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Published Tuesday Apr 21, 2020 by Garmin

Advice from Garmin: Taking Care of Your Physical and Mental Health in Uncertain Times

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Now, more than ever, it’s important for us to band together and support one another. And investing in your well-being can help improve mood and maintain a sense of normalcy in times that are really not normal at all. That's why we've teamed up with Garmin to create a list of tips to help you maintain physical and mental health at home.


Staying Active

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both, preferably spread throughout the week. With all of us cooped in our homes and apartments, it can be difficult to achieve these targets. With that limitation, we have a few ways to keep moving and stay active. 

Yoga helps you destress and focus on breathing. Book virtual yoga on the Mindbody app!

Pilates helps you maintain flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness. Book virtual Pilates on the Mindbody app! 

Treadmill running gets your legs moving and your heart rate up. You can switch it up with speed intervals, incline and decline, side steps and more. 

Indoor cycling lets you break a sweat and connect with a virtual community. Book virtual cycling on the Mindbody app!

Outdoor walking and running helps you connect with nature and boost your immune system.

Partner workouts with a spouse or housemate are a fun, stress-free way to stay motivated and connected. 

In-home challenges such as going up and down steps, laps around the living room or hide-and-seek keep the whole family moving. 

Set up virtual challenges with your friends and family to engage from a distance, such as seeing who can do the most push-ups or hold a plank longer. 

Try dance cleaning to bring fun and cardio to your chores. Turn on your favorite tunes and dance around while you clean every part of your home. 

Create your own scavenger hunt with household items. Make it a little more challenging with clues. 

Work out with your kids or pets… literally. Do goblet squats while holding your toddler or bench press your poodle. 


If you have a Garmin Venu, vívoactive 4/4S or fēnix 6, you can download premade, step-by-step workouts here. 


  

Stress 

Stress is not just a vague feeling of being overwhelmed, anxious, or exhausted. It’s a physiological phenomenon that can be observed and measured. When you are under physical, mental, or emotional stress, your body releases a complex mix of hormones and chemicals. This release can cause several reactions, such as increased blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension.  When stress becomes chronic, it can lead to both mental and physical issues.  

Most Garmin smartwatches measure stress levels based on heart rate variability. If your Garmin device detects periods of high stress, you’ll be prompted to do a guided breathing exercise to help reduce tension, relieve tension and relax.

 

Sleep

Sleep is essential to maintaining your health.  It’s been shown to increase productivity, lower weight gain risk, and affect your immune system. Most adults need seven to eight hours of good sleep each night, while teenagers need nine to ten hours. School-aged children may need ten or more hours of sleep each night.

Advanced Sleep Monitoring on Garmin devices measures total hours of sleep, as well as classification of sleep stages: light, deep, REM, and awake periods. To help improve your sleep, experts recommend sticking to a consistent sleep schedule, avoiding heavy meals within a couple hours of bedtime, and reducing overall stress. Knowing how well you’re sleeping and following these guidelines can not only improve your sleep, but also improve your overall health. 


Garmin devices are great tools to help you stay on top of your health while you’re at home, with features to help you keep moving and track your health stats. Find the perfect one for you here! 

While everyone is doing their part to stay isolated and maintain social distancing, remember that we’re all in this together. Whether you follow these tips or have some creative ideas of your own, we hope you all stay safe, healthy and connected during this time. 

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What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Fitness
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

 

4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

 
Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
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Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).