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The Ultimate Fusion of HIIT Cardio, Self-Defense, and Community

Fitness Kickboxing: The Ultimate Fusion of HIIT Cardio, Self-Defense, and Community

In today’s fast-paced world, finding a workout that not only challenges your body but also empowers your mind and spirit is invaluable. Fitness kickboxing emerges as a powerhouse among fitness routines, seamlessly blending the intensity of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) cardio with essential self-defense techniques. Yet, its benefits extend far beyond physical fitness, offering a holistic approach to overall well-being, stress reduction, confidence building, weight loss, and the formation of long-lasting connections within a supportive community. 1. The Power of HIIT Cardio in Kickboxing Fitness kickboxing is synonymous with high-intensity interval training (HIIT), a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. This method

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Give Your Child an Edge

Unlocking the Potential of Your 5 and 6-Year-Olds!

If you have a spirited 5 or 6-year-old at home, you know they’re bursting with energy, creativity, and curiosity. They’re at an age where they’re eager to learn and explore, making them perfect candidates for Martial Arts. However, it’s crucial to understand that their development is unique, and they need a program tailored specifically to their stage of growth. That’s where the internationally acclaimed 5-6 yrs old Program comes in! Understanding the Developmental Stages: Let’s take a closer look at the typical developmental stages of children aged 5 and 6: – Physical Development: At this age, they’re still learning to control their muscles. They may be wobbly when in constant motion and lack

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7 Ways to Sabotage your Metabolism

Your 2024 Goals with Fitness Kickboxing: 3 Tips for Success

In the pursuit of your 2024 fitness goals, incorporating fitness kickboxing into your routine can be a game-changer. Not only does it provide a dynamic and engaging workout, but it also offers a unique blend of physical and mental benefits that can empower you to stay motivated and disciplined. In this blog, we’ll explore three tips on how fitness kickboxing can contribute to your overall well-being and help you achieve your goals. 1. Discipline Through Martial Arts Practices:Fitness kickboxing is not just about throwing punches and kicks; it encompasses the principles of martial arts, emphasizing discipline and self-control. The structured nature of kickboxing training sessions helps instill a sense of discipline,

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Navigating a Fast-Paced World for Kids and Adults

Martial Arts in 2024: Navigating a Fast-Paced World for Kids and Adults

In the rapidly evolving landscape of 2024, where social media dominates our lives and the pace of living seems to accelerate daily, finding ways to ground ourselves, stay focused, and foster meaningful connections becomes increasingly vital. Martial Arts, an age-old practice, emerges as a beacon of balance and empowerment for both kids and adults in this dynamic era. 1. Physical and Mental Wellness in the Digital Age:The prevalence of smartphones and social media has led to a sedentary lifestyle and increased screen time for both children and adults. Martial Arts offers a holistic approach, promoting physical fitness alongside mental and emotional well-being. As we navigate the digital age, the importance of

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This formula will change the way you eat forever…

Perfect Plate Formula I’ve got a “hack” to share with you today that could be a game changer in your journey to healthier eating.  It’s NOT a new supplement, a superfood, or a fad diet. But it IS more effective – and healthier! – than all of those things.  Welcome to The Plate Perfect Formula! It will help you create a delicious, balanced meal every time you sit down to eat… WITHOUT the stress of counting every single calorie or fretting over portions.  All it takes is a dinner plate and this easy formula: 50% Veggies + 25% Starchy Carbs + 25% Protein + 1 Thumb of Healthy Fats = 100% Healthy

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6 Ways You’re Making it Harder to Reach your Goals

6 Ways You’re Making it Harder to Reach your Goals

This month we are all about making your healthy lifestyle EASIER … And one big way to do that is to get rid of the things that are blocking you from your goals. I’ve got a quick list of 6 things you can stop doing now … so you can start getting results NOW! Ready? Let’s go! 6 Ways You’re Making it Harder to Reach Your Goals Goals like shedding 20 pounds in a few weeks… or running a marathon within a couple of months can be daunting and discouraging. Instead, set smaller, realistic targets to fuel your long-term progress. If this is an area you struggle with, a coach can help. Plus,

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Give Your Child an Edge

Give Your Child an Edge

Programs for children are all around us. From day care centers to recreational sports and everything in between, options for parents to choose from are abounding. And although parents want what is best for their children, they often aren’t aware of the notable distinctions between the programs they are considering. To get the most out of any program, however, parents need to select one that is a “child development center.” These programs implement new, cutting-edge approaches that boost development in children. By making this choice, parents can be confident that they are giving their child a solid foundation for future success. The best way for parents to start finding a top-notch

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How many calories do you burn everyday?

How many calories do you burn everyday?

What if I told you there’s ONE number you need to pay attention to BEFORE you start counting calories, macros, or anything else?  For many of us, this number is a complete mystery. But once you figure it out, it’s a complete game-changer. Ready for it?  It’s your estimated TDEE – aka your Total Daily Energy Expenditure.  In everyday language, it’s how many calories you burn every day. No matter what your goals are, knowing this number can help you fine-tune your nutrition — and be more intentional with your choices. I’ve got a calculator you can use to figure out yours right now.  Here’s the link: https://mynutritioncalculator.com/mifflin-st-jeor-calculator  A little tip for using the calculator:

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7 Ways to Sabotage your Metabolism

7 Ways to Sabotage your Metabolism

Hey there, There are probably a few things in your life that you’d like to slow down…  But when it comes to your metabolism? Probably not. Unfortunately, there are plenty of sneaky ways we slow our metabolism down — here are 7 of the most common metabolism saboteurs: 1, You don’t eat enough Your body is smart! When you regularly eat less fuel than you burn, your body can make itself even more efficient by lowering how many calories it needs. This can happen if 1) you exercise a lot and don’t ramp up your food intake to match it; 2) you undereat every day, or 3) go on a lot of diets. Research shows

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Martial Arts Training over the SUMMER

Martial Arts Training over the SUMMER

Summer is here, and with it comes the time to relax, have fun, and enjoy the season. However, as the temperature heats up, many children and adults struggle to stay active and disciplined during their time off. This is where martial arts come into play. Whether you’re a child or an adult, martial arts can keep you fit and help you foster discipline during the summer months. Martial arts offer a range of benefits for people of all ages. For starters, they’re an excellent way to maintain your fitness level. Martial arts classes are intense workouts that help you burn calories and build strength. Through repeated exercise routines, you’ll burn off

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Safety Tips for Children over the SUMMER!

Safety Tips for Children over the SUMMER!

As a martial arts instructor, my number one priority is the safety of my students. And with summer here, it’s important that we take extra precautions to ensure the safety of kids who are now out of school. With this in mind, here are some tips that can help kids stay safe and active over the summer. 1. Stay vigilantTeach your child to always be aware of their surroundings, especially when they are in new environments. Encourage them to keep an eye out for anything that looks suspicious or out of place and to report it to a nearby adult or authority. 2. Learn self-defenseMartial arts classes are one of the

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SUMMER

SUMMER…What’s your plan?

Summer is a great time to be outside and soak up some Vitamin D while engaging in your favorite activities. But with outdoor celebrations come BBQs, dinners out and vacations, which may lead to some weight gain if you’re not careful. That’s why, as a women’s fitness trainer, I offer you these valuable tips to help you maintain your weight over the summer: 1. Stay hydrated Drinking enough water is crucial for maintaining a healthy weight. In fact, dehydration can lead to overeating as it can be mistaken for hunger. Aim to drink at least eight cups of water per day, more if you’re sweating a lot. Carry a water bottle

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What stands between you and your goals

What stands between you and your goals

We’re tackling a big topic: getting rid of what’s standing between you and your goals.  This could be what you put in your body (food) … what you focus on with your thoughts and beliefs … and anything else that’s cluttering up your fitness/health journey. The first step is probably the hardest … It’s getting REAL and identifying exactly what’s holding you back.  It’s a challenge because we can get into autopilot with our everyday life … and we don’t even notice what’s in our way! I have an exercise you can do to help. Grab your favorite pen and a journal – or open a Google doc – and start writing.(Pro tip:

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Most Common Confession

Can I let you in on a not-so-secret secret?  Almost everyone struggles with sticking to a healthy diet from time to time. Yes, even me. In fact, it seems like every day/week, a client (or potential client) confesses that it’s their #1 issue getting in the way of their health/fitness/goals. That’s why this month I’ll be sharing a lot of time-tested tips to make eating a healthy diet easier. Sound good? Good! The thing is, what you eat matters a lot… And, your eating habits can: Not to mention give you more energy, cut down on aches & pains, help you sleep better, and improve your workout performance and recovery. Pretty amazing. Here’s an easy

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The Power of teaching martial arts

The Power of teaching martial arts

“Instead of training children to meet the expectations of adults, train adults to meet the physical, intellectual, emotional and social developmental needs of children.” Melody Johnson (founder of the skillz program) There is an unmatched level of passion, heart and drive that motivates us to support, nurture and guide today’s youth. Whether on or beyond the mats, teaching the way in which children learn best is paramount to their success in not only their martial arts training but in academics, extracurricular activities and beyond! As a martial arts school, we believe in the power of play, learning and teaching with purpose. This is why we employ the concepts of teaching to

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The 10,000 step study

Hey there, Taken a walk today? If not, you may want to pay close attention to this. You might have heard that 10,000 steps is a MUST for optimal health… But new research shows that only 8,200 steps is enough to protect you from some of the most common chronic diseases!  In a recent 4-year review of over 6,000 FitBit users in the “All of Us” medical project, researchers found that just 8,200 steps can protect you against: That’s just 4 miles/6.4 km per day. Not only that, but researchers said the risk for most health problems continued to go down as the number of daily steps went up past the 8,200 mark.

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Stages of Development Ages 10+

Stages of Development Ages 10+

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss “You just don’t understand!” Oh but we do dear teen! The emotional and social roller coaster ride this stage of development brings about is not easily forgotten by any adult who remembers their journey through the middle and high school years. We have all been there! When you consider the amount of changes occurring in the teen body physically, intellectually and emotionally coupled with the unpredictable ebb and flow that inevitably arises in teens’ social life, it is no wonder that of ten times parents, teachers and coaches witness mood swings, irritability,

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No. 1 Goal-Killing Trap

You know I like to focus on the positive, right? Well, in this blog I’m going to tell you how NOT to reach your goals this year. Because there’s one big mistake you can make that can push you into a HUGE trap – and you’ll end up feeling frustrated, burned out, and like a quitter. Here’s how it happens: You set some HUGE goals for the New Year (yay!!!!). Starting NOW, you will finally get your you-know-what together. You’ll drink ALL the water … eat super-clean food (and journal every bite) … be extra active … go to bed early … and get up even EARLIER. But then a few

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3-STEP Excuse Buster

3-STEP Excuse Buster

Has this ever happened to you before?  You’re planning on making dinner after work … but as soon as it’s time to start cooking, you start to think: And you’re tempted to give in and hit the drive-through (or make the takeout call).  I get it!  By the end of the day, making dinner can seem like a LOT of effort in your head. BUT … before you let any of those excuses take hold, try this: Excuse Buster #1: Take back your power from the voice in your head.Acknowledge that YOU control your actions – not your fleeting thoughts or whims. The choices you make and the actions you take TODAY

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Martial Arts and the Brain

Martial Arts and the Brain

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss “You just don’t understand!” Oh but we do dear teen! The emotional and social roller coaster ride this stage of development brings about is not easily forgotten by any adult who remembers their journey through the middle and high school years. We have all been there! When you consider the amount of changes occurring in the teen body physically, intellectually and emotionally coupled with the unpredictable ebb and flow that inevitably arises in teens’ social life, it is no wonder that oftentimes parents, teachers and coaches witness mood swings, irritability,

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New Year New You Goals!

Welcome to 2022!  If you’re not already feeling FIRED UP for SUCCESS… this mini mindset exercise will help you get there. (And if you are, it will take it to the next level!) Chances are you’ve set quite a few goals in the past. Just the fact that you’re on my email list is a pretty good hint that you’re focused and goal-oriented. Well today, we’re going to crank that up a bit. What if this year, we expanded the idea of “goals” into something even BIGGER – a vision of SUCCESS. Think about what would make 2022 a successful year for you. What would you look back on in amazement, pride, and excitement? 

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The Seinfeld Strategy

Ready to finish out 2021 STRONG? I’ve got something a little different for you today but you know it has to be good because it’s straight from Jerry Seinfeld. It’s called “The Seinfeld Strategy”. And it’s the same exact method he used to pump out non-stop content for his TV show and for his stand-up acts. Here’s what’s really cool. We can use this same strategy to stay consistent with our fitness/health/nutrition also. Especially through the holiday season! How it works: The key is to set yourself up for success. Aiming for a 90-minute workout, 7 days/week isn’t going to be realistic for most people. But you know what is? MOVING

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How Attachment Styles Affect Classroom Behavior

How Attachment Styles Affect Classroom Behavior

All children have their own unique way of interacting with the world around them. And while much of this is contributed by their temperaments, the degree of emotional nurturing plays a significant role. This essential piece is how attachment is formed. The emotional bond between a child and their parent lays the foundation for how the child will relate to other people and environments they encounter throughout their lives. When we know how the type of attachment contributes to behaviors observed, we can then serve children in the classroom in a more effective way. Dr. John Bowlby, along with Dr. Mary Ainsworth, developed the Attachment Theory. They created the “attachment behavior

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Mindfulness and Sleep

Hello, again! Here’s a short and sweet blog post for y’all. I’ve been talking a lot about mindfulness over the past few weeks because of its effect on both your results and wellness … And I can’t NOT talk about its impact on your sleep. You probably already know that not getting enough sleep can affect your mood, appetite, focus, productivity, performance, health, and even your waistline. But get this! Mindfulness meditation has been shown to cut the wake time of people suffering from insomnia by up to 50%. How mind-blowing is that? Mindfulness meditation can be as simple as sitting quietly with your eyes closed for 5-10 minutes, focusing on your

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Adaptability

Adaptability

Adaptability is about how you respond to your child, especially when things do not go as planned.  Your child will have a variety of great days, bad days, and everything in between. Here are a few ways you can apply adaptability to your parenting and keep your child motivated: Intrinsic Motivation What do you do if your child does not want to do something? You can intrinsically motivate them by allowing them to make choices or small decisions.  Before I began using healthy competition to encourage my child to brush his teeth, I had to physically put the toothbrush in his mouth and brush for him.  I eventually realized that I had to adapt

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Why Mobility Matters (plus a couple bonus stretches)

One of our new clients was recently on a car trip with her family, headed to a theme park for a long weekend getaway. She had been planning it for months. She even put in extra time at work to get ahead, logging extra hours in front of the computer. Finally, they were on their way! They stopped at a restaurant for a quick lunch, and when she went to get out of the car … her entire body locked up. Her hips, low back, and legs did NOT want to move. She told me she ended up doing a slow shuffle across the parking lot. Her kids thought it was

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Connection

Connection

One of the most important things that you can do as a parent is establish a connection with your child. In fact, children need connection more than anything else. Here are a few ways that you can begin to build a great connection with your child: Daily Interactions: 1. Make one-on-one connections with your child. Instead of asking a question from across the room, take an extra 15 seconds to walk to your child, get down on their level, maybe tap their shoulder or touch their arm, and ask the question. Chances are they will engage right away (instead of ignoring you) and answer you because you have made that personal

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No Time = No Excuse

Boy, oh-boy! Here’s a little motivation for you today, I have a very short – but important! – message for you today. For some of you, it may be hard to hear. Here it is: Feeling like you don’t have time to exercise is NOT an excuse to skip your workouts… Because workouts are THAT important for your health! Your workouts are literally the Fountain of Youth for your cells. (Even older “aging” cells.) It doesn’t matter if it’s kickboxing, Forge personal training, or any of our martial arts classes; each one of these incorporates movement to our fitness which plays a huge role to our vitality! Among all the other benefits of exercise, short

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Body Positivity = Taking Care of Your Body

I want to talk about a “feel-good” topic that’s finally becoming a mainstream trend. It’s BODY POSITIVITY … which basically means loving your body right this very minute – without any ifs, ands, or buts. Because, frankly, your body is a miracle! It deserves your care and respect because it works so hard to support you each and every day. And one of the BEST things you can do to show your body that love and support is to MOVE it – regularly and intentionally. An added bonus is learning how to defend yourself while moving your body; two birds, one stone — right? When you exercise regularly, your body just plain

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Is Your Child Ready For School

Is Your Child Ready For School?

The past year and a half of school have been such a tumultuous ride. From school closures to virtual classes to partial reopening, it seems as if our children have experienced every out-of-the-norm scenario we could come up with. And although the goal was to keep them safe, children’s development took a significant hit. We’ve seen more significant emotional distress, poorer health choices, regression in cognitive momentum, and decreased social skills. So, as the new school year approaches, it is more important than ever to ensure that they are prepared for school in ways that cover all developmental areas. The idea of “school readiness” has always been mostly referenced when related to cognitive skills needed for

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The Secret to Develop Well-Rounded Athletes

Over the last year, sports programs have had shortened seasons, if any at all. Because of that, training time for athletes of all ages has dropped significantly. Now, with sports returning semi normal , young athletes are working hard to regain lost skills and recondition their bodies. The problem, however, is that lengthy breaks increase the risk of injury upon returning to training. In addition, when athletes specialize in a sport, they generally only train muscles for that sport. To be truly at the top of their game, young athletes should engage in training that develops all muscle groups through a system designed to meet their athletic and developmental needs. When

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Investing in Your Health Now Pays Off Later

Investing in Your Health Now Pays Off Later

This investment tip pays off This month we’re taking a deep dive into a BILLION-dollar topic. No, that is not a typo! It’s all about staying healthy as you age. This year, across the world people will spend $62 billion on anti-aging efforts. That’s one of those numbers that is so big, it’s hard to imagine, am I right? But imagine this: you don’t have to break the bank in order to be healthy at EVERY age. Your health & wellness is like your retirement account. The consistent investments you make NOW – by eating a healthy diet, working out regularly, taking care of your skin/eyes/teeth, not smoking, etc. – pay

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Rebuilding Emotional Skills During the Summer

Rebuilding Emotional Skills During the Summer.

Over the past year, children have faced many disturbances in their daily lives and interactions. These things have contributed to a lot of emotional imbalance and brought on or exacerbated feelings of sadness, fear, and anxiety. Since children are still developing abilities to regulate their strong and ever-changing emotions, they need assistance in strengthening these skills. Providing parents with resources to support their children is crucial. In addition, getting children involved in environments that support their emotional development will help fill the void and rebuild more positive feelings. The effects of isolation from family and friends have taken an emotional toll on everyone. But for children, the impact was more significant

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MARS Knockout Kickboxing; Physical, Mental and so much more!

We all know that exercise is good for the body. But what about boosting your mood, improving your sleep, and helping you deal with depression, anxiety, stress, and more? Exercise is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle size. Sure, exercise can improve your physical health and your physique, trim your waistline, improve your sex life, and even add years to your life. But that’s not what motivates most people to stay active. People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about

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Goal Setters are Goal Getters

With the new upcoming Lean and Mean 30 day challenge on the horizon, I put some serious thought into where I wanted to be in 30 days. Do I want to be in the same spot I am in now or do I want to set those goals and hit those goals. Most people would say the latter, I hope. I began to reflect on my eating, exercise, at home workout, stretching routine, you name it and to be quite honest it all felt a little overwhelming. Most people find themselves here. Thinking, “Where do I begin?” ” How do I get to the goal I am wanting?” and most people

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Why Senior Citizens Can Benefit From Martial Arts

As people grow older, they begin to find ways to be more productive and make use of their time. For senior citizens, in particular, they find that there is even more time they need to utilize and want to do so effectively. Many will go out and find other jobs while others will pursue hobbies and activities that they never could before retirement. Martial arts is one activity that many seniors should take advantage of in their pursuit of finding a participatory activity. There are many benefits associated with taking martial arts classes. Sustain Mental Health Growing older can be a wonderful thing as people become more experienced and wise in

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Protect Your Heart with Martial Arts

Every year, the American Heart Association celebrates Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and heart health. What you may not know is that martial arts are great for the heart. In fact, the cardiac benefits of martial arts give a whole new meaning to the idea of cardiovascular fitness. With that in mind, here are some ways that taking martial arts classes can protect and strengthen your heart. Martial Arts Raise the Heart Rate The first way that martial arts can help the heart is by raising your heart rate when you work out. The heart is a muscle and it needs to be worked. When you take a

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The Positive Effects of Martial Arts for a Child in School

Grade school can be quite the experience for any child. It is a place where a child not only learns academically but one where a child must learn to socialize and function in the world. Unfortunately, there are a lot of negative experiences that a child may have when going through school. Whatever those experiences may be, it would be a good idea to have a child participate in martial arts classes. Doing so will give them the tools they need to survive the school experience. The benefits associated with taking martial arts classes are essential for them to be able to have a positive experience in school. Helps them earn

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Crush Your Cravings!

Crush Your Cravings!

Fact: Nearly everyone experiences food cravings. Also fact: Many people feel like simply HAVING a craving means they don’t have discipline or are somehow “weak” when it comes to eating a healthy diet. Time to break that fast belief! Your body might be triggering cravings for a long list of reasons … and some of them even include helping to keep us alive!Discipline is overrated! What if I told you that relying on discipline to beat your food cravings is a BAD idea – especially if you’re having cravings every day or night? I mean, self-control is a good thing … but discipline? It can set you up for failure! Here’s

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Preparing Children to Return to School- A Physical Approach

Preparing Children to Return to School- A Physical Approach

We are currently faced with all sorts of unknowns most, of which, are completely out of our control. And while we cannot dictate how others choose to move forward, what we can do, as parents, is prepare our own families for what may lie ahead. Currently, the most pressing matter is preparing children to return to school. As school’s layout the various options that parents can choose from, the American Academy of Pediatrics is backing a return to brick and mortar. But jumping back into this option has some parents nervous for their child’s health so accurate preparation for physical safety is essential. Over the past few months, children have had

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Metabolism? How it Works for You!

Metabolism? How it Works for You!

Metabolism: What Is It? Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. During this process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function. Even when you’re at rest, your body needs energy for all its “hidden” functions, such as breathing, circulating blood, adjusting hormone levels, and growing and repairing cells. The number of calories your body uses to carry out these basic functions is known as your basal metabolic rate — what you might call metabolism. Several factors determine your individual basal metabolism, including: Energy needs for your body’s basic functions stay fairly

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Accepting Responsibility

Accepting Responsibility- Teaching Children to Avoid Blame Shifting

It is becoming more and more apparent that no one is to blame for everything that happens. So,if this is the case, how do we get ourselves in such turmoil if no one is responsible?Although this seems ridiculous, the use of “blame-shifting” has become the go-to way ofjustifying mistakes. When we have arguments or conflict with others, one of the majorcontributing factors that play into the inability for solutions to be reached easily is a lack of ownership of behavior. Children must be taught how to accept responsibility for their actions and feelings in any situation to lead a more productive life. Children are naturally going to test boundaries. Seeing how far they can push

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Super Charge your Child’s Development During The Summer

Super Charge your Child’s Development During The Summer

As the world continues its reopening efforts, more and more parents are headed back to work. And while this is a positive sign, it leaves parents with the task of finding their children a fun, yet safe, program to spend each day at. Since summer camps are unable to provide some of the usual daily activities due to the current restrictions, finding a program that has a creative approach to its curriculum is important. In addition, a program that can help propel children in a forward direction again when it comes to their overall development is essential. Normally children are now just beginning to feel the effects of the summer slide.

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Stretch: It’s A Must!

Stretch: It’s A Must!

If there’s one universal truth about stretching, it’s that we all should do it. Yet few of us actually do. It’s the part of a workout that most people tend to skip. It can make a difference in how your muscles respond to exercise. Stretching warms your muscles, and warm muscles are more pliant. Here are some good-to-know facts about stretching: Knowing exactly what to stretch and how can be confusing! So here are a few Beginner’s stretches to help out!

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Summer Brain Gains

Summer Brain Gains- Helping Children Prevent the Summer Slide

For years, parents and children have been faced with the dreaded summer slide, a time when the school year ends and summer learning loss begins. And as if it wasn’t detrimental enough in it’s own rights, this year the summer slide has been accelerated by the COVID slide and trauma related to the pandemic. The reality of this is that children’s cognitive performance has decreased earlier than usual. To counteract this, it’s essential that children have access to a summer program that fosters brain development while also keeping health and safety top of mind. For most children, actual learning of new information abruptly ended and school districts did their best to

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Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During this Pandemic

As the pandemic carries on, our coping skills are starting to unravel. For many people, this has become the ultimate emotional test. As we continue to maintain our distance from each other, not only have our social lives been halted, but our emotional support is wavering as well. And while we have been living this reality this for some time, it is not getting any easier. In fact, it is getting a bit harder, especially for children. In order to mitigate this emotional imbalance, it is important to put things into place to help them feel more stable. Understanding that feelings and responses to the same pandemic are going to vary

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Beat the Stress

Beat the Stress

Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses. Stress is a normal part of life. You can experience stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts. Even positive life changes such as a promotion, a mortgage, or the birth of a child produce stress. Chronic stress can wear down the body’s natural defenses, leading to a variety of physical symptoms, including the following: An important step in tackling stress is to realize when it is a problem for you and make a connection between the physical and emotional signs you are experiencing

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Good Health Starts With Gut Health

Good Health Starts With Gut Health

Good Health Starts With Gut Health Your workouts are connected to your sleep (recovery!) which is connected to your hunger (hormones!) which is connected to your stress (more hormones!) which is connected to your brain … well, you get the picture.    And connected to ALL of that (and your results!) is the health of your digestive tract and the trillions of organisms that live inside it.  Those bacteria help transform everything you eat into valuable micronutrients, hormones, neurotransmitters and more – to keep you healthy and thriving! It’s a brand-new area of research that we’re going to be hearing a lot more about in the future, and that’s why we

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Shifting into a New Normal Routine

The recent closures of schools and businesses are widespread and have led to major disruptions in the daily routines of families. Children are trying to adjust to doing school at home and parents are now trying to balance their new work from home life with their role as teacher to their children. To cope, it’s important for families to implement daily routines that incorporate school and work along with family time and hobbies. Humans are creatures of habit and when our everyday lives are disturbed, we become anxious. For children, this anxiety often leads to behavior problems which can create power struggles and difficulty completing schoolwork. To help ease these challenges,

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT KICKBOXING

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT KICKBOXING

How many people are in a group class? Classes vary and will range between 8-25 people. The larger the class, the more instructors to help out! Will there be other beginners in my class? Absolutely. There are always beginners in class. Plus, the advanced students are always eager to help you learn along the way. Will you help me with my nutritional habits? Yes! We believe that nutrition is a key part in your progress and overall health. We educate you along the way with nutritional tips via class, emails and our members group. You can join us for our monthly challenges which are more in depth in nutrition and personal

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Bilateral Coordination on Physical and Cognitive Skills

The Importance of Bilateral Coordination on Physical and Cognitive Skills

The development of a child can be one of the most fascinating things to watch unfold. From infants mirroring movements to toddlers and children mastering high level developmental skills, the growth they experience in a short time is astounding. And while all skills are important for children to master, bilateral coordination is an important prerequisite for development of a variety of motor and cognitive skills. Bilateral coordination is the ability to synchronize both sides of the body in a controlled manner. An important aspect of this is “crossing the midline.” This is a spontaneous movement and involves being able to cross an imaginary line that runs down the center of the

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Benefits of Kickboxing

Benefits of Kickboxing!

Kickboxing is a combination of boxing, martial arts, and aerobics that requires little to no equipment. Not only are your chances of getting bored slim to none, but there are several health benefits you can gain from kickboxing.  You can expect everything from body weight exercises, resistance training, cardio kickboxing, to a fun energizing environment! High Calorie BurnOn average, you can burn anywhere between 300–800 calories during a 45-minute kickboxing session with also continuing to burn calories for up to 24-48 hours after a class! Cardiovascular HealthKickboxing is a great cardio workout and sure to get your heart racing. Classes are designed to improve blood circulation, cardiovascular strength, and endurance one

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NEW Curriculum and keep CURRENT Rank

Can My Child Transfer to a NEW Curriculum and keep CURRENT Rank?

For many people, martial arts is one unified style, which they call “karate,” and includes learning a variety of self-defense moves. When students decide to change martial arts schools, they are often told they must “start over” at white belt. And while it is important for a student to learn all lower rank information of a new style, it’s less frustrating when they can merge into the new system without feeling that their previous training has been for nothing. Martial arts classes are typically technique-based training systems where everyone, no matter the age, learns the same things. The students are taught the information required for testing and then progress to the

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Sugar Detox

Sugar Detox

➡ What’s sweet, sneaky, and pretty much hiding everywhere in our food? ANSWER: It’s ADDED SUGAR! And it’s not helping you achieve your health & wellness goals. It affects your hormones, your energy, your mood, and even your waistline! Plus, if you’ve ever tried to cut back before, you know it can be a real challenge! Not only can cutting out added sugar cause cravings … but it can leave you feeling tired, moody, and blah. That’s EXACTLY why I created my brand new 5-Day Sugar Detox! It’s a FREE 5-DAY MINI-CHALLENGE to help you eliminate those pesky added sugars from your diet. ⚡Download your free copy of it RIGHT NOW! Not

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Peer Mentoring Creates Tomorrow’s Leaders

How Near – Peer Mentoring Creates Tomorrow’s Leaders

Mentoring has been around for many years and has shown to have many positive outcomes for all participants. In Our Martial Arts, the mentoring program that is implemented is called the STORM Team, or Special Team of Role Models. This is a“near-peer” type mentoring program that is very structured and incorporates a full curriculum and training system. The members are hand-chosen by their instructors and the process and outcomes of this ear-peer mentoring approach benefit both mentees and mentors. Although mentoring is not a new topic, near-peer mentoring provides a new variation to this timeless approach. This method of mentoring involves people that are closer in age, although the mentor is

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