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Sep 10

Xportify Gym Everywhere, Earn Anytime – The First WEB 3.0 AR Fitness APP – PR Newswire

SAN BRUNO, Calif., Sept. 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- What is Xportify?

Introducing Xportify, a Web 3.0 gaming application for workout, socializing, and earning at once. Combing with the cutting-edge technology in AR, motion capture, and immersive gameplay, Xportify redefines exercise from repeating actions into interactive experiences with amusement and pleasure with new and known friends.

Starting with 6 engaging interactive games, the platform is developing provocative gameplay with the simplest set-up, all you need is a mobile device with a functional camera and a small area. Or you could always enjoy a better experience and share your joy with others when you project the screen to a TV or projector.

People usually think they need a large space for workout, but in Xportify, it's another case. Xportify understands what our user needs: Earn Anytime, Gym Everywhere. All the gameplays and workout routines are intentionally designed to be operated in obstacle-free closed space of approximately 3 x 3 m. On any occasion there is enough lighting, you could turn any indoor or outdoor spot into your instant gym room.

Building your workout habit with Xportify

Building up a habit is not easy; experts say it takes 21 days to develop a habit. But Xportify tells you it only takes 2 minutes to get accustomed to our gameplay or may take even shorter to addicted to it. We've strived our best to blur the line between intensive workouts with exciting gameplay. Games and levels are designed to suit the needs of different users, from novice beginners to those who have built up their reflexes, speeds, and muscles. Each level is carefully arranged for the enjoyable challenge at the same time matching with the spiral curriculum for muscle development and advancement of cardio-pulmonary function. Different training modes are developed for users' preferences over leisure, bodybuilding, or fat burning. The users could input their height and weight for BMI calculation and use the dashboard to track down their improvement, and thus have records and histories over their improvement and reclaim rewards based on that reference.

Meet more people than the gym club in your local blocks

Some people enjoy sweating by themselves, in solo mode, you could always enjoy your privacy with selected avatars and keep your index yourself. While Xportify allows you to evade augmented reality obstacles with friends, send glowing UFOs to your opponents, and track your progress with peers in your virtual gymnasium. Co-op gameplay allows players to team up with each other, you could make an appointment with your known friends in reality and pair up for challenges. Built-in calendar and reservation systems could appointments with different friends and you could mark down the time slot that you are available for matching new friends. Thus, in case your friends are occupied, you could always use our matching system to make new friends and start a co-op or versus gameplay. Always remember to send a compliment to your opponents after a good game or send invitations to them to join your friend list and ask them to join your virtual gymnasium and participate in bi-monthly challenges to reach the top ranking of the leaderboard and share rewards with your community.

Rewarding with CALtoken

Burning up your calories does not only reward you with better shape and a healthier body, there are more reasons to remind you to keep a good habit. Each CALtoken you gained through a level you completed in solo mode, defeating your opponents in competitions, or when the virtual gymnasium you belonged has ranked the top pier in the league. These CALToken would be your affidavit in the Web 3.0 platform for trading wearable NFTs, shopping coupons and meeting up experience which works in the Sportaverse as well as in the reality. A paid user could trade with those who stored stocks ofCALToken by a transaction of other cryptocurrencies. Of those who are eager to contribute to the community with continuous contributions could be rewarded with real dollars.

Or, you could earn even more, by expanding the platform.

Expanding Sportaverse

In our Sportaverse, everyone could gym to earn, and talents could CREATE to EARN in our developers' lab. The interactive workout experience is built with combinations of 3D assets, music, level set-up, and immersive gameplay design. Creators are welcome to submit their works and turn them into NFT assets to expand the Sportaverse for CALToken. Just let us know what is your talent and you would be rewarded. A hip-hop dancing music composed with strong beats? Rewarded! A fashionable, stylish 3D sneakers with a meme on it? Rewarded! New gameplay idea combining light saber, kick-boxing, and dancing? Rewarded! Experts in personal training who came up with an idea or better way for interactive training? Rewarded. It's just fair, in reality, you help people burn calories, you got paid, and the same rule applies in our Sportaverse as well.

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Sep 10

The Art and Science of Fitness | Is resistance training bad for kids? – Hindustan Times

The reaction of most doctors, when asked about resistance training in children, is to frown and discourage them from doing it. Apparently, resistance training is unsafe for them, stunts bone growth, makes girls bulky, and is not needed for non-athletes. But is that so?

However, this response is wrong and unacceptable because, as health care professionals, the buck on such topics stops with us. Some could argue that doctors are meant only to focus on illness and sickness, and not on promoting good health among the non-sick. But then, prevention doesnt sell, even though it's an important component of health care. Doctors need to stop behaving like the policemen who wait for you to jump the traffic signal so they can give you a fine, and should rather be at the traffic signal only to prevent such actions by us.

It will surprise you that the role of resistance training in children and young people is mentioned in the opening of the 2022 edition of Harrisons Principles of Internal Medicine, a gold standard textbook of medicine that doctors the world over are familiar with. It mentions, in no unclear terms, that children from the age of six should be doing muscle-strengthening physical activities, which includes resistance training, at least three days a week. This should be combined with about an hour of aerobic exercise daily. Unfortunately, less than 20% of European adolescents and less than 5% of Colombian adolescents meet these recommendations.

Of course, some health situations need consultations from my medical colleagues before getting started. But for that, they need to understand the role of resistance training. Nowadays, doctors are becoming more aware of the importance of this form of training.

The biggest misconception is that resistance training is limited to lifting weights and dumbbells. It is not. Different kinds of body weight movements can be put into action from a young age, in a play format, encouraging children to be active throughout the day.

Another big myth is that girls get bulkier with this training. However, strength gained by resistance training in children is mostly due to neuromuscular adaptations, ie more nerve cells are activated that are part of the pathway along which impulses pass from the brain or spinal cord to the muscle. And contrary to popular belief, resistance training does not reduce aerobic performance, because it helps strengthen our muscles that in turn helps move our joints and thereby makes us better at endurance sports.

Of course, there is bodybuilding, where weight lifting is done with the specific goal of increasing muscle size, symmetry, and definition. And then there is powerlifting, a competitive sport that involves maximum lifting ability. We arent recommending bodybuilding or powerlifting for children and adolescents, unless they want to compete.

The very first resistance training that we all do is when we take that first gasp of air, without which we wouldnt be alive. Our lungs need to expand against the surrounding environment to let the air in. Thats exactly what happens when infants cry right after being born. And if they arent crying, the midwife goes ahead with the very first corporal punishment: The child is to receive slams on the backside, and more often than not, the baby sucks in the air before letting it out along with a very high pitch note that would put even the best of opera singers to shame.

Soon after that first breath, there are new resistance training milestones that babies accomplish. In the very first month, while being on the tummy, babies lift their heads. In the second month, they can hold their heads and lift both their heads and shoulders. Later, they may be able to bring their hands and some, even get their feet to their mouths. And by the third month, some major landmarks are reached: Babies can proudly hold their heads steady as they start to do a cycle-like movement with their hands and feet. And more importantly, when on their tummies, they do their first push-ups. And for some reason as adults, we struggle to do this basic movement.

Paediatricians and parents get excited about all these milestones, but surprisingly, when it comes to children doing resistance training, they become the biggest resistance. All these movements are resistance exercises because the baby is resisting gravity and moving against it, which is crucial for healthy growth and development.

Resistance training is often suggested to be held back till teenage years or after school, but that is illogical. When children can follow instructions, they are ready to get on safely by doing resistance training, which most children are all set for by 5-7 years. Having already been encouraged to be active, all new movements in resistance training come naturally to them. When instructions are followed and resistance training sessions are done under supervision, it not only markedly reduces the chances of injuries while exercising, but also prevents injuries from happening while playing sport at any level.

Children who engage in resistance training have fewer chances of suffering from neck, back, and knee pains that many of their parents are probably experiencing. Also, as we age, for quality of life, strength is far more important even though walking, or nowadays running, is treated like the only thing thats needed to get fit.

The benefits of resistance training during childhood and adolescence are not only limited to obvious muscular fitness and improving fundamental movements, but it also makes bones stronger. And no, it doesnt stunt height one of the biggest myths. It also improves cardiac and metabolic health, making the childs body more fuel efficient and increasing metabolic rate, which further keeps the body weight under check and reduces the risk of sports injuries. All this helps them to perform at their optimum level and as the posture improves, they become a lot more confident for life, hence, not only important for athletes but all the children out there.

When resistance training is not done, the gap between the weaker and stronger children widens. Here Ive built a case for why resistance training is important and safe for children and adolescents. Next week, Ill discuss how one should go about it.

Keep miling and smiling.

Dr Rajat Chauhan is the author of MoveMint Medicine: Your Journey to Peak Health and La Ultra: cOuch to 5, 11 & 22 kms in 100 days

He writes a weekly column, exclusively for HT Premium readers, that breaks down the science of movement and exercise.

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Sep 10

Safe Fun-Fit at the Bayfront Will Offer Fitness Classes and Walk with a Doc at Heritage Park – Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX This Saturday, September 10, the Safe Fun-Fit at the Bayfront program will be held at Heritage Park at 1581 N. Chaparral Street.

The Walk with a Doc will be offered at 8:00 a.m. This doctor-led group is a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health and make new friends. The event is FREE and open to everyone! Future walks will be held on the 2nd Saturday of every month. On September 10, Dr. Matt Bayazitoglu will present information about the benefits of walking for adults. Dr. Maria Narcise will adjust the presentation about the same topic for the childrens walk. Register for this event today!

You can also join us for a FREE fitness class from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Sign up for the Back to Basics Fitness, Yoga, or Zumba class.

Our community partner, H-E-B, will provide fruit and water for all participants.

In coordination with Victor Betancourt of VFit Productions and the Citys Parks & Recreation Department, the City will offer Safe Fun-Fit at the Bayfront exercise and wellness events for ages eight and older with abilities and skill levels on Saturdays. The class schedule is available online.

Register online today for the fitness classes at Class sessions are limited to 30 participants. Bring your own yoga mat and water, as appropriate for the workout. All participants receive a punch card to record each Saturday attended. A completed punch card is eligible for a prize!

The public is also invited to provide feedback and suggestions on Safe Fun-Fit at the Bayfront by participating in the short online survey, open now through September 30, 2022.

Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request and in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For assistance or to request reasonable accommodation, please call 361-826-3460 in advance.

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Sep 2

Planet Fitness to leave Northgate Mall, move to north Lafayette shopping center – The Advocate

The Planet Fitness in the Northgate Mall will move to the north Lafayette shopping center that recently sold.

Sully Barwin, who along with two investors bought the Evangeline Plaza shopping Center at 3803 Moss St., said the franchisee for the Planet Fitness locations in Lafayette will move that location there and occupy just less than half of the space once held by Winn-Dixie.

The owners are in negotiations with two retailers for the remainder of the 55,000-square-foot anchor space, Barwin said. Both companies are well-known retailers but are not grocery stores, he said.

Barwin, based in Jackson, Mississippi, and his investors bought the shopping center for $4.13 million.

Planet Fitness had been at the Northgate Mall for at least 10 years.

It just used to have a lot more life than it does these days, Barwin said of the mall. We thought it made sense lets just buy the one down the street and if we can lease it up, itll be a good real estate transaction for us. It still has decent membership numbers.

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It will be the latest space to go vacant at Northgate Mall, Lafayettes first mall that is now occupied by mostly independent merchants, most of which are minority-owned. The mall lost its Footaction store when its parent company, Foot Locker, last year announced a round of store closures and rebrandings.

A company is in negotiations to occupy the former Transcomm space next to the Planet Fitness, a mall official said.

Evangeline Plaza had been anchored by the Winn-Dixie, which closed in 2017 and was one of the three underperforming stores in Louisiana that the company selected to shutter.

Barwin said he discovered the shopping center after visiting the area and someone recommended he have lunch at The Potato Place, which is in the Evangeline Plaza. The location, he noted, is ideal, and talk of buying the development stemmed from a conversation there.

The group is new to commercial real estate and currently owns only a small development in Baton Rouge, he said.

Were getting more into the real estate base, Barwin said. Were dipping our toes in, and well see how it goes.

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Sep 2

Smart Sports Equipment Market Report 2022: Increasing Focus on Fitness and Well-Being Among Individuals Driving Sector Growth –…

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Smart Sports Equipment Market By Product Type, By Distribution Channel, By End-use, and By Region Forecast to 2030" report has been added to's offering.

The global smart sports equipment market size is expected to reach USD 5.44 Billion in 2030 and register a revenue CAGR of 9.2% from 2020 to 2030. The increasing penetration of smart devices and the rapid growth in the sports industry are playing a significant role in promoting the adoption of smart sports equipment globally.

Increasing demand for smart running shoes, fitness trackers, and other smart sports equipment is projected to fuel the growth of the smart sports equipment market. Technological advancements, growing awareness of the benefits of physical activity, and the popularity of connected devices are some of the other factors driving market growth.

The adoption of smart sports equipment is growing among professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike. These gadgets not only help in tracking fitness goals and progress, but also provide real-time feedback and guidance. This is helping to improve the overall performance of users. In addition, the introduction of new products with advanced features is further boosting market growth.

However, high costs associated with smart sports equipment and lack of awareness among consumers are some of the factors restraining market growth. Nevertheless, increasing partnerships between technology companies and sports organizations are creating new opportunities in the market.

Increasing consumer preference for latest technologies in sports equipment and fitness gadgets is projected to fuel the demand for smart sports equipment during the forecast period. The market is bifurcated into three categories, including fitness and wellness, outdoor, and indoor, based on application.

Among these, the fitness and wellness segment accounted for a major share of the global market in 2015 and is anticipated to grow at a rapid pace during the forecast period. This is owing to the growing health awareness among people and their willingness to invest in fitness and wellness activities, which has resulted in the increased demand for smart sports equipment. In addition, government initiatives toward fitness are also projected to propel the growth of this segment during the forecast period.

The following are the key driving factors for the growth of the smart sports equipment market:

For this report, the publisher has segmented the global smart sports equipment market based on product type, distribution channel, end-use, and region:

Product Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2018-2030)

Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2018-2030)

End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2018-2030)

Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2018-2030)

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Chapter 1. Market Synopsis

Chapter 2. Executive Summary

Chapter 3. Indicative Metrics

Chapter 4. Smart Sports Equipment Market Segmentation & Impact Analysis

Chapter 5. Smart Sports Equipment Market By Product Type Insights & Trends

Chapter 6. Smart Sports Equipment Market By Distribution Channel Insights & Trends

Chapter 7. Smart Sports Equipment Market By End-use Insights & Trends

Chapter 8. Smart Sports Equipment Market Regional Outlook

8.1. Smart Sports Equipment Market Share By Region, 2018 & 2030

8.3.8. Italy

Chapter 9. Competitive Landscape

Chapter 10. Company Profiles

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Sep 2

Easy Face Jowl Exercises To Tighten Up Saggy Skin, Fitness Experts Say Eat This Not That – Eat This, Not That

When it comes to self-care, there are many diet and skincare habits you can do that will keep your face looking younger. Maintaining a healthy diet, keeping your skin clear, and targeting wrinkles are all important for a youthful appearance. One additional easy step you can add to your regimen is facial exercises, which can tighten up saggy skin under your jowls. They're quick and simple to perform, and if you do them regularly, you will see a difference before you know it! Keep reading to learn more about these easy face jowl exercises.

We learned some effective jowl-tightening tips and face workouts from Dr. Harikiran Chekuri, medical head of ClinicSpots, as well as Rachel Roff, Licensed Aesthetician and the Founder and CEO of Urban Skin Rx. Roff tells Eat This, Not That!, "Since sagging jowls are the result of loss of volume and elasticity, it is important to pair exercises with a skincare treatment that includes a daily moisturizer and a product that is high in retinol for the best results."

With this in mind, if you're ready to start working on saggy facial skin, check out the following four easy face jowl exercises. They are not only easy to do, but will also be most effective in tightening up your jowls.

The Jaw Release exercise is helpful in toning the muscles that are around your neck and jawline. Doing this consistently will reduce saggy skin and your jowl appearance. Dr. Chekuri strongly recommends this exercise.6254a4d1642c605c54bf1cab17d50f1e

To perform this particular jowl-targeting move, Chekuri instructs you to open your mouth as wide as you can, then slowly close it. As you close your mouth, be sure to relax your jaw. For the best results, repeat this 10 times during each facial workout.

Related: The Top-recommended Exercises for Sagging Jowls, According to Trainers

Dr. Chekuri also notes the Cheek Lift exercise does pretty much exactly what it sounds like it will do. The added benefit? Performing the cheek lift exercise will help tone the cheek muscles, which will lift up that skin sag and lessen the appearance of your jowls. Another option to add to this movement is to suck in each of your cheeks, and stay in that position for several seconds before you release. Repeat this 10 times during your regular face-exercising workout.

Related: Here Are 4 Face Jowl Exercises to Tone and Reverse Aging, Expert Says

The Chin Press is a great way to improve jowl elasticity and also reduce the appearance of skin that's looking saggy. Roff recommends completing each jawline exercise for one minute in each rep in order to enhance the elasticity of your skin.

To perform a Chin Press, Roff advises to first form a fist, then position your balled-up hand under your chin. Once you've done this, open your mouth, then close it. Create resistance by pressing your fist into your chin. Make sure you're pressing up gently, but keep the pressure going for a full minute. Once you've done that, rest for 10 seconds before doing another set. Do 3 sets during each facial workout.

While we have no doubt that your smile can light up a room, it can also be used as an exercise to tighten up your jowls. Roff explains that by performing this activity regularly, you'll begin to see a softer contour of the jawline and fewer wrinkles.

Start this move with your index finger resting on the center of your chin. Then, smile to have your mouth wrapping your lips around your teeth. Next, open and close your mouth while lifting your jaw backward. As you start to tilt your chin towards the sky, Gently apply pressure with your index finger. Be sure you're not over-straining the muscles in your neck! Lastly, continue opening and closing your mouth while gradually moving your head back down to the position you started in.

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Sep 2

AHN adds innovative liver cancer treatment, cancer fitness program to array of services available in North Hills – TribLIVE

North Hills residents can now get life-saving treatment for liver cancer at AHN Wexford hospital in Pine instead of having to travel to Pittsburgh.

The healthcare system also is expanding the role exercise and nutrition can play when treating cancer patients and survivors with a new facility in the North Hills led by a physician with unique expertise.

Allegheny Health Network officials say providing more access to treatments for liver cancer is critical because it often is not detected until later stages.

Cases of liver cancer also are nearly three times higher in men than women, according to the American Cancer Society.

While less common in the United States, liver cancer also is among the deadliest forms of cancer in the world, hospital officials said.

Because liver cancer symptoms often are not present when during the early stages of the disease, treatment can be challenging when it finally is detected because tumors are often too large to be removed by traditional surgical means, doctors say.

Oftentimes, late-stage liver cancer does not respond to chemotherapy treatment, they say.

To combat these problems, the minimally invasive radiation therapy that has been used at AHNs Academic Cancer Institute at Allegheny General Hospital is being offered at the AHN Cancer Institute the Wexford hospital.

Known as Yttrium-90, or Y90, the process of radioembolization is a minimally invasive treatment that combines embolization and high-dose radiation therapy to target inoperable tumors in the liver, according to hospital officials.

Embolization is a procedure in which substances are injected directly into an artery in the liver to block or reduce the blood flow to a tumor, according to the American Cancer Society.

Not only can Y90 radioembolization extend and significantly improve quality of life for patients with liver cancer, but it represents a potential lifeline if curative surgery is made possible, said Dr. Andrew Klobuka, who recently performed the first Y90 procedure at AHN Wexford.

Klobuka is the lead radiologist at the AHN Liver Cancer Center of Excellence at Allegheny General Hospital on the North Side.

During the treatment, the radioactive isotope yttrium-90 is delivered through catheters directly to tumors without affecting healthy parts of the body, hospital officials said.

The procedure is designed to slow the growth of tumors and increase the chances that a tumor can be surgically removed.

Liver cancer patients and their family members who want more information about the Y90 therapy offered by AHN can call 412-442-2459. To schedule a cancer-related appointment at AHN or talk with a nurse about cancer diagnoses, treatments and side effects, call the AHN Cancer Help Line at 412-NURSE-4-U or 412-687-7348.

Treating the entire patient

AHN officials also have announced the addition of Dr. Colin Champ, a radiation oncologist who specializes in the role nutrition and fitness can play in improving the lives of cancer patients and survivors.

Champ will lead a unique exercise oncology program that is aimed at reducing the side effects of cancer treatments to improve a patients quality of life and the results of the treatments they undergo, according to hospital officials.

The program is being offered at a new 2,650-square-foot health and fitness facility located at the AGH Suburban campus in Bellevue.

Champ also will be practicing radiation oncology at AHNs Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion, which is located adjacent to AHN Wexford Hospital along Perry Highway.

I am thrilled to join such an innovative and patient-centered oncology team at AHN while also having the opportunity to build a new exercise program for cancer survivors, Champ said. I am passionate about healthy eating and exercise, and my goal is to give patients the tools they need to take charge of their own health, today and into the future.

As clinicians and researchers, I believe weve just scratched the surface of learning how fitness and good nutrition can impact our patients lives for the better, he said.

Champ previously served as an associate professor at the Duke Cancer Institute, where his research centered on the interactions between diet, exercise and metabolism.

The research also assessed whether weight training and other exercise helped improve overall health and cancer-specific outcomes in patients treated for breast cancer and lymphoma, according to hospital officials.

Studies have found evidence that higher levels of physical activity are linked to a lower risk of several types of cancer including bladder, breast, colon, endometrial, esophageal, kidney and stomach cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Obesity also has been found to be a risk factor for a number of types of cancer and can affect a patients quality of life and the likelihood cancer will return, according to NCI.

Dr. Champ brings to AHN Cancer Institute a unique combination of expertise in radiation oncology and insight into the interaction between fitness, nutrition and cancer, said Dr. David L. Bartlett, who chairs the AHN Cancer Institute. His work fits well with our philosophy of treating the whole patient, not just the disease.

The fitness program at AGH Suburban will initially be open to a limited number of patients who have been referred by their physician, hospital officials said.

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Sep 2

Slow Flow and other upcoming fitness events around Houston – Houston Chronicle

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Slow Flow with Stephanie McCarrey at Levy Park.

Bollywood & Bhangra Dance at Levy Park.

Labyrinth at Discovery Green created by Houston artist Reginald C Adams.

Slow Flow with Stephanie McCarrey

Increase strength and mobility with the help of this all-levels yoga flow set to the beat of the latest Top 40 and throwback favorites. A Shavasana with sound will conclude the class. 8 a.m. Sept. 2; Levy Park, 3801 Eastside;

Aruande Capoeira

A Brazilian martial arts workout that blends self-defense with dance, music and acrobatics. All ages and levels welcome. 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 3; Smither Park, 2402 Munger;

Bollywood & Bhangra Dance

Fitness dance class set to the rhythm of Bollywood music. Open to all ages and skill levels. 10-11 a.m. Sept. 3; Levy Park, 3801 Eastside;

Labyrinth Walk and Sound Bath

Join artist Reginald Adams for a guided meditation and sound bath at Discovery Greens art installation, Labyrinth. 8:30-9:30 p.m.Sept. 4; 1500 McKinney;

Ana Khan is the calendar coordinator for the Houston Chronicle's features desk.

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Sep 2

Local gyms, fitness classes to try while Lerner is closed – GW Hatchet

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Try out Dupont Circle Yoga, PureBarre or SoulCycle in Georgetown while the Lerner Health and Wellness Center is closed for repairs.

With Lerner Health and Wellness Center closed for renovations until mid-fall, students are left looking elsewhere for their athletic exploits.

Running on the National Mall or local trails offers space for fair cardio, but other gyms in the area can be home to your indoor workouts with weights, yoga studios and cycle classes. These five local gyms, studios and fitness class opportunities will maintain your workout regimen and serve as reason to get out there and explore another realm of the District.

Dupont Circle Yoga Dupont CircleCalling anyone interested in yoga, this boutique studio in Dupont Circle offers a variety of yin, vinyasa and power yoga classes for students of all levels. Yin yoga is slow moving to increase blood circulation and flexibility. Power and vinyasa move much quicker with poses that flow from one into the next in a more fluid motion.

Dupont Circle Yoga hosts its classes in a light-filled studio on the first floor of a restored 19th-century brownstone, fitting about 35 people per class. I can personally vouch for their gorgeously naturally-lit studio as well as friendly instructors and patrons.

An unlimited package of classes for your first two weeks will cost $28, but they encourage students to drop us a line if they need a discount. This is a superb studio for those looking to explore their yoga practice in a friendly environment without spending exorbitant amounts of money.

SoulCycle GeorgetownNationally known fitness empire SoulCycle needs no introduction. Popular for cardio-intensive workouts, albeit a cultish atmosphere, SoulCycle presents a substitute for those who miss running on the treadmill or riding the spin bike at Lerner.

The studio often organizes themed classes, including Taylor Swift Sunday at the Georgetown studio and decade-themed rides that play music from the 80s, 90s or 2000s. SoulCycle provides discounts for new riders and students, which makes this cult classic studio a reasonable option for college students cardio workouts.

Balance Gym Foggy BottomSteps away from GWs campus, you can try out a traditional annual or monthly membership at Balance Gym for under $100 each month and a free one-day pass for DMV residents and first-time visitors. Check out the gyms many fitness classes, ranging from yoga to high-intensity interval training classes in the gym and online.

Balance Gym prides itself on its CrossFit classes led by experienced coaches in addition to amenities like the gyms sauna for recovery days. Visitors can try out all aspects of this gym before committing to a membership, and interested customers can always pay by the month to avoid a more permanent plan.

PureBarre Dupont CircleKnown for small, pulsating movements incorporated from ballet and pilates that help strengthen and tone your body, barre is a high-intensity, low-impact workout in a class setting for those who want to tone their legs, arms and glutes. PureBarre, a well-known nationwide franchise, draws you in with one free barre class and an unlimited first week for $89.

Music accompanies the exercise as you repeat your small dance movements to feel the burn in targeted muscle groups. PureBarres classes range in intensity for first-timers and those with more experience. They offer online as well as in-person classes.

PureBarre is the ideal outlet for students looking to unleash their ballerina dreams or improve their flexibility. Since barre is low-impact, many orthopedic professionals recommend it as the next step after physical therapy when recovering from an injury. Physical therapists caution that those recovering should communicate their condition to their instructor to make sure the workout is safe for them.

Yoga Heights Varying outdoor locationsExplore different parts of the District through outdoor yoga at locations that change class by class. Yoga Heights is a scenic option for those who want to combine a replenishing class with the joy of refreshing nature.

Upcoming classes include a rooftop session located in Park View, a class to inspire your creativity at the Wangari Gardens near Columbia Heights and an empowering community session at The Parks at Walter Reed right outside Takoma.

The classes are a lovely opportunity to destress and unwind during the first few weeks of classes and beyond in a socially-distanced, expansive environment. Prices vary from class to class, but many are donation-based or as inexpensive as $5.

This article appeared in the August 29, 2022 issue of the Hatchet.

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Sep 2

I Can’t Stop Thinking About This Wellness Icon’s Longevity-Focused A.M. Routine – mindbodygreen

Have you ever walked away from a conversation with someone, feeling completely inspired to overhaul your life? Well, that's exactly what happened after I chatted with entrepreneur and fitness personality Michael Chernowand I have no doubt he has a similar impact on anyone in his orbit.

During our virtual meeting, we discussed some of his favorite ways to be healthy while traveling, and I related to all of them (walk everywhere you can, BYO healthy breakfast, stay hydrated, journal daily, and enjoy yourself). But what really turned my world upside down was hearing about his meticulous morning routine. I'm not exaggerating, his 90-minute a.m. kickoff is perhaps the most intense wellness regimen I've ever heard.

Chernow fully believes in the power of habit (look no further than his brand Kreatures of Habit for proof). And while I didn't leave our convo ready to replicate his ritual, I was thoroughly inspired by the method of his morning: "Spending that first part of the day focusing on insanely selfish things ultimately converts into selfless things," he shared. "I believe you are a far better human being to the people around you. So I don't look at those things as chores. I see them as critical to success in life."

Now, without further ado, here's a breakdown of his nonnegotiable well-being habits:

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I Can't Stop Thinking About This Wellness Icon's Longevity-Focused A.M. Routine - mindbodygreen

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