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September 20th, 2014

First Defense Krav Maga and Athleta-Reston will be hosting two self-defense classes at Reston Town Center this Fall.
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July 7th, 2014

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October 1st, 2014

womensfitness_Sep30_AWith so much high-fat, high-calorie, not to mention, high-sugar foods so easily at hand, it is no big surprise that many women suffer with a weight problem. However, to eat healthily it is not just a matter of women eating less but understanding how their diets need to differ from men and what their nutritional needs are.

The basics - calories

It's surprising how many women are not aware of even the most basic facts about recommended amounts. So, just to be clear, an average woman needs around 2,000 calories a day and potentially more if she is fairly active. This compares to more than 2,500 for men. Of course, you caloric intake will vary depending on such stats as your BMI (body mass index) and also your muscle size. In general, men have larger muscles than women which burn up far more calories, even when not exercising.
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September 30th, 2014

exercisegeneral_Sep30_AKids who keep fit and active are not only faster when it comes to muscle power and agility but also have faster nerve activity in their brains too, according to a recent study. The University of Illinois and Beckman Institute research found aerobic fitness created more fibrous and compact white-matter in youngsters in the tracts in the brain that are connected to attention and memory.
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September 24th, 2014

womensfitness_Sep23_AOver 50s who believe a gentle stroll a few times a week is all they need to maintain good health might be surprised to hear a recent study is urging them to crank up the intensity and the volume. While adopting healthy habits needs to be part of the plan, it could be that a solid exercise program is also needed, rather than simply a generally active lifestyle.

The study

The Queensland University of Technology gathered a variety of health and exercise research focusing on women aged 50 plus, looking at the impact exercise has on the mind and body. The studies were taken from a five year period.

The results

The researchers concluded that the over 50s, while being recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, could very well benefit far more from more vigorous and intense activities of over 30-45 minutes five times a week.

Is walking enough?

While a brisk stroll, or a gentle meander for that matter, can leave you feeling looser, less achy and more refreshed, is it enough? What's certain is that if you exercise at all then you are promoting a longer life and a healthier one too, as nobody wants to age with health concerns plaguing their golden years, especially as it is avoidable.

Change your mind as well as your exercise plan

Age affects people differently, not only physically, but mentally too. While women in their 50s and 60s can hardly be considered senior, the fact is that society often labels women over 50 as past their prime and this dismissive attitude easily filters into the mindset of more mature women. In other words, how you view your age can have a great impact on your activity levels. The mind can be a great enabler but it can also hold you back. If all you think you are capable of or all you think you should be doing at a certain age is ambling along then that's exactly what you will do. You might need to change your ideas and change this mindset first before you change your fitness plan.

Work up a sweat

Those that can't remember the last time they worked up a sweat might want to think about stepping up the exercise pace. Moderate to vigorous exercise intensity means that you might find it difficult to sustain a conversation while you are moving. Instead, you are going to be focusing on your breathing as your heart rate rises.

Go beyond walking

However, if the thought of an aerobic class fills you with dread than you might want to explore what else is out there. There are many women over 50 involved in lots of different types of fitness, whether they have kept up a regime since their younger days or whether they have come back to exercise more recently. Really look at what you enjoy and what type of workout environment suits you. You could set goals and get into the habit of focusing on fitness beyond going for walks.
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September 23rd, 2014

exercisegeneral_Sep22_AMotivation might be all in the mind, springing from your attitudes, approach and focus but it might also be in the brain too! Recent research suggests an area of the brain which controls your motivation to work out might have been discovered. The Seattle Children's Research Institute study is interesting as a person who is motivated to work out can enhance their mood and this in turn could help researchers develop more targeted treatments in the fight against depression. It also serves to emphasize just how important fitness is for your wellbeing.
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