Introducing … Make Moves Maryland

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It may still be cold and wintry outside, but the first day of spring is just around the corner!

The beginning of every new seasons comes with an opportunity to start fresh, and springtime is all about new beginnings (spring cleaning, anyone?). If you perhaps spent a little too much time on the couch and not enough time being active this winter, we’ve got a surprisingly easy solution for you — just move.

Join us on our mission to MAKE MOVES and up our activity level this spring.

We believe, and studies show, that even a little physical activity will help you focus on mental tasks, whether you are reading, studying, problem solving, engaged in debate or conversation, or developing the next fearless idea.

Contrary to what fitness magazines may tell you, you don’t have to carve out an hour in the gym every day in order to reap the benefits of upping your activity.

Getting active can be as simple as finding small ways to move during the day.

We’re sure you’ve heard it a million times: take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk or bike instead of driving or taking the bus, and get up from your desk every so often to move around. Yada yada yada …

As common as this advice sounds, there’s a reason you’ve heard it so many times.

Minimizing the time you spend sitting or being still can have just as significant an impact on your health as hitting the gym for dedicated exercise time. And, if you’re not in crazy good shape yet, don’t worry: you can improve your health by making small, incremental increases in your daily activity.

With that knowledge in hand, we’re inviting you to join Make Moves Maryland this spring!

All you have to do is make a concentrated effort to up your activity level throughout each day.

This can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be – taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a super easy way to move more, while doing jumping jacks or stretches during TV commercials requires a little bit more motivation.

Either way, you’re doing something good for yourself and your body – and it doesn’t require any special equipment or advanced planning.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@UMDCRS) and stay tuned for more ways to get involved with Make Moves Maryland!

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