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Join The AIMHO Wellness Initiative Today!

Sunday, January 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katie Schmalzel
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The executive board wanted to provide a few opportunities and incentives to engage the AIMHO membership in holistic wellness from now until the annual conference at CU Boulder in November. The ultimate goal is to create healthier habits in a way that is not overwhelming!  Thus we have decided to focus on one thing each month. Developing habits takes a long time, so we encourage you to take these suggestions and make them work for you. You can focus month by month or start with the first one and then build on each next month!



Drink 96 oz of water per day


Eat a well-balanced lunch while a work


Elevate your heart rate for 30 minutes once a day


Get sufficient sleep for your body each night


Eliminate one food that is not beneficial to one’s health


Personal Goal month!: Pick something you want to change that will impact your personal wellness and stick to that every day for June.


Do some sort of reflection/meditation each day


Add in one food that is nutrient dense


Stretch everyday


Pick your favorite month and refocus


We will send out notes at the beginning of each month with the topic, suggestions of how to accomplish it, and a link to track your progress. You can track daily, weekly, monthly, or however it works for you! This is for you, so you get to decide what you want to count and what doesn’t. We will tally up participation, and announce those who participated the most at the annual conference! (Presence at the annual conference is not required to participate.) There may be prizes. J  #honorsystem

Here goes!...

In February we focused on eating a well-balanced lunch while at work. How'd it go? You can still submit your February accomplishments here:

Alright, time to think about March!: Elevate your heart rate for 30 minutes once a day.

First off, here's why it is important to elevate your heart rate. Gotta love NPR.


Whether or not you've found your fitness niche, here are some fun things to try to mix up your daily routine:

Attend a group fitness class at your university/college's rec center. Especially if you get a free or discounted membership or drop-in rate. Most rec centers will have everything from yoga and Pilates to strength based and high intense cardio classes. Not into taking classes with students? I hear that. Local gyms have similar classes. Either way, these can be a good starting place: they have all of the equipment and instructors will be able to give you cues and corrections so you move with strength and not injure yourself!

Some of the trendiest workouts from 2015 that are continuing strong:

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)


- These are some spin videos that I just enjoy:

--> Hip Hop Spin

--> And, if you are a New Girl fan and also enjoy spin, you'll think this is hilarious.




If working out around other people seems overwhelming, that's cool. A super effective workout is doing body weight exercises. Luckily, these can be done at home, or really anywhere!

Liability statement: Chat with your doctor if you have any conditions or injuries that might prevent you from participating in one of these activities safely or if you are new to working out! And, listen to your body; it knows what's up. Also, rest days are important for your muscles to grow and rest. Take at least one rest day a week. 

Submit March accomplishments here!

Keep on moving,

Senior Member at Large

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