Healthy Eating to Support your Immune System

Healthy Eating to Support your Immune System

COVID-19 (also known as the novel Corona Virus) is a public health issue that is rapidly affecting our lives in many different ways. It is particularly affecting our physical health. As we look for ways to support and maintain a strong immune system, let’s consider how healthy eating habits can help.

In a previous blog post, we talked about how the immune system is our body’s defense against disease, bacteria and other bad cells/tissues. The system’s main function is to help prevent or limit the spread of infection in the body. We have immune cells in various part of our body such as the skin, bloodstream, bone marrow and lymph nodes. When the body recognizes a foreign substance, the immune cells (also known as white blood cells) produce an immune response- creating antibodies to kill the bad cells.

As the immune system is important in maintaining the health of our bodies by fighting against bad cells (ie. viruses), we must take steps to make sure our immune system is strong and healthy. Our bodies need antioxidants- substances that removes damaging agents. These can be found in vitamins such as:

– Vitamin C
– Vitamin E
– Vitamin A
– Vitamin B6

There are a number of foods that are rich in the above mentioned vitamins such as:

– Citrus fruits (ie. oranges)
– Ginger
– Greens (ie. spinach, broccoli)
– Nuts (ie. almonds)
– Orange vegetables (ie. carrots, sweet potatoes)

Let’s try to include these foods and vitamins in our diet as a way to use healthy eating habits to support our immune system.

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Apr
3
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
4
Sat
3:00 pm Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
9
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
10
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
11
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

How to Boost Your Immune System

How to Boost Your Immune System

In light of the recent spread and affects of COVID-19 (more commonly known as the Corona Virus) many folks are looking for ways to protect themselves from getting the illness, or thinking of ways to help fight against the disease if you get it. Some of you may have considered self-distancing yourselves as a way of limiting contact with people, while others may have self-quarantined if you have exhibited symptoms as a strategy to limit the spread of the virus. But what are some ways we can boost our immune system during this time?

Let’s first begin with what is the immune system. The immune system is our body’s defense against disease, bacteria and other bad cells/tissues. Its main function is to help prevent or limit infections. Our bodies have immune cells in various part of our body such as the skin, bloodstream, bone marrow and lymph nodes. When the body recognizes a foreign substance, the immune cells (also known as white blood cells) spark an immune response- producing antibodies to kill the bad cells.

Since the immune system is important in maintaining the health of our bodies by fighting against diseases, it is imperative that we take steps to make sure our immune system is strong and healthy. Here are some ways to help boost our immune system:

Manage Stress
In times of uncertainty with your health and finances such as now, it is easy to be concerned or anxious about what the future holds. Not negating the validity of those emotions as stress is not something we can avoid, but when we are under chronic (on-going) stress, stress hormones can suppress the immune system making us more susceptible to getting sick. Instead, watch your favorite movie or funny TV. Do some journaling or try some mindful or focused breathing exercises.

Get Enough Rest
Sleep is a main function of body that helps us to recharge. While we are sleeping, it is our body’s way of resetting and boosting the immune system. Studies have shown that those who get 8 hours of sleep every night on average, are less likely to catch a cold.

Maintain a Healthy Diet
The foods that we put in our body helps to get the nutrients we need to be healthy. Including foods that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins can also boost our immune system. Consider incorporating citrus fruits, berries, leafy greens, nuts and fish to help reduce inflammation and fight off infections.

Stay Physically Active
When we exercise, it helps to circulate the blood throughout our bodies. This also helps to ensure that the white blood cells are also getting around the body as well. During a workout, you may notice that you sweat or may be breathing a bit harder than usual. Sweating and exhaling are natural ways to get the bad things out of our bodies which can boost our immune system.

In times such as these, I encourage you to take steps to make sure you are healthy and that your body has what it needs to fight off infections and viruses.

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Apr
3
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
4
Sat
3:00 pm Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
9
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
10
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
11
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

The Importance of Getting Enough Sleep

The Importance of Getting Enough Sleep

The week of March 8-14 marks National Sleep Awareness week. An initiative by the National Sleep Foundation, it is a time to celebrate healthy sleep habits and advocating for getting enough rest. In today’s world, we often find ourselves looking to secure our financial future, looking after our families, keeping up friends, trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle along with a long laundry list of things to get done around the house. This can be both mentally and physically overwhelming. The importance of this celebration is to help us understand that a good quality sleep is a service to our body and mind. It also promotes continuous productivity and good health while ensuring our well-being.

The National Sleep Foundation is a non-profit organization formed in 1990. Their mission is to improve public health and safety through the understanding of sleep and sleep disorders. They do this through public education, sleep related research and advocacy. The foundation has established themselves as a well-respected source of information on sleep, various sleep disorders and the consequences of sleep deprivation (not getting enough rest).

So how much sleep is enough? Well, the amount of sleep varies slightly for different individuals. Depending on what age group you are in, there are different amounts of sleep recommended sleep time:

  • Newborn to 3 months should get 14-17 hours
  • 4 to 11 months: 12-15 hours
  • 1-2 years: 11-14 hours
  • 3-5 years: 10-13 hours
  • 6-13 years: 9-11 hours
  • 14-17years: 8-10 hours
  • Adults: 7-9 hours

The average American doesn’t come close to the recommended sleeping time. Surveys have shown that most adults on average get around 5-6 hours a night. This has been normalized in today’s society, but it is a form of sleep deprivation which comes with its effects. We need aim for adequate and quality sleep because it has great benefits such as:

  • Curbing inflammation which is related to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and premature aging
  • Improving of memory
  • Maintaining a healthy weight and decrease risk for being obese or overweight
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Relieves stress

When we don’t get enough sleep, it can lead to developing a sleep illness. Some common sleep disorders can include:

  • Sleep apnea- interrupted breathing during sleep
  • Insomnia- inability to sleep
  • Shift work disorder- atypical sleep habits due to nontraditional work hours
  • Restless leg syndrome- uncontrollable leg movements during nighttime hours
  • Sleep walking- the act of getting up and walking around while asleep

There are several tips or tools that can used to improve, manage and even prevent sleep disorders:

  1. Avoid large meals 2-3 hours before bedtime
  2. Develop a regular nighttime routine/schedule
  3. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
  4. Improve your sleep environment; maintain comfortable mattress and pillows, keep the bedroom quiet

Join me in making sleep and getting enough rest a priority!

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Apr
3
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
4
Sat
3:00 pm Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
9
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
10
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
11
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

Happy National Nutrition Month

Happy National Nutrition Month

March celebrates National Nutrition Month. It is a time to learn and understand the effects of what foods we let in our bodies. Nutrition is the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. The celebration highlights the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits, not just for the month, but that will last a lifetime.

Do you really know what is in the foods you are consuming? Knowing and understanding how to read food labels is very important especially if you have health conditions or food allergies and need to maintain a special diet. The nutritious facts label is required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on packaged foods and beverages. It provides a detailed information about a food’s nutrient content such as amount of fat, sugar, sodium and fibers it contains. The better you are at reading and understanding food labels, the better you are in using them as a tool to plan your healthy balanced diet.

If you don’t know where to start on your healthy diet journey, you can seek nutrition advice from a registered dietitian nutritionist. Since this a matter concerning our health and wellbeing, it is advisable to seek or receive personalized nutrition advice to generate health goals that will ensure we make healthy food/eating choices. A nutritionist can help you learn how to read food labels, teach you how to prepare eating plans and meals, ensure that you are getting the nutrients that you need, and identify strategies of foods to avoid and find proper substitutes.

Having a healthy diet goes hand in hand with being physically active. So, what is the relationship between good eating and being physical active? Together they help maintain healthy weight, improve mood and energy levels, and helps the immune system in fighting diseases.

A nutritious and healthy diet does not have to be restrictive. Not eating healthy can lead to nutrient deficiencies that slows down your metabolism. This is particularly important as we age. As we get older, our bodies need certain nutrients such as:

  • Calcium – aids to maintain strong bones and reduce risk of osteoporosis
  • Vitamin B12 – helps to keep blood cells healthy and prevents anemia
  • Fiber – to maintain bowel health and a healthy weight to lower your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes
  • Potassium – is good for the nervous system and helps to lower your blood pressure reduce risk of a stroke

As we celebrate National Nutrition Month, I hope that you will join me in making the decision to make healthy and informed food choices. Some things you can consider include:

  • Visiting your local farmers market for fresh produce
  • Research and try a new recipe
  • Explore more whole grain alternatives
  • Try going meatless for a day

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Apr
3
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
4
Sat
3:00 pm Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
9
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
10
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
11
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

Benefits of Moving for Heart Health

Benefits of Moving for Heart Health

Every 37 seconds an American dies from cardiovascular disease. That equates to one is every death in the United States (about 647,000 deaths), are caused by heart disease. Chronic illnesses such as heart disease, costs the US government almost $219 billion each year. These are staggering numbers, but what can we do to lower these statistics? Healthy lifestyle changes such as physical activity goes a long way in achieving this.

Physical activity refers to any movement that works your muscles and requires more energy than at resting. It improves the heart’s capacity to send blood which carries oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body. It helps in strengthening the heart muscle and helps the heart to work less.

So what happens to our heart when we exercise?

  1. The heart muscles are strengthened which makes the heart become more efficient and be able to pump blood throughout your body.

    Performing activities such as walking, gardening, swimming, taking the stairs, dancing and fitness classes are all examples of physical activities. Please note, it is recommended to seek medical professional advice from your doctor before embarking or beginning a new exercise routine.

  2. Exercising reduces blood pressure.

    Regular physical activity makes the heart stronger which in turn, makes the heart work less to pump blood. Blood pressure is the force needed to get blood throughout the body. There are medications that can help lower your blood pressure numbers, but for some, exercise can be enough to reduce blood pressure with no need of any medication.

  3. Exercise helps to maintain a healthy weight.

    Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best gifts for your heart. As we grow older, we tend to become less active, our bodies gains excess weight, which makes the heart to work harder. Exercise helps us to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce excess weight.

There are several activities that are easy to do in order to be being active; you don’t need to go to a gym. You can decide to park your car a little further to get a few extra steps in. Get off the bus a stop or two earlier. Opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Grab a friend and take a nice walk in the park. It is recommended we get in about 10,000 steps a day. But you don’t have to achieve this overnight. It takes discipline and commitment. You can use counting apps on your phone like: pacer, fitbit or googleFit to help you count your steps and keep track of your progress.

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Apr
3
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
4
Sat
3:00 pm Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
9
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
10
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
11
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

What is Heart Disease?

What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is a term which covers a range of conditions that affects the heart. Heart disease (most commonly referred to as cardiovascular disease) is a condition in which the blood vessels become narrowed or blocked. Statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA) show that about half of American adults have some type of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in the US- about 647,000 of Americans die annually. Research by the AHA, indicates that there are currently 121.5 million people who have cardiovascular disease- with this number said to increase in the coming years.

Cardiovascular disease describes complications with blood vessels, circulatory system as well as the heart. This can include a number of conditions such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat/rhythm)
  • Coronary heart disease (the build up of plaque in the arteries, limiting flow of blood to the heart)
  • Heart attack
  • Congenital heart disease (heart defects present at birth)

Our lifestyle choices highly affect the health of our hearts. There are also some choices can increase the risk of heart diseases like; smoking, diabetes, family history, being overweight, amongst others. The risk factor of age is inevitable. Adults age 65 and older are more likely to develop heart diseases. But heart disease can be modified and treated through changes in your lifestyle.

There are several ways in which the heart can be strengthened to ensure a long lasting life with less heart complications and to ensure we are aging gracefully and healthily:

  • Spend more time moving than sitting. Park a bit further than usual, take the stairs, or dance the night away.
  • Quit smoking. There are a number of harmful chemicals in cigarettes that can decrease the amount of oxygen in the body and clog your arteries over time.
  • Lose excess body fat to prevent buildup of plaque in the arteries which may lead to heart attack
  • Prevent or control diabetes and glucose levels
  • Lower triglyceride levels (fats in the blood)
  • Aim for resting blood pressure to be lowered to around 120/80
  • Lower your stress levels

As we age, adapting to a healthy lifestyle will help in strengthening our heart and to see that we live a happy life. Eating nutritious foods and a healthy diet are part of making good lifestyle choices. Here are a few foods that can improve heart health:

  • Fish rich in omega 3: salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel and herring which help reduce the build up of plaque in the arteries.
  • Berries are rich in antioxidants: blueberry, strawberry, blackberries or raspberries
  • Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale and collard. They carry vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • Whole grain like oats, whole wheat, brown rice, buckwheat and quinoa- are high in fiber which helps in reduction of bad cholesterol.
  • Avocados: they are high in monounsaturated fats and potassium- help lower cholesterol, blood pressure and risk of metabolic syndrome.
  • Dark chocolate! It is high in antioxidants like flavonoids, lowers the risk of calcified plaque in the arteries
  • Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein and magnesium that helps to lower blood pressure levels.
  • Green tea is a an anti-inflammatory agent that lowers cholesterol levels.
  • Tomatoes is a powerful antioxidant that also lowers cholesterol and keeps blood from clotting.

What we put on our plates influences almost every aspect of our wellbeing. Including these heart-healthy foods in our diet, can and will help to keep your heart in good shape and minimize the risk of heart disease.

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Apr
3
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
4
Sat
3:00 pm Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
9
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
10
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
11
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

Heart Attacks

Heart Attacks

When it comes to matters of heart health, we are going to look at the condition called myocardial infarction- most commonly known as a heart attack. But what really is a heart attack? A heart attack is a sudden lack of blood supply to the heart due to the blockage of arteries that supply blood to the heart. A blockage can be caused by the building up of fat in the arteries over time.

During a heart attack, there are a number of warning signs to take note of in case you or a loved one may experience. Some common symptoms may include:

  • Discomfort or tightness around the neck, arm or chest
  • Pain on the arm, chest, jaw or upper abdomen
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Feeling lightheaded, dizzy or weak
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sensation of being sick
  • A feeling of anxiety

However, it is important to understand that different people experience different symptoms. A heart attack can occur with warning signs and to some (especially women) with no signs or any chest pain.

Heart attack is an emergency, if you experience any of the symptoms or someone near you is experiencing a heart attack, call 911 and state that you are having a heart attack. It is better to seek help and find out you were wrong about it than to ignore. Especially women- who often experience “silent” heart attacks with no warning signs.

According to the American Heart Association, there are a number of risk factors that may increase your chances of having a heart attack. These can include:

  • Gender (men have a greater risk than women)
  • Heredity and family history
  • Obesity/being overweight
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Large consumption of tobacco or alcohol

Age is another high risk factor for a heart attack. As we get older, there are certain changes to our heart that can occur such as the heart not being able to beat as fast, or the hardening and narrowing of the arteries. Over time, this can weaken or damage the heart muscles.

Fortunately, there are a number of measures you can take to prevent a heart attack from happening and/or its reoccurrence such as:

  • Eating a healthy and nutritious diet
  • Being physically active
  • Managing stress
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

After a heart attack it is important to take care of one’s self. Going back to your daily routine will be the ultimate goal especially if you had been hospitalized. However, it is important to seek advice from your doctor/medical profession and to take it one breath at a time. Recovery will depend on the amount of damage that occurred during the heart attack.

Let us take care of our heart’s health, for it is important for our well-being. On this month of love, I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Apr
3
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
4
Sat
3:00 pm Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
9
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
10
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
11
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

Heart Health Awareness

Heart Health Awareness

The month of February is American Heart Month. This is a time to spread awareness about the health of the heart for us and to those around us. It is also about educating ourselves by learning different ways of managing and preventing heart disease. Every February since 1964, former President Lyndon Johnson established American Heart Month as a way to “give heed to the nationwide problem of the heart and blood-vessel diseases, and to support the programs required to bring about its solution.” This is to urge everyone to adopt a healthy lifestyle because diseases know no borders.

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women? Statistics from the World Health Organization show that heart disease causes more than 17 million deaths across the globe every year. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one person dies every 37 seconds from cardiovascular disease in the US. Approximately over 600,000 Americans die from heart disease every year- that is 1 in every 4 deaths!

Heart disease is a disease that can lead to death, and yet, it can be prevented. Some risk factors for heart disease can include:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Physical inactivity

Age is another major risk factor for heart disease. Studies have shown that 4 of every 5 deaths due to heart disease occur in people age 65 and over. As we age, our bodies go through changes that may increase your risk of heart disease. This can include the build up of fat in the arteries over time, that can decrease the amount of blood getting to the heart. In turn, this can lead to heart failure and heart attacks. Changes in the arteries as we age, can also lead to high blood pressure. Therefore, it is important to have your blood pressure check regularly.

The American heart Association has named February 7th to be National Wear Red Day. This is a day to raise awareness on health heart issues especially for women. It is also to encourage all people to adopt a healthy behavior change not only for that day but to last a lifetime.

Join me and wear red for heart heath awareness!

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Apr
3
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
4
Sat
3:00 pm Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
9
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
10
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
11
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Did you know that glaucoma is the most leading cause of vision loss and blindness? According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, there are more than 3 million people in the US alone, that have this sight-stealing disease. These numbers are only expected to increase in the coming years. The month of January celebrates National Glaucoma Awareness Month to educate the public about this disease, risk factors and treatment. But what is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye condition that progressively damages the eye optic nerves due to buildup of pressure on the nerve. This in turn, causes the eye fluid pressure to rise to more than the normal level of eye fluid. This can result in loss of vision or total blindness. The most common type of glaucoma is open-angle glaucoma. This is where the drain structure of the eye (known as trabecular meshwork) looks fine, but fluid does not flow out like it should.

Glaucoma has several risks factors including:

  • Family history.
  • Age; Vision reduces as we age- individuals at the age of 60+ are at a significantly higher risk
  • Race; Africans Americans have at high risk and can develop it as early as an age of forty years
  • Physical injury to the eye
  • Pre-existing chronic disease such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or a thin cornea
  • Excessive use of corticosteroids (or eye drops)

Glaucoma has been referred to as “the sneak thief of sight” because it generally doesn’t have warning symptoms. Unfortunately, most are not diagnosed until it is already in the late stages. However, some symptoms to be aware of may include:

  • Halos (or bright circles) around light
  • An increase of severe eye pain
  • Redness of the eye
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sudden onset of visual disturbances (ie. double vision, blurred vision, partial blindness)

There is no cure for glaucoma, however, it does not mean it cannot be controlled or prevented. Regular checkups with your eye doctor can help detect early signs of glaucoma. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe medicated eyedrops or surgery.

Taking care of our eyes as we age is just as important as taking care of our health, heart and joints in order to live a healthier and happy life. Some ways to reduce your risk of vision lost can include:

  • Regular checkups
  • Eating healthy foods (ie. Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Citrus Fruits, Almonds, Kale, Spinach, Beans)
  • Wearing sunglasses- highly recommended when outdoors
  • Avoid smoking

Do you have an eye medical insurance plan? Eyemed Vision Benefits has one of the fastest growing vision benefits plan in the US offering affordable coverage for eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lens. They are dedicated to helping members achieve clear and healthy vision by giving them access to diverse and expansive networks across the U.S including independent eye doctors.

The health of our eyes are very important and the government knows it. That’s why the U.S Congress Health appropriation has set $636.8 million including $1 million for vision and eye health and $4 million to address glaucoma. I hope you will be visiting an eye doctor soon.

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Apr
3
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
4
Sat
3:00 pm Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
9
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
10
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
11
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

Happy National Healthy Weight Week

Happy National Healthy Weight Week

January 19th-25th celebrates National Healthy Weight Week. It is observed to recognize and bring awareness to the troubling amount of individuals who are overweight or obese in the United States. It traditionally is celebrated the third week in January, and has been the case since 1994. Maintaining a healthy weight is part of being fully well. A good and healthy weight can be one way to reduce your risk of various chronic health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and cancer.

Maintaining a healthy weight is important at any age. But it is particularly important as we get older. With age, our bodies are more susceptible to different kinds of illnesses. However many of these diseases can be prevented just by having a healthy weight. Here are a few ways weight (being overweight) can have a negative impact on your well-being:

– Obesity is a leading cause for type two diabetes and heart disease
– Being overweight puts extra strain on your joints, which can in turn, limit your mobility

It is important to take care of our bodies, and maintaining a healthy weight is one way to do so. You will improve the quality of life and daily activities as you age in a way that that leads to a healthier, happier and longer life.

Looking for a fun way to celebrate National Healthy Weight Week? Here are some ideas for you to consider:

– Take and exercise class
– Host a fitness party; invite your family, friends or co-workers to work out to your favorite tunes
– Go for a walk; Walking is one of the easiest ways to get moving
– Host a healthy brunch; get your group together and check out a new restaurant with some healthier options
– Get your rest; Aim for at least 6-8 hours every night to help you feel more energized and rejuvenated
– Share this information and more with your family, friends and network on social media (#healthyweightweek)

Hoping you will be celebrating this holiday and see the benefits, then turn the one week into a daily routine and eventually into a lifestyle. Happy National Healthy Weight Week!

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Apr
3
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
4
Sat
3:00 pm Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
9
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
10
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
11
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

Why be physically active?

Why be physically active?

When you think of going to the gym to workout, the image of a body builder lifting an insane amount of weights wearing a tank top that is way too small, may come to mind. However, there is more to being physically active and fit than just lifting weights. There are many benefits of a physically active lifestyle. It helps to maintain a healthy weight; decreases your risk of developing certain diseases such as high blood pressure, obesity and type 2 diabetes; reduces your risk of a heart attack, and helps you have stronger bones and muscles.

Many statistics have indicated an increase in the number of Americans who are obese or overweight. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, identified that 36.9% of the US population is obese. This is equates to approximately 70 million adults. (Please note, this figure does not include children under the age of 18). These numbers vary depending on different factors such as lifestyle and where you live. Data collected by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in 2019 showed that Mississippi and West Virginia have the highest rates of obesity at 39%, while Florida has the lowest at 23%. Being physically active allows you a chance to NOT be part of these statistics.

As we age, being physical active not only becomes a necessity, but an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Doing exercises may not seem important but your body will thank you later in the years to come. It is also a component of healthy aging. As we get older, there are certain diseases we are more inclined to get. Osteoporosis (the weakening of bones) can become a problem with age. Exercises like taking a brisk walk can help ease pain on the bones. Physical activity can help maintain your independence- so that you can age in place (at home) longer. It also boosts your energy thus increasing flexibility and mobility. Exercise can improve your mood and cognitive function- which helps with memory.

Exercising doesn’t have to be hard. There are simple things you can do that naturally incorporates physical activity into your day. Go for a walk around the block when you want to clear your head. Why not get some exercise and fresh air at the same time! Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Get off the bus a stop or two earlier, park your car a little further than usual to get a few extra steps in. Walking 10,000 steps per day, can help you burn calories and lose weight. You can buy a Fitbit or a pedometer to help you count and keep track of how many steps you take each day. Looking for a way to try a new workout plan or new exercises, you can download a number of apps such as SilverSneakers Go, FitOn and PITT28. Looking to check out a new fitness or dance studio, check out classes on platforms such as ClassPass, PeerFit, GymPass or Mindbody.

You will see more opportunities to be more active if you start looking for them. Add few more steps each day. Remember that every single steps counts. It takes small steps to create a milestone; it takes one good action to change the world. Start small, and as time goes by, your body will adjust. Understand that wellness is a journey and this is just part of it. You can always start anytime.

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Apr
3
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
4
Sat
3:00 pm Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
9
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
10
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
11
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

New Year, New You!

New Year, New You!

Happy New Year! Well it’s here folks, not just another year, but another decade has dawned upon us.

This is a time for new beginnings, setting goals, working towards getting a new job. Maybe you are hoping to get that new house or go on a safari/dream vacation. It’s a time to create a new and better you. In short, new year’s resolutions.

Resolutions are the things we plan to do or hope to accomplish by the end of the year. They give us reasons to wake up each day and something to work towards. There’s nothing as satisfying as looking at your to do list and almost everything is checked off. Some common resolutions include:

  1. Fitness,(it should definitely top your resolution)
  2. Healthcare
  3. Losing weight,
  4. Going to the gym,
  5. Quit a bad habit such as drinking or smoking
  6. Start meditation.

But what happens after January? We often find ourselves back to our old ways or we don’t even remember why we had the resolutions in the first place. Maybe it is all in how we are planning and the method that is used.

What if there was a smart way of setting your targets? Well according to The American Council of Exercise there is an interesting acronym of SMART. Each letter represents a smart way to achieving your resolutions.

S=specific; Your goal should be clearly specified and outlined. This will help you in actualize your resolutions. If you specifically want to body build or body sculpting, the focus here would be creating customized workouts and prioritizing muscle group. You can use an app on your phone such as BodBot– to help you design a workout plan.

M=measurable; If it’s your first time focusing on fitness resolutions, it is better to start with small and measurable goals, say ten push-ups a day. If you haven’t achieved it on the few days, be gentle to yourself, everything takes time so long as you don’t give up. It also helps to have a partner (friend or family member) and tell them about your goals is a recommended way to hold you accountable.

A=attainable; Start small. Set small but reasonable goals. If you are just starting out and you set a target of running five or ten miles every morning, it is not impossible, but very unrealistic. When you goals are too large, it can become discouraging when you don’t see yourself making any progress which will lead you to drop off. Instead, start with a five minute walk, and then increase as time goes by.

R=relevant; Don’t work out because it is in your resolution to be working out this year. Let it be related to a reason for why you are working out. Your reason could be to achieve a healthy weight, setting an example for a loved one, or to take more control of your health. Whatever your reason is, that will help you to stay motivated. You can also use apps like Journey: Diary, Motivational Journal which will help you document your progress, which is another great way to stay motivated.

Time bound; Time is measure of our daily lives, whatever you’re aiming to achieve, it should have a time frame of when you want to accomplish it by. There is not point in having a goal, if there is no schedule. Also, set up consistent check-in points to monitor your progress.

It’s 2020! What is your 2020 wellness vision?

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Apr
3
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
4
Sat
3:00 pm Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
9
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
10
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
11
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.