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SEE For Yourself on Monday - Exercise WELL


So You Think You Can Plank?

Exercise WELL tip: Come show us your plank at the Breezeway today from 1-3 pm. If you hold the longest plank you will win a prize. The plank is a great core strength exercise that improves strength, balance, and endurance. Plus it doesn't require any equipment or much time, making it a convenient form of strength training if you're on a small budget or are traveling.The most common plank is the front plank which is held in a push-up position with the body's weight borne on forearms, elbows, and toes. improving your strength, balance and endurance. The exercise is so-named because, when done properly, you straighten your entire body and maintain it rigidly, just like a plank of wood.

Quit on Monday tip: If weight gain due to smoking cessation is something you fear you can take steps to build your metabolic rate back up in ways that benefit your health rather than destroy it, as smoking does. Strength training is a great way to build muscle mass and slow bone loss while boosting metabolic rate.

Mellow Out Monday tip: If you're busy with school, you may feel like you can't afford spending any extra time exercising. But the truth is, you can't afford not to. Not only will exercise give you more energy to accomplish things and help you relieve stress, it can improve your overall health. Research suggests that physical activity may be linked to lower physiological reactivity toward stress. Simply put, those who get more exercise may become less affected by the stress they face in the future. If that's not a great reason to get more active, I don't know what is! A weekly 5-7 minute back-rub at Mellow Out Monday from Stressbusters is another great way to relieve some immediate stress and tension.