Do this week’s free, trainer-designed workout outside to soak up a bit of sunshine after last week’s rainfest. All you need is a timer and a bit of motivation. Don’t forget to record your results!
It’s April, and that predictable yellow cloud of springtime doom has descended on our fair city in earnest. It’s the price we pay for living in such green, lush environs. Worth it? Depends who you ask. Between 10 and 20 percent of us are feeling the dreaded effects of allergy season (although it might make you feel better to know that there are 60 worse cities you could live in when it comes to allergies), but there are strategies you can use to minimize the symptoms. Let’s take a look at five:
You don’t have to be the crunchy granola type to understand why preserving the earth is a pretty important task — after all, we live here. On April 22, 1970, a bunch of earth lovers got together for the first Earth Day celebration, kicking off the modern environmental movement. It’s 45 years later and now more than 1 billion people will observe this global civic holiday. Don’t be left out! There are lots of ways to promote healthy communities, support environmental activism, and make our little patch of earth – Atlanta – a greener place to live. Check out these activities and Earth Day celebrations around town. Did we miss any? Let us know your plants for Earth Day 2015.
On weeks when time is short, I like to keep dinner as simple as possible. I thought I’d share some of our family’s go-to veggie sides for your busy week. None of these healthy options involve any chopping or cutting (as long as you have access to a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s) and they’re as delicious as they are easy!
Americans spend an average of 13 hours a day sitting in chairs. That does horrible things to our hip flexors (and health in general, but let’s focus on one thing at a time here). Tight hip flexors can lead to back pain, mobility issues, and problems with balance and stabilization… not to mention the negative effects they have on your workouts. Fix.com’s handy-dandy guide illustrates 10 simple yoga poses that can make a world of difference. Remember to warm up, ease into and out of the stretches, and stop if anything gets painful.
Some days, you want to center yourself or get all euphoric with a good yoga or Pilates session but every workout mix you find online is packed with EDM bangers, bubbly pop, or intense rock. That, friends, is not the way to align those Chakras. Fortunately, Lonely Donkey Kong — an Atlanta DJ/comic/writer/all-around creative genius now living in NYC — has you covered with a gorgeous, flowing mix created especially for WellATL readers. Clocking in at just over an hour, LDK’s dreamy-but-not-sleepy selections are ideal for your next yoga practice… or (shhhh!) a rainy spring afternoon at your desk.
As I mentioned in my first post, I was actually a runner just a few years ago. Despite having done multiple half-marathons and even more 10Ks, I’m not a gifted runner… but I loved it all the same! Still, it is one of the goals that I have been dreading attacking because I haven’t run regularly since five years and multiple pounds ago. Where once I could gently jog a 5K without thinking twice, now my body revolts against a nice long walk along the BeltLine. PSA: Don’t become obese, folks. It’s not worth it!
Every year, the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation rank counties across the country in terms of overall health in order to “help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live.” Four out of the five healthiest counties in the state were in metro Atlanta (ATL, hold it down!) but despite all of their multi-use trails, new bike lanes, and boutique fitness studios, intown counties like DeKalb and Fulton got didn’t even make the top 15, coming in at 19 and 20, respectively.
So who got top honors? >>
This week’s weather forecast is gloomy but the fitness and wellness forecast is always bright in Atlanta. All of these farmers market openings, races, cooking classes, and festivals will keep you too busy to notice the April showers anyway.
Happy Monday, WellATLers! It’s time for another fabulous trainer-designed workout of the week. You are keeping up, right? You can do this one anywhere at all with no equipment except for your handy-dandy timer. Don’t forget to record your results so you can see how far you’ve come.