Movement For The Mind

Make The Connection Between Moving Your Body And Your Mental Wellness

  • May 3-May 14, 2021
  • Register Here. Registration open through April 30, 2021
  • Take part in this 2-week spring challenge to receive: Ideas for activities, Movement motivation, and Daily reflections, plus more! This challenge is fully virtual.

Jump To: Descriptions of Daily Live Events (note: spring challenge registrants will receive the Zoom links to join these daily live events); Recordings to Watch at Your Convenience; My Movement Menu

What is Movement For The Mind?
This spring challenge focuses on the benefits moving your body can have on your mental wellness. You'll be supported and encouraged to move more and take time for reflecting. Wellness and Recreation staff will provide opportunities for accountability and engagement throughout the two weeks. The challenge to you is to move your body, every day, through either daily activities with vigor, active recreation or intentional exercise. You will then reflect on your movement and how it made you feel in body, mind & spirit, with work and school related tasks, and with other aspects of your life.

Who is this challenge for?
Movement For The Mind is for anyone in the Cornell Community (Faculty, staff, students, retirees, spouses/partners. No memberships needed. Free). This spring challenge is perfect for you if you are wishing you were more active and have been sitting too much. Or, maybe you're lacking the motivation or know-how to get started. Or, you could be finding yourself active but feeling less connected in mind and body than you would like. Or, possibly you're feeling stressed, unfocused, emotionally reactive or simply not feeling your optimal self. If any of those things resonates with you, then this challenge is for you!

Why this challenge?
For many, the pandemic time has been filled with more sitting and less movement coupled possibly with feelings of dis-ease, anxiousness, worrying, frustration...you name it and you’ve probably felt it in the last year. The Wellness and Recreation staff want to offer an opportunity for the community to think about movement differently and perhaps to help you find a new purpose for moving. This spring challenge provides the opporunity for you to make the personal connection between movement and the positive impact it can have on your mind. With consistency and intention, moving your body may begin to lift your mood, soften your emotional reactivity, enhance your focus and attention and even improve symptoms of anxiety and depression. If you register, you'll receive practical, real-life ways to make physical activity and the mind/body connection happen for you, even when life is busy and unpredictable.
 
When and where does this challenge happen?
This challenge will happen May 3 through May 14, and it is all virtual. You can move wherever you feel best and safest - in your home, outdoors, in a park, in a fitness center...you pick what will work best for you and what is available at this time to you.

How do I sign up and what happens after I do?
You can register here for the Movement For The Mind spring challenge. Once you do, you will be contacted by a Cornell Wellness or Recreational Services staff to provide you with more details so that this spring challenge is meaningful to you.

Questions? Contact Cornell Wellness at wellness@cornell.edu

DESCRIPTIONS OF DAILY LIVE EVENTS
Tuesday, May 4            

  • Noon – 1 pm, Movement for the Mind Virtual Bootcamp Class: Join Jeremy Stewart from Cornell Wellness every Tuesday and Thursday at noon for the first 2 weeks of May, as he takes you through his Interval Bootcamp class. For each class Jeremy will take you through a series of full body exercises designed to keep your heart rate up and knock your stress level down. This series is perfect for anyone looking to build both strength and stamina with little to no equipment. Equipment that would be helpful but not required for this class are light dumbbells, kettlebells, and/or resistance bands. If this equipment isn’t available to you, no problem! We can substitute with various objects around the house such as filled backpacks, jars of soup, gallon of water, etc. This Bootcamp series is appropriate for all levels of fitness and is open to the entire Cornell community. For more information, contact Jeremy at jrs637@cornell.edu.
  • 3:00 - 4:00 pm, What does Movement Mean to Me? Live Workshop/Discussion: Having a hard time getting going? Do you feel guilty for not exercising or feel like you aren't doing enough? Join Cathryn Lucas, Personal Trainer with Cornell Wellness, for this journaling workshop. We'll discuss different forms of movement, paying particular attention to the messages our culture sends us about what we "should" be doing.  You'll have time for self-reflection on what movement means to you, and we'll strategize how to make the most of this two-week campaign (are we calling it a campaign or challenge? feel free to insert whichever descriptor is better). All are welcome to these sessions. For more information, contact Cathryn at cl2478@cornell.edu

Wednesday, May 5        

  • 8:30 – 9 am, Gentle Morning Movement Session: Join Ruth from Cornell Wellness every Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:30 am for some gentle morning movement. This will include some dynamic warm up movements, stretches and even breath work. Plan to not sweat but to just take a moment to wake our bodies and our minds up for the day. All are welcome to these sessions. For more information, contact Ruth at rem64@cornell.edu
  • Noon – 12:45 pm, Moving While Meeting: Live, Interactive Workshop: You know those moments when tied to meetings all day and just sitting and sitting and sitting. Join Ruth from Cornell Wellness for an interactive workshop to try out movements you could to throughout a sedentary workday to add in moments of movement. You will move during this workshop and adaptations and alternatives can be given for all abilities. All are welcome to these sessions. For more information, contact Ruth at rem64@cornell.edu.  

Thursday, May 6        

  • Noon – 1 pm, Movement for the Mind Virtual Bootcamp Class: Join Jeremy Stewart from Cornell Wellness every Tuesday and Thursday at noon for the first 2 weeks of May, as he takes you through his Interval Bootcamp class. For each class Jeremy will take you through a series of full body exercises designed to keep your heart rate up and knock your stress level down. This series is perfect for anyone looking to build both strength and stamina with little to no equipment. Equipment that would be helpful but not required for this class are light dumbbells, kettlebells, and/or resistance bands. If this equipment isn’t available to you, no problem! We can substitute with various objects around the house such as filled backpacks, jars of soup, gallon of water, etc. This Bootcamp series is appropriate for all levels of fitness and is open to the entire Cornell community. For more information, contact Jeremy at jrs637@cornell.edu.

Friday, May 7            

  • 8:30 – 9 am, Gentle Morning Movement Session: Join Ruth from Cornell Wellness every Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:30 am for some gentle morning movement. This will include some dynamic warm up movements, stretches and even breath work. Plan to not sweat but to just take a moment to wake our bodies and our minds up for the day. All are welcome to these sessions. For more information, contact Ruth at rem64@cornell.edu
  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm, Wellness Chat: Live Interactive Discussion: Join Wellness staff as they pick each other’s brains about how movement affects their mental wellness. Pick up on pro tips, ideas and suggestions to begin to cultivate a habit of movement that positively affects your own mental wellness. All are welcome to these sessions. For more information, contact Ruth at rem64@cornell.edu.  

Tuesday, May 11        

  • Noon – 1 pm, Movement for the Mind Virtual Bootcamp Class: Join Jeremy Stewart from Cornell Wellness every Tuesday and Thursday at noon for the first 2 weeks of May, as he takes you through his Interval Bootcamp class. For each class Jeremy will take you through a series of full body exercises designed to keep your heart rate up and knock your stress level down. This series is perfect for anyone looking to build both strength and stamina with little to no equipment. Equipment that would be helpful but not required for this class are light dumbbells, kettlebells, and/or resistance bands. If this equipment isn’t available to you, no problem! We can substitute with various objects around the house such as filled backpacks, jars of soup, gallon of water, etc. This Bootcamp series is appropriate for all levels of fitness and is open to the entire Cornell community. For more information, contact Jeremy at jrs637@cornell.edu.
  • 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Working Out with Your Body: Live Workshop/Discussion: Whether promoting it, shaming people for not having it, or selling the latest fad to achieve it, most fitness imagery and messaging revolve around the impossibly ideal body.  Join Cathryn Lucas, Personal Trainer with Cornell Wellness, to discuss body image, cultural norms, and how to navigate a fitness world that doesn’t have space for all bodies. All are welcome to these sessions. For more information, contact Cathryn at cl2478@cornell.edu.

Wednesday, May 12        

  • 8:30 – 9 am, Gentle Morning Movement Session: Join Ruth from Cornell Wellness every Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:30 am for some gentle morning movement. This will include some dynamic warm up movements, stretches and even breath work. Plan to not sweat but to just take a moment to wake our bodies and our minds up for the day. All are welcome to these sessions. For more information, contact Ruth at rem64@cornell.edu

Thursday, May 13        

  • Noon – 1 pm, Movement for the Mind Virtual Bootcamp Class: Join Jeremy Stewart from Cornell Wellness every Tuesday and Thursday at noon for the first 2 weeks of May, as he takes you through his Interval Bootcamp class. For each class Jeremy will take you through a series of full body exercises designed to keep your heart rate up and knock your stress level down. This series is perfect for anyone looking to build both strength and stamina with little to no equipment. Equipment that would be helpful but not required for this class are light dumbbells, kettlebells, and/or resistance bands. If this equipment isn’t available to you, no problem! We can substitute with various objects around the house such as filled backpacks, jars of soup, gallon of water, etc. This Bootcamp series is appropriate for all levels of fitness and is open to the entire Cornell community. For more information, contact Jeremy at jrs637@cornell.edu.

Friday, May 14

  • 8:30 – 9 am, Gentle Morning Movement Session: Join Ruth from Cornell Wellness every Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:30 am for some gentle morning movement. This will include some dynamic warm up movements, stretches and even breath work. Plan to not sweat but to just take a moment to wake our bodies and our minds up for the day. All are welcome to these sessions. For more information, contact Ruth at rem64@cornell.edu

RECORDINGS TO WATCH AT YOUR CONVENIENCE

  • Welcome Video : Get a snapshot view of what to expect during the Movement for the Mind challenge.
  • Optimizing mental wellness through nutrition and fitness: Kerry Howell describes how taking on healthy aspects of nutrition and fitness can positively affect your mental wellness.
  • Walking Meditation with Keri Johnson: On this walking meditation you will fully immerse yourself in all the signs of Spring. Take a moment to bring some movement into your day while practicing mindfulness meditation on a guided journey. Movement and meditation allow you to blend the mind and body, bringing a relaxing sense of self, while getting in some steps at the same time. Open the door, step outside, push play and enjoy all that spring is for today!
  • Quick Tour of Activity Guidelines for Adults : (Previously recorded for the 2020 Pick a Healthy Habit Challenge) Ruth will give you a practical lens for understanding the activity guidelines for American adults. Often, the amount of activity that most adults should strive to get in also lines up with the ideal amount to positively impact your mental wellness. 
  • Dynamic Warm Up (Previously recorded in 2020 for the Make It Happen Monday events.) This video may be a tool you use to warm up before intentional exercise or it may be your workout for the day. Remember, it all counts. Just keep moving.
  • Full Body Post Workout Stretch (Previously recorded in 2020 for the Make It Happen Monday events.) You can use this stretching routine for after a workout or on its own as an independent stretching moment.
  • Creating Your At-Home Exercise Routine (Previously recorded in 2020 for the Make It Happen Monday events.) Let Jeremy walk you through how to put important elements together to create a routine that will work just right for you.
  • Listening Meditation: Join Ruth for a break from movement and an immersion in the beautiful sensory act of listening.
  • Feed Your Mental Health TED Talk : Learn how nutrition, specifically the Mediterranean diet, can positively affect mental wellness and positive outlook.
  • Brain Changing Effects of Exercise TED Talk : From a doctor and researchers perspective, learn how exercises changes your brain.
  • How Playing Sports Benefits Your Body… and Your Brain TED Talk: The benefit of sport and team can be one to boost your mental wellness. 
  • Want to be More Creative? Go for a Walk TED Talk Learn when movement can most impact your creative side and how to use it practically in your work day setting.
  • Calming Gratitude Walking Meditation: Take a break, get outside, and connect your mind with your body, while letting go of everything else.Allow yourself to take a gentle walk, providing some movement into your day, while listening to this guided meditation that is sure to make you feel relaxed, restored, and grateful for all the things that surround you. All movement matters, and taking a break to be mindful allows your mind to slow and your body to relax, providing you with both physical and mental wellness for your day.

MY MOVEMENT MENU

 examples of movement in three different categories. category 1 is activities of daily living done with vigor. examples include: robustly folding your laundry and doing squats while brushing your teeth. category 2 is recreational activities because you enjoy them. examples include: active crafts and hobbies and gardening or playing with a pet. category 3 is intentional exercise to challenge your body. examples include: time set aside for you to bike or roll and walk, run, or strength train.

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