10 Small Wellness Tips that have a Big Impact on Your Health

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The idea of “living a healthy lifestyle” can feel overwhelming. What does that even mean? It’s easy to mentally equate health with strict diets and grueling hours of daily exercise. In reality, health is multifaceted and looks different for every person. There’s no need to be overly critical of yourself in your journey towards your own uniquely healthy lifestyle. Small changes to your lifestyle can have a huge positive impact not only on your overall health, but also in your daily exercise routine. Small steps are more sustainable and more likely to turn into healthy habits that ultimately stick. As personal trainer and fitness instructor Nina Saunders puts it, “Get a little uncomfortable in order to get comfortable.” Here are 10 small changes to try out in your daily routine that can have a big impact on your health.

1. Stand Up Alarm

Brianna Biffignani, professional dancer and certified fitness professional provides us with a timely tip: “Set an alarm on your phone to stand up at least once every 2 hours that you are working. Just standing up from your work space will increase overall health and make you more likely to walk around for a few minutes – even if it’s just a walk around your desk or office space. Maybe you’ll even incorporate a few stretches while you stand before getting back to work again.” 

2. Netflix Plank

Who else has been watching more Netflix than usual since quarantine? Gilmore Girls enthusiast Hit House Muay Thai instructor, yoga instructor (and Gilmore Girls enthusiast) Regina Postrekhina suggests that while binging on Netflix it’s a good idea to do a 1 minute plank between episodes. If you binge TV like us, you’ll end up doing at least three sets of these every evening. Still watching cable? “Plank during ads or commercials,” founder of The Ness, Aly Giampolo, suggests.  

3. Push Up Challenge 

Mike Pierce, Hit House instructor and fighter, has another quarantine suggestion. He shares, “Something I have been doing during quarantine is pushups every hour. It gives me a reason to get up from my desk and move each hour.” If that sounds like a big change, don’t sweat it: try incorporating one set of push ups once a day to start and build from there.

4. Rolling Not Scrolling

A lot of us reach for our phones first year in the morning to scroll through Instagram and look at the news. “Instead of scrolling through your phone, roll out your feet while drinking your coffee,” says Rowena Villanueva, founder of The Pilates Nook.

5. Airplane Mode

“Turn your phone on airplane mode by 10PM, and don’t turn it on until after you’ve taken your morning walk,” shares Cam Norsworthy, creator of Pilates service Cam On-Demand.

6. Serious Schedule

It’s easy to let the week slip by us and lose track of time. Sam Castro, Personal Trainer at Equinox, suggests taking a few minutes out of your day once a week to set up some plans. “Schedule your workouts for the week in advance so it can be a non-negotiable,” he says. 

7. Calf Raises 

Justin NG, founding instructor at Hit House and striking couch at NG Combat, provides us with a practical move to warm up your muscles. Waiting in line for something? Do some calf raises while you’re waiting!

8. Morning Dose of Protein

Marissa Graham, Professional Dancer, Certified Trainer at Dancers Who Lift (and virtual Hit House instructor) provides us with some insight to her morning routine, a simple healthy step: “Mix in a scoop of protein to your morning coffee. Caffeine plus hitting those macros… there’s no better feeling.” If you try this out, it’s recommended that you add a little milk or creamer to prevent your cup of joe from getting foamy. 

9. Back to… Boring Basic?

Co-Founder and CEO of Hit House, Tyler Scott, has some “straightforward” advice: “Prepare and eat the same meal for 7 consecutive days on the same hour. Keep it simple. Lots of protein with leafy vegetables.”

10. Bone Broth

Kara Rosella, professional stunt person, advocates for the power of bone both: “Add a cup of bone broth to your daily routine. It works wonders for digestion and skin!” She suggests investigating different bone broth powders available that are both easy to prepare at home and affordable (or try HealthKick partner Owl Venice for fresh Organic bone broth delivery!)

 

Emma Boelter graduated from Tulane University with a BA in English in 2017 and is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Although she has writing experience in many different areas, right now she is focusing on providing clients with high-quality digital material. She currently lives in New Orleans, LA.

Dana VanPamelen is the co-owner of Hit House, a Muay Thai Kickboxing studio in NYC. She has a Masters degree in Marketing from Hofstra University and loves gathering wellness life hacks.

Advice From ENRGI Lead Instructor Hayden Voss

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What’s your advice for people looking to get back into a regular fitness/health routine this Fall?
Find a workout/class that is fun to you… then you won’t have to think twice about hitting the gym. It’ll be something you can look forward to everyday, especially as the weather turns and you want to spend more time inside.

What’s your favorite part about class?
The opportunity to practice with guidance. In a class, there is an instructor + other members who are there to help you and support you. This allows you to increase your fitness level in a safe and supportive environment.
What would be your best advice to those who have never tried a HIIT class?
Work at your own level/speed. It’s easy to go too hard and too fast if you’re new.
Do you regularly switch up your workout routine?
My workout routine stays relatively static. That’s because there are specific things I’m working on… and in order to get better at them, I need to do them over and over.
What’s the most rewarding part of working out for you?
Reflecting on what the body can do and how it can improve with practice and time. It’s amazing to think about.
– ENRGI Lead Instructor: Hayden Voss

Meet Barre Groove Founder: Alanna Perry

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What’s your advice for people looking to get back into a regular fitness/health routine this Fall?

Fall is a great time to link up with friends and start a NEW fitness routine! My advice is to try and find classes that make you so excited that you actually look forward to your workouts! Set weekly goals, plan to hit the gym 1-3 times per week, and include your friends so you can hold each other accountable (PLUS working out with friends is way more FUN!) 2019 isn’t over yet, you still have time to reach your goals!   

What’s your favorite part about your class?

One of the things that makes BG special is that we offer a variety of unique classes that are all great workouts and a ton of fun! For bounce class, I love the fact that bouncing on a trampoline offers so many great benefits! They’re low impact exercises (which are great for runners!) but they still provide a great cardio workout, strengthen your core, and improve your balance.

For Pom, my favorite part is all the rewarding feedback I get from guests who cherish the opportunity to dance as much as me!

What would be your best advice to those who have never tried a Barre Groove class?

The classes are really fun and unlike anything else in Boston so my advice is to try it! I know from experience that it can be intimidating to try a new studio for the first time, but at Barre Groove we prioritize being welcoming and inclusive to everyone! Don’t worry about your workout experience or fitness level- all of our classes are designed to be just as effective for beginners as they are for guests who exercise every day.

Do you regularly switch up your workout routine?

We change our class routines every day so you will never take the same class twice! I think it’s so important to regularly modify your workout routine in order to stay engaged and excited to come to class! You should never dread your workout routine- it’s a lot easier to stick to your plan and reach your goals when you have fun exercising! 

What’s the most rewarding part of working out for you?

The most rewarding part of working out is knowing that I’m doing something for myself! It’s 45 minutes – 1 hour everyday that is just for ME! It’s so easy to get caught up in our daily routines, to make excuses, and to just “not go” which makes it easy to fall off track. When you walk into class or block off that time at the studio you make a commitment to yourself to be better, mentally, physically and emotionally! I’ve never met anyone who has regretted working out at the studio!

 

 

  • Alanna

 

 

Meet On Your Mark Owner & Nike Master Trainer: Emily Hutchins

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What’s your advice for people looking to get back into a regular fitness/health routine this Fall?

Small victories.  Don’t over schedule your workouts…start with 3x week and build up your time so you don’t burn out. 

What’s your favorite part about your class?

The group energy and the work ethic our members put in at the gym…they don’t just go through the motions, they work, learn and perform

What would be your best advice to those who have never tried a class at OYM?

Don’t attempt to get ‘’in shape’’ first.  Leave it to us to help carve out your training journey. Rome wasn’t built in a day, small progressions lead to big victories.

Do you regularly switch up your workout routine?

Yes, every 4-6 weeks you should re-evaluate your performance.

What’s the most rewarding part of working out for you?

Feeling good, being injury free, and knowing how that translates to the long term.

– On Your Mark Owner and Nike Master Trainer: Emily Hutchins