Here's one of the recipes our 21-Day Challengers will be trying out this week.
Granola – Make it into bars or a cereal with whatever ingredients you like. When you make it yourself you’re probably taking in much less salt than in a store-bought bar and you’re generating less trash from wrappers which is great for the planet! Granola is also a good source of protein, particularly if you add nuts in the mix. The key here is to try a couple of different combinations until you find the consistency and flavors you like best.
The base formula:
Here are a few fun ways to work balance training into your regular workouts.
The push-up is an excellent, multi-muscle exercise that makes an efficient addition to any workout.
Think they're too hard for you? Not so!
Check out our video, and we'll help you find the push-up modification for you.
Shoes are great for protecting the soles of our feet, but they also allow us to forget about our toes, which is too bad because toes are so essential for balance!
Here's a quick routine to reconnect with your little piggies.
July's monthly challenge is to improve your standing long jump.
This move, also called the broad jump, is a measure of whole-body explosive power/coordination. Formerly an Olympic event (now eclipsed by the running long jump), this jump is a staple of fitness assessment tests for a variety of organizations including the NFL and the Air Force.
The current world record stands at 11 feet and 4.5 inches.
Let's beat it!
Hamstring tears are a common injury for soccer players, dancers, runners...really anyone who goes for a brisk dash. Try this quick workout supplement from The New York Times to bolster your hamstring confidence out on the field of life.
"After warming up, kneel on the ground, with a spotter securing your ankles. Then, as slowly and smoothly as possible, lean forward so that your chest approaches the ground. Use your hamstrings to put the brakes on your forward momentum until you can no longer resist gravity. Put out your arms at that point to stop your fall. Allow your chest to touch the ground, then push yourself upright to repeat the exercise."
"Week 1: 1 session; 10 repetitions
Week 2: 2 sessions; 12 repetitions each
Week 3: 3 sessions; 18 to 24 repetitions each
Week 4: 3 sessions; 24 to 30 repetitions each
Weeks 5: 10 – 3 sessions; 30 repetitions each (divided into 3 sets of 12, then 10, then 8 repetitions)
After 10 weeks, try to perform one weekly maintenance session of 30 repetitions."
Click here to see the full post by Gretchen Reynolds.
Here at the ShockYard, we strive to help our clients improve their health in all aspects of their lives. This goal, in addition to the desire to give back to our community, has led us to develop a series of Social Club events centered on active community service projects.
A wealth of scientific studies show that volunteering is good for your health. Many of them are reviewed in this article from the Corporation for National & Community Service. For example volunteering results in lower mortality rates, even after controlling for other demographic factors. Those who volunteer also report lower levels of depression as well as higher levels of happiness, life-satisfaction, self-esteem, a sense of control over life, and physical health.
In a new survey from the United Health Group, over 75% of people who volunteered in the past year reported that volunteering has made them feel healthier and lowered their stress levels, while approximately 95% said that volunteering improved their mood and enriched their sense of purpose in life.
At our first community service event, we will be cleaning paddocks, painting fences, and grooming horses at Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes Therapeutic Equestrian Program. The Horses for Heroes program helps veterans who are coping with PTSD by giving them a hands-on opportunity to communicate and connect with horses in a way that can help them to rebuild their relationships with family, friends, and society. Click here to learn more about this amazing program at their website. We will finish out the day with a short run around the property for those who are interested and still have energy to burn.
Come volunteer with us, and get back even more than you give!
Where: Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program in West Bridgewater
When: Saturday June, 28th 2-5PM
What to bring: Garden gloves, boots, clothes you don't mind paint on, hedge trimmers, paint brushes,
and running shoes (if joining for the run after)
Sign Up: Community Wild Hearts Service Day Facebook Event
Every good squat starts with a HIP HINGE.
A little bird says you should check out our Coaching Tip of the Week to learn more!
The burpee to hedgehog is a challenging multi-part plyometric move that's guaranteed to get your heart rate up!
Check out our Coaching Tip of the Week Video to see it in action!
Wondering how to spice up your plank routine? Check out our tip of the week to hear the basics of good plank form and see some fun variations on the classic exercise.