday: Organize a Monday Mile

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Take the first step! This Monday, organize a Monday Mile with your peers. It’s a good opportunity to exercise, meet new people, see old faces, and catch up!

Exercising in a group can improve the community’s motivation, socialization, and safety.  Walking or jogging is for all fitness levels and is one of the simplest exercises anyone can do, with benefits like building muscles, better cardiovascular health, and boosting the immune system and overall mental well-being.

For information on walking in Decatur, visit decaturga.com/walking.

Move It Monday: Stay Hydrated!

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One thing to do before, during, and after a workout is hydrate. This Monday, keep in mind it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated, even if you don’t break a sweat. The best choice is always water!

Of its many benefits, water helps the heart pump blood, promotes digestion, prevents fatigue, and improves joint health. It’s a great way to stay hydrated and cool during your workouts. You can also blend it with lemon or lime juice to give it a natural citrus boost.

How much water should you drink? It’s a good question. Highly active people lose more water due to perspiration and weather conditions. Less active people who are healthy may not need to drink as much. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to have a drink of water, signs of thirst could mean you’re already dehydrated. The easiest way to check for dehydration is to pay attention to the color of your urine: Pale and clear means you’re well hydrated, if it’s dark, you need more.

Take a moment this Monday to fill a glass and take a long, cool sip! It will perk you up and re-energize you because it’s refreshing. Continue the habit of drinking water throughout the week so you’ll be hydrated for your next work out or MondayMile.

Reach out on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram and let us know how you incorporate drinking water into your MoveIt Monday activities!

Move It Monday: Stretch Away Stress

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Yoga is relaxing. Plus, it helps stave off stress and anxiety, builds strength, improves cardiovascular health, and curbs low-back pain. Start your week moving with some yoga on Monday.

Click here for a few poses to get you started.

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.