The Well-Being Journal

5 Ways to Get Moving Without Thinking About It

Jennifer Rudloff

Blue Zones® research shows you don't have to run marathons to be a well-being super-star. In fact, many of the world's oldest and healthiest people engage in low-intensity activity on a daily basis. If your busy schedule keeps you away from the gym, here are some simple ways to get moving without even thinking about it.

  1. Move for the fun of it! Build activity into your life by doing what you love. Ride your bike to work. Walk to the store. Play basketball with your kids.
  2. Inconvenience yourself. Take the stairs at work. Park at the far end of the parking lot. Get up to change the TV channel instead of using the remote.
  3. Start walking. Walking is easy to do and free to everyone. It also invites company and can relieve stress after a hard day.
  4. Strengthen your social connections. Make a regular time to walk with your "moai" - a group of lifelong friends - and build social connections while you take steps to improve your health.
  5. Grow a garden. Gardening is a great way to be physically active daily and even helps reduce stress. Improve flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance, all with the benefits of fresh homegrown vegetables.

What are your favorite ways to move naturally each day?

Topics: Healthy Living Exercise Move Naturally Blue Zones Project

The single best thing you can do for your health in 2012

Jennifer Rudloff

For many of us, along with the new year comes resolutions aimed at creating happier and healthier lives. So now, how do you go about doing that? Well, we know that there are a number of factors that contribute to our health and well-being -- good diets, good friends, and healthy behaviors go a long way towards achieving health.

But there's one thing that trumps the rest - Exercise! Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your health. Among other things, just a little bit of movin' and shakin' each day has the ability improve our quality of life and reduce fatigue, anxiety, depression, pain, dementia.

Topics: Healthy Living Exercise Healthcare 23 & 1/2 hours Health Prevention Design Lab New Years Resolution Dr. Mike Evans Healthier You

Well-Being at Work: Managing Stress

Jennifer Rudloff

Stress is an inevitable part of our lives. Whether it comes in the form of a pressing deadline, a family matter or financial discomfort, we're all going to feel the pressure of stress at one time or another. The good news is there's a way to deal with it. Elmo Shade is part of our Leadership Development team at Healthways, he's also our resident expert on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). In this video Elmo talks about some of the principles of MBSR and provides some healthy ways to respond respond to and manage stressors.

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Topics: Meditation Exercise Health Stress Elmo Shade Healthways Workplace Well-Being Mindfulness Stress Management

Well-Being at Work: Tips for Working-In Your Work-Out

Jennifer Rudloff

Time (or a lack there of) is a common excuse for not exercising - but you don't have to let busy get in the way of you taking care of yourself. There are simple ways you can incorporate fitness into your daily routine. In this video Gloria Lunn, a personal trainer and health coach at Healthways, shares one of her favorite tips to work-in your work-out, even on busy days.

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Topics: Healthy Living Exercise Weight Loss Fitness Health Wellness Healthways Well-Being