Getting fit, staying fit
What do you and others at the hospital do to stay fit and healthy?
There are over 900 employees at SNMH along with volunteers and medical staff members.
We can take great care of our community when we are taking care of ourselves and staying well. SNMH has a “Wellness Program” that has consistently grown for 11 consecutive years. Last year 655 people participated in one or more wellness activities. Activities include onsite exercise programs, comprehensive health-risk appraisals, “lunch and learn” presentations and wellness contests.
Getting regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Not only does it promote health and well-being, it’s an excellent mood lifter and stress buster. And if you find an activity you really enjoy, it can also be lots of fun.
As I get older, I have come to see how beneficial exercise is for my own health. So, I have made a personal commitment to fitness – and feel much better as a result. I try to exercise for at least 45 minutes each day, whether bicycling, running, weight-training, or attending a group fitness class. I never want to miss a workout, so even when I travel, I take a jump rope and stretchy bands with me.
I’m a morning person, so I like to work out at 5:30 a.m. Of course, some days I have to talk myself into it, but I’ve got a foolproof trick to get me going: I put on upbeat music, and energizing rhythms give me the momentum I need.
If you are new to exercising, follow our lead at SNMH and find an activity that gives you pleasure-and just start moving! Choose something you feel passionate about – whether it’s yoga, swimming, or brisk walking – and begin at a pace that’s comfortable for you. You will find your own rhythm. And, trust me, once you do, you’ll realize how great you can feel.
To submit your question log onto http://www.snmh.org and click on “submit a question to Katherine Medeiros,” CEO, or mail to SNMH, P.O. Box 1029, Grass Valley, CA 95945, Attn. Ask the CEO.
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