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Raise a Glass of Wine to Health :: FIT4U Challenge Week 6

Raise a Glass of Wine to Health :: FIT4U Challenge Week 6

Many of us enjoy a nice glass of wine to help unwind at the end of a long day but, did you know there are also health benefits that come with drinking a glass of wine?

Why should we raise a glass to wine?
Please note, most of the benefits suggested in this article relate to red wine.

– Weight loss Crazy right? Wine contains a chemical called resveratrol which converts bad white fat in our bodies to “good fat” that the body then uses for energy. A recent study by Washington State University shows that polyphenols like resveratrol helped mice burn more fat through excess body heat.

– Wine could reduce the risk of certain cancers Resveratrol has been shown in studies to slow the growth of cancer cells by causing them to cannibalize themselves, which means they eat away at themselves.

– Wine helps fight off the common cold Research that suggests that wine helps boost the immune system. It has been shown that drinking wine moderately helps you decrease your chance of getting a cold by up to 40%.

– Wine cares for your teeth A 2014 study showed that wine acted like a mouthwash, fighting tooth-decay causing bacteria and preventing cavities. An active component in the grapes has antimicrobial effects on the bacteria of the mouth.

– Promotes healthy aging In the Mediterranean, it’s considered wise to drink wine for graceful aging and to stay young and active as you age. It has been shown through multiple studies that low doses of wine helps slow the aging process down, thanks to the resveratrol!

– Protects your eye-sight Resveratrol has been proven to stop abnormal growth of new blood vessels or angiogenesis. Angiogenesis typically leads to age-related loss of eyesight, or even blinding disorders.
Raise a Glass of Wine to Health :: FIT4U Challenge Week 6

Can you drink too much wine?
Even though wine has all these amazing benefits, everything needs moderation. Too much wine can be just as unhealthy! If you don’t drink alcohol, don’t feel that you should start. But for those that do enjoy a drink, consider the occasional glass of red wine.

Please note, our team does not promote overconsumption, underage drinking, or drinking and driving. Always drink responsibly.

See our previous FIT4U Fitness Challenges where we challenged our team to drink more water, eat more veggies, reduce their sugar intakereduce their meat intake, and we talked about the effects of prolonged sitting.

Make a Splash with Aquatic Therapy

Make a Splash with Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy is a type of physical therapy that involves performing exercises in the water. Aquatic therapy is especially beneficial for people who have difficulty with weight bearing activities due to arthritis, recent fractures, sprains, fibromyalgia or their weight.

First, the buoyancy of the water relieves the pressure on weight bearing joints like the spine, knee and hips. This is helpful for those who can’t tolerate exercise on land due to joint pain.

Aquatic therapy can help build strength in weak and injured muscles. Initially, exercises can be performed in the direction of assistance. As the patient’s strength progresses, the exercise can be modified to occur in a non-resistant pattern, and finally against the resistance of the water.

Aquatic therapy also can help promote healing to the site of injury. By exercising in warm water, vasodilatation of the blood vessels occurs. This will increase blood flow to the injury and result in increased oxygen delivery and healing of damaged tissue.

Aquatic Therapy is available at our Sparta and Grant locations. Sparta is where you’ll find a state-of-the-art SwimEx pool, which features a resistant current, treating a wide variety of conditions, from severe arthritis to sports injuries.

The Effects of Sitting :: Staying Active at Work :: FIT4U Challenge Week 5

The Effects of Sitting :: Staying Active at Work :: FIT4U Challenge Week 5

Does this sound familiar? You sit all day at work, get in the car where you sit some more, then arrive home only to sit in front of the computer or tv. Sitting has been classified as one of the new cancers of the world. It’s a tough cycle to break because most jobs essentially require us to sit for long periods of time.

Research is finding that this new sedentary lifestyle is contrary to our biological needs and damaging to our well-being. The human body has evolved to be mobile, not sedentary. We sit an average of 9.3 hours a day, which is even more than we spend sleeping. Most scientists believe that anyone sitting more than 6 hours a day is at a heightened risk for many different problems. They say this much sitting may be as bad as smoking a pack of cigarettes every day! Even if you exercise daily, some studies are finding that if you repeatedly sit for long periods of time at work, this habit will take years off your life.

The Effects of Sitting :: Staying Active at Work :: FIT4U Challenge Week 5


“Sitting is so incredibly prevalent that we don’t even question how much we’re doing it. And because everyone else is doing it, it doesn’t even occur to us that it’s not OK.”
– Nilofer Merchant at TED 2013

So what is this doing to our health? The infographic below touches on some key things that sitting does to our bodies, including lowering good cholesterol, burns fewer calories, and turns off electrical activity in the legs.

The Effects of Sitting :: Staying Active at Work :: FIT4U Challenge Week 5

As the infographic sums up, sitting for long periods of time isn’t healthy. With all these factors, it could potentially  lead to heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol.


What can you do?

Quitting you day job so you can stand more isn’t going to fly. But, here are some helpful tips that’ll help you get moving at work:
– Park further away from your office building.
– Take a walking break in between meetings or during meeting breaks.
– Walk before your morning starts—you’ll energize yourself for the day.
– Avoid elevators and escalators—take the stairs instead.
– Designate 10 minutes of your lunch break for a quick walk.
– Ask your co-workers to join you on a before or after work walk.
– Walk to coworkers’ desks to speak to them instead of sending an email.
– Shake off the stress of your day by walking after work.
– Get out of your seat 5 minutes every hour, set an alarm if you have to.
– If you have the option, try to get a standing desk, one that will raise and allow you to work while standing.

We also created this great worksheet which demonstrates several ergonomic stretches you can do at your desk. Download it here.

See our previous FIT4U Fitness Challenges where we challenged our team to drink more water and eat more veggies, reduce their sugar intake, and reduce their meat intake.

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