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Let's move!

Alonga's challenges aim to inspire and support small lifestyle changes in order to live a happier and healthier life.

Numerous health benefits have been proven to arise from physical exercises including benefits to our the mental and physical state. Therefore, we decided to support the busy working people this month with a short video Yoga class that can be done at the desk. Click  here to get to the video. (more yoga videos)

Exercise is often only seen as a way to loose weight or tone our bodies but all the other health benefits often get overlooked. Not every muscle that works in our body is used for locomotion. In addition to the more than 600 skeletal muscles, there are many other powerhouses that act without our conscious command - indeed, we don't even notice them. The muscles of the hair roots, for example, are downright tiny; they straighten the body hairs, give us goose bumps in the cold or make our hair stand on end in seconds of shock. All the blood vessels in our body are also surrounded by the finest muscles, which dilate or constrict the veins and thus have an influence on blood pressure. Many internal organs are also equipped with muscles, including the oesophagus, stomach, intestines and bladder, as well as the windpipe and bronchi. The diaphragm muscle helps us breathe, and the sphincter muscles of the colon and urethra ensure that food residues or fluids can only leave the body in a controlled manner. There is even an organ that consists almost entirely of muscle mass: the heart. This pump, which is about the size of a fist, is constantly pumping blood through our body, never tiring and never resting for a minute. The hollow muscular organ beats about three billion times in the course of an 80-year life and transports about 200 million litres of our life's blood.

Let us give you some of the numerous health benefits of exercise. Physically, besides your appearance it helps to lower your blood pressure, decrease inflammation and the risk heart disease. Furthermore, it improves liver health, digestion and insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Mentally, it reduces the risk of depression, anxiety, and stress. It also improves our cognitive function and much more. Therefore, we want to transmit our passion of sports and movements to you.

We do not always find enough time to do sports. We sit a lot in front of the desk in a bad posture which leads to muscle shortening and tension. In order to find a way to move briefly every day and activate your muscles, we have developed desk yoga for you.

 

For the ones that have a little more time we want to challenge you this month to try out one new sport or exercise type you have never done before. Let us know how it goes and tag us on Instagram.

 

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