Movement Themed Offerings

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Spring 2021 Jump To: Grounding And Centering Care Through Meditation And Gentle Movement; #Fitspo Got You Down?; Seize The Winter - Virtual Commuter Winter Event; Optimizing Your Space For Exercise; Cornell Wellness Partners With the Cornell Hip Hop Collection and DJ ha-MEEN; Valentine's Day Challenge; Guided Progressive Relaxation Session (2nd offering)Guided Progressive Relaxation SessionCommunity Wellness Chat: Staying Active In Colder Weather

Fall 2020 Jump To: Moving While Meeting Workshop; Guided Progressive Relaxation Session; Fitness Goal Setting; Guided Progressive Relaxation Session (2nd offering); Identifying & Working With Barriers To Physical ActivityVirtual Commuter Challenge; Getting Started As A Virtual CommuterBecoming A Cold-Weather Bicyclist;  Sleep, Exercise And The Fall Back Of "Changing The Clocks"Guided Progressive Relaxation Session (3rd offering)

Grounding And Centering Care Through Meditation And Gentle Movement

  • Register here to receive the Zoom link (you can choose to attend one session or all six)
  • Sessions held on Tuesdays, beginning April 6th at 12pm for a total of 6 weeks. 
  • The type of offering will alternate each week between a 30-minute meditation and a 45-minute gentle body movement class. There will be an additional 15 minutes of optional time to check-in and connect with one another following each session.  

Staff and faculty are invited to register for this self-care, healing and grounding offering. The sessions are designed through an equity and social justice lens, centering the needs of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. Open yourself to this consciously inclusive approach to wellness. Join meditation/movement teacher Lissa Edmond as they guide you through 30-minute guided meditation practices and 45-minute gentle mindful movement sessions, with additional time before and after the sessions for checking in and connecting. The gentle movement sessions will integrate practices from qigong, yoga, mindful movement, and breath work. 

Lissa is a somatic integrative psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and meditation and mindful movement teacher. You can learn more about Lissa here. We are excited to be able to bring their talent to the Cornell employee community through a collective effort spearheaded by Cornell WellnessCornell Health, the Department Of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity, and the Office Of Faculty Development And Diversity. Additional support was provided by Cornell Fitness Centers, Cornell's Men Of Color Colleague Network Group and Cornell's Women Of Color Colleague Network Group. Questions? Contact Kerry Howell from Cornell Wellness.

#Fitspo Got you Down? A Lunch & Learn about Fitness Imagery on Social Media  

  • Register here
  • Wednesday March 31, 12:00-12:30, Live through Zoom 

Join Cathryn Lucas, Personal Trainer with Cornell Wellness, to discuss the social media phenomenon known as “fitspiration.” Originally designed to be motivational, fitspiration social media posts often leave people feeling bad about themselves. In this Lunch & Learn workshop, we’ll discuss the history of motivational images and the role social media plays in our lives. Topics will include image composition, the inner working of the fitness industry, and the promotion of impossible body ideals. You'll take away a more critical lens for viewing common marketing strategies & social media images. 

Seize The Winter - Virtual Commuter Winter Event - 1 week long

  • Register here for this event
  • Virtual Commuter Winter Event is March 1- March 5

Let’s seize this time of the year to move more during our day and re-establish boundaries between work-life and life-life. The Virtual Commuter Winter Event will challenge you to carve out time before your workday begins to move your body, perhaps what your active commute to work used to look like. You might choose a short winter walk, Yoga workout or virtual group fitness class through Cornell Wellness or CFC. At the end of your workday your challenge is to do a little more activity, as if you were actively commuting home. Maybe you choose to do some stretching after your last meeting or you take the dog or the kids for a winter stroll to end your workday. Along the way you will be given pro tips to enjoy winter activity both indoors and outdoors. You’ll also get support and resources for making this behavior change via emails on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. At the end of the week you will be asked to report in with what you did for activities that bookended your workday and your reflections on how it went. Contact Ruth Merle-Doyle with questions.

Optimizing Your Space For Exercise

  • Wednesday, February 24, 12:00-1:00pm, through Zoom live
  • Register here

Do you live in a small apartment? Are all the rooms in your house accounted for? If you feel like you don’t have room for a dedicated workout area, join Cathryn Lucas, Personal Trainer with Cornell Wellness, to strategize how to create workouts that best utilize the space you have in this live Zoom workshop.

Cornell Wellness Partners With the Cornell Hip Hop Collection and DJ ha-MEEN

Background Information: Established in 2007, the Cornell Hip Hop Collection preserves more than 250,000 items across dozens of archives documenting the origins of Hip Hop culture and its spread around the globe. Ben Ortiz has been the curator of the collection for the last ten years and is also known as DJ ha-MEEN, on the music scene. This spring semester, Cornell Wellness has collaborated with Ben and the Hip Hop Collection, to bring more music and movement into your lives.

Events:
Hip Hop & Health
Cornell Wellness interviews Ben Ortiz about where Hip Hop came from, how Hip Hop has affected communities' physical and mental health, and the history of how song lyrics have had an impact on removing the stigma that surrounds health issues especially in Hip Hop communities.
Watch the interview with Ben Ortiz here
This video is also being released along with Black History Month and can be accessed through the page Cornell Wellness Celebrates Black History Month.

​Hip Hop & Historical Roots Listening Party
Join Ben Ortiz, curator from The Cornell Hip Hop Collection and professional DJ, as he spins Hip Hop music and the roots music where it all started from. DJ ha-MEEN will provide historical information and important facts about how these songs and lyrics impacted and expanded Hip Hop culture and community. It's a great way to ease out of your day!

WELLNESS DANCE PARTIES
Let the Music Play! DJ ha-MEEN will be playing your favorite tunes from the past to the present, all the feel-good jams you'll want to listen to. Get up and move your body, while getting in those steps. Melt the stress away as you feel the beat. Sidestep while making dinner, dance in the mirror, grab the family, grab the pets, and get down with your bad self. If you're working and in a Zoom meeting, turn off your camera and put yourself on mute, then start grooving!
Mark your calendars: 

  • Friday, March 12, from 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Friday, April 16, from 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Register Here for one or both dance parties to receive the zoom links to live music

Valentine's Day Challenge

Show Yourself Some Love Through Movement

  • Runs from February 14-28. Registration will remain open, join in at any time
  • Register here

Looking for some extra motivation to get yourself moving? Join this challenge beginning Valentine’s Day and make a pledge to yourself to walk 1 mile every day through the end of the month. If walking is not your thing, no problem. Be physically active for 20 minutes each day to meet the walked-mile equivalent. By registering for this challenge, and taking the pledge, you’ll receive motivational emails on Mondays that include ideas for both indoor and outdoor activities to keep you going. Plus, you can optionally connect with others through Wellness’ Facebook page by posting photos from your walks or other activities you’re doing throughout the 2 weeks. Questions? Contact Kerry Howell

Guided Progressive Relaxation Session (2nd offering)

  • Thursday, 11-11:30am, March 18, provided live through Zoom
  • Register here

Putting in long hours on your electronic devices? Feel tension leaving your muscles as Kerry Howell, Cornell Wellness staff, guides you through a 30 minute progressive muscle relaxation session live through Zoom. Allow yourself to be led through this relaxation technique that will bring some much needed relief to your overworked muscles from your head down to your toes. 

Guided Progressive Relaxation Session

  • Thursday, 11-11:30am, February 18, provided live through Zoom
  • Register here

Putting in long hours on your electronic devices? Feel tension leaving your muscles as Kerry Howell, Cornell Wellness staff, guides you through a 30 minute progressive muscle relaxation session live through Zoom. Allow yourself to be led through this relaxation technique that will bring some much needed relief to your overworked muscles from your head down to your toes. 

Community Wellness Chat: Staying Active In Colder Weather

A pillar of health is moving our bodies and being physically active. We keep our biometrics (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar) in check, can manage our weight, lift our mood and much more by being active. But how do we do this when winter has arrived and brought with it colder temperatures, snowy days and what seems like limitations on our activity options? Join Cornell Wellness fitness professionals, Ruth Merle-Doyle and Cathryn Lucas, for an interactive wellness chat regarding strategies to consider, outside and inside activity options to try and pro tips for staying safe and healthy while being active during this winter pandemic. All are welcome to attend, especially those who tend to dislike winter! Contact Ruth at rem64@cornell.edu if you'd like more details.

Moving While Meeting Workshop

Ideas for moving while Zooming.

  • Virtual, zoom workshop meetings
  • Workshops build on each other, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-9:30 am, beginning Sept 21 through Sept 30 (2-week commitment)
  • Register here for this workshop.

During this pandemic, one thing is clear…we sit in front of our computers way too much. Often, finding time to “exercise” seems daunting, so let’s think about this a different way. Let’s try Moving While Meeting. The idea is to find opportunities during our day to move while we are working. Ruth Merle-Doyle from Cornell Wellness will share strength exercises, stretches and pro-tips that you can try while you are tied to your computer. This small group (up to 20 people) will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 9 am for 30 minutes. During each session we will be practicing so be dressed and ready to move. As a participant, you are also invited to meet with Ruth individually to talk through your current situation and find movement strategies that are right for you. Contact Ruth at rem64@cornell.edu if you'd like more details. 

Guided Progressive Relaxation Session

  • Thursday, September 17, 11-11:30am
  • Provided live through Zoom
  • Register here for this Thursday session

Putting in long hours on your electronic devices? Feel tension leaving your muscles as Kerry Howell, Cornell Wellness staff, guides you through a 30 minute progressive muscle relaxation session live through Zoom. Allow yourself to be led through this relaxation technique that will bring some much needed relief to your overworked muscles from your head down to your toes. 

Fitness Goal Setting

  • Thursday, October 8, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Provide live through Zoom
  • Register here

Not sure what you're wanting from fitness or how to get started? Wanting to train for an event but don't know where to begin? Join Keri Johnson, Wellness & Fitness Specialist, to help you identify your fitness goals, and most importantly, how to attain them.

Guided Progressive Relaxation Session (2nd offering)

  • Register here
  • Thursday, October 22, 11-11:30am. Provided live through Zoom

Putting in long hours on your electronic devices? Feel tension leaving your muscles as Kerry Howell, Cornell Wellness staff, guides you through a 30 minute progressive muscle relaxation session live through Zoom. Allow yourself to be led through this relaxation technique that will bring some much needed relief to your overworked muscles from your head down to your toes. 

Identifying & Working With Barriers To Physical Activity 

  • Register here
  • October 22, 2:00-3:00pm. Provided live through Zoom

Do you find yourself wanting to exercise more, but despite your best intentions the day goes by without fitting it in? You are not alone! We all experience barriers to physical activity. These barriers can range from personal to environmental to societal. In this one-hour workshop, we will identify barriers we experience and explore strategies for working with them so that we can get our bodies moving more. We will pay particular attention to the ways we might place blame on ourselves for not being more physically active, and we will work to reframe physical activity as an ongoing, variable process in our lives. We will look at what is going on for us right now and strategize the best ways to address those concerns. This workshop will be facilitated by Cathryn Lucas, fitness professional with Cornell Wellness. You can email them at cl2478@cornell.edu with any questions about this workshop.

Virtual Commuter Challenge 

Join Cornell Wellness for the Virtual Commuter Challenge. This week-long event is for you to challenge yourself to move more in your day and re-establish some boundaries between work-life and life-life. Wellness staff challenge you to carve out time before your workday begins to move your body, perhaps what your active commute to work used to look like. You might choose a short walk or roll in your chair or on your bike. Or, maybe you’d rather choose to do a short Yoga workout or take a virtual group fitness class through Cornell Wellness or CFC. Then, at the end of your workday do a little more activity, as if you were actively commuting home. Maybe you choose to do some stretching after your last meeting or you take the dog or the kids for a walk to end your workday. Along the way you will be given pro tips and support for making this behavior change via emails on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. At the end of the week you will be asked to report in with what you did for activities that bookended your workdays and your reflections on how it went. Questions? Contact Ruth Merle-Doyle.

Getting Started As A Virtual Commuter

Join Wellness staff for a candid conversation about how to move more during the workweek. We will discuss strategies for mimicking your previous active commute, talk through current available resources and discuss how moving at the start and end of your workday can be beneficial for many reasons. Contact Ruth at rem64@cornell.edu if you'd like more details. 

Becoming A Cold-Weather Bicyclist
Blog Post written by Cathryn Lucas

Like other cities in the US, Ithaca saw an increase in bicycling this summer as the pandemic shut-down indoor recreation opportunities. Lots of people have continued to spin their wheels during our lovely autumn weather, but the daylight is dwindling, the leaves are falling, and we know that the cold and snow are just around the corner. But the inevitable winter weather doesn’t have to keep you off your bike. Through trial & error, I’ve found a few things that work to keep me warm & dry even on the coldest of snowy days. Maybe they’ll work for you too! Read Cathryn's tips in the full blog post on Wellness' blog page.

Sleep, Exercise And The Fall Back Of “Changing the Clocks"
Blog Post written by Ruth Merle-Doyle

We all know how imperative sleep is to our functioning hours, especially when we have not had enough of it. When looking at sleep tips, you’ll see “regular exercise” mentioned as a piece of the good-night-sleep puzzle. Exercise has a positive relationship with getting “quality sleep,” often defined as a shorter to-sleep time frame, less waking in the middle of sleep and longer total sleep time. Evidence suggests changes to neurochemicals and hormones might be a factor, as well as the exercise related decrease in symptoms of anxiety and depression. But how much exercise? What kind? When? Read the rest of Ruth's blog post on Wellness' blog page to learn about these variables and more.

Guided Progressive Relaxation Session (3rd offering)

  • Register here
  • Thursday, November 19, 11-11:30am. Provided live through Zoom

Putting in long hours on your electronic devices? Feel tension leaving your muscles as Kerry Howell, Cornell Wellness staff, guides you through a 30 minute progressive muscle relaxation session live through Zoom. Allow yourself to be led through this relaxation technique that will bring some much needed relief to your overworked muscles from your head down to your toes. 
 

Please note: In addition to the offerings above, Cornell Wellness provides opportunities to move through Wellness' Healthy Living Program group fitness classes and Wellness' short duration small group exercise classes. Group fitness classes and group exercise classes require a 1-Year Wellness Recreation Membership to take part. 
 

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