I can’t believe January has come and gone and now it’s time for the month of love! Before you start sighing, let me tell you, February isn’t just for chocolates, oversized stuffed animals, and bouquets of roses – it’s also time to promote healthy heart habits to keep your ticker on track and in shape. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than pampering your heart?
Happy New Year! It’s prime time for resolutions, which fills me with excitement and dread all at once. Of course, as a wellness and fitness professional, there’s nothing I love more than seeing the influx of energized faces in our Fitnessolver facility every January. Many of my fellow Solvers are just like most Americans – who according to Nielsen data most commonly resolve to stay fit and healthy (37%) and/or lose weight (32%) in the new year.
There’s no denying that this time of year is magical – holiday lights and music, the first snowfall, and children’s unrestrained glee all make this season so special. What’s not magic, though, is that all of our merrymaking during the holidays doesn’t change basic math: Calories in = Calories out is still the equation for maintaining weight … even during the holidays.
I’m fired up today, and ready to kick butt – literally. I recently was shocked to learn that even in 2017 – with all that we now know about the dire health risks associated with cigarette smoking – 36.5 million Americans smoke! As a career-long wellness professional, and now the Onsite Wellness and Fitness Administrator at Businessolver, seeing that statistic made me sad – especially considering that smoking kills almost half a million Americans each year.
Fitness is part of our DNA here at Businessolver; we work hard each day to send constant and consistent messages about the importance of maintaining physical health as well as overall mind/body wellness. We also are devoted supporters in our local communities, and take every opportunity to give back. So, we’re thrilled to have those two pillars of Businessolver culture merge again this year as a proud sponsor of the 2017 RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa), the world’s largest and longest recreational bike ride.
We’ve all likely felt the pain of a cold or flu at some point. They start small – an achy back, a runny nose – and within hours, can hit like a ton of bricks – fever, sore throat, total exhaustion. Simply put, they are miserable.