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Healthy habits can protect you from the harmful effects of stress. Here are 10 positive healthy habits you may want to develop.

  1. Talk with family and friends.

    A daily dose of friendship is great medicine. Call or writer friends and family to share your feelings, hopes and joys and ask them to share theirs.

  2. Engage in daily physical activity.

    Regular physical activity can relieve mental and physical tension. Physically active adults have lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning. Physical activity can be a great source of pleasure, too. Try walking, swimming, biking or dancing every day.

  3. Embrace the things you are able to change.

    While we may not be able to do some of the things we once enjoyed, we are never too old to learn a new skill, work toward a goal, or love and help others.

  4. Remember to laugh.

    Laughter makes us feel good. Don’t be afraid to laugh out loud at a joke, a funny movie or a comic strip, even when we’re alone.

  5. Give up the bad habits.

    Too much alcohol, cigarettes or caffeine can increase blood pressure. If you smoke, decide to quit now. If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation.

  6. Slow down.

    Try to “pace” instead of “race.” Plan ahead and allow enough time to get the most important things done without having to rush.

  7. Get enough sleep.

    Try to get six to eight hours of sleep each night. If you can’t sleep, take steps to help reduce stress and depression. Physical activity also may improve the quality of sleep and life in general.

  8. Get organized.

    Use “to do” lists to help you focus on your most important tasks. Approach big tasks one step at a time. For example, start by organizing just one part of your life — your car, desk, kitchen, closet, cupboard or drawer.

  9. Practice giving back.

    Volunteer your time or spend time helping out a friend. Helping others helps you.

  10. Try not to worry.

    The world won’t end if your grass isn’t mowed or your kitchen isn’t cleaned. You may need to do these things, but right now might not be the right time.

Source: Fight Stress with Healthy Habits

Tiffiny Marinelli, Energy in Motion LLC

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The warmth of the summer months beckon us to spend time with family and friends outdoors and away from work to enjoy these precious days of sunshine. However, there are challenges to maintaining our mental well-being when these days come. I would like to share with you some facts about working in the summertime, and how you can help your staff feel their best.

Spreading the hours around

A study noted in the Huffington Post found that 26 per cent are not using paid vacation days provided by their employer. The majority of those said it was because they felt they had too much work to do and taking time away would leave them behind in their work. Others are saving their vacation days for emergencies, and still others claimed to not want a vacation. By encouraging staff to take time away, even for a staycation, the benefits in creativity can be reaped when returning with a fresh view and feeling more relaxed. Time away also decreases burnout and subsequently can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Covering for others

According to CMHA Ontario, the summer months of vacation time can be a cause of stress for those filling in for others in their absence. Whether it is on the assembly line or in an office, taking on the job of another, often one that they may have little experience doing, can make those employees feel anxious and stressed. When personal life stressors occur during this time, the pressure at work can seem overwhelming. To make vacations work for everyone, discuss with everyone the upcoming workload so you can plan deadlines around vacation dates. Knowing who is on vacation and when will also help you plan your projects. Ensure staff that is covering for others are clearly aware of new tasks and responsibilities, and check in to see how manageable the workload is while other staff is away.

Seasonal Depression

Seasonal Affective Disorder typically affects some in the winter months with shorter and colder days, but there are some individuals who are affected by depression in the summertime. Increased humidity is unbearable for some, who may stay in their air-conditioned home to avoid the heat, and are likely less active as a result. When it’s too hot to cook, many choose to eat out or order in and poor food choices are often made. Changes in routine and schedules can bring on feelings of depression, such as having bored school children or university students now at home. Financial strain with camp and entertainment costs is increased, as well as the costs of going on a destination vacation. Wearing shorts or bathing suits can increase feelings of poor body image, and may inhibit some from joining friends at the beach or poolside. Some signs of summer depression to look for in your staff could include difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, weight loss or gain, and feelings of anxiety. One way to stave off symptoms of depression is to maintain physical fitness, so encourage employees to use their employee discount at the air-conditioned gym, even for the summer months. Another way to maintain mental wellness is to stay connected, so hosting a BBQ for staff to enjoy each other’s company outside of the workplace and engage with each other in a social environment helps build camaraderie, minimize isolation and enhance work relationships.

I hope you take the time to enjoy your summer, with your co-workers, family and friends!

via Keeping Your Cool in the Workplace this Summer — Charles Benayon

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Working OutWith class schedules expanding at gyms around the country and boutique fitness studios booming, it’s clear that people are flocking to group fitness classes—and with good reason. Group fitness classes offer the opportunity to experience movement in positive, memorable, and purposeful ways, inspiring meaningful change both physically and mentally.

Here are the top five reasons people love group fitness classes, and why you will, too.

1. Expert guidance with no guesswork

One of the main reasons people are drawn to group fitness is the expert guidance they receive from certified instructors. An exceptional group fitness instructor is proficient in the art of creating enjoyable movement experiences that keep participants committed to their health and wellness journeys. There’s no guesswork when it comes to how to structure your workout session— the GFI has done the work for you.

2. Accountability to create a workout routine

The fact that group fitness classes occur on a set day and time works wonders with creating structure around physical activity, even for people who struggle with workout consistency. As opposed to hoping you’ll make it to the gym at some point during the day, choosing a class to attend and signing up in advance creates a greater sense of accountability and enables you to plan your day around your workout (and your health!).

3. Social support and so much more

The feeling of being part of something bigger and the camaraderie forged in group fitness classes is something that quite simply can’t be replicated. Group fitness classes exude positivity, and serve as a welcome invitation for people of all different ages, backgrounds, and ability levels to come together in one inclusive experience to move with passion and intention, all without judgement or expectation.

4. Explore movement in a new way

If you find yourself stuck in a fitness rut, group fitness can be a perfect option for adding variety to your routine, while also ensuring a well-rounded approach to exercise. Do you dread the idea of running on a treadmill to get your cardio in? Try attending a dance-based fitness class to improve endurance while burning just as many, if not more, calories. Feeling uninspired to focus on your flexibility? Try a yoga class to improve your range of motion and enhance your movement quality.

5. Fitness and fun rolled into one

Hands down one of the most commonly cited reasons people choose to attend group fitness classes is because of the fun factor. Group fitness classes prove the old saying “no pain, no gain,” couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, an effective workout can and should be a fun one, as the more enjoyment you experience during exercise; the more likely you are to stick with a regular routine of physical activity.

Contact Energy in Motion for more information on bringing exercise classes to your workplace.

Original Article: https://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy-living-article/60/5892/5-reasons-people-love-group-fitness-classes-and?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ACE-Fit-Life-04-13-2016&utm_content=Consumer+Outreach&spMailingID=25230537&spUserID=NjU5NTYyNDEwMjUS1&spJobID=782085234&spReportId=NzgyMDg1MjM0S0

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pilatesSweating at work isn’t that foreign of a concept. Sweating at work to cool music in workout clothes-that’s a little different. Onsite group exercise classes for businesses are growing in popularity and for good reason. There are so many benefits, some that reach beyond losing weight and getting into shape. Here 3 reasons why onsite group exercise classes are beneficial for everyone in the office:

1. Mood and Morale

Have you ever heard of a “runners high”? When you’re working out hard you get in the zone and an upbeat feeling takes over. Exercise helps to boost the mood and overall morale of the office, causing a more pleasant and stress-free work environment. A lot of the everyday workplace tension gets released in a positive way, leaving people feeling calmer and more cheery.

2. Workplace Relations

Sometimes work can get so hectic that you don’t really have the time to interact socially. Other times you may just be feeling tired and not up to interacting with your coworkers. This can leave you feeling isolated and left out, leading to low morale and less productivity.

Group exercise classes are a social atmosphere that give people the opportunity to laugh, sweat and interact with coworkers in ways they may not have done before. This interactions leads to a better workplace environment and helps with a “team player” mentality.

3. Health!

Of course, the most obvious benefit is overall health. Just a half an hour to an hour a day can enhance your overall health and life longevity, as well as quality of life. Whether the goal is to lose weight or to just get a little extra cardio in, group exercises can be tailored to fit any individual’s fitness level and can help them reach their overall goals.

Companies also benefit from onsite group exercise classes with more fit employees that are less likely to get sick or have job related injuries like back problems and muscles strains. Having an onsite group exercise class can change the overall landscape of a company and can increase both the mood and productivity of workers. Employees will look forward to these classes as an opportunity to interact and get in shape and because of their proximity they will be able to help each other reach their fitness goals with a support system.

An Onsite group exercise class program is a win-win for everyone involved-employees get exercise training and employers have healthier, happier employees.

© 2014 Tiffiny Marinelli, Energy in Motion

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Fitness Fusion Classes in Whippany NJ

Burn calories and have fun doing it! Join us for our next Fitness Fusion session beginning Sept 18th at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey. Classes are modified for all levels even if you’re just starting. Regardless of your workout style or fitness level, this class offers something fun and challenging for everyone.

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At its very core, yoga is about connecting the mind and body. You can “do” yoga without any equipment at all. Even sitting and breathing mindfully as you quiet the mind is a form of yoga. If you are new to yoga here is a great place to start! Try these basic yoga poses to get stronger and more flexible.

Yoga infographic

Yoga infographic

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Ever wonder where that Saturday morning class you can’t live without originated? Yoga is more than mastering postures and increasing your flexibility and strength. You may know a few fun facts about the practice of yoga, but check out this infographic to get the low down on the origins of that downward-facing dog.

The Evolution of Yoga

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