Posts Tagged 'Active'

How To Make Your Health Less Ruff

Dog Heart

In honor of the Pup Rally that took place today, June 5, 2018, on Marquette’s very own campus, I felt as though it was most appropriate to post some puppy appreciation. It is no secret that therapy dogs are used heavily around campus, since the college culture has its tendencies of causing a stressful atmosphere. Aside from obviously being cute and cuddly, did you know that there is a science behind why their existence betters our overall health and well being?

The responsibility of owning a dog, comes along with the responsibility of having to take them on frequent walks to let them do their business. Therefore, whether you plan on jogging or walking as your source of a workout for the day, you will always have company and will never have to do it alone. Walking your dog will attract the best kind of attention from others, igniting conversation and bringing joy to anyone you may encounter. The beauty of it all is that you are doing all of this, without even noticing that you are meeting your obligations of staying fit and active for yourself and and your health!

Marquette’s utilization of therapy dogs throughout campus is a great investment to the community surrounding it. With the atmosphere of college always bringing out the worst when it comes to stress, dogs have the ability to lower anxiety and blood pressure, while increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurochemicals that play significant part being in calm and maintaining overall well being. Spending as little as a few minutes, has the capability of causing immediate relief and brightening up your day filled with newfound happiness and motivation.

Despite the popular belief of dog’s being harmful to the well-being of children back then, recent research has proved that it does the exact opposite. Pets are known to help reduce allergies found among children, in addition to strengthening their immune systems when being exposed to a furry friend within the household at a young age.

Dogs’ presence alone has the ability to add more meaning and a purpose to your life, so today appreciate a pup, whether that be through embracing your own, donating to a humane society, or adopting today. The world can use more loving owners to creatures that give the same amount of love back!

Diana Banzon

Get Your Heart Pumping

Kettle Bell Beside Adidas Pair of Shoes

I hope you have all started moving for the Go Move challenge. If not, there is still time, the challenge is taking place throughout the month of February. Get started today, and recruit your friends and colleagues to move with you! Moving is so important to our overall health, and especially necessary to keep our hearts in good shape.

And when it comes to your heart rate, just like exercising, eating right, or anything else, you need to find your sweet spot. One of those cliche sayings that actually holds so much merit is, “everything in moderation.” There is a point where we can exercise too much, there is a point where we could be exercising too little (or not at all). There is a point where we can eat too much of one thing, even if it is healthy. When it comes to all of these things, there is a target we should all be aiming for. And just like these other parallels, there is a target spot for where our heart rates should be at when resting, and when exercising. The key to all of these “sweet spots”, is that they are different for everybody. It all depends on your age, gender, and of course any health conditions. The neat part is that you can find out where your heart rate should be while resting, and exercising, and then monitor it to ensure you are reaching your targets. And with modern day gadgets, you can use a smart watch or a Fitbit, or similar tool to monitor it for you, and of course you still have the option to accomplish this the old-fashioned way as well.

So, it’s great to know what your target heart rate should be, and that you can reach it with exercise. But maybe you cannot bring yourself to exercise, or you dread every single one of your workouts, or you make excuses. Hey, if this sounds like you, I promise you are not alone. It is great to be able to say that we understand we need to get moving and get our heart rate up, but it’s a whole different story to actually want to do these things. I would like to offer some advice: find something you love to do. There are so many options to getting in some physical activity, so there is bound to be at least one workout out there for everybody. Do some experimenting to find what works for you. There are fitness studios and clubs popping up everywhere, go to a class! Register for Try It Night, February 13th from 4 pm to 6 pm, to test out 3 different classes in one night. And don’t be afraid to experiment, love your body so that your body will love you back.

And trust me when I say grab a buddy! A lot of times it is easier to stick to something new when you have someone else there to encourage you, after all, we are all in this together. Let’s all set out on a mission to get moving, find what we love, and get our heart pumping! Have a wonderful, productive, and active week, Marquette. Go move!

Alicia Diedrich

March Employee Profile- Connie Knoll, Graduate School of Management

Connie Knoll, assistant to the dean of the Graduate School of Management, strives to make healthy choices whether she is at home, work, or on the go. Every morning she starts her day with an activity such as swimming, biking, yoga, or walking the dog.  Even when she is on vacation at her cottage she enjoys staying active by water skiing or kayaking.  Not only do these exercises keep her active, but she also enjoys them because they have been part of her life for such a long time.

Along with her exercise routine she  eats a variety of nutritious foods.  Connie takes the time to pack a lunch and snacks to bring to work as well as cooking dinner instead of eating out.  She recently set a goal to eat more fish which was a challenge for her, but attending a cooking class here at Marquette proved to her how easy it is to prepare and what to look for when purchasing it.

Connie has attended a number of employee wellness programs, but her favorites are the cooking classes and going to the farmer’s market.   These cooking classes have given her useful tips to sneak more nutrients into foods such as adding peanut butter into a smoothie for protein.  She has also enjoyed going to the Westown Farmer’s Market  in the spring, summer, and fall seasons on Wednesdays during her lunch break to purchase fresh produce.

This healthy lifestyle has benefited her in numerous ways, but her two favorites are only having to take one pill a day which is a multivitamin, and getting a confidence boost after a yearly check-up since her blood pressure and cholesterol levels are always where they should be.

Being active has always been a part of her life and her suggestion to make healthy changes is to go outside for a nice walk, “…when the weather is nice, you will get a natural boost from the sunshine along with vitamin D”!   As everyone knows, it is not always easy to get the motivation to eat healthy and exercise if you are tired from work, but her enthusiasm comes from the desire to grow old and healthy with her husband so they can continue to enjoy each other’s company and travel together.  She is also inspired from her father-in-law who still wants to snow and water ski at 77 years old!

Connie’s active lifestyle and participation in the wellness program has had many benefits, as the 2012 Marquette Be Fit Challenge Grand Prize Winner, Connie won a year-long Rec Center/ Plex Membership!

Think of how a healthy lifestyle will benefit you and the loved ones in your family, and come on and participate in a group fitness class or get cooking tips at a Marquette Employee Wellness Program!

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