Good girls eat their fruits, veggies

When we were little kids we learned that fruits and vegetables are good for you. Remember the food pyramid? (If you want to read even more about the food pyramid, click here.)

As a kid I liked most fruits and vegetables. And as an adult I like most fruits and vegetables.

The great thing about summer is the many delicious fruits to choose from. Besides the standard apples, bananas and oranges there is so much juicy deliciousness to eat: watermelon, cherries, grapes, all kinds of berries, honeydew …

One of the wellness challenges at work right now is to get in five servings of fruit and vegetables five times a week. This challenge is pretty easy for me to achieve. On Friday after I had had two servings I hit my 25 mark for the week.

According to the CDC website, fruit and vegetables have many benefits. I know we already know that. Yet, so many people don’t get enough in their diet.

Here are some reasons why they are so great for us:

Working through sore muscles

Last night and most of today I have been doing what I call the “old lady walk.”

On Thursday night I worked out with Jenn and Monica. I am pretty much sore all over. But my thighs and butt are what are really feeling it.

I knew after the hour-long program we did I would be feeling it later on. All day yesterday I could feel it deep in my muscles. I went to yoga last night and it was difficult.

Before I went to bed last night I was doing the “old lady walk.”

I did a little more than 10 minutes of stair climbing today before spin as part of a work wellness challenge. Spin was tougher than normal with the sore butt, thighs and abs. Then my usual 30 minutes of abs. I was gonna skip out on body conditioning as I didn’t think I could handle weights or squats or lunges. I did the class. But wow, that hurt.

I have been switching back and forth between ibuprofen and Aleve. I have also been using my heating pad, which I normally use for my back pain and cramps.

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Riding 100 miles and then some

My company recently launched a wellness program. We first started with biometric testing.

Our results were input into a web portal.

After that there was a wellness assessment in which I answered questions about my mental and physical health, fitness and exercise, work and personal situations, etc. From there my strengths were identified and areas I could work on–such as getting consistent sleep.

I can set up goals and challenges. One of the challenges I am participating in is to have 64 ounces of water for at least five days in a week. I am pretty good with my water intake. But Fridays and Sundays are challenging for me. Now with an incentive I am more proactive on those days as well.

And while doing this points are rewarded, levels achieved and prizes awarded.

One of the challenges is the Century Mile. At first I didn’t sign up for it because I thought it was about running. And I don’t run.

Then I realized you could bike, hike, walk, run (probably even Zumba) your way to 100 miles. The challenge started in mid-March and ends mid-May. The challenge spelled out: Track 100 miles of exercise–walk, run, bike, hike, dance, or whatever … Continue reading

Health & Wellness

Yesterday Onyx hosted a Health & Wellness Expo. I was a volunteer. I made a board giving info on WW and printed out information for people to read and take.

I also greeted vendors in the lobby and had them escorted to the third floor. We had a really good variety of vendors come in, including: YMCA; Delta Dental; Maverick’s Gym (the gym I work out at); REI; Emeryville firefighter to check blood pressure–mine was pretty good; Breathe California to check lung capacity–I was at 88%–very good; free chair massages; MHN, TLC, Blue Cross, etc.

We had a healthy and really yummy lunch catered by Whole Foods. I attended a couple of really good breakout sessions. At the end of the expo there was a raffle. Unfortunately I didn’t win anything. But there were some pretty cool prizes.