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Workplace Workout Exercises

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The sedentary eight hour shift can leave a person feeling more than sluggish. Here are some ways to work fitness into your desk job, and relieve some of the stress that weighs on us during our work day.

1. Seat Clenches: Get your glutes in shape with this simple exercise at your desk. While seated, tighten your buttocks by squeezing your glutes. Hold for 5 -10 seconds and repeat until your tush is tired, or you wrap up that afternoon conference call.
2. Power Punch: Tone your arms while releasing some pent up stress with the Power Punch. Make a tight fist with your hands and punch into the air alternating arms. Keep your core engaged with each punch and continue for 60 seconds or more.
3. Hip to It: Some work is best done under the table. While sitting at your desk, lift your left foot a few inches off the floor and keep your knee at a 90 degree angle. Hold it until your hips cry for mercy, then alternate to your right foot.
4. Like a Prayer: Whether you are praying for a promotion, or that your boss will not notice your long lunch break, this exercise is designed to strengthen your arms. With your feet flat on the ground, place your hands in prayer position in front of your heart. Push your palms together as hard as you can and hold for 20 seconds. Let go and repeat until your prayers have been answered.
5. Back Twist: Hunched over the computer all day can take its toll on your back. Sit tall in your chair and engage your abs. Keep your back off the chair back and lengthen through the top of your head. Twist to the left from engaging your lower back, while lengthening upward, and look over your left shoulder. Release and repeat on the right side. Do as many times as it takes to shake that late afternoon slump.

Trail: Pumpkin Hill Creek

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By Bob Fernee

To find our trail this month we return to the Heckscher Drive area of northeastern Jacksonville to the little known parkland known as Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve. A few years ago, the St. Johns River Water Management District, the city of Jacksonville, and the state of Florida chipped in to buy nearly 4,000 acres along the west shore of Pumpkin Hill Creek, a tidal marsh stream.

The park is new, so are the trails, therefore, things are changing and developing all the time. So you can expect this preserve to get better and better. The current 2.1-mile loop uses color-coded paths and eventually takes you to a nice overlook spot to take in Pumpkin Hill Creek.

With a little invention you can turn this into a good four mile run. To get there, take Heckscher Drive to New Berlin Rd. Follow New Berlin for nearly four miles to Cedar Point Rd. Turn right on Cedar Point, continue for four and a half miles to Pumpkin Hill Rd. Turn left and in less than a mile you will be there.

Karmic Beauty: Going Pixie with Locks of Love

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By Lindsay Tharp

I have always looked enviously at women with short hair. I would always think to myself, how did they get the guts to chop it? What made them take the plunge? I’m not just talking about a short bob, I’m talking about the women who rock the short pixie cuts. I think there is something so brave about short hair. When you go that short you have nothing to hide behind. Almost all women I meet or see with very short hair have a certain confidence surrounding them. Don’t get me wrong I love long hair, but there is something to be admired about women short hair. It’s like they are saying, “I know I’m beautiful, I am comfortable in my own skin.”
Here is a quote that sums it up nicely-

“With short hair you begin to crave pearl necklaces, long earrings, and a variety of sunglasses. Short hair removes obvious femininity and replaces it with style.” – Joan Juliet Buck for American Vogue, c.1988

This quote along with knowing my 14 inches of hair would go to someone who needed it, was my final push. So I made my appointment at Ten Salon with the lovely Dana Starr.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Locks of Love here is a little more about them:
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

• Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable.
• Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.
• Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist. We are not able to accept bleached hair due to a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process. **If the hair was bleached years ago and has completely grown out it is fine to donate.
• Hair that is swept off of the floor is not usable because it is not bundled in a ponytail or braid.
• Hair that is shaved off and not in a ponytail or braid is not usable. If shaving your head, first divide hair into multiple ponytails to cut off.
• We cannot accept dreadlocks. Our manufacturer is not able to use them in our children’s hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.
• Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches.
• Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails.
• Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches.
• 10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece.

Locks of Love was the motivating factor that allowed me to muster the courage to cut my hair. I thought to myself, even if I don’t like how I look with short hair at least I know someone will be getting a nice long wig. Not only do I feel great about donating my hair, but I am also really enjoying the new do!

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