Earth Day should act as a reminder of how important Mother Earth is to our present as well as our future. Don’t just be kind to her today — make an effort to better the world around us as often as possible! Earthday.org is a great place to start if you don’t already know about events, festivals and marches planned in your area. You can also find out about environmental news, campaigns centered on what’s happening in our schools, with endangered species, with reforestation, and how to get your city to “go green.” The site even has a downloadable toolkit so you can organize an Earth Day event in your own community! But for those of us unable to organize a huge event , here are ways you can give back on April 22nd to the amazing planet we call home:
Just when you thought you couldn’t celebrate another important month, March comes out of the gate screaming “nutrition” and “eat right!” The National Nutrition campaign began as a weeklong celebration in 1973, complete with a presidential proclamation, TV and radio ads, and bumper stickers sporting the slogan “Invest in Yourself—Buy Nutrition.”
With IHRSA and FIBO on the horizon, members of the SportsArt team — and many others in the fitness industry — are about to travel a lot! Whether you’re on a business trip or taking a well-earned vacation, it’s important to find ways to stay healthy even when you’re away from home. Here are some tips from our blogger Nicole on how to make sure your fitness plan is consistent no matter where you are.
The pinnacle of the NFL football season, Super Bowl 51, has come and gone with the New England Patriots as the victors once again after an exciting match against the Atlanta Falcons. Now offseason has officially begun! But although it may be called “off,” but the boys are definitely not taking any kind of break. Training in the offseason is just as important during this time as any other, if not more so. After all, the players from the Falcons and the Patriots didn’t get to this Super Bowl by sitting around drinking beer and watching basketball! Here are a few resources on what teams have done to get stronger than the year before, and great tips on how to stay in shape the way the pros do:
Upon moving to its new location in Mukilteo, SportsArt America announced a pet-friendly office policy that encouraged employees to bring their dogs into work with them. The results? A boost in morale and even the personal health of their owners. But don’t take it from us: here’s what one pooch in particular has to say on the matter.
Whether you prefer to run amid beautiful scenery (OK, who doesn’t?), on a challenging trail, or with the occasional moose or bear crossing your path, we’ve narrowed down a few exceptional places to get your run on from sea to shining sea.
In order to get big, you have to eat big. Yep, you read that right. Eat. More. Food. There is no pill, powder or magic shake that will help you add bulk to your brawn. In fact, most trainers and bodybuilders out there would say that they’d rather miss a day of training than miss a meal. Muscle building is just as much about what you do with your body as it is what you put in your body, which means you have to be 100% committed to both a workout plan and a nutritional plan full of protein. So get a plate and fork ready, and take a stab at a few of these muscle morphing foods
I’ve been running most of my life, but with more sincerity about the sport since age 20. At 44 years old, I have noticed a definite decline in my stamina and, therefore, a decline in my desire to keep running as a part of my exercise regimen. It was once possible for me to run a marathon with only six months of training under my belt. Now, if I decided to run one, I’d have to start training about two years out. Getting old sucks. However, at different periods throughout life, runners have to adjust their nutritional intake to match their body’s needs to keep up endurance and speed. Everybody is different, of course, but here are the food fundamentals of keeping up with the runners in your pack. Adjust accordingly, and run on.
As a full-time working mother of a very active 3-year-old, I’m lucky to set aside two minutes each day to brush my teeth, never mind 30 minutes to exercise. That is, until one day, I heard my son say “mommy, watch this,” as he bent over into what appeared to be a downward-dog position. I don’t know where he came up with that because he’s never been to a yoga class, but I realized that the possibility of the two of us exercising together as a family had just become very real. I grabbed a mat, popped in a yoga DVD and we had our very first yoga session right there in the living room. He was happy learning new positions in which to twist his little body, and I was happy that we were spending quality time together while I finally got the chance to exercise. Yoga is just one way to enjoy exercise with your kids as you teach them about the importance of fitness. Here are a few other ways to turn family fun time into family fit time:
“There can be life after breast cancer. The prerequisite is early detection.” –Ann Jillian Aside from autumn colors and crisp mornings, October means the pink ribbons come out again for what’s known worldwide as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This international health campaign was founded in 1985 to promote awareness and prevention, and to raise money for research, treatments and hopefully someday a cure. During the past 30 years, a vast array of activities and events have sprouted up including walks, runs and some of the most recognizable buildings and monuments illuminated in pink lights for the month. There’s a lot going on this month in the fight for the cure, here’s what’s not to miss.