The Benefits of Running as we Age

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I recently recommitted to running so I was encouraged to read an article in the New York Times Well Blog, “Run to Stay Young” that suggests running can reverse aging in different and significant ways than walking alone can.
The article describes a small study out of the University of Colorodo in Boulder and Humboldt State University that uncovered that “70-year-old runners had the same walking efficiency as your typical sedentary college student,” while “older walkers…had about the same walking economy as people their same age who were sedentary.” Running into old age may prevent and even reverse some of the typical declines in mobility that happen as we age.
Many feel daunted by the task of taking up running.  You shouldn’t.  According to Runner’s World contributor, Jennifer Van Allen, you’re ready to take up running if you’ve spent at least two weeks walking or doing some other form of cardio exercise on a regular basis.
Remember to start slow. One of the best ways to do this is to add short bursts of running into your walking routine, like intervals. Van Allen recommends starting with 1 minute of running for every 4 minutes of walking and as you get more comfortable gradually increasing the running time and decreasing the walking time.  For more tips on how to get started, view the article.
Here are some ways to motivate yourself to pick up the pace:
  • Use a fitness tracker – I find my fitness tracker is a great way to motivate me for those long runs. When you can get your daily 10,000 steps just from your morning run, then you know your day is off to a good start!
  • Join a social community like Well where you can compete with friends or coworkers for steps challenges and other bragging rights.
Walking is still an excellent way to improve your overall health and wellness so if running isn’t an option for you, don’t give up. Just encourage yourself to pick up the pace during your walks or add short bursts of running very gradually.

Impact Day Atlanta

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Twice a year, Daxko hosts a day of activity called Impact Day, where the entire company volunteers their time to help different communities and local organizations.

The Atlanta team switches off by attending one Impact Day in Birmingham, and one in Atlanta. This year the Daxlanta team chose to help out the Chattahoochee Nature Center for the day.

What’s the Chattahoochee Nature Center you say? Here is some interesting info that was shared with us:

  • The Unity Garden was started in 2009
  • Since 2009 they have provided over 16 tons of produce to the Food Pantry at North Fulton Community Charities
  • The garden yields an average of 8,000 pounds of food donated annually
  • The center spans 127 acres, 5 woodland trails, and 3 ponds
  • Over 40,000 students and 100,000 visitors visit annually

Daxko Nation Spotlight on Community: Barb S.

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The Daxko Nation Spotlight highlights the character and varied interests of Daxko Team Members outside of the office. Check out some of the ways members of the Daxko Nation are engaging with their communities.

Please, introduce yourself!
Barbara (Barb) S., Event Master 

Tell us about some of the things you do when you’re not at work
I serve on the board for PFLAG Birmingham. I also help run a lot of their events in the community, including fundraisers, support meetings, and advocacy & outreach efforts.

If you had to choose three words to describe these volunteer activities, what would they be?
Rewarding, rooted (in the community), and (ALWAYS) a blast!



Delighting in Disney

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One thing I love about working at Daxko is our generous professional development budget. This year I set my sight on Disney Institute’s Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence after hearing glowing reviews from other Daxko Disney Institute alumni. It did not disappoint!

A few of the things that stuck with me from my course:

  • Overmanaging. Disney overmanages certain aspects of their business that other companies undermanage or ignore. It’s what distinguishes them from others and results in the exceptional experience for all of their guests. Read more about overmanaging vs. micromanaging.
  • Organizational values aren’t just a “nice to have” .  Instead, they are the guiding force of the organization and impact its long-term success. If a leader hasn’t proactively determined those values, the rest of the company will. And you make not like them.
  • You’re being watched. Not exactly in a stalker sort of way, but not too far off. As a leader, your behavior sends a crystal clear message to everyone about what you value and what you don’t. What message are you sending in what you say and what you do?

What do you agree with above? Any thoughts from other Disney Institute alumni?