HALLOWEEN: ITS ORIGIN, SOLDIER CANDY DONATIONS & THE BEST “HEALTH WISE” CANDY CHOICES

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Halloween is celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve. Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops. The festival would frequently involve bonfires. It is believed that the fires attracted insects to the area which attracted bats to the area.

Part of the history of Halloween is Halloween costumes. The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages, and includes Christmas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of “souling,” when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2). It originated in Ireland and Britain, although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy.

Yet there is no evidence that souling was ever practiced in America, and trick-or-treating may have developed in America independent of any Irish or British antecedent. There is little primary Halloween history documentation of masking or costuming on Halloween in Ireland, the UK, or America before 1900. The earliest known reference to ritual begging on Halloween in English speaking North America occurs in 1911, when a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario, near the border of upstate New York, reported that it was normal for the smaller children to go street on Halloween between 6 and 7 p.m., visiting shops and neighbors to be rewarded with nuts and candies for their rhymes and songs.

Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced Halloween in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.

So if you are one of the many families who participate in the modern day “trick-or-treating” or festive Halloween parties and find yourself overwhelmed with sugar highs and an abundance of candy, there is another option for you other than eating it all or throwing it away. Halloween Candy Buyback (www.halloweencandybuyback.com) will ship your extra goodies to our active U.S. Troops. You can send your candy overages (or new bagged candy) to: Operation Gratitude / CA Army National Guard, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406, Attn: Angel Cue Vas. Please be sure to send any donations by mid-November.

However, if you do decide to partake in the Halloween treats, just know not all candy is equal. There are a few types of candy that are deemed “healthier” choices because they are lower in sugar, fat, calories or have protein. So, if you want to splurge a little, without totally blowing it, choose a piece or two of the following: 3 Musketeers; York Peppermint Patty, Peeps Pumpkins; Tootsie Rolls, Peanut M&M’s; Jolly Ranchers; Charms Blow-Pops. (Yes, I know, I am very sad to not see Reese’s on the list as well.)

However you decide to spend your “All Hallows’ Eve”, we wish you a fun and safe evening. Oh, and one more note – don’t forget to set your clocks back 1 hour (fall back) this weekend and enjoy your extra hour of sleep!!!

Paula Jamieson

Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutritionist, Exercise Therapy Specialist

Bodyrich Fitness Company

770-330-2126 or email info@bodyrich.com

www.bodyrichfitness.com

 

 

 

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JILL – OUR SPOTLIGHT CLIENT OF THE WEEK

Jill has been coming to Bodyrich Fitness Company and working out with our trainer Lori Kannaley for just over a year now.  One of the goals that Jill had when she first started training with us was to someday do a 5K.  Well this past weekend Jill, along with her trainer Lori by her side, crossed the finish line of her very first 5K.

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Jill had set 3 goals for this 5K…

  1. Finish
  2. Not be the last person to cross the finish line
  3. Finish in under an hour

Well with hard work, heart and a little push from her trainer Lori, she succeeded in all three.  We are all so very proud of Jill and her hard work and this is what she had to say about Lori her trainer:

“I can’t thank you enough for the encouragement and help today to get me to the finish line!  5K Boom!  Looking forward to celebratory drinks later!  If anyone is looking for a great trainer, call Lori at Bodyrich Fitness Company!  She is one in a million and I am lucky to have her by my side coaching me along!”

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Whether you are training for your first 5K (or other distance race), looking to lose a few pounds, get strong and toned, fit into that special holiday dress or wedding gown or you just want to start living a more health conscious lifestyle, our trainers at Bodyrich want to help you reach your goals.  We are more than just a gym, we put the “personal” in personal training.  Contact us today for a free consultation and introductory workout!  Call or text us at 770-330-2126 or email info@bodyrich.com.  Also check out our website at http://www.bodyrichfitness.com/

Paula Jamieson

Bodyrich Fitness Company

Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Nutritionist/Exercise Therapy Specialist

FALL: WHY IT IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR FITNESS

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Without a doubt, fall is considered the best season of the year. Some might try to argue for spring, winter or summer, but in reality, nothing can compare to the cool, crisp air, bright, crunchy leaves and tasty seasonal treats of this festive season we call fall. Though it pretty obvious that in general fall is the best season, what you may have failed to realize, is that it also happens to be the best time of year for fitness. Why? Glad you asked…

You don’t have to get so sweaty. This especially applies to any type of outdoor workout. Cooler temps mean that going for a run doesn’t result in clothes that are completely saturated in sweat after only 2 minutes and the ability to maintain a body temperature that makes you feel like a normal human rather than an egg frying in a pan.

The gym crowd starts to thin out. Fall basically starts the holiday season. This means that people’s schedules are starting to fill up with plans that involve everything but going to the gym. This leads to more space and equipment for those who are dedicated to their fitness no matter what the time of year.

Two words: perfect weather. If you don’t care for the gym, well, there’s no better time of year to workout outside. Most places are getting a rest from extreme climates so outdoor exercise is possible and more importantly, enjoyable. It’s cool but not too cold, most days are sunny and clear and your exercise options are almost endless: from simply going for a walk, taking a hike, pumpkin or apple picking, raking leaves or attempting to navigate a corn maze, there are so many fun, out-of-the-ordinary ways to stay fit in the fall. Also, you can enjoy the changing scenery by hitting the beach or trails.

Halloween themed everything. Speaking of Halloween, fitness is definitely more fun in the fall thanks to themed events and races such as The Monster Dash, Sleepy Hallow Halloween 10K, The Great Zombie Run and other local events. It gives everyone the chance to run around dressed up in costume, even those who would otherwise be deemed “too old”.

Jumpstart your New Year’s Resolution. While everyone else will be making resolutions on New Year’s Eve, you will already have made significant progress. Start now and enjoy your success through the holidays instead of making plans to improve next year.

Make TV Count. Fall is also a popular time of year for TV fans since many networks debut new series, seasons and of course, football. Don’t let that couch suck you in completely – instead of downing an entire bowl of chips and salsa, get moving during commercial breaks with squats, lunges, planks and jumping jacks. Do a set or two during each commercial break and you’ll have a nice little workout session while rooting for your favorite team.

Spice it up.  This is the season of cinnamon and pumpkin. Yes, there are many “not so good for you” treats made of cinnamon and pumpkin but these two gems can be very healthy as well. Did you know that one teaspoon of cinnamon packs as many antioxidants as a half of cup of blueberries? It also helps to keep you feel fuller longer so stir it into coffee or tea, sprinkle it on oatmeal or toast and it can even can be mixed into chili and other savory dishes for a spicy twist. Pumpkin is full of beta-carotene and vitamin A (good for the eyes); great source of fiber, can help keep the elasticity in your skin and has more potassium than a banana. Add a couple of tablespoons of canned pumpkin into your oatmeal, make a yummy hummus or add fresh cubed pumpkin into your vegetable soup.

Perfect time to pull out your crock pot/slow cooker. Speaking of vegetable soup – fall is the perfect time for your slow cooker or crockpot to become your new best friend. Healthy recipes that allow you to prep in the morning (or night before) and come home to a ready-to-eat meal will not only help keep your fitness on track, it gives you more time in the evening for family or exercise as well. There are literally 1000’s of great, healthy recipe ideas online.

So get out there and take advantage of this wonderful time of year and like always, if you would like help reaching your fitness goals, call or text us at 770-330-2126 or email info@bodyrich.com.  Also check out our website at http://www.bodyrichfitness.com/

Paula Jamieson

Bodyrich Fitness Company

Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Nutritionist/Exercise Therapy Specialist

 

 

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: REAL PEOPLE, REAL RESULTS

I am absolutely so excited about this week’s blog post because it gives me a chance to brag about one of my clients.  Victoria Blount (Whitehead) found Bodyrich Fitness Company online and contacted us about personal training.  She came in for her initial consultation and free introductory workout, liked the studio and signed up originally for 6 sessions.

During Victoria’s consultation I asked what her main goals were and she informed me that she would be getting married the first week of September and she wanted to fit into her wedding gown as well as look amazing in it. She also wanted to tone up, get healthier overall and have energy.  She decided that to really jump-start her fitness routine coming 3 times a week to train would work best for her.  So from the middle of May through the end of August she did 3 – 30 minute sessions a week with me. Though her diet, nutrition and water intake, which were pretty good already, we discussed a few minor tweaks that she could do to get even better results.

Here are Victoria’s before and after results (after only 3 1/2 months) – 7 lbs. and 8 inches (overall) later:

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No crash diets, cleanses, pills, powders, drinks or starving.  She ate real food, had a cheat meal occasionally, and even went on 2 vacations during this 3 1/2 month period but just worked really hard with her trainer (me) and the results came.  As a matter of fact at her last fitting, not only did she fit into her wedding gown, her seamstress actually had to take it up some and as you can see, she definitely made a beautiful bride…

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Victoria has decided to continue to workout 2 days a week with me to maintain her muscle and strength and as you can see, she continues to get more toned and healthy. These are her 4 month results:

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“It wasn’t as hard as I thought. A lot of it is just staying active.  I didn’t have to change much of my diet…more baked or grilled chicken is what I did the most, no soft drinks – only water.  The workouts were just enough, not too hard but definitely not too easy.  The stuff I learned is easy to remember if I wanted to workout on my own.  I just needed someone to push me a little because I’m the person who won’t workout too hard if I am alone” ~ Victoria Blount

Whether you have a wedding, seasonal party, are training for your first race (5K – Ultra), have a medical condition that exercise would help, are post physical therapy or just want to jump-start or improve your current fitness and nutritional condition, we would love to help you reach your goals like we did for Victoria.  Contact us at 678-417-0880 ext. 8301 / info@bodyrich.com.  Also check out our website at http://www.bodyrichfitness.com/

Paula Jamieson

Bodyrich Fitness Company

Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Nutritionist/Exercise Therapy Specialist

PINK: THE COLOR OF THE MONTH

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October is the official start of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  You will begin to see pink ribbons everywhere from the grocery stores and gas stations to high-rise corporate offices and restaurants.

The first known use of a pink ribbon in association with breast cancer was in 1991. Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to breast cancer survivors who were participating in the NYC race for breast cancer. The following year, in 1992, the pink ribbon became the official symbol of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The color pink is considered feminine in modern Western countries and evokes traditional feminine gender roles: caring for people, being good and cooperative. The pink ribbon represents fear of breast cancer, hope for the future and charitable goodness of people and businesses who publicly support the breast cancer movement. While specifically representing breast cancer awareness, the pink ribbon is also a symbol of goodwill towards women in general. Buying, wearing, displaying or sponsoring pink ribbons signals that the person (or business) cares about women. With this said though, don’t let all of this pink and estrogen fool you…each year it is estimated that approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 of those men will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also be aware any changes and be in contact with their physicians as well.

While it is great that we have a month that gives people a little nudge and reminder to get checked, we really need to be thinking about our health year round. There are several healthy lifestyle things that you can do to help prevent your chances of getting breast cancer but also just be healthier all around. Controlling what you eat and drink and how active you are will help you decrease the risk of breast cancer. The Mayo Clinic suggests the following:

  • Limit alcohol to less than one drink a day
  • Maintain a healthy weight – there is a clear link between obesity and breast cancer. Breast cancer is linked to how much estrogen you are exposed to and excess fatty tissue is a source of circulating estrogen in your body
  • Add flaxseeds to your diet – flaxseed is high in phytoestrogen which is shown to actually decrease estrogen production and may inhibit the growth of breast cancer. You can add flaxseed into salads, oatmeal or yogurt.
  • Vitamin A may also have the ability to destroy or inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Some foods with high Vitamin A are – sweet potatoes, carrots, dark greens (kale/spinach), red peppers, tuna and mango
  • Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight – aim for a minimum 30 minutes 5 – 7 times a week
  • Hormone therapy – talk to your doctor about risks and benefits…long term treatment with estrogen-progestin combinations can increase the risk of breast cancer. If you must go on them, just remember the less time the better.
  • Early detection – Once you reach the age of 40, have an annual mammogram; also, don’t forget your monthly self-examinations – don’t wait until October to check yourself for changes – write yourself an appointment on your calendar and do it every single month

While nothing you do can guarantee that your life will be cancer-free, practicing healthy habits and consulting your doctor about extra measures you can take can drastically reduce your risk of this getting disease. If you need help with a nutrition and/or exercise regimen, we can help as well. Contact us at 678-417-0880 ext. 8301 /  info@bodyrich.com.  Also check out our website at http://www.bodyrichfitness.com/

Paula Jamieson

Bodyrich Fitness Company

Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Nutritionist/Exercise Therapy Specialist