Simon Family JCC Blog

5 ways to help your heart

We’ve all heard the ways to fight heart disease; from eating heart healthy to knowing your family history. These facts are everywhere & not adhering to them can be deadly. Even with those sobering outcomes, one in three people in the U.S. remain within an obese weight range. What keeps us from practicing better heart…

EXERCISE OF THE MONTH: Traveling Pushups on BOSU Ball

PRIMARY MUSCLE USED: Core, Pectorals, Deltoids & Triceps BENEFITS: Endurance & strength, prone dynamic balance, core & shoulder stabilization HOW TO: Kneel on floor or mat/padded surface. Place left hand on the floor next to the BOSU & fully extend the arm. Place the right hand in the middle of the BOSU with the elbow…

New Year, New Challenges

Let me guess – you want to lose weight or simply eat healthier in 2014. You’re not alone, as this is the most common resolution in the U.S. Despite our good intentions, research suggests that just 8% of us are able to achieve our New Year’s resolutions. That’s a 92% failure rate! I would argue…

BRAIN FUEL: Eating to Support Brain Function

By Jane McIntosh, MA, CNS Research continues to show that adding specific foods to your diet can help support brain function, memory and cognitive skills. Who wouldn’t want that? The Journal of Neurology recently found that the Mediterranean Diet may reduce small-vessel damage to the brain. Try these healthy tips from the Mediterranean Diet for…

Exercise of the Month: Step-Up: High Knee to Rear Lunge

Step-Up: High Knee to Rear Lunge Primary Movers: Glutes, Quadriceps, Core Benefits: Power How to: • Stand with right foot placed firmly on a step/bench, knee bent. Stretch left leg back into a lunge position. • Lift arms straight overhead. • In one motion, pull left knee up and arms down, contracting core. • Reach…

Muscle Memory!

What is muscle memory? It’s your body’s ability to turn a skilled movement from conscious to unconscious. This process decreases the need for attention and creates maximum efficiency within the motor and memory systems. Think about the first time you threw a ball. Your movement patterns were probably awkward and uncoordinated. But throw, after throw,…