February is dedicated to healthy hearts but it isn’t just about Valentine’s Day and the love in the air. February has been dedicated as the American Heart Month for over 50 years. Are you aware of the history and the reasons as to why we as a fitness community should be dedicated to this month?
We have all seen a friend, colleague or client start to fade a little in February after pushing to make changes in January. Now more than ever is a great time to send some encouragement to our friends and clients because with those small or big changes they may be improving their heart health!
Check out this link to find out the history behind “American Heart Month”.
<Hyperlink – https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2017/02/21/12/42/the-evolution-of-american-heart-month>
We also found this page with awesome tools and even shareable graphics, https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/american_heart_month.htm.
Let’s work together to make February a great Heart Health Month for our friends and our clients.
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Last week was “Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day”. Anyone else feeling a little bleak after hearing that there is a day for quitting? So, our question to you is this – what are you doing to encourage and support New Year’s Resolutions and Goals for your members, employees, friends, and colleagues?
A few of us here at NIHCA signed up for a local Health Challenge. The fun part is that even though just a handful of us signed up (it’s a four person team) the encouragement and support is throughout the office. Knowing you are a part of something bigger than just yourself makes it much harder to give up. When you feel like you just can’t keep going there is someone there who gives you that gentle nudge and you realize you can go further.
“You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don’t give up.” ~Chuck Yeager
As we are working together to make small and big changes we ask you ~ how are you supporting those around you and keeping the “Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day” a day in the past?
Why is it that when we think about Halloween and working out the first thing that jumps to my mind is 80’s workout gear? Halloween isn’t just for kids. We all can enjoy a little youthful fun.
Whether you are working out to those 80’s jams or working off that parent-tax from your child’s candy bucket…check out this article we found at livestrong.com.
By: BojanaGalic ~ October 25, 2019
This Halloween, put your sugar rush to good use and build a candy-themed HIIT workout based on your favorite treats. Pick four to six of your favorite candies and run through their respective exercise (listed below) for 10 reps. Do three or four rounds total, resting 30 to 60 seconds in between.
Take breaks as needed and keep some water handy. And don’t forget to warm up first for three to five minutes of light cardio and dynamic stretches, then cool down with static stretches.
Twix: Side Plank Dip
- Begin in a side plank position with your forearm on the ground supporting your body. Stack your feet and legs.
- With your free arm on your hip, dip your hips to the ground, hovering just about the floor or tapping it lightly, depending on your mobility.
- Press through your side-body (obliques) back to the side plank.
- That’s one rep. Do 10 on each side.
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