Prepare yourself to say goodbye to 2014 and greet 2015 with open arms. As the year comes to a close, this is the time to re-evaluate the direction in which you are moving. The year in review can be brutal as it brings up all of the things that exist in a year - good, bad and ugly. What it brings about the most for me is hope and gratitude knowing that with everything that exists in a year, there your are. Still standing with friends, family, strength, health, opportunity and the ability to be happy. As a person who lives to see progress, this is my favorite time of year. It forces you to see that the New Year Train is coming, so get ready to jump on and enjoy the ride on this trip called life! How great it is to live!
As the year comes to an end and the winter chill hits Atlanta, let’s not forget that staying healthy is a year round activity. Practicing good health habits is a lifestyle and we want you to kick start the year in high gear.
Piedmont Park Conservancy invites you to our new Weekend Health Retreat in beautiful Piedmont Park. This wellness weekend will provide you with the skills and tools to reach your fitness goals and stick with your New Year’s Resolution. Start the year off right and make 2015 your best health year ever.
Wellness Weekend Retreat will Include (more to come):
Health, Wellness & You - Presented by: Mukti Kanji MD, Physician
Vinyasa Fusion Flow Yoga - Meredith Ingram, PA-C, MMSc, MPH, RYT Yoga Instructor
LYH Spinergy Fusion - Saidah Kinerman, CSCS/ACSM, Certified Health Coach
Healthy Habits & the ABC's of Weight Loss - Saidah Kinerman, CSCS/ACSM,Certified Health Coach
Piedmont Park Conservancy Wellness Weekend -
Entire weekend (Friday- Sunday) - $215
Saturday ONLY - $165 (Lunch and light snack will be provided Saturday).
All PPC members will receive a 20% discount
For more information: PPC Weekend Wellness Retreat
Shopping for loved ones brings about much decision making and stress that is both expected and unnecessary. As I checked out Fitbits, heart-rate monitors and more I noticed the blank, empty stares of those around me. Here are a few tips to ask yourself when shopping for a fitness related gift:
1. Have they told you specifically what they want?
YES: Buy exactly that and DO NOT become distracted with all the bells and whistles that are available.
NO: They don't know what they want...read on!
2. Are they new to physical activity?
YES: A device with a pedometer is a must.
NO: A device with a water-proof heart rate monitor, pedometer and a way to track various forms of activity is a must.
3. Do they get at least 6 plus hours of sleep daily?
YES: Skip the sleep device
No: Skip the sleep device
We are fascinated with the fact that we are now given a glimpse of the unknown...how effective our sleep is. The reality is that most of us need more and observing a graph that shows how many times you tossed and turned can be counterproductive by contributing to sleep anxiety. The tools needed to improve sleep exist in lifestyle changes we are constantly working to improve and not the latest fitness device. However, if it's the device that gets you motivated to move then find the right bit for your family, you and move on!
It's the 'Most Wonderful Time of the Year' - to catch a virus/bug! From office potlucks to our precious petri-dish kids the germs are out and having a ball jumping from one host to another. Attending Christmas parties and holiday shopping both increase your levels of happiness and your risks for getting sick.
As I began to feel a little tickle in my throat one morning, I immediately headed to Whole Foods to wage the internal war. I drank the usual internal flame (a mix of garlic, ginger, lemon and cayenne pepper) available at the juice bar. When I went back that night, I was recommended something even better. ACF Fast Relief Immune Support (High Potency) by Buried Treasure Nutritionist is loaded with almost everything that you have heard of to take if you think you are getting sick. I took the recommended dosage and was able to fend off the illness that so many around me had. The cost: $29.99 saved me a trip to the doctor, a day in the bed was well worth every penny. It will now become a kitchen staple for not only me but the entire family.
AKCROSSFIT - MIAMI CIRCLE/ATLANTA
Dumbbell rating out of 5: 3.75
Located in the Miami Circle plaza/shops, AKCrossFit lived up to the expectations. As I pulled up I saw participants running with 10-20lb medicine balls and thought, "What in the world am I getting myself into?" The workout took place in a nice clean warehouse type facility where I was greeted and questioned about my current fitness level. The instructor then proceed to gather everyone around and show us our workout of the day (WOD). Our WOD consisted of pull-ups, burpees, box jumps, 400m runs with a medicine ball and have your finish time recorded. My heart rate went through the roof, my arms were killing me and I worked out all of the soreness from the previous day's leg workout. It was all in all a great total body workout.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE CLASS
1. Team Encouragement - As I were running with my med ball thinking, I can't do this, someone runs by and says, "great job" or "you got this" and it motivates you to push harder.
2. Workout Pace - Posting the WOD allowed you to be able to work at your own pace. It was just you and the clock. I enjoyed not feeling like you inhibiting anyone else's workout but at times able to push yourself harder.
3. Modifications Made - For those who couldn't complete the required pull-ups (that would include me), bands were provided. You were allowed to pick your level of box jumps and weight of medicine ball to run with. In other words you could perform at your level with no pressure or shame.
4. The Workout - This was a high level strength endurance workout. I actually had to get my inhaler to breathe once. I loved the fact that I felt like I had to work in different ways to perform the tasks. True to the Cross Fit reputation, there were activities that as a trainer felt the risks outweighed the benefits i.e running with a medicine ball. Running without would have been just as effective, maybe even more. However, this was a great, basic workout that I would recommend to those wanting a great total body workout that will take you to your limits. Enjoy!