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July 17, 2015

12 Habits For Highly Healthy People: Habit 7

By rawlingsnicole

Habit 7: Strength and FlexibilityStrength & FlexibilityAccording to Nicole Burow, MS, CHES, CHWC, Exercise is Medicine® Credential Level I, ACSM-CPT, and Health and Wellness Coach at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, "Too often in our rushed, achievement-oriented culture, we think 'more' or 'faster' is better."  I posit we are not all meant to be ‘Mr. Incredible’, ‘Elastigirl’, or ‘Road Runner’. Activities of daily life take a combination of strength and flexibility: from hauling in bags of dog food or shoveling the sidewalk to climbing stairs or kicking a soccer ball with neighborhood youth. So, strength and flexibility training are necessary to continue to enjoy many daily activities.

However, recovery is also a vital component of strength and flexibility. Rest time between sets of resistance training, rest days between strength training workouts, and active recovery at a lower intensity can all contribute to more sustainable and less painful short– and long-term results."

Set a goal for yourself: Try to incorporate an aspect of strength and/or flexibility to several workouts each week.

Mayo employees, spouses, and colleagues are welcome to join the challenge anytime throughout the year by emailing us at  Or, feel free to explore our Worksite Wellness options on the intranet.

Tags: 12 habits, Blog, Blog, DAHLC, Flexibility, Program, Staff, Strength

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