Your Fitness

Still thinking about getting started on a fitness program?Consider joining a group class for major results and major fun!Here are some benefits of working out with a group versus working out by yourself.

Qualified Instruction

Attending a class that is lead by a trained and qualified professional is a surefire way to learn the correct form of each exercise and can help you improve how you move your body to prevent injury or prevent making an existing condition worse. They also can show you how to modify exercises if you are at a different level than the rest of the class.

Variety

Just like women, group exercise comes in all shapes and sizes. There are already a large variety of classes available at most gyms and studios and more formats are being introduced all the time. You just need to try all formats to decide which best suits you. Some popular classes today are latin dancing, indoor cycling and mind/body classes.

Accountability

One advantage to group exercise classes is the accountability.If you decide not to attend classes, most likely your absence will be noticed. Consistency is huge when starting an exercise program and for this reason, the benefit of the accountability of a group exercise class will increase your results substantially. At RAM Fitness, we ask clients to sign-up in advance for classes to help schedule-in their workout. This adds another level of accountability to ensure your success.

Fun

Group exercise classes are a great way to have fun! If you are having fun, you will be more likely to go more often. Encourage other friends to join your class or make friends with the people around you. Many long-term friendships have been made with people just getting to know each other in an exercise class. Knowing that others know what you are going through will also help keep you coming back for more. And what could be more fun than a brand new fit and healthy body?

Come try out a group class at RAM Fitness! RAM Fitness offers a variety of small group classes to women of all shapes and sizes.

Heart-Healthy Future

Painting in her studio in Artmongerz Gallery in Greensboro, Jacalyn Romano, did not have a specific direction in mind. Rich yellow and red acrylics over plaster lines and swirls turned into a sun’s light reaching into deeper blue and burnt sienna hues.

Then Jackie experienced the worst pain in her life. “A fire struck the center of my chest and I just couldn’t stop screaming,” she describes.She was taken to Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, where she was told she was having a heart attack. Dr. Thomas Wall, now her friend for life, realized how dire her situation was and acted fast. On July 13, 2010, Jackie had a triple bypass and heart valve repair.

“I still had paint under my nails,” remembers Jackie. “My sister, Rebecca, helped me clean them at the hospital.” The painting she was working on took on a new meaning for her.When completed, she entitled it “Just a Heart Beat Away.” To her, the sun now represents a second chance. Since her heart attack, Jackie has stopped smoking and is managing her type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol with good nutrition and exercise. This experience inspired her to create a new series of artwork, entitled “Matters of the Heart.”

Jackie is proud to share her studio space with other artists in what she refers to as “The Gallery that Gives.” Jackie donated one of her works to the 2011 Guilford Heart Ball and other artists from the gallery are joining her.

“If I could send a message to women in Guilford County, it would be to take care of yourselves even through times of turmoil, listen to your body and don’t let your fear of hearing bad news keep you from seeing your doctor and possibly heading off heart disease,” shares Jackie.

February is American Heart Month and Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s nationwide initiative fighting heart disease in women, the #1 killer of women in North Carolina and the U.S.

For more information visit http://www.heart.org/goredtriad and http://www.heart.org/guilfordncheartball.

Monday has Arrived.

Yes Monday the day that everyone has to go back to work, school or whatever it is that they do.  Well today is a very special day in my African-American/Black American subculture for, today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. one of the leaders of the civil rights movements in the south which led to the end of segregation.

“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!”

With these words, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. built a crescendo to his final speech on April 3, 1968. The next day, the civil rights leader was shot and killed on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.

At the roots Dr. King’s civil rights convictions was an even more profound faith in the basic goodness of man and the great potential of American democracy. These beliefs gave to his speeches a fervor that could not be stilled by criticism.

He rose in 1955 from a newly arrived minister in Montgomery, Ala. to a figure of national prominence. It was Dr. King who dramatized the Montgomery bus boycott with his decision to make it the testing ground, before the eyes of the nation, of his belief in the civil disobedience teachings of Thoreau and Gandhi.

In the summer of 1963, Dr. King led the March on Washington, stirring the emotions of millions with the words “I have a dream.” On Dec. 10, 1964, he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

His strong beliefs in civil rights and non-violence made him one of the leading opponents to American participation in the war in Vietnam.

At the time he was assassinated in Memphis, Dr. King was involved in one of his greatest plans to dramatize the plight of the poor and stir Congress to help blacks. He called his venture the “Poor People’s Campaign.” — Adapted from the New York Times’ obituary. April 5, 1968.

It is a shame that he had to die they way he did but, his work along with many others lead to us having privileges that was frowned upon for many years due to oppression.

There must be something in the Water.

Okay let me tell you the reason for this post title, I am finding it harder and harder to like people or even to trust people because of the way they are acting today.  Furthermore it looks like my dreams of ever having a family of my own has bit the dust because after these last two articles, I am better off alone and unmarried than to be with a person that is mentally insane or with low morals.

Remember the Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary? Well the man that took in those children is being harassed by people claiming that he staged the shooting in order to make himself a hero.  This sweet, kind, and thoughtful old man protected this children when their teacher was killed by Lanza yet, you have people calling him and emailing him these horrific accusations that he was a part of this incident.

There are only two people to blame on that day one was Lanza himself and the other one was his mother because she was the one that took him out shooting and left him in a basement to do nothing but play violent video games.  So are you trying to state that this retire 69-year-old Psychologist was going to have a mentally insane person whom he probably never met in his life go out and kill innocent people?  I think Lanza should have came to him for mental evaluation.  However, its true that Mr. Rosen heard the shooting on that day but, who is to say that someone else did not call the police before he did.  That is the one thing a lot of people are saying, why didn’t he call the police.  Will to those who think he’s a part of it let me tell you something, you did not know what happen on that day so, who are you to say what was going through that man’s mind when a shooting took place? Have you, yourself been in that situation?  If so then okay but, if not keep that trap of yours shut because the man is a hero and 10 thousand people believe it so, get a life you idiot cowards.

Now for an elementary school two states away in Pennsylvania, what was that school thinking?  They allowed a complete stranger to take a little girl outside of class to only leave her under a park bleacher and her own mother did not know where she is but, they stated that a person claiming to be the child’s mother came to pick her up that morning.   You have to be kidding me on this one for aren’t there any uniform procedure to make sure that a person claims to be who they really are?  Couldn’t the school went and ask for some ID when it came to picking up the child?   That school has a lot of explaining to do and since the little girl has been found, they need to find the woman that blind folded her and made her go under the bleacher.  Poor child is at the children’s hospital right now to recover from hypothermia, this is an outrage to me and many other people whom do or do not have children.

We need more procedures to protect our children from these crazy people if we don’t then what is the purpose of keeping population in the United States?  First we need to reform the safety administration within the schools of all levels and we need to change the policy of gun control.   Secondly we need to have people evaluated more to determine if they are fit to carry a weapon of any kind when it comes to the safety of society.

School safety should be a priority for every state within the United States and within the communities surrounding the schools.