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: Time to Move

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It’s time to take a stand and protest your chair! Use Monday as an opportunity to stand up more regularly. You will be toning your muscles and increasing flexibility and coordination.

Being a bit antsy could be a good thing! According to the Mayo Clinic, “Any extended sitting — such as at a desk, behind a wheel or in front of a screen — can be harmful.”  Over many years, sitting stacks up poorly against your heart, weight, circulation, and blood sugar, to name a few.

Start slowly. The point isn’t to stand all day but to remember to stand up or move around when you’ve been sitting for much too long.

  • Split your time between sitting and standing by letting a timer do all the work. Set it to remind you to stand up, move around, or stretch in 30-minute intervals.
  • On the phone? Stand up or pace.
  • Get a glass of water! Use hydration to remind you to get up.
  • At the office, stand up in meetings and suggest walking and talking instead of sitting.
  • At home, get up off that couch! Fit some steps in while watching TV, either by pacing or walking in place.
  • Do some standing yoga poses between long bouts on the computer.

Starting on Monday then continuing throughout the week, be creative and create excuses to get up more from a desk or couch. It will improve your posture, activate your metabolism, and can help you be more alert. Find us on social media to get more out-standing ideas! FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

Move It Monday: Time to Move!

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From our friends at Move It Monday:

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Even the simplest movements and exercises can benefit your health. This Monday, incorporate some low-impact exercises into your day.

It turns out movement, no matter how limited, has big impacts on your overall mental and physical health. Evidence shows regular exercise prevents bone loss, increases muscle flexibility, and reduces incidences of heart disease, hypertension, and other chronic conditions.

See our low-impact exercise ideas here.

Move It Monday: Visit a Park

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

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Being outside can greatly contribute to your health and wellbeing. On Monday, try visiting a park for a fresh perspective on your workout.

According to studies, parks are beneficial. They promote physical activity, improve mental health, and even have the potential to reduce health care costs. Being outside also means your vitamin D levels will increase, you might be happier, and your concentration levels may improve.

Be sure to visit one of Decatur’s many parks and greeenspaces. Click here to find one near your home. Did you know that there is adult outdoor fitness equipment at McKoy Park?

See our ideas for enjoying Move It Monday in the park.

Move It Monday: Burn Some Calories Before Thanksgiving

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It’s Thanksgiving week and many of us are busy preparing for the big day. Finding time to work out is probably low on the priority list. However, it’s still possible to squeeze in a quick, effective workout. What better day to take advantage of this than this Monday? Learn how you can give your metabolism a head start and keep burning calories even days after your workout, just in time for Thursday!  Read more on the Move It Monday Blog. 

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: Add More Life to Your Run

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Running has a significant impact on longevity. In general, runners have a 25%–40% reduced risk of premature mortality and live approximately 3 years longer than non-runners! And what is wonderful is that you can reap the benefits if you run at slow speeds for just 5-10 minutes. Running modest amounts each week will greatly improve your health.

Read more about the benefits of running on the Move It Monday blog.

Move It Monday! Get Moving for a Cause

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Signing up for a walk, run or ride with a charity that you support is a fun way to commit to moving more. You’ll be able to offer your help to others and you may feel motivated to stick to your exercise regimen to meet your new challenge!

Find out which non-profits  are part of the Team Decatur Grand Prix series at http://www.decaturga.com/teamdecatur. Participate in four of the races in 2017 and receive a tech shirt and a medal at the end of the year. You will be supporting non-profits that support efforts right here in our City!