We’re more than half way through our company-wide fitness challenge, and I have to say, I’ve definitely learned a few important things over the past six-plus weeks. I thought I’d share, so here they are: my High Five for Friday!
- There’s strength in numbers. During the summer months, there are tons of fitness events going on around West Michigan. Races, triathlons, charity walks—so many ways to step up our game! But what fun is a 5K anything if you’re all by yourself? This year, many of us have encouraged our peers to join us in our endeavors, and it has paid off with friendships made, goals achieved, and maybe even a few pounds lost.
Last Friday, this team of Baudvillians braved the wind and drizzle (and it was a bit chilly, too!)
to participate in a 5K run that benefitted the American Cancer Society!
- Baked beans count as a vegetable. Though I’m pretty good about eating my leafy greens, I struggle to get a good balance of all the other vegetables in the kingdom. Just as the mere sight of another carrot was about to turn me homicidal, I remembered good ol’ baked beans. If you make the vegetarian kind, they’re not only fat free, they’re high in both fiber and protein. Hooray for the magical fruit!
- There’s more than one way to sit at a desk. I’m 43 years old and I’ve been slouching my whole life. I know it is a terrible habit with even worse physical repercussions, yet I have been unable all these years to make any noticeable improvement. I simply fall back into the old routine once the notion to stand up straight slips back into my unconsciousness. Through some recommendations, including one by a fitness guru who visited the ‘ville a few weeks ago, I ordered a stability ball chair. It promises to improve my posture while sitting, increase strength and balance, and keep my muscles more active, even when I’m tied to my desk. I just started using it, so I’ll report back on this one…
- Gardening burns a lot of calories. Pulling weeds, heaving mulch, digging holes, wielding a weed whacker…it all adds up! According to myfitnesspal.com, I burned more than 500 calories for my two hours of labor. And because I was focused on getting the job done, I didn’t even notice how much time had passed. My yard looks great, I got a little sun (with sunscreen on, of course!), and I think I discovered a new muscle between my biceps and triceps!
- A mist of olive oil goes a long way. Though I commit many crimes in my kitchen—especially in the name of weight loss—I draw the line at certain types of foods that fall under the category of diet or lite. I’d rather have no sugar than an artificial sweetener, the added calories and cholesterol of butter versus margarine (let alone anything ambiguously called a spread), and, most recently, I’ve become suspicious of cooking sprays. I’ve done some reading and concluded that there are far, far worse villains out there. Nonetheless, why take the risk (so to speak) when there’s the wonderful invention called Misto? It delivers a light spray of pure, non-aerosol-propelled olive oil to whatever I’m lubing, which is way better that eyeballing a dollop from the bottle and ending up with a pool!
What are your favorite health & wellness tips? Share them with us!
Allison is a self-proclaimed Copywriting Diva and has the certificate to prove it! She’s been writing for Baudville for three-plus years and has worked in a variety of business settings for more than 18 years. Before becoming a professional writer 11 years ago, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She’s what we call a true believer!