Practice News and Calendar (May 2012)
Dear Practice Friends,
May is the month in which Memorial Day is celebrated, a day dedicated to remembering the men and women who have died while serving is the U.S. Armed Forces. It also marks generally the start of vacation season in the U.S., and more specifically the opening of pools around the country. For this reason, May becomes a month of increased activity for many of us, an effort to ready ourselves for exposure not only to the sun, but also to friends and family while poolside. Here are a couple tips with this in mind:
1. Sunscreen – Just do it.
2. Water – Just drink it.
3. Cardio activity – In order to reduce the risk of injury, runners, bikers will want to increase their distances conservatively, by approximately 10% per week max. Also, remember that increasing heat and humidity will have a negative impact on pace.
4. Diet – The golden fact: 1 lb of fat = 3500 calories. To lose a pound per week, you must decrease your caloric intake (or increase your caloric expenditure) by 500 calories a day. This is a really challenging thing to do. One of the best ways to ensure long term success is to build your nutritional awareness by keeping a journal of what, and how much, you eat, including a nutritional breakdown. Consider Lose It or the nutritional database at Livestrong.com.
5. It goes without saying, but I have to say it anyway: it’s great to use the Memorial Day weekend as a goal or milestone, but beyond it, please continue your Practice. As you will see from the article links in this month’s newsletter, continuing to move is the right thing to do!
Finally, thank you again for all your support, and also a warm welcome goes out to our new practitioners in March:
Michele Butcher, Rebecca Combs, Lauren Neroni, and Julie Nolan
Monthly Class Calendar and 2012 Rates
Pilates Matwork on Mon., May 28, is cancelled for the Memorial Day holiday.
Congrats to Bob Goldenberg, who shot his first Hole-in-One on April 15th at Country Club of the North, 17th hole. Great job, Bob!
Also, congratulations to Jim Beyer for running a 2:44:12 in this year’s Boston Marathon. This was a great pace, in spite of a very hot day in Boston!
Finally, congratulations to David Schoeff, who begins his first day of retirement today!
While on spring break with his parents, Patrick’s nephew, Alex Przyborowski, paid a visit to this domestic museum. Can you guess where he is? Be the first to reply with the correct city and museum to win your very own Practice tee. Here’s a hint: The city is not a city, and the museum is all US.
Research: Daily Activity Tied to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk
From the New York Times Well blog, Nicholas Bakalar, shares some recent research the effects, not even of exercise , but normal daily activity and its ability to lower the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Research: Activity as Protection from Psychological Distress for Seniors
Thanks to Juetta West for sharing this link to the Huffington Post’s Healthy Living Blog, which essentializes the results of a new study showing older adults who stay active could be shielding themselves from psychological distress such as depression.
Stand Up for Fitness
A well written article by Gretchen Reynolds in the New York Times’ Sunday Review notes a number of studies that show just how deleterious the effects of sedentary behavior on the body can be: