One of the biggest concerns many office workers have is that they’re not moving enough. The CDC states that less than 22% of adults over the age of 18 meet their Physical Activity Guidelines, with many blaming sedentary jobs as the reason for why they develop health problems. These accusations are not unfounded. Multiple studies have lent support to the fact that sitting for long periods of time affects your physical health and more.
In one study, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 44 percent of participants stated they felt their performance decline when their lives lacked exercise. This is because not only does exercise increase workers’ productivity, it also makes them smarter.
So, now we’ve told you the health benefits of exercise, how would you like to join us for a run? If you’re in Las Vegas for eCommerce this April, sign up for the Big Dam Run and we can get in a little extra cardio together.
What Is the Big Dam Run?
When we say run, we’re not saying full marathon, just a quarter of one… maybe.
The Big Dam Run is your chance to run, jog or walk up to 10km over and around the Hoover Dam. It’s the perfect chance to experience one of Nevada’s most famous sights, get in some physical exercise, and keep your body and mind moving. Remember, running doesn’t just offer physical benefits. There are many cognitive advantages to stretching your legs too. We’re not making that up, many programmers swear by it.
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Just a Dam Tour
Maybe running 10km isn’t your idea of a lightbulb moment. Wagento is also offering a 5km run, an “as far as I can go” run, and an easier walking tour around the Hoover Dam. All of these are better than sitting in an office and doing nothing. Sign up for something, get out there, and stretch your legs.
When Is the Big Dam Run?
The Big Dam Run will take place Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 7:15 am.
Where Do We Meet?
The Big Dam Run will start near the south gate of the Wynn, where you’ll be able to grab a bus to the starting. This will cost an additional $14.
If you’re more inclined towards something a little fancier, you can also book a helicopter filled with B-list celebs for just $50,000. We recommend the bus though; especially since we’re sponsoring it!
Where Do I Sign Up?
If you’ve gotten this far, you’re practically on the starting line. Don’t stop here. Head over to the Big Dam Run Signup page and grab your tickets now.
All tickets come with exclusive swag, which you’re going to need during the run. This includes a technical race T-shirt, water for while your running, and a finisher medal.
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How to Prepare for the Big Dam Run
You shouldn’t underestimate the difficulty of a 10km run through the Nevada heat. Between exhaustion, dehydration, and getting sand in your shoes, it’s always a good idea to put in some practice before race day.
To help you out, we’ve put together some tips on how to prepare for the Big Dam Run and avoid hitting the ominous “wall”.
Do Try Practice Runs
This should really go without saying but practicing a 10km run before the race itself, in familiar territory, is a good idea. See how long it takes you to finish and how your body reacts. This is especially important if you’re not a frequent runner.
Running can put a big strain on your body. Entering a longer race unprepared can lead to disappointment, having to drop out, and, worst case scenario, being carted away in an ambulance.
10 km may not seem like a particularly long distance, but after you’ve been running for 30 minutes and still haven’t reached the finish line, you’ll start to feel the strain. Practice runs will help you balance your expectations and understand what your body is actually capable of.
Don’t Run Too Much Before the Race
There’s something to be said for ‘saving up’ a bank of energy. Don’t wait until the day before the race to start your 10km practice run. Give yourself several days, at least, to recover.
We recommend at least 3 days of rest before you find yourself on the starting line. This doesn’t mean no exercise, it means reduced exercise.
Do Get the Right Equipment
Running in work shoes for more than a few hundred meters isn’t going to promote race success. You’ve probably tried this at least once when you’ve been late for a meeting. Not a great feeling, right?
Making sure you have the right equipment on race day is tantamount to your success. Quality race shoes, a breathable T-shirt, and a portable water bottle are just a few things you should invest in. Luckily, the Big Dam Run provides all runners with a technical race T-shirt and water during the race. All you have to worry about is the shoes.
Nerves are common before a big race but try to keep a handle on them. Being too nervous before a race can mean not getting enough rest beforehand. There’s nothing worse than showing up wishing you were still in bed.
On the other hand, being too nervous during a race can mean pushing yourself too hard and underperforming. Your practice runs should help you to manage this and know how much you can push yourself.
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Looking For Another Form of Exercise?
Try something a little less intense with Mage Yoga.
Yoga promotes relaxation, can improve your mood, and, of course, aids in fitness. Wagento has organized a yoga session unlike any other, where their experienced and wise Yogis will guide you through yoga poses based on your favorite eCommerce application.
Mage Yoga will be taking place at the Wynn on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 starting at 6:30 am. Yoga mats will be provided (with our awesome logo). Come along and try fitness another way.
Nexcess Live, 4-days of eCommerce support, entertainment, and Vegas: the Nexcess way, will be happening April 22-25 in Las Vegas. Don’t forget to join the Nexcess Live Party at Topgolf, sign up for our luxurious limo service from the McCarran International Airport, or having your hosting optimized at the Nexcess Live Support sessions. You don’t need to be a Nexcess client, everyone is welcome.
Originally published April 17, 2018.Posted in: Nexcess