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Millions of employees spend most of their time in the workplace, so the impact that the workplace has on their wellness is increasing every year! GPV understands this and values their employees' wellness, so they are determined to offer the resources needed to stay healthy and well. Every month GPV Wellness features an employee to find out how they get moving and stay healthy.
For the month of October meet Deanna Schwarz and get an insight on how she gets moving and stays healthy.
What do you do to stay active?
I go to yoga every Thursday at the GPV Gym, walk my dog and Dance (Swing, Ballroom, Salsa,Cha-Cha, and Reggae).
Tell us about a recent wellness success you had?
When Covid happened, it took away many opportunities to go out dancing or take lessons. I got out of shape and I was lacking motivation until I discovered Yoga. I no longer say “no” when my dance friends get together.
What motivates you to stay well?
Worshiping a New Spring, being able to see my grandkids grow and I want to be able to dance until I reach 100 years old.
What have been some barriers to staying active?
Asthma: If I don’t stay active, my lungs get tight. I use an inhaler before I workout and practice deep breathing exercises daily to keep my lungs flexible. I am also building endurance and lung capacity with GPV’s Couch to 5K. I don’t expect to be a runner but I do power walk and slow jog.
What are your favorite physical activities?
I really enjoy dancing, hiking and yoga.
What advice do you have for someone trying to improve their overall wellness?
Add one step to each day: Park in the furthest spot, take the stairs, walk to the mailbox (you know who you are), explore a nature center and always enjoy where your feet take you.
Is there anything on your bucket list?
I would like to dance/hike in all national parks. My current bucket list countdown: 26 of 63.