Now that summer is in full swing, many of us are getting outdoors more. Several of us participated in an IT Radix Spring Step Challenge. Our lone bicyclist, Doug, rode for CycleNation to support the American Heart Association and stroke awareness. Many joke that COVID-19 resulted in an additional 19 pounds, but it’s no joking matter. Your health and mental well-being are key components to your happiness. Last fall I took up rowing crew three days a week. This meant that I had to get up at 5:00am to drive to Lake Hopatcong for a 6:00am start. The first few days weren’t easy; however, I quickly settled into a routine and enjoy jumpstarting my day with some outdoor exercise!

Some refer to nature as Vitamin N. As a kid, I spent hours outdoors in the woods behind our North Carolina home. On the weekends, my family would sail on Lake Kerr and the Pamlico Sound. We are blessed to live in a country with so many parks. Walking and hiking are at an all-time high as a result of the pandemic. Many think you need to walk a lot for significant health benefits—improve your cardiovascular health and bone density, lose weight, and strengthen muscles—but movement of any kind is beneficial.

During a virtual team huddle, we tried a stress-reduction technique that was one minute of venting followed by one minute of dancing. Everyone was in stitches! This inspired me to get a “30-Second Dance Party” button for the office. I encourage you to get outdoors… breathe in the fresh air and enjoy!
First published in our July 2021 IT Radix Resource newsletter