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Published Tuesday Apr 21, 2020 by Garmin

Advice from Garmin: Taking Care of Your Physical and Mental Health in Uncertain Times

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Now, more than ever, it’s important for us to band together and support one another. And investing in your well-being can help improve mood and maintain a sense of normalcy in times that are really not normal at all. That's why we've teamed up with Garmin to create a list of tips to help you maintain physical and mental health at home.


Staying Active

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both, preferably spread throughout the week. With all of us cooped in our homes and apartments, it can be difficult to achieve these targets. With that limitation, we have a few ways to keep moving and stay active. 

Yoga helps you destress and focus on breathing. Book virtual yoga on the Mindbody app!

Pilates helps you maintain flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness. Book virtual Pilates on the Mindbody app! 

Treadmill running gets your legs moving and your heart rate up. You can switch it up with speed intervals, incline and decline, side steps and more. 

Indoor cycling lets you break a sweat and connect with a virtual community. Book virtual cycling on the Mindbody app!

Outdoor walking and running helps you connect with nature and boost your immune system.

Partner workouts with a spouse or housemate are a fun, stress-free way to stay motivated and connected. 

In-home challenges such as going up and down steps, laps around the living room or hide-and-seek keep the whole family moving. 

Set up virtual challenges with your friends and family to engage from a distance, such as seeing who can do the most push-ups or hold a plank longer. 

Try dance cleaning to bring fun and cardio to your chores. Turn on your favorite tunes and dance around while you clean every part of your home. 

Create your own scavenger hunt with household items. Make it a little more challenging with clues. 

Work out with your kids or pets… literally. Do goblet squats while holding your toddler or bench press your poodle. 


If you have a Garmin Venu, vívoactive 4/4S or fēnix 6, you can download premade, step-by-step workouts here. 


  

Stress 

Stress is not just a vague feeling of being overwhelmed, anxious, or exhausted. It’s a physiological phenomenon that can be observed and measured. When you are under physical, mental, or emotional stress, your body releases a complex mix of hormones and chemicals. This release can cause several reactions, such as increased blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension.  When stress becomes chronic, it can lead to both mental and physical issues.  

Most Garmin smartwatches measure stress levels based on heart rate variability. If your Garmin device detects periods of high stress, you’ll be prompted to do a guided breathing exercise to help reduce tension, relieve tension and relax.

 

Sleep

Sleep is essential to maintaining your health.  It’s been shown to increase productivity, lower weight gain risk, and affect your immune system. Most adults need seven to eight hours of good sleep each night, while teenagers need nine to ten hours. School-aged children may need ten or more hours of sleep each night.

Advanced Sleep Monitoring on Garmin devices measures total hours of sleep, as well as classification of sleep stages: light, deep, REM, and awake periods. To help improve your sleep, experts recommend sticking to a consistent sleep schedule, avoiding heavy meals within a couple hours of bedtime, and reducing overall stress. Knowing how well you’re sleeping and following these guidelines can not only improve your sleep, but also improve your overall health. 


Garmin devices are great tools to help you stay on top of your health while you’re at home, with features to help you keep moving and track your health stats. Find the perfect one for you here! 

While everyone is doing their part to stay isolated and maintain social distancing, remember that we’re all in this together. Whether you follow these tips or have some creative ideas of your own, we hope you all stay safe, healthy and connected during this time. 

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Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

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For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.