Motivation Monday: Celebrating Women’s History Month

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March is Women’s History Month, and we have a lot to celebrate! Did you know that without women we wouldn’t have fire escapes (Anna Connelly in 1887) or computer programming (Grace Hopper in 1944)? Not to mention that Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics and Chemistry for her groundbreaking work, and less than fifty years later Sri Lankan stateswoman Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike made history, becoming the world’s first woman prime minister. Women can, and continue to rise.

In the spirit of these awesome women, and awesome women everywhere, especially those who walk, crew, and volunteer at the 3-Day, we are proud to celebrate this month.

We have some serious motivation for you this March Monday in the form of quotes about strength, love, happiness, and making a difference from some very strong women.

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“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai

 “Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

 “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane von Furstenberg

“My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions.” – Eartha Kitt

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

 “I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say ‘yes, women can.’” – Dilma Rousseff

 “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

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“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” – Gina Carey

“When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision—then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lorde

“The challenge is not to be perfect…it’s to be whole.” – Jane Fonda

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

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“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” – Oprah Winfrey

“No longer will we (women) agree to protect the hearth at the price of extinguishing the fire within ourselves.” – Celia Gilbert

Ways to Get Walkin’ at Work

During the work week, it can be hard to get your steps in. Time in the office often means sitting at a desk for hours at a time, and after a long day, it can be hard to get to the gym in the evening. That means that you need to make the most of every step you can during the day! As you ramp up your training for the 3-Day, there are some quick and easy ways to get walkin’ at work.

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Walk to work: Not everyone can walk to work, but if it’s an option, even walking one way can help you get quite a bit of steps in. Walking to work in the morning will help get your adrenaline and metabolism going at the start of your day. Find a friend who is also walking in the 3-Day, or someone you work with who is also trying to get extra steps. Having a friend walk with you will help you stay accountable, even in the early mornings.

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Park further: This one is very easy, so you have no excuse! Pick the spot at the back of the lot, and take advantage of the extra steps and extra time outside. Listen to a peppy tune, or mentally run through your to-do list before you get to the office so you’ll be ready to tackle your day.

Walk before you call: Instead of calling, IM-ing or emailing a coworker with a question or need, just walk over to their desk! If you work with a team that interacts frequently, these steps can add up. In-person conversations keep your mind alert, and let you get some much needed face time with those you work with. Not to mention the extra steps!

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Leave the building: If you have the ability, move your meetings to an offsite location. Get yourself out of the office and walk to a nearby café for a brainstorming session or a quick caffeine boost. It doesn’t take much to make a difference.  According to the World Health Organization, getting even 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight on your arms, hands, and face two to three times a week is enough to enjoy the vitamin D-boosting benefits of sun and fresh air. Get to stepping!

Take extra steps on your break: If you work in a large office building, take a five minute break every hour or so and walk the nearest set of stairs. Normally you would probably spend about that much time checking in on social media or giving yourself some other mental break anyway. Since those quick breaks actually lead to more productivity, make that time work for your body as well as your brain.

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Get out of the house: Lots of companies are offering more and more flexibility to work from home at least one day a week. While this is a wonderful luxury (and an excuse to work in your PJs), it can also lead you to taking even less steps than normal. Without a commute, or walking throughout an office, you’ll need to make getting your steps in a priority during work-from-home days. So, try working from a coffee shop or even your local library for at least half the day. You’ll be able to interact with people, and walking to and from will help get at least a few steps in. Remember, every step is a step in the right direction.

If you’re able to put one of these tips into action, you’re on your way to training for the 3-Day! How do you keep moving throughout your work day?

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REMINDER: The health, safety and training information contained in this blog post, or otherwise provided to you in connection with your participation in the 3-Day, is not intended to replace or be construed as medical advice and any such information is not a substitute for seeking medical advice or treatment from your medical provider. Before starting any exercise program or following any recommendations, advice or other instructions regarding training for the 3-Day or any athletic event, you should first consult a physician and have a physical examination.

Monday Motivation: Inspirational Quotes from Strong Men and Women

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Mondays can be tough, so how can you start the week off on the right foot? You just need a little bit of motivation!  We are starting an ongoing series to provide Monday Motivation that will help you approach each new week with excitement and purpose. We’ll share quotes that move us and inspiring stories from our incredible 3-Day family.

This week, in honor of one of the most quoted speakers of the last century, we are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a list of quotes that we love. These come from strong women who have all made notable contributions to their fields, and have some serious knowledge on strength, passion and love. Let their words pump up your morning, day and week.

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It’s a brand-new Monday – Let’s get out there and make the most of it!

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.” – Tory Burch

“Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” – Helen Keller

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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”– Maya Angelou

“Light tomorrow with today.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

“Power to me is the ability to make a change in a positive way.” – Victoria Justice

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“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.”  – Ingrid Bergman

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

“You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” – Melissa Etheridge

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What are some of your favorite quotes that help you hit the ground running (or walking!) on Monday mornings?