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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Fitness and Health Giveaway Link-up 3/19/19 - 3/25/19

Welcome back to another week of fitness, health and fit travel giveaways. Link-up your giveaway or enter to win some fabulous prizes.
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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Climb the Vessel to Stay Fit While in NYC

I didn't know until yesterday that a new building was going up in New York City. The building is called the Vessel and it is a great way to get in your daily exercise if you are visiting from out of town. 

The Vessel is located in the Hudson Yards. It is a spiral staircase landmark which is meant to be climbed like the Effiel Tower in Paris France. This piece of architecture is the brainchild of Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick studios. As you climb, you can view the city in different angles.

This landmark is comprised of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs with almost 2500 steps. It is a vertical climb one mile up and would definitely get your blood pumping. When you finish your climb, you can take in the public square and gardens below.

If you are visiting NYC and you would like to tackle the Vessel, you must book a ticket and I would do it prior to getting to the city. They just opened so it might be hard to get tickets so if you are going soon buy your ticket(s) now.  Book Tickets 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Tips To Help Group Fitness Instructors Tackle Their Debt

As a group fitness instructor, at times you don't think you are making enough money as a teacher. Like teachers in other professions, we have to keep up our accreditation by taking fitness workshops. We also have to buy clothes, music and sometimes equipment for our classes which sometimes feels like we are spending more than we are making.

If you are trying to get out of debt but you constantly have to spend money as a teacher, here are some tips on how to save on music, fitness clothing, fitness workshops and more.
  1. Volunteer to work at a fitness conference. Some conferences let you go to the workshops for free or for a reduced price. 
  2. Buy your music at fitness conferences. A lot of vendors have music for a cheaper price than on their website. Also, wait to the last day of the conference for a deeper discount.
  3. Buy your fitness clothes at Marshalls, Target or Walmart. If you want to splurge and buy Lululemon pants go ahead if it is in your budget if not, stick to the above companies.
  4. Try to stay away from becoming certified with a lot gimmick fitness certifications such as Zumba, Barre, Pound and etc. The reason, they are only here for a minute and they lose popularity and you are stuck with a dead certification, clothing, gear and etc. Stick with the tried and true certifications like yoga, group fitness instructor, cycling and personal training. Take a workshop to teach a hot fitness trend but I would not spend a lot of money on something that might not be around in a few years.
  5. Look for free cec's or ceu's through your fitness certification organization or with fitness publications. 
  6. Price different fitness education programs to see who offers cheaper prices on continuing education credit courses. I found that Fitness ETC! has some of the best prices around and is an accredited organization. 
  7. Get on the mailing list of your favorite fitness music company and wait for an email when they offer sales and buy your music at that time.
  8. If you have a friend that is a DJ, have them put together some music for your classes in exchange you give them a free workout.
These are my money saving tips if you're trying to tackle your debt or you are trying to save some money. Let me know in the comments below if you are a group instructor and how you save money on workshops, clothes, music and etc.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Fitness and Health Giveaway Link-up 3/5/19 - 3/11/19

Welcome back to the fitness and health contests giveaway linkup. If you would like to add your contest to the linkup, feel free to do so and tell a friend. If you just want to win prizes, go ahead and enter you can't win if you don't. Hopefully, you might win a great prize for the new season that is arriving soon.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Win a Spri Tube Home Workout Gym and $25 Paypal Cash

I'm giving away my favorite exercise tubes from Spri. Spri tubes are the best rubber resistance equipment on the market, IMO. They sell exercise tubes, bands, stability and medicine balls and more. Check out their online store to see what they offer to keep you in tip-top shape.
Enter to win the total body resistance kit plus $25 Paypal cash. This contest is open to the United States and Canadian residents only. 

Enter below

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Living With Arthritis As A Fitness Professional

Pain Relief and Arthritis

I suffer from knee arthritis and I'm a fitness professional that is living with it on a daily basis. There are ways to combat arthritis through physical therapy, medications, exercise, and diet. There are also hyaluronic gel injections and stem cell replacement one should also investigate for pain relief in the affected joints. I have done a few of these treatments to combat having a knee replacement in my future.

According to medical experts, when you have arthritis, you’re likely to suffer other diseases. People who have arthritis often feel joint pains because it is accompanied by inflammation. Arthralgia is the medical term for joint pain. There are over 40 million arthritis sufferers in the United States and they are all continuously looking for effective pain relief. The disease is considered debilitating because sufferers can hardly stand the inflammation and pain. 

Arthritis can affect different parts of your body but in most cases, the pain and inflammation occur on the ñ tendinitis, fibromyalgia, scleroderma, and joint types or articular. Tendinitis aims at the tendons; Scleroderma refers to the thickening of the connective tissue and skin; when the muscles become tender and sore especially when touched, it is called fibromyalgia; and the articular refers to lupus or gout and it can be really painful. 

You cannot really tell when arthritis is going to hit you; whether you’re young or old, you can suffer from arthritis. At present, a majority of arthritis sufferers have Osteo-Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. People who have these conditions feel persistent back and joint pains. The causes of Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis are different, as well as the effects and risk factors. If you’re also suffering from the same symptoms, you can choose among the different pain relief devices, drugs, and products sold in the market. 

In the US, Osteoarthritis affects more or less 21 million individuals in different age ranges. If you have this condition, it’s natural to have swollen limbs. Your joint cartilage is affected and it also results in stiffness. The condition is commonly called OA and it can affect different body parts like the spine, hips, knees, and fingers. Other parts like the ankles, shoulders, elbows, and wrists can also be affected but this seldom happens. According to medical experts, these parts are subject to OA if there is a history of unusual stress or injury. Physical trauma and repetitive injury during early age can also cause OA. 

The common OA symptoms are intermittent or steady joint pain, stiffness especially an inactive period, tenderness or swelling of a joint/joints, and crunchy feeling when you use your joints. 

The only way to determine if you have OA is through an x-ray test. If the symptoms are already present, the doctor will request an x-ray test. The x-ray results will reveal the cartilage deformation as well as the tissues around it. Joint Aspiration can also be performed by a qualified doctor. A synovial fluid will be taken from your affected joints with the use of a tiny needle. 

Rheumatoid arthritis is another dreaded condition because it is characterized by chronic and progressive pain of the joints. The synovial tissues tend to increase in size and this is called hyperplasia. This condition provokes bone and cartilage destruction. Damaged cells will eventually die and it also promotes abnormal growth of the surrounding tissues. 

Natural products like cod liver, olive oil, turmeric and ginger act as pain relievers. These are renowned and affordable products which can relieve pain effectively. Try them out now and see the pain relievers can also work for you. When you feel chronic and progressive joint pains, consult a doctor right away because you may be suffering from arthritis already. It would be best to address your condition at an early stage to prevent the onset of undesirable effects of the disease. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Fitness and Health Giveaway Link-up 2/5/19 -2/11/19

Welcome back to the fitness and health contests giveaway linkup. If you would like to add your contest to the linkup, feel free to do so and tell a friend. If you just want to win prizes, go ahead and enter you can't win if you don't.