Woodward Copper at Copper Mountain

For Those Looking to Take Adventure to the Next Level

Snowboarding Woodward Copper LogoCopper Mountain Resort in Colorado, just over an hour from Denver, is already known for great skiing and snowboarding and now they have even more to offer. They are home to one of the Woodward centers that specializes in pushing the limits of what you thought you were capable of. Woodward Copper is a year-round skiing and snowboarding facility with an nearly 20,000 ft indoor space for physical activity. All levels of experience are welcome, and by the time you are done even just with the introduction you will have tried things you might not believe.

Woodward Copper at Copper Mountain ColoradoYou maybe familiar with Woodward as a company, they offer classes and camps in action sports (skateboarding, bikes, parkour), gymnastics and cheer, snow (skiing, snowboarding), and the digital arts. There are locations across the US and one in particular for those embracing winter sports, Woodward Copper and the Woodward Barn at Copper Mountain.

With classes and camps both outside on the mountain and inside at their training facility Woodward Copper has options for all adventure lovers. It starts with their introduction at the Barn. When you enter the building the first startling thing you might notice is all the bodies ten feet up in the air either flying off ramps with skateboards into foam pits or bouncing on Olympic-grade trampolines. Scooter riders cruise around while kids and grownups of all ages take part in supervised activities. My first thought was, huh, I am going to be doing some of that…
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Ways to involve your family in your exercise routine

As parents, we all intrinsically know how important daily exercise is. After all, for many of us, we’ve been hearing about exercise’s importance for nearly all of our lives. Despite knowing how important it is, many parents will admit that their daily exercise routine is the first thing to fall to the wayside when life gets busy, tough, and challenging, and as parents, we can all relate that life is rarely not tough.

Isn’t that wild? We all know how important exercise is to our health, but at the end of the day, we’d rather do things for our families and homes than do something positive for our health and livelihood. It often isn’t until we have a major health scare or emergency that we get our acts together and try to reverse years, if not decades, of neglected health.

Probably the singular reason that more parents cite than any other, regarding why they don’t regularly participate in an exercise routine more days than not, is time. We all have the same number of hours available to us in any given day — 24 — yet many of us can’t seem to manage to “find the time” to exercise, even when we know it can make a huge difference for our health.

What’s a parent to do, then?

My solution, I think, is the best one I’ve encountered and one that will benefit everyone in your family, not just you.

What is it, you may be wondering? It’s simple, really: exercise with your family. Involve your partner and children in your exercise routine more often than not. Doing so will not only confer health benefits for you, but it’ll also do the same for the rest of your family, and exercise — in whatever manifestation it takes — can be an excellent way to secure some quality time with your family.

Below, I’ll describe in more detail some additional guidelines that can help you involve your family in your exercise routine. Really, it’s a win-win solution, if you think about it: not only will you finally be able to actually take care of yourself and your own health, but you’ll still be spending quality time with your family and, in the process, model for them positive and healthy behaviors that they can later emulate.

Some tips to involve your family in your exercise routine include the following:

Keep it simple. When you’re exercising with your family, don’t overthink it. In fact, don’t even think of it as exercise, per se. Instead, think of it as “play.” Think back to your own childhood and all the games you used to play with your friends or on the playground at school. Easy, pick-up games like basketball, soccer, tag, or simply playing on the monkey bars or climbing on the playground equipment can be a great workout. Your kids will love that you’re actually playing with them and aren’t simply scrolling mindlessly on your phone, and as an added bonus, you’ll be doing something positive for your health.
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5 tips to getting your kids active after school

As challenging as it might be, it is advisable and encouraging to get kids outdoors and engage them in physical activities, different from the routine hours they spend behind desks when in school. After school activities should be able to keep the kids active and nourish a talent that they might have rather than have them spend too much time watching television or playing video games.

Finding the different ways in which you can actively get your kids moving and physically active can be hard. Here are a few tips that can help you for a start.

1. Outdoor exercises and activities

Outdoor activities and games like swinging and climbing around are a great way for your kids to let out the stiffness of sitting in class the entire day. Aside from that, once exhausted from the jumping and climbing, they will be able to sleep better which is a plus.

If possible, create some time to exercise together with your kids. You can do a sport either in the evenings or during weekends like riding a bike trail or going for swimming which will not only keep them active but bring you closer as a family.

2. Assist them with their homework

Giving your kids, your time and participation in tackling some of the hardest homework that they might have been given at school can be motivating. Even if the homework is hard, your patience and the interest to assist them makes it easier and also gives you more time to spend quality time together.
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Precision Sports Performance Hosts 2nd Annual Burn The Bird Day Event Proceeds Donated to Diva for a Day Foundation

 The 2nd annual “Burn the Bird” is back. Precision Sports Performance (PSP), the leaders in strength and conditioning training, invite teens and adults on Black Friday to come sweat out the calories on Friday, November 24 at 50 Williams Parkway, East Hanover, NJ. Many don’t realize that an average Thanksgiving plate has 4,500 calories. To help you get back on your fitness track, PSP will be offering three morning fitness classes; 8:30 a.m.9:45 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. All three classes will be taught by a licensed PSP coach.

 

The day will feature two of PSP’s most popular PrecisionSquad classes which encompasses a high-intestacy, boot-camp style workout aimed to improve strength, cardio, flexibility, agility and endurance. The PSP Power workout (offered at 8:30 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m.) is a one-stop-body-shock fitness program broken into three sections: weight training, core activation and conditioning. The PSP Peak workout (offered at 9:45 a.m.) is a dance-inspired, full body athletic based program that focuses on moves that sports-inspired exercises set to music. Each 55-minute class is offered to both teens and adults (16 and older).

 

Attendees will receive a PSP branded t-shirt at the completion of their PrecisionSquad class. Additional Black Friday promotions will include:

  • A 60-minute PSP Therapeutic Massage will be available to purchase for $60 (originally $105). Up to five massages can be purchased, and must be used by May 2018.
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Must Have – GoLiFE Fit Smart Scale

Disclosure: The GoLiFE Fit Smart Scale mentioned below was provided for me in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.
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I know I have been talking a lot about my more active lifestyle changes lately. I am absolutely loving my GoLiFE Care Activity Tracker that I reviewed back a few months ago. (you can go to that review here). I was absolutely excited to try out the Smart Scale that GoLiFE had to offer. The GoLiFE Fit Smart Scale has been all that I ever imagined and more.

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Characteristics of their products:

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About GoLiFE Fit Smart Scale:

The GoLiFE Fit Smart Scale is the perfect tool to help people reach their fitness goals by keeping track of their weight and BMI (body mass index). The slim design has a durable stainless steel body with an attractive blue LCD screen. You can easily set up your perfect weight goal and when paired with the GoLiFE Fit App you will know how much you should weigh to reach that target on a day-to-day basis.
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Stillettos and Self Defense

Jennifer Cassetta is a self defense expert, trainer and nutritionist. Early on in her career, Jennifer was attacked while in high heels. Even though she was not dressed to fight, she was still able to ward off her attacker. Since then, she has run UFC test nutrition test groups and training guidelines, worked with celebrities, members of royal families, and even moms like you and me.

This exercise comes with empowerment and a touch of class. Jennifer Cassetta has released a brand new instructional DVD series titled Stilettos and Self Defense. This series was inspired by Jennifer’s own run in with a would be attacker using her experiences and training in HapKiDo, so these moves work! The DVD is broken down into parts, the first being the ABC’s of Prevention,:
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Run for the Planet

National Geographic Kids has launched a new campaign to try and break not one, but TWO, Guinness World Records. The program is called Run for the Planet, and it is an effort to encourage children to do something good for both their health and the environment.

  • The first record they are going after is the longest shoe chain. Participants are encouraged to send in used athletic shoes, which will be tied together to break the record and then recycled into athletic surfaces, such as basketball courts and running tracks. This record is underway, and we have already gotten submissions from Taylor Swift, Eli Manning, Danica Patrick and One Direction (along with other celebrities)! See the image below.
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Paddle Boarding in New Smyrna Beach

Tired of the crazy, frenzied, tourist rush? I love theme parks as much as the next gal (maybe more!) but sometimes, you just have to get away. My son, a friend, and I took a day trip out to New Smyrna Beach to paddle board at East Coast Paddle, and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Spending the day out in the quietude, in nature, and with only 5 people visible to me (including myself) was a welcome break from the crush of crowds you typically find at most attractions.

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About and hour and a half from Kissimmee, East Coast Paddle is an award winning-company, run by a husband and wife team. Proud parents themselves, they are excellent with children. Mine was smitten with wife, Cheryl, who toured about with him on her board the morning through. Cheryl, who has a doctorate in addition to her company and expert paddle boarder-status (and is a boat captain as well- yes, she makes us all look bad, LOL) also acted as tour guide in the river in New Smyrna for us, and was more then patient as we found our balance (or didn’t) and with my son, who kept dangling his feet in the water (which I am sure did not make steering easy for her!) Her husband, Tim, joined us in the beginning, and gave us our “lessons” on how to properly use the paddles and boards before we got on.

I think I annoyed him mildly, as I was only half paying attention (my son was asking a million questions, and also since he was on a boat and wandering, I was nervous- even though he was standing with Cheryl and I was an arm’s length away, LOL. What can I say, nervous mommy!) When we got on the boards, I found myself not having much of an issue finding my balance or keeping it. As a yoga lover for many years, I think that helped a lot, and did a fondness for kayaking. My son got right on Cheryl’s board, and stayed there, no problem. How she kept her balance with his wiggling is beyond me, though! My friend had a rougher start, but then he found his groove and we were on the way.
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