Wellness and Sustainability Tips: 6/15/12

Wellness and Sustainability Tips: 6/15/12

By: Lauren McLendon

Wellness and Sustainability Tips are selected from the UMD “FYI” Listserv system. The “FYI” Listserv provides general announcements and information on programs of particular interest to the faculty and staff of the University of Maryland.

I. Wellness

  • Get up and move around

“Research has suggested that prolonged sitting can be harmful to your health, even if you exercise regularly. So, get up and move around as much as possible during your work day. Try using the restroom on a different floor, and take the stairs to get there. Every hour, try to get up for at least 5 minutes to stretch and walk around. Stop in and chat with your co-workers at their desks. Walk across campus to grab your lunch or get to your meetings. Avoid the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle!”

  • Laugh every day

“Laughter can have so many positive health effects, from burning calories to strengthening your emotional ties, and more. Research even suggests that just 15 minutes of laughter each day may help prevent a heart attack. So, make the choice to exercise your sense of humor each day. Spend time with people who make you laugh. Turn off the back-biting reality TV shows and tune in to a comedy or a funny YouTube video instead. Learn to laugh at yourself, too! Start with a smile, feel it in your belly, and remember that laughter is good for your heart.”

II. Sustainability

  • Mindful purchasing

“Consumption can be such a big part of our life that we buy things without even thinking about it. Next time you are making a purchase, stop and think ‘Do I really need this? How does my purchase of this product impact the environment? What is the waste created once I purchase this item? Can it be reused, composted or recycled? Were people paid fairly to make this product?’ Try the 30-day rule. If you are thinking about buying something, wait for 30 days. If, after that time, you still want that product, you will be ready to make your decision without impulse.”