Coming This September!
Health Hearts | Healthy Minds
The last 18 months have been challenging and placed us in new working environments, handed us new stressors, and overall forced our attention away from the little things that make life better. We all know that simple habits done regularly can have a big impact on how we feel and live. Join us in the Healthy Hearts | Healthy Minds group challenge as we tackle two pivotal habits to restart our health journey.
Only 20 spots are available in the group challenge, will you take part? We’ll be starting a weekly walking habit, aiming for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. In addition we’ll begin our day with gratitude journaling. These two habits can create widespread improvement in the entire body’s functioning.
Improve endurance, cardiovascular health, immune function, and brain health with these two changes. We know that when we track things we improve them. So you’ll have access to our fitness tracker and and gratitude journal in your patient portal; both on the web and on the app.
Having a community with a similar goal can help us focus on what’s important. Our group chat will give you a place to share fun photos from your walks, good trails you’ve found, and personal breakthroughs. With daily motivation and group support it’s easy to stick to change.
Walking gets the muscles pumping throughout the body. This strengthens the muscles of the legs, abdomen, heart, and even arms. It also improves the movement of blood and lymph which increases energy and improves immune function.
Walking has also been shown to improve brain function and slow cognitive decline as we age. Multiple studies have been shown to improve memory, mood, and sleep. Plus the obvious benefit of burning an extra 4,000 calories a month (when we keep a moderate pace).
When life gets tough it can be easy to get bogged down in the terrible things that are happening to us. However, studies have found that the simple practice of gratitude can make many physiological changes in the body. For instance:
- Increase blood flow to the hypothalamus. This influences such things as drinking, sleeping, metabolism, and stress.
- Activates dopamine producing areas of the brain. Low dopamine can also increase pain sensitivity.
- Lowers blood pressure
- Associated with higher good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol
Obviously, gratitude does far more than improve our mood and general outlook.
Tying it Together
Both habits tie together to improve the body and the mind. If you’d like to make a change and think you’d benefit from a professional led group to hold you to your goals register today!