Training Tips for a Virtual Walk/Jog

5K events have become very popular in recent years, with large crowds participating in Turkey Trots, Reindeer Runs, and other annual events, often supporting a charitable cause. Many of these events have been transformed to “virtual 5Ks,” in which participants choose their own route and when they run it, then afterwards they log their time online.

The Mather is a sponsor of the Food for Others Tysons virtual 5K & Fun Run, which takes place September 25 through 27. Kelly Stranburg, MEd, CEP, CSCS, director of wellness for Mather, compiled tips to take first-time virtual participants “from couch to 5K”:

  1. Choose Your Practice Location. Select a park or neighborhood where you feel safe and comfortable walking or jogging for 30 to 60 minutes or more.
  2. Hydration Is Key! I is still warm outside, so drinking ample water is critical to your health and well-being when exercising.
  3. Work Your Way Up. In the 4 to 6 weeks leading up to the 5K (or 3.1 mile) virtual walk/jog.
  • Start by walking or jogging 3 or 4 days in a row to get comfortable working up to the 3.1 miles.
  • Start small and increase your distance 10% each week. The initial starting and comfort level will vary from person to person.
  • The total time spent moving over the course of the week matters more than the distance per outing.
  • Be patient with yourself. Heat and humidity can impact our mindset as well as not meeting personal goals we had set out to achieve each time.
  1. Stretch to Protect against Injury. Total body stretching afterward will help reduce potential injuries and improve overall flexibility and range of motion.
  2. Control Your Breathing. Do your best to take slow breaths in and out. Try to breathe through your nose.
  3. Practice Gratitude. You are giving back to a wonderful cause to help others in need. Reflect on what you are grateful for. This will empower you through your walk or job.
  4. Enjoy! This should be fun!
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Fairfax County approves a unique high rise senior living center

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Mather Advances Plans for $460M High-Rise Near D.C.

The Mather is a forthcoming 378-unit life plan community in Tysons, Virginia that will span two high-rise towers — one that is 18 stories tall and another that is 27 stories tall — and also include more than 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The project is facilitated through a 50/50 joint venture partnership between Evanston, Illinois-based Mather LifeWays and Illinois-based real estate investment manager Westminster Capital.

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The Mather Offers New Retirement Living Option for the Tysons Area

TYSONS, VA (June 26, 2019) – Now that entitlements have been approved in a unanimous vote by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its June 25, 2019, meeting, Mather LifeWays announces it is now accepting deposits for apartment homes at The Mather, a new Life Plan Community for people 62 and better, in Tysons, Virginia.

“We are thrilled to have received approval for this exciting new community,” said Mather LifeWays CEO and President, Mary Leary. “The Mather will offer apartment homes with SMART home technology, amenity-rich community spaces, and luxury of a different kind for those who wish to plan ahead to live life to the fullest.”

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In Later Years, Your House May Be Bad for Your Health

The recent results of the first of a five-year study being conducted by Chicago-based Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging and Northwestern University, found that nearly 70% of Life Plan Community (also known as Continuing Care Retirement Community) residents stated that moving into such a community, “somewhat or greatly improved their social wellness.” Including more than 5,000 residents in 80 Life Plan Communities across 29 states, the survey also found that residents of the communities (which typically offer independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing in a single location) scored higher across five of six recognized facets of wellness than about 1,000 peer group older adults living in the community at large – including greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual and vocational wellness.

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A Popular Retirement Choice Is Coming to Tysons

How does your plan for the future look? If you’re a planner, you’ve already got your investments and assets figured out, and your estate plan in order. But there are other important aspects of planning that are often ignored.

More and more people are considering the many advantages of Life Plan Communities. These communities are flourishing across the country and range from urban high-rises to expansive rural campuses.

A Plan for “Someday”

Life Plan Communities are age-restricted, amenity-rich retirement communities that invite people to live on their own terms, enjoying a host of amenities, services, and opportunities, as well as the added benefit of access to on-site health care services if ever needed.

Many Life Plan Communities offer assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation services within their building or campus. This continuum of living lets you “age in place,” right in your community, surrounded by familiar faces and the many comforts of home. Read more >>

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