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THIS FIVE MINUTES | BE FIT

Whether you’re an occasional gym-goer or a committed Crossfitter, you should be able to do—and benefit from—a FORWARD LUNGE. This simple exercise can improve your balance andcoordination.

How-To:
1. Stand with feet hip-width apart and step forward with your right leg.
2. Lower into a lunge position, so that both the front and back legs are (ideally) bent to 90 degrees. Your upper body should be straight (not leaning forward or back).
3. Hold this position for a moment, then push off the right foot and return to stand.
4. Repeat on the other side.

Be sure you:
• Take a big enough step. When you don’t step far enough forward, you may put extra weight on your toes, which means excessive pressure on your knees and hips—it’s also harder to balance like this. Work on strengthening your glutes, hip flexors (so you can bend deeper), and hamstrings (so you can take some of the pressure off the front of your legs).
• Avoid leaning too far forward with your chest. Doing so can be an indication of weak glutes and core, or an over-emphasis on the quads. Remember to engage your glutes and hamstrings as you perform the movement!

 

THIS FIVE MINUTES | BE WELL

Try this simple, delicious 3 Bean Salad—a great way to celebrate NATIONAL EAT YOUR BEANS DAY today. Beans are a great source of protein and fiber, as well as low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates, folate and iron.


SERVES: 4 – 8
INGREDIENTS:
• 1 15-oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 15-oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 15-oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
• 1/2 red onion, chopped fine
• 2 celery stalks, chopped fine
• 1 cup loosely packed, fresh, finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
• 1 tsp fresh, finely chopped rosemary
• 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
• 1/4 cup sweeterner (more/less to taste)
• 3 Tbsp olive oil
• 1 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp black pepper

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a large bowl, mix the 3 different types of beans, the celery, onion (drained of soaking water), parsley, and rosemary.
2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add the dressing to the beans. Toss to coat.
3. Chill beans in the refrigerator for several hours, to allow the beans to soak up the flavor of the dressing.

With thanks to Elise Bauer, Simply Recipes

 

THIS FIVE MINUTES | BE MINDFUL

HAPPY JULY 4th!! Have a fabulous time celebrating with family and friends!
At the same time, be mindful that your celebration can have real effects on wildlife and pets. You might try some alternatives to fireworks that are fun and animal friendly:

•  Laser light shows
•  A firepit gathering
•  A parade or block party
•  Bubbles
•  Glowsticks
•  Noisemakers

Stay safe this Fourth of July and thanks for keeping safety in mind as you celebrate!

 

THIS FIVE MINUTES | BE WINNING

HOW TO STAY POSITIVE
Don’t let a negative friend or coworker bring you down. Here’s how to stay upbeat and keep your own emotions in check:

• Give yourself a pep talk before meeting up with them. Acknowledge that, even though they are down, you choose NOT to take on their emotions.
• See if you can get this person out of their mindset. Allow them to vent for a few minutes, then redirect. Offer an alternative way to look at solutions, such as discussing what’s going well in their life, or a shared interest.
• Set boundaries. If you’re at your wits’ end, maybe some time apart, if posisble, will help. Do it kindly.
• It’s OK to step away from technology. If you feel it’s necessary, avoid social media for a day or two. Turn off your phone at 9 pm, so you can have a peaceful evening.

 

THIS FIVE MINUTES | BE HAPPY

 

ALWAYS

Be Fit
Be Well
Be Mindful
Be Winning
Be Happy

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– These 5 Minutes are Up. Onward You Go!