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2022 April

Short Circuit

Short Circuit

Are you getting bored with your current workout? Circuit training may be a good option for you. In a circuit training workout, you’ll move briskly between different “stations” that focus on different muscle groups, doing 10-25 reps or performing a particular movement for 30-90 seconds.

For example, you might do 10-25 bicep curls, then 10-25 lunges, and then move to a 45-second front plank.

A circuit training workout can last anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour, depending on your fitness and goals.

While you can do circuit training in a gym with weight machines and dumbbells, you don’t always need gym equipment to do it – you can do exercises that rely primarily on your own body weight. Because you are constantly moving from exercise to exercise, it is excellent for your cardiovascular health. Depending on the exercises you do, you can customize a circuit to your specific needs, whether those be strength, weight loss, agility, or endurance.

Circuit training is very flexible, but it is not for everyone. If you have arthritis, be sure to choose low-impact exercises (avoid jumping jacks, for instance). If you have a back or knee injury, wait to circuit train until you are healed. Not sure where to start? Check HERE for an introductory circuit, complete with instructions for each exercise.


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Helping Hands for Parents

Having adequate childcare has been a struggle for many in the workforce even before the COVID-19 pandemic, with the greater toll often falling on women. Employers have taken note, and many are offering or expanding childcare and tutoring benefits to assist their employees. These benefits, which can help reduce your stress levels by providing care when you need it most, range from back-up care to after-school tutoring assistance.

Programs such as Bright Horizons offer multiple services, including on-site childcare and back-up care. This allows you to have a plan in place if your regularly planned childcare falls through. They also offer elder care services, so if you have adult dependents who need a little extra help, you don’t have to worry about them. Bright Horizons also features the Sittercity app, which provides an easy way to find thoroughly vetted, local child and elder care.

Companies such as Varsity Tutors provide a wide variety of services for K-12 students. This includes one-on-one tutoring on many specific subjects, small group classes, SAT preparation, and live online learning classes. Their tutors are highly qualified and vetted and are ready to help your child learn.

More employers than ever are offering and expanding their childcare benefits. Typically, your employer pays the cost of providing access to the service, but there will be a cost to you at time of use. Contact Human Resources to see what is available to you.


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Pocket Mental Health

Most of us need a little help with our mental health from time to time. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Thankfully, there are hundreds of mental health apps developed by professionals to help you address your specific concerns — everything from anxiety and PTSD to depression and ADHD — from the privacy of your own device.

Many of these apps can be used to improve your mental health on your own or to enhance regular therapist or psychiatrist visits; some can even help connect you to a therapist virtually. There are free and paid options, and some companies include access to an app as part of their total benefits package.

Apps like Calm and Headspace help you develop mindfulness, which can ease your anxiety. They can help you learn to meditate and sleep better, whether you have practiced meditation before or are brand-new to it.

If you’re looking for something a little more engaging, or need a quick pick-me-up, try Happify. The app uses a series of science-based short activities and games each day to help you develop positive thought patterns and overall happiness.

Having trouble tracking your mood and symptoms? Try Bearable. This app is a straightforward and user-friendly way to help you track your mood, medications, symptoms, and many other day-to-day variables. From this data, Bearable will create charts that you can use to identify patterns or as an aid in therapy.

This is just a small sample of the available apps. Check HERE for an expert-created resource to help you sort through them. Help is at your fingertips!


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Living Sustainably

Single-use plastics, such as disposable water bottles and plastic bags, are an environmental problem. When thrown out, they clog up oceans and river and are harmful to both plants and animals. It may be difficult to avoid single-use plastic altogether, but there are a handful of simple ways you can do your part to help cut down waste.

Instead of purchasing disposable water bottles, consider using a reusable water bottle. Not only will this practice avoid plastic waste, it will save you money in short order. If the tap water in your area doesn’t taste great, you could consider investing in a water filter pitcher for your home as well. There are multiple affordable (and stylish) options for both reusable water bottles and filters.

Plastic bags are used every day and are recyclable, but only 1% of them are actually ever recycled. To help minimize waste, make the switch to reusable shopping bags. Cloth or canvas bags can be washed, and even sturdier reusable plastic totes are better for the environment than single-use bags. Most residential curbside recycling programs do not accept plastic bags, but some grocery stores do. You can also check HERE for a local collection site.
These swaps just scratch the surface of how you can reduce plastic use. Reusable sandwich bags, glass food storage containers, and beeswax food wraps are just a few more examples of easy at-home switches.

When you must use single-use plastics, make it a habit to recycle. If you don’t have curbside recycling or a receptacle in your apartment facility, check your city and county websites to find a recycling facility near you.