Hurricane Irma

wave-1913559__340As we prepare for Hurricane Irma fast approaching our shores, let us work together to help each other. Not everyone is watching the news so send out reminders to people you know to help them get ready.

Water is so important. Remind your friends and colleagues to store water and stay hydrated. Fill up bottles from the tap and put them into your freezer for later use. (These will also keep your freezer cold longer). Fill bags with ice and be ready with a cooler to move a few refrigerator items to the cooler in case we lose power for a few hors or a day or two.

Check your cabinets for healthy staples that can be eaten without cooking in case of power failures. Some choices might be nuts, protein bars, fruits that don’t need refrigeration such as apples and grapes, etc.

Make lists of things that are important to you in case you might have to evacuate. Gather important documents such as passports, drivers licenses, credit cars, bank info., insurance papers and place these papers in a plastic to go bag just in case. If you have pets, plan for their needs and for them to travel also if necessary.

Let your close friends know what your plans are and reach out to your neighbors as well. We have to take care of each other especially in emergency situations.

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Carving out reflection time for yourself

We are moving every day at an incredibly fast pace and the momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all. Our daily lives are filled with expected tasks and duties and the unexpected also seems to be waiting, ready to jump in, when we least anticipate it. So, when is there time to reflect for ourselves on what we are experiencing? How do we carve out the time to spend some introspective moments to help us learn and grow from our experiences?

Everyone is different. I know of some that have the discipline to get up earlier than the rest of their household so they can have time to think over their first cup of coffee or tea in the morning. This is not something I have been able to do since my mornings can start as early as 5am.

Some people find their sense of inner peace and reflection during an early morning workout of a solitary run or swim. The day is just beginning and the repetitive movements of running or swimming can help to focus the mind away from the daily stuff that clouds our heads. Outdoors we can look upwards and outward towards the larger picture of our dreams and goals for today and the future.

Others are able to use Yoga or silent meditation to find their inner peace even in the midst of a busy day. Calming the mind and focusing the body to become aware of themselves as the world continues to move ahead. The individual can pause in an inner reflection time to view his/ her place and put it in perspective.

Recording your thoughts on this search for living in the moment can be used as a journaling experience for yourself or to share. In our self-reflections, it is important to remember who we are and where we have been. Our present self is reflective of all of our life’s experiences, good and bad. When we review our own history over the past months and years, we can teach ourselves the lessons learned and move ahead growing stronger.

Take a moment today, to spend your time in reflection. Whether you chose to spend your time journaling, meditating, exercising, etc. make sure the time you take is just for you. Give yourself the gift of peace.

 

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Inspiring others: An Instructor’s Blog

As we move about the routine of our lives, it becomes easier to follow the daily pattern we have set up for ourselves. Even if our days are slightly different from the day before, our patterns of work are fairly stable and consistent. This can be both good and bad for us as people. We reduce stress in following a set routine but we also avoid opportunities that might allow us to stretch ourselves as people in our lives and careers.

Opportunities do not always come looking for you; you have to start actively looking for them. Perhaps you have been approached to teach a new fitness class. Of course you can prepare to do a class but what can you do differently to make this a unique class? If it’s a Yoga class, do you have music that is appropriate for the group and time frame of the class? Perhaps you might use an essential oil diffuser to add an aroma of relaxation to the class. Little things but reasons for student to want to return to your class again.

If you teach a Zumba class, do you ask about the kinds of music that the class enjoys? Depending on the audience, people react to music they can easily move to and appreciate a practiced instructor who knows how to cue well. Instructors are looked upon to lead in a way that makes the class fun for everyone. How can you make this a unique class?

Perhaps someone you work with may ask you to do a presentation or short speech. Look at this not as a problem but an opportunity to try a different approach to reaching out to people. Most successful public speakers have started in a small group setting. When you are asked to present, remember to find out the particulars such as the setting, audience, and topic. An outline will help to organize your thoughts and help you stay on topic.

Small steps move us forward out of our comfort zones into new experiences. Be open to opportunities that arise and look at your routine in a new light. Make every day an opportunity to look for new ways to be challenged.

Heat Tips

 

As Spring approaches and warmer weather makes its return, what can we do to protect ourselves from heat related illnesses while exercising outdoors? Illnesses like heat exhaustion and heatstroke are easily preventable. Outlined below you will find some tips to keep you safe and healthy as the weather heats up.

  • Wear loose, lightweight, light colored clothing – Light colors don’t trap heat from the sun’s rays like darker colors do, and wearing clothes that move and breathe allows heat to escape through your skin.
  • Stay hydrated – You’ve got to drink LOTS of fluids, to replace those you lose sweating. Drinking 8 oz of water every 15 minutes while exercising is recommended in a heated environment.
  • Wear a hat and/or sunscreen – Makes sense, right? Just by reducing the amount of sun that reaches your skin, you keep yourself cooler. And if you’ve ever had a bad sunburn, you know it only makes the heat feel hotter. On top of the fact that you’ll be reducing your risk of skin cancer. Added perk!
  • Seek out shade – Just avoid being directly in the sun if at all possible. The air temperature will feel as much as 15 degrees cooler in the shade.
  • Allow time for your body to acclimate to the heat – It can take as long as 2 weeks for your body to completely acclimate to exercising in a heated environment. Consider reducing your exercise intensity and duration if you are just beginning to exercise in the warmer temperatures.

Above all, just listen to your body. If you start to feel any symptoms of nausea, dizziness, fatigue and/or shortness of breath, stop exercising immediately and ask for help. If recognized early enough, moving to a cooled area and drinking water will usually get rid of any symptoms of heat illness. Happy exercising everybody! Stay safe out there!

-by Savannah Swafford, METFitness Coordinator

Let’s Take It Outside

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It is the best time of year to get outdoors here in Florida! Spring is here and things are starting to get warmer as we move into Summer. This phrase does not always bring to mind the thought of exercise but that’s because you might be looking at it the wrong way. Depending on what you like, exercise outdoors can be truly rewarding. It can help decrease stress and increase motivation. Just pick something you really like to do so you can look forward to doing it. Here are some possible suggestions:

Walk – call a friend in your neighborhood to go for a walk. Catch up on the local news and share a laugh as you spend some time outdoors enjoying the wonderful weather we have here in Florida this time of year.

Bike – Dust off those pedals of your bicycle sitting in the garage and go find an adventure. Bike to a lake or park and see what others are up to. You might get more ideas on your travels. Stationary bikes are great too if you join a class indoors where you can get motivated.

Play a Friendly Game- There’s lot of things to do right where you live! There’s basketball courts and tennis courts right here for you, this is the best time to get outdoors and enjoy the awesome Florida weather we brag about.

Swim- Looking for something low-impact and easy on the joints? Go for a swim or take your workout to the pool with Aqua Fitness.

Yoga – if you want to work out with a little more control, perhaps a yoga session in your community will give you the relaxation and enjoyment you are looking for. It’s always more fun if you ask someone you know to join you! METFitness has Yoga every Thursday evening at 6pm at B Resort and Spa in Orlando. Check out our website for more information on joining us for classes here! http://www.metfitnessflorida.com

Whatever you decide to do, put the idea of fun at the front of your plan, and do something that you will look forward to doing. Remember the child in you and get out of your house and have fun!

Summer Aqua Fitness in Florida

Winter Garden Returns with Metfitness this Summer!

Aqua Fitness and Aqua Zumba will be returning to the Winter Garden schedule starting May 13th for the entire summer! Stay tuned for more details and the full 2017 summer class schedule.

 

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Interested in becoming an instructor?

 

METFitness will be having an Aqua Fitness Training that is open to all fitness professionals in the Orlando area! For more details about the training, or if you are interested in teaching classes with us, please email us on our contact page at:

http://www.metfitnessflorida.com/contact

New Yoga classes at B Resort in Orlando

 

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METFitness is excited to be offering Yoga classes to the public starting Thursday, March 16th at 6pm at B Resort and Spa located at 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd in Orlando, Florida. We would love to see you there!

Please join us for this new Thursday class with Fabiola, our 500 hour Certified instructor. If you have always wanted to try a class with Metfitness, this is the time. Class is $17/drop in rate. Stay tuned for more info soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Garden Returns with Metfitness this Summer!

Aqua Fitness and Aqua Zumba will be returning to the Winter Garden schedule starting May 13th for the entire summer! Stay tuned for more details and the full 2017 summer class schedule.

 

 

Interested in becoming an instructor?

 

METFitness will be having an Aqua Fitness Training that is open to all fitness professionals in the Orlando area! For more details about the training, or if you are interested in teaching classes with us, please email us on our contact page at:

http://www.metfitnessflorida.com/contact