Get Active, Stay Comfortable with The Comfort Sock
No matter how long you’ve been in a relationship, dates are essential for reconnecting and touching base with your partner. While Valentine’s Day is the biggest date night of the year, there is a ton of pressure to make perfect plans. Avoid the stress and get creative on February 14th by making a DIY date night crate for a memorable night! Before choosing which date to plan, get a reusable box or crate big enough to hold everything you’ll need for your night.
5 Tips for Becoming More Active
Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, boost your health and have fun. And it’s also something that can easily be implemented into your regular routine following these simple tips!
1. Don’t sweat making it to the gym.
Regular trips to the gym are great, but can be time consuming. Don’t worry if you can’t find a large chunk of time to exercise every day; just get more active throughout your day — take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk rather than drive those few blocks, or rev up your household chores. Consistency is key to reaping the benefits of exercise.
2. Mix it up.
Try to engage in a combination of vigorous and moderate aerobic exercises to keep your routine from getting stale. Alternate days where you’ll run, walk, or swim and be sure to squeeze in strength training at least twice per week by lifting free weights, using weight machines, or doing body weight exercises.
3. Get outside!
Summer is fast approaching and you know you are ready for a return to fresh air and warm weather. So why not incorporate it into your physical activities. Spend some time working in the garden or mowing the yard. Plan post-dinner walks around the neighborhood with your family. May is also National Bike Month (click here to learn more) so revisit an old friend that’s likely been stored away all winter and take a leisurely neighborhood bike ride or find a trail for a more intense workout. And don’t forget National Bike to Work Week, going on now!
4. Get creative at work.
Many of us have sedentary jobs and work takes up a significant part of our day, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise time for physical activity. Brainstorm project ideas with a coworker while taking a walk, find an exercise accountability buddy in your office, take a walk around your building for a break or to a nearby coffee shop, or turn your desk into a stand-up desk. There’s lots of ways to implement physical activity at work, just find a way to make it fun and enjoyable!
5. Space out your activities throughout the week.
In general, you should aim for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to ramp up your exercise efforts.
Note: Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or you have any concerns.
6 Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity
Still not convinced about regular exercise? Check out these six proven health benefits!
1. Exercise controls weight.
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.
2. Exercise combats health conditions and diseases.
Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? Regular exercise helps prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, numerous types of cancer, arthritis, and falls.
3. Exercise improves mood.
Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A gym session or brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.
4. Exercise boosts energy.
Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle your day.
5. Exercise promotes better sleep.
Struggling to snooze? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to hit the hay.
6. Exercise can be fun and social.
Exercise and physical activity can be enjoyable. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors, or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting.
Find Comfort with Comfort
Your new active lifestyle means you are going to need some protection for your feet. Keep well covered with these four collections from The Comfort Sock!
The Comfort Sock Arikool Tab
Stay cool and stay dry! Arikool is a patent pending knitting technique that helps to keep feet dry and comfortable while providing one way moisture transport – locking in moisture away from the foot.
Prince Performance Plus
Get covered by the same socks the pros use! These Performance Plus socks feature Coolmax Moisture Management Fibers to transport moisture away from the skin to keep feet cool and dry. Targeted Zone Cushioning on the ball and heel of the foot provide extra protection in high-impact areas. Plus they come in an array of lengths, colors, and styles!
Sources include: American Heart Association, foh.psc.gov, The Mayo Clinic