The 4th International Day of Yoga

Consulate General of India
presents
The 4th International Day of Yoga
with FREE Yoga and Meditation Sessions
Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11am
Governor’s Island
Consulate General of India presents The 4th International Day of Yoga on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11am at Picnic Point on Governor’s Island.
The admission to the event is free for to participate, but advance registration is required:
Free ferry access to Governor’s Island at 10am.
Consulate General of India is back again with the celebration of the 4th International Day of Yoga on June 16, 2018, bringing together communities to enjoy the spirit of Yoga.
Fifteen minute yoga and meditation sessions will be led by such organizations as Hindu Temple of North America, Mallakhamb Federation USA, Isha Foundation, Sahaja Yoga and the Art of Living Foundation, and the event will conclude with a live performance.
The United Nations proclaimed June 21, as the International Day of Yoga at the initiative of the Government of India. Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit, means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and mind. Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. International Yoga Day aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

Tips for a Fit and Healthy Summer

By Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA, Olympic runner & VP Worldwide Sports Performance & Fitness for Herbalife

Summer is just around the corner and summer body preparation should start now.  With proper planning, and an early start, you can avoid crash diets that do little for you waistline and even less for your mood. By focusing now on an exercise routine and a balanced nutrition program, you can get your body ready for summer and beyond.  Avoid the extreme crash diets and replace them with a sensible balanced diet and exercise to set yourself up for long-term success.

 

Below are my top tips to getting fit for summer.

 

  • Commit to a Fit and Healthy Summer!  Think about increasing the types of activities that work for your lifestyle and that can easily be built into your day. Make it a point to read up on fitness news and information.
  • Perform Simple Stretches.  Ensure you’re moving your muscles and joints through their full range of motion each day.
  • Get Moving!  Increase your daily activity level by taking the stairs, parking in the furthest space from the store, gardening, dancing or playing with your children. If you become more active in your everyday life you’ll get fit faster.
  • Add Regular Walks to Your Day.  You can slowly increase your time until 30-minutes feels comfortable. Then, increase your intensity level by walking faster. Start including varied terrain such as hills, then progress to a jogging or running pace.
  • Perform Body Weight Resistance Exercises. Try simple squats, lunges, push-ups and then progress to using weights. Ideally, you need both resistance exercise and aerobic exercise to keep your body operating at its peak.
  • Engage in Aerobic Exercise.  Repetitive motion, such as running, swimming or cycling, is important for the cardiovascular system. It can also tone muscles. Incorporating a little of both aerobic and resistance training is best for your daily routine.
  • Eat More Mindfully.  Eating snacks that contain carbs and protein before a workout can provide you with energy, keep you focused and give your body what it needs to build muscle once the workout is over. Consistently pay attention to the foods you choose in order to properly fuel your body.
  • Keep Hydrated.  Consume at least two liters of water each day. It is even more important to drink water before, during and after exercise. Even low-intensity exercise requires you to be well-hydrated.

About Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA
Samantha Clayton is a former Olympic runner, personal trainer, and vice president of Worldwide Sports Performance and Fitness at Herbalife, where she is responsible for all activities relating to exercise and fitness education for Herbalife Nutrition Independent distributors and employees. Before joining the corporate ranks, Samantha, a native of Liverpool, England, was a professional athlete. She represented Great Britain in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in both the 200m and the 4x100m relay events. Samantha is a personal trainer and group exercise coach through the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and International Sports Science Association (ISSA).

Complete Guide To Pre-Workout Supplements: Is It for Everyone?

Working out is hard. During the first days of hitting the gym, you are always psyched up. It’s because you have got goals or objectives that you want to achieve. Maybe you want to lose some weight, or perhaps you are an athlete, and you want to keep fit. Despite your objective, after the first week or two. The laziness comes in. You feel like you don’t want to go to the gym. It almost feels like you are out of energy. This is where pre-workout supplements come in handy.

 

You have probably heard it from friends or colleagues on how these pre-workout supplements get them in the mood of working out. It’s okay to wonder if the pre-workout supplements are suitable for you. This post will provide you with all you need to know about pre-workout supplements. By the end of it, you will be able to make an informed decision on whether to use them or not.

But, what are Pre-workout Supplements?

It’s a supplement that you should take before hitting the gym. The supplement usually entails ingredients responsible for addressing a couple of issues that may occur during training such as low energy, loss of focus, fatigue and much more. A good pre-workout supplement should provide the user with an optimal hormonal environment that enables him/her to get the most out of a workout session.

What Are The Ingredients Responsible?

Before taking any supplement, it’s always best to know which ingredient you are taking into your body. In the case of pre-workout supplements, the ingredients used are usually similar.

 

Below are some examples;

  • Caffeine

Being one of the primary ingredients, coffee is known to improve alertness, arousal and improve the energy level.

  • Amino-Acids

Amino acids are responsible for building proteins that in turn increase energy levels. The supplements provide branched-chain amino acids that enhance physical performance.

  • Carbs

Workouts involve a lot of muscle strain. But thanks to carbs, it helps fuel your muscles with glycogen.

  • Beetroot Juice

Beetroot juice isn’t a favorite for most people because of its taste. But it’s an ingredient of several pre-workout supplements. The juice can aid an individual workout for long hours.

The Advantages of Pre-workout Supplements

The main reason why pre-workout supplements are highly gaining popularity is because of the benefits that they offer the user. However, not all supplements are effective. Always buy from known brands. Below are some advantages of using pre-workout supplements.

 

  1. Enhanced Power and Strength

Power and strength are essential for any workout session. If you are feeling tired, then a pre-workout supplement can do the magic. Ingredients such as amino acid are capable of helping in muscle contraction.

 

  1. Muscle Growth

A good pre-workout supplement can help improve muscle growth. Carbs help in the preservation of muscle glycogen that keeps you strong. There is another essential ingredient found in pre-workout supplements known as whey proteins that are also effective in minimizing muscle wasting.

 

  1. Increased Focus

A pre-workout supplement can help improve focus. You should know that the brain is also a muscle. When your body gets tired, so does the brain. And this can really sidetrack your functioning at the gym.

What are The Disadvantages?

Pre-workout supplements have one disadvantage. If you use a particular supplement for an extended period, your body adapts to it, and its effectiveness reduces. This leads to the need of using a higher dosage to achieve better results. To be on the safe side, incorporate the strategy of cycling pre-workout supplements. You can either switch brands or rather give your body a break from a particular supplement for two weeks or even a month.

 

The above is all you need to know about pre-workout supplements. Before buying a particular supplement, do your research. Find the one with ingredients that are suitable for you. Read reviews to see if they actually work. Always consider your goals when selecting a supplement. Don’t take the supplement on days that you are not working out.

 

Sports That Will Get You Fit – And Fast

Everyone is looking for a quick fix to their body ailments these days, cause who actually has time to dedicate themselves to something long term when you’ve got children, jobs and home life to think about too? We all know that eating healthily and exercising is the best way of keeping your fitness levels at their best, but are there any quick fixes out there? You might try a crash diet, but the results can quickly be reversed once you return to your regular eating habits. However, when it comes to exercise, a few rules can be bent because there are exercises out there which will get you fit – and fast too. Check it out:

Baseball

The great thing about baseball is that you’re using every muscle in your body without even realising it. You’re too busy thinking about either hitting the ball, catching the ball, or running to your base (or even getting a home run!). In a regular match you could be burning off up to 500 calories!! Sign yourself up for a fast train to fitness heaven.

Skiing

As you can probably imagine, skiing is another sport that uses many muscles in your body. You may think that it’s sliding down a hill on two skis, but you use your muscles working your way through the snow (and trying not to fall over!) So, if you’re heading off on a skiing holiday to say, Marriott’s Summit Watch, then why not rent out some skis and hit the mountains for a full body workout?

Tennis

Tennis is one of those sports where you’re running back and forth for the ball and then suddenly realise “I’ve been doing this for a long time, and I’m not out of breath!”. It’s an all round fun, highly active, and addictive sport that anyone can play, so why not grab a buddy and head to your nearest tennis courts for some quick fitness sporting!

Swimming

Swimming is great for boosting your fitness levels because the water takes any strains off your muscles and joints, and you will find that you’re able to do more in the water than you can on land. Just remember that even though you don’t feel it now, the next day you might ache, so try not to over do it!

Rowing

Rowing is another sport that uses literally every muscle in your body. If you’re looking to get shapely legs, abs and get rid of those bingo wings all in one sitting, then rowing is most definitely the sport for you!

Rock climbing

Finally, rock climbing takes and builds a lot of strength in both your arms, abdomen, and legs. It’s a sport that can be done within a rock climbing center, or you can go to the full extreme and climb the face of a cliff. Either way, you’re getting a kick ass workout that will help you get fit – and fast!

Thousands of Athletes Battle Fire and Barbed Wire During Spartan’s Tri-State Obstacle Race Weekend in Vernon, NJ

World’s Largest Obstacle Race and Endurance Brand Brings Racers of All Ages and Skill Levels to Mountain Creek Resort for Two Days of Competition.

WHO: Thousands of competitors of all ages and skill levels, including kids 4 years old and up WHAT: Grit and endurance collide at Spartan’s Tri-State obstacle race weekend, which will bring thousands of athletes to Mountain Creek Resort to compete in the brand’s toughest races, the 12+ mile 30-35 obstacle “Beast” and the 30 mile, 60+ obstacles Ultra, where they will conquer obstacles including the Spear Throw, Barbed Wire Crawl, Monkey Bars and Fire Jump. A Spartan Kids race course features age-specific distances and obstacles for kids four – 13-years old.

The weekend also features a 12-hour “Hurricane Heat,” a unique endurance event, traversing on and off the Spartan race course. Hurricane Heat participants work together in teams to complete any and all challenges set before them. Spartan events focus on sport and athleticism, pushing the bodies and minds of competitors to the limit across miles of unforgiving terrain while they conquer signature obstacles. With more than one million annual participants and more than 200 events across more than 30 countries, Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand.

WHERE: Mountain Creek Resort | 120 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462

Spartan Race is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, and the first in-sport to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events across more than 30 countries in 2018, Spartan Race will attract more than one million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels, along with competitive and elite heats. The Spartan lifestyle boasts a community of more than five
Saturday, April 28, 2018 Sunday, April 29, 2018 6:00am-TBD Ultra Elite Race 9:00am-TBD Beast Elite Race 6:30am-TBD Ultra Open Race 9:30am-TBD Beast Open Race 7:30am-TBD Beast Elite Race 9:00am-TBD Kids Race 8:00am-TBD Beast Open Race 9:00am-TBD Kids Race 5:00pm-TBD Hurricane Heat.
Millions of passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and a popular NBC television series, which has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan Race events feature races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Visit http://www.spartan.com for more information and registration.

Spring into Fitness with this Gear

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, we are excited to be headed back outside more often. Here are some of our favorites for ready-for-Spring fitness wear.

Ready to hit the trails? Us too! This has been a long winter (thanks, Phil) and we are more then enthusiastic about warmer weather and more outside time. If you are a runner, walker, or hiker, you will love these new sneakers from Brooks Running. The Launch 5 is a lightweight shoe with a mesh outer layer that keeps things airy. It has a “BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning and rebounding rubber create a springy feel underfoot”. (What does that mean? It’s basically providing adaptive cushioning throughout the midsole as well instead of just the usual support only in the heel and forefoot. The more you know.) It’s a truly comfortable shoe for everyday wear as well as for running. It works well for the gym (even if the treadmill you get stuck on is a bit shoddy), trails, and sidewalks- we’ve had no complaints over here. $100 at http://www.brooksrunning.com

Another option is the Adrenaline GTS 18, which is extremely supportive and well cushioned. These shoes are known and trusted for their amazing fit, and we completely agree.  One of their features that helps with this is an “asymmetrical 3D Fit Print and TPU saddle pulls from the heel and wraps around your midfoot for a secure fit”.  It also has the BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning that we had mentioned above, as well as an integrated Segmented Crash Pad that cushions your feet as they land.  If you are all about support and soft landings, this is the shoe for you. We’ve used these on about every terrain you can think of, both running and as casual wear, and they have been holding up extremely well and have become the favorite sneaker of a very, very picky runner.  $120 at http://www.brooksrunning.com

For ladies’ support without the underwire, check out the Fiona Bra. This bra is easy to get on and off, comes in a multitude of colors, and is easy to wear for a long day. It has molded cups, velcro adjustable straps (which actually stay in place, surprisingly) and a padded back hook-and-loop closure. The sides come up high enough so there is no leakage, and it will hold you in place as you move about. The compression is excellent. These run from $30-$50 depending on size and color preference on http://www.brooksrunning.com
 
 The Insect Shield Albany Pant by Craghoppers are great for year round travel and outdoor activities, and now that the weather is more agreeable to more time outdoors, we are making the most of them.  These  chino-looking pants are easy to wear to any occasion, they they are a true trail pant. Very lightweight, quick drying, they have both an Insect Shield as well as Solar Shield to keep your days out as pleasant and ouch-free as possible.  The material makes it easy to brush of water, mud, dirt (etc) and keep moving comfortably. Easy wash and dry (we prefer to hang them to keep the insect and solar shields lasting longer) and wear again and again. These are pants you will find yourself reaching for all the time, and wondering what you did without. $80 https://www.craghoppers.com/us/
 
The Insect Shield Luna Tights by Craghoppes are a go-to favorite now the the weather is starting to warm up. Soft, lightweight (but not see through, blarg!) the new Luna Tight is activewear you can wear on the trails, to yoga, or just running around. They don’t slide down or ride up, which means you aren’t tugging on them all day (and no one will see any more skin then you intended while in yoga class). These are truly comfortable, and the Insect Shield as well as Solar Shield gives you double protection while you are exploring the great ourdoors.  These come in dark navy and charcoal/white print.  $60 at https://www.craghoppers.com/us/
 
NuuMuu activewear sports dress goes from yoga to running to running errands effortlessly, and you feel good while wearing it. I love this dress, I always feel pretty when I wear it, and receive compliments and “where can I get that?” questions. It’s just “one of those” things. 

While it’s a dress you can wear to the gym, to yoga, on a hike- you can wear it to the PTA meeting or anywhere else you’d like as well, it’s super versatile. The colors are both vibrant and beautiful, and there are quite a few options available as well as new neckline options.

Designed to flatter women’s bodies and made from fabric that feels as good as it looks, Nuu-Muu is an easy option for exercise, travel and everyday life. Designed to cover most sports and regular bras completely for maximum versatility and made in the U.S.A. You can wear it alone or with leggings or shorts for more coverage (or for class), and that also makes it even easier to transition.  In sizes “0” to 3LX and in child sizes as well, prices vary depending on item. The sizing is different then other garments, so read the chart before you order- but the fit itself is fantastic. You can pick yours out at https://nuu-muu.com

 

2018 World Health Run – Run With Us or Follow Along on Social! #GlobalHealth #Running #HealthForAll #PeaceCorps @WorldHealthRun

Follow us on social media tomorrow as we participate in the very first World Health Run!

In order to raise awareness of health equity, health as a human right, the many challenges some people face in seeking health care, and the challenges that health systems face in trying to provide comprehensive care, we are gathering stories and reflections from individuals around the world. We will highlight responses to questions on social media in the hopes of encouraging an open conversation that represents everyone.

Please go to www.RealVoices.World to participate!

We are very proud that this event offers the opportunity for individuals and groups to support some pretty terrific organizations and their high-quality work.

We are all proud, of course, to be a part of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. The 2018 conference was inspiring and we were thrilled to be a part of it. In addition, the Rotary Club of ChicagoNational Peace Corps Association, and Peace Care are collaborators in this effort. Take a look at their websites to see what kind of work they do. We’ll be telling you more about them through social media, as well.

In addition, this run supports many local organizations and the communities with whom they partner around the world. We will distribute a report several weeks after the run to let you know about these groups, and we will distribute a follow-up report later in the year to let you know about the impact of our collective effort.

Our principal goal is to raise awareness about health equity in the U.S. and Globally. If you are keen to learn a bit about the topic, the World HealthOrganization is a great place to start.

Did you know that:

  • In the U.S., “Native Americans and Alaska Natives have an infant mortality rate that is 60 percent higher than the rate for their white counterparts. 1 In 2013, infants born to African American mothers experienced the highest rates of infant mortality (11.11 infant deaths per 1,000 births), and infants born to Asian or Pacific Islander mothers experienced the lowest rates (3.90 infant deaths per 1,000 births).2” 3
  • Globally, every day, about 800 women die due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal mortality is a health indicator that shows very wide gaps between rich and poor, both between countries and within them.4

(these are quoted directly from Baciu 2017 – referenced below)

We believe that by bringing broader communities together to advocate for better health.

Check out our 2018 World Health Run Music Mix!

We are thrilled that this event is gaining traction as being a premier opportunity for committed individuals and organizations around the world to come together to raise awareness about health equity.

Virtual World Health Run

Date: April 7, 2018

For World Health Day 2018, as stated during registration, there isn’t a physical run near you. Therefore, you will be participating in the VIRTUAL RUN. (We are working diligently to organize a physical run near you year. We’ve made a lot of connections this year and we are already making some terrific plans for moving forward).

DIRECTIONS:
As a VIRTUAL runner, you have a terrific opportunity to plan out a terrific route and raise awareness. We encourage you to get a group together if possible.  If you need some help planning a route, www.plotaroute.com is a terrific resource. Not only can you plan your own route, but you can locate previously planned routes near you.  Please let us know if you find a route that would be a great location for a physical run for next year!

We recommend that you go for your run on April 7, World Health Day, so that we can unite around the world on that day. With that being said, the virtual run does afford a degree of flexibility that can be convenient for those that are traveling or experiencing other challenges with their schedule.

We would love for you to engage with us on social media when you do run. Help us show the world that we care about health equity.

Above all, go have a great time, wear your shirt with pride, and feel good about this event. We are making an impact together.

Listen along to the Official World Health Run Music Mix! Let us know what we should add.

6th Annual Walk for Kids Growth & Festival

Join the community for the 6th Annual Walk for Kids’ Growth on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Flushing Meadows Park (at the Fountain of the Planets), from 11 am to 3 pm. The event will feature a 3-mile scenic, fun walk, FREE food, carnival games, display booths, live entertainment and much more! This is the nation’s largest fundraising event for childhood growth disorders and rare genetic diseases. The Walk raises significant funds and awareness for the disorders, celebrates patient advocacy and honors those who have reached new heights. All ages and leashed pets are welcome. Sign up (FREE) to participate at www.WalkForKidsGrowth.org.