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Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Arm candy

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  • Jill Micklow, Wellness Specialist at Assurance, demonstrates an at-work yoga pose that works your mind and your arms.

      Jill Micklow, Wellness Specialist at Assurance, demonstrates an at-work yoga pose that works your mind and your arms.

  • Jill Micklow is a Wellness Specialist on Assurance's Employee Benefits Team.

      Jill Micklow is a Wellness Specialist on Assurance's Employee Benefits Team.

 
By Jill Micklow
Wellness Specialist

Assurance has been a longtime proponent of corporate wellness programs, as it has empowered our employee base and provided them with both short and long-term benefits. Our faith in corporate wellness is what drove us to become the exclusive sponsor of the Daily Herald Fittest Loser competition. Through this competition, our goal is to show that wellness does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. Each week, we'll be sending a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere.

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Arm candy

Whether you're praying for a project extension or for more defined arms, this move has you covered.

Seated upright with feet flat on the floor, bring the palms together in front of the chest.

Push both hands together powerfully until you feel the arm muscles contract.

Keep hands pushed together for 20 seconds.

Release and repeat the sequence until you feel a little more Zen.

• Jill Micklow is a Wellness Specialist on Assurance's Employee Benefits Team. With a passion for improving the health of companies and their employees, Jill works closely with her clients to create large-scale corporate wellness programs. After first identifying her client's specific health and wellness goals, Jill then helps to develop, implement and manage a strategic wellness program tailored to their needs. Additionally, she works closely with Assurance's Benefits Communications Specialist to develop supplementary marketing materials to promote the success of these initiatives. Through education, motivation and engagement, Assurance clients and their employees see an improvement in overall health, morale, productivity and ROI thanks to Jill's efforts. Jill joined Assurance in 2009 and has since received certifications as a Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS) and Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager (CWWPM). Prior to Assurance, she graduated Summa cum Laude from St. Norbert College with a bachelor's degree in business and finance.

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