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Top 3 Ways To Get Moving In The Workplace

Jun 20,2017

“EVERYBODY UP!” That’s what the office hears about 3 times during the day from one of our co-workers whenever his Apple watch forces him to rise from his desk in order to achieve another point on his standing goal.

Sadly, not all of our co-workers over here have standing desks and can reap the benefits of the new wave of standing while working, so we have researched and found some helpful stretches and exercises anyone can do at the workplace.

Slight disclaimer, your coworkers and boss might give you strange looks, BUT they also could join in. Either way, you have been warned.

 

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  1. Standing Pigeon Pose

A fan favorite of the TGIR office, this stretch helps relieve the tension from sitting for long periods of time.

Although it may be a bit uncomfortable to do in front of your co-workers, the awkwardness is a good thing, because this stretch helps with fatigue and stress as well. 

  • Stand in front of your desk
  • Take one of your legs and lay it on your desk in front of you at a 90 degree angle.
  • Hold for approximately 8 to 10 breaths then repeat on the other side.

 

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  1. Overhead Stretch

This one is much more subtle and almost everyone does it at one point or another during their day. If you already use this one on the daily, try a bit of a challenge and stand up and do some sunrise salutations. Another thing to note is to be careful not to overstretch when doing this. You can do more harm than good if you don’t do this pose with slow and controlled movements. That goes for all of the exercises in this post.

  • Raise your hands over your head
  • Interlock your fingers
  • Push away from yourself

-     Hold for approximately for 5 to 8 deep breaths.


Sun Salutation

  • Stand up
  • Raise your hands over your head
  • Interlock your fingers
  • Stretch up and hold for 3 deep breaths
  • Unlock your fingers
  • Send your arms and bend at the waist towards the floor
  • Interlock your fingers or fold your arms
  • Hold for 3 deep breaths
  • Repeat 2-3 times.

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  1. Touch the Toes 

It’s a bit self-explanatory, but you can do this exercise while sitting down in your chair or standing up and go full out on your desk if you got some cool co-workers! What is nice about this exercise is it can be something you work on. You can gauge how far you go at the beginning of the financial quarter and work on reaching farther and becoming more flexible! Granted if you can already put your leg up and over your head, then maybe just stick to this stretch, because you’re definitely going to make some coworkers uncomfortable if you do that by the water cooler.

Sitting 

  • Stretch your legs fully
  • Reach with your hands as far as they go to your feet.
  • Do not bend your legs
  • Hold for 8-10 breaths.

Standing

  • Lift your leg to your desk and keep your back straight and upright.
  • With your back straight, stretch with your hands to your feet.
  • Hold for 8-10 deep breaths.

 

Remember, when it comes to stretching, take it slow! Going too fast could cause overextension which will turn a good work day into a bad one and could affect you in the long-term. Whatever you do for work, make sure to take a minute away from the computer screen and stretch so your nine to five turns into a nine to fantastic.

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June Charity Spotlight

Jun 07,2017

This week we will be spotlighting some of the amazing charities that we are partnering with this month! The Great Inflatable Race truly believes in giving back to the community in each city we go to. Our vision is to positively impact the lives of millions of people by providing opportunities for movement-one of these being community movement! Be sure to check out our Spotlights below to learn more about these amazing charities and how you can help!

 Fourth Street Clinic
Salt Lake City, UT: June 3

First, we want to give a big shout-out to Fourth Street Clinic that partnered with us for the Salt Lake City race this past weekend! We also want to thank Roseman University National Community Pharmacists Association for all of their help!

Fourth Street Clinic has been serving Utah's homeless population for more than 27 years. Their goal is to provide health care and support services that improve quality of life to individuals who need it most. Not only that, Fourth Street Clinic promotes across-the-board health care savings.

On average, 125 people visit Fourth Street Clinic every day. The clinic provides corrective eyewear, dental procedures, on-site mammograms, prescriptions, smoking cessation classes, colon cancer testing, hearing aids, and so much more. Visit http://fourthstreetclinic.org/ to learn more about their organization.

 Shoes for the Shoeless
Dayton, OH: June 16 and 17

We are proud to sponsor Shoes 4 the Shoeless for both of our Dayton races! Shoes 4 the Shoeless is a nonprofit organization that makes it their mission to provide properly-fitting gym shoes and socks to local children in need. They started out in 2010 and have already helped thousands of children in Montgomery County where 40.9% of children live in poverty.These children are in desperate need of shoes and socks; otherwise, they face a lifetime of physical, social and emotional problems.

Shoes 4 the Shoeless has a vision of ending the physical and emotional distress children endure when they go without good shoes. The Great Inflatable Race is proud to support this vision.  You can support Shoes 4 the Shoeless by signing up for the race and donating to them today through https://registermyrace.com/register/charity/the-great-inflatable-race-dayton/338?charities=100. You can also learn more about this organization and other ways you can help by visiting www.shoes4theshoeless.org.

Ryan’s Case for Smiles
Philadelphia, PA: June 24

We are excited to support Ryan's Case for Smiles for our Philadelphia race on June 24! Ryan’s Case for Smiles’ mission is to enable children with cancer and other life-altering illnesses and injuries to cope with their illness today. They focus on building resiliency to thrive in the future, and much of their work includes the entire family in the healing process. In short,Ryan's Case for Smiles' aims to make children feel better to heal better! Learn more about the Ryan's Case for Smiles by visiting caseforsmiles.org.

You can donate here through: https://registermyrace.com/register/charity/the-great-inflatable-race-philadelphia/302?charities=101

 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
Columbus, OH: July 1

To kick off July, we are partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio for our Columbus race. We are excited to support their mission! For more than three decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) has been keeping families close at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. From its beginnings as a grassroots movement established by a partnership between volunteers and local McDonald’s Owner/Operators, the charity has served thousands of families in their deepest times of need.

Visit http://rmhc-centralohio.org/get-involved/team-rmhc/ to learn more about this organization and to join Team RMHC! You can sign up for the race and donate through https://registermyrace.com/register/charity/the-great-inflatable-race-columbus/311?charities=956/9

 

Here at The Great Inflatable Race, we treasure the incredible charities that we work with! Stay tuned for more charity spotlights each month. We would love to hear your suggestions of non-profits for us to partner with at any of our race locations, please comment below or email us at charities@thegreatinflatablerace.com.

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Playlist To Help Get You Moving!

Jun 05,2017

Sometimes, the hardest part of working out is figuring out what jams to plug in that will carry you through your entire fitness program. We asked The Great Inflatable Race Team what songs they use to get pumped up, and we compiled the list below! You can even download this playlist on Spotify by clicking here! Follow us on Spotify @TGIRace to get personalized playlists just for you! Did we miss any of your go-to workout jams?

 

  • Eye of the Tiger-Survivor
  • Thunder-Imagine Dragons
  • Set Me On Fire-Flyleaf
  • You’re Gonna Go Far Kid-The Offspring
  • Stronger-Kanye West
  • The Greatest-Sia
  • My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)-Fall Out Boy
  • Big Bad Wolf-In This Moment
  • Heathens-Twenty One Pilots
  • I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)-Mike Posner, Seeb
  • Blood in the Cut-K. Flay
  • Jericho-Celldweller
  • Pulse-Icon for Hire
  • Witching Hour-Coleman Hell
  • Love Me-Jane XO
  • Telephone-Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce
  • Numb / Encore-JAY Z, Linkin Park
  • Work This Body-Walk The Moon
  • All The Way Up (Remix)-Fat Joe, Remy Ma, JAY Z, French Montana, InfaRed
  • Thunderstruck-AC / DC

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