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Getting to the Heart of Heart Health

on Feb 5, 2018 4:26:57 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments |
What’s the number one killer in the U.S.? It’s actually our hearts if not taken care of correctly. In fact, heart disease takes the lives of 1 in 3 women every year. With heart disease being such an epidemic in the U.S., the American Heart Association has made February Heart Health Month. The month signifies a time to raise awareness for a preventable disease and stand in solidarity with those who suffer as we fight to find cures and further prevention.
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A Survey of Weight Loss Diets

on Jan 24, 2018 11:20:37 AM By | Barbara DuBois | 1 Comment | Nutrition food Clean eating cooking weight loss diet
Losing weight is high on almost everyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions in this country. According to Angela Haupt, assistant managing editor of health at U.S. News & World Report, weight loss experts ranked the top 10 diets based on the following criteria:
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New Year Resolution: Ditch the Fitness Resolutions

on Jan 12, 2018 10:35:47 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | New Year's Resolution workout healthy living weight loss
New year, new you. It’s easy to tell yourself this will be the year you wake up every morning to work out, stop eating fast food and give up soda cold turkey. But after two weeks of a jam-packed gym post New Year’s, the crowd soon dwindles back down to the regulars and we find ourselves ordering a diet Coke in the nearest drive-thru. In fact, one-third of New Year’s resolutions don’t make it passed January.
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Why You Need to Drink a Ho Ho Ho ‘Lotta Water

on Dec 11, 2017 1:40:26 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Hydration
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on Dec 5, 2017 1:26:54 PM By | Patrick Curtis | 0 Comments | 12 Day of Fitness
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Workey For That Turkey

on Nov 9, 2017 2:57:39 PM By | Tina Day | 0 Comments | Clean eating
The holidays are here and so are all the savory and sweet treats that come with them. Between the plethora of get-togethers and events, it seems almost impossible to avoid the temptation of gobble gobbling all the food in front of you. In fact, a single Thanksgiving meal can total between 2,500 to 4,500 calories. That’s right, one meal and you’ve significantly surpassed the recommended 2,000 daily calorie intake.
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Ruth & Samantha Set Out On a Journey to Change Their Lives

on Nov 1, 2017 2:18:27 PM By | Tina Day | 2 Comments | fitness Clean eating weight loss
We sat down recently with TAC members Ruth & Samantha, two sisters who are on a journey to change their lives. They shared with us how over the years both have struggled with losing weight and keeping it off. It’s a challenge they’re now facing head on!
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Winter is Coming!

on Oct 12, 2017 3:08:41 PM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | Gym and Health Club Exercises fitness winter
The trees are shedding their gold and the snow is gradually creeping down the mountains. Alaskans are observing animals everywhere kicking into high gear as they ready themselves for a long winter and for the last autumnal rites of mating. People are posting on social media sites of bears foraging in neighborhoods, on heavily frequented trails and simply ambling down roads. Moose are precariously grazing on the Northern Lights Boulevard median, besides the Glenn and Minnesota Boulevard and literally everywhere besides someplace safe. My maternal instinct wants me to urge them away, but with my luck, I’d unwittingly influence them to run into traffic. The Parks Service continues to knock out the valiant efforts of the beavers’ damming projects at University Lake, only to see the dams rebuilt in a few days. All the critters know it’s coming. They’re getting ready.
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Healthy Eating Tips

on Oct 2, 2017 10:39:54 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Healthy eating
Roast meat and vegetables in the oven instead of frying. You can roast pretty much anything in the oven in half an hour or less with only one teaspoon of olive oil, salt and pepper. Use foil to line the oven tray or make a foil “boat” for no-mess and easy clean up afterwards.
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Too Much or Not Enough?

on Sep 12, 2017 1:48:31 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Healthy eating Clean eating
Apple for breakfast… salad for lunch…everything in the fridge and pantry for dinner! Let’s face it, finding the right balance when it comes to portion control can be tough. Where’s that invisible line between starving and overeating?
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Rise and Grind

on Aug 4, 2017 12:08:22 PM By | Tina Day | 0 Comments | Getting Fit
Your fluffy cloud. Your safe haven. The only thing that hugs you back just right. It’s your bed, and sometimes there’s no harder thing to say goodbye to. The struggle is only intensified when there’s an intense workout directly ahead of you. But getting up in the morning for an early workout can actually be one of the most rewarding things you do all day. So what do you do to get over the hump and get into the morning rise and grind routine?
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Cooking Up Energy: Food for Before & After Workouts

on Jul 5, 2017 10:40:02 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | food cooking
We’ve all experienced the uncomfortable feeling of a meal sitting in your stomach like a rock while you attempt to work out. So what do you eat to avoid the dreaded “food baby”? 
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You Flow Girl! (And Gentlemen)

on May 31, 2017 1:33:20 PM By | Tina Day | 0 Comments | Yoga Community Events Yoga in the Park
When mentioning yoga, for many, a series of uncomfortable twisted poses (arsana) comes to mind, but yoga is much more than handstands and touching your feet to your head. Yoga is a 5,000-year-old Indian practice that connects the mind, body and breath through meditation. There are many different variations of yoga, including yoga flow, aerial yoga, hot yoga, yin yoga, hatha yoga, lyengar yoga, and the list goes on. While we won’t go into the details of each, the important thing to know is that yoga serves as a way to strengthen the mind and the body simultaneously, as they learn to move fluidly together.
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Compound Strength Movements for Enhanced Results

on May 19, 2017 9:45:25 AM By | Patrick Curtis | 0 Comments | fitness strength training
While combining activities or exercises for greater benefit is not an entirely new idea—think alternating push-ups with jumping jacks—the fitness industry has seen a tremendous recent growth in high-intensity-interval-training (HIIT) in a variety of forms.  One of the key concepts in this method of exercise is combining movements or alternating between two types of work through intervals for greater benefit.  The incredible human body will respond to this by getting stronger, faster and more coordinated through the various movements.  Another advantage to this type of training is time savings with the ability to target a variety of benefits in one workout.  For the purpose of this article we will keep the focus on strength specifically and how to get even better results from combining one or more strength movements—known as ‘compound exercises.’  There are a variety of ways to combine movements with one primary approach including a lower body move in combination with an upper body, effectively creating a ‘total body’ movement.  Squats and lunges may be done along with upper body moves to increase balance, control, coordination and, ultimately, functional strength that repeats the moves we make in real life activities.  
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The Bear Facts on Healthy Living

on May 9, 2017 1:46:16 PM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | summer hiking healthy living
Like all Alaskans who spend any time outdoors, I have had my bear encounters…many of them right here in the Anchorage woods. One time I was walking in North Bicentennial Park (Bear Central Park) with my friend Rosie and engaging in some mindless chit chat, when Rosie abruptly interrupted me with a low-toned, ominously simple warning, “Barb, a bear.”
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Cross Train for Spring

on Apr 25, 2017 3:12:46 PM By | Patrick Curtis | 0 Comments | strength training cross training
As the warmer months take over and confirm spring has arrived it is impossible to resist the pull of the sun for us Alaskans.  It feels wrong to let a sunny evening pass by without at least a walk outside.  As we switch gears from winter activities to breaking out into the great outdoors for all manner of sport, recreation and even some organized exercise, let’s remember to train our bodies for the change.  Cross training—simply defined as using one form of activity to train for another—can be a great way to help the body in the gym anticipate the variety of outdoor activities to come. 
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Gear Up For Goals

on Apr 5, 2017 2:57:08 PM By | Tina Day | 1 Comment | fitness gym clothes workout
Gym clothes. You have to admit, even when you’re cramming your 20 pairs of leggings or tanks into a drawer, it won’t stop you from buying more. It just seems we can never have enough. But are we buying the right clothes? We can all admit, sometimes we go for style over practicality, which begs the question, what should you really be looking for in your gym apparel?
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Irish You’d Eat More Greens

on Mar 9, 2017 11:02:24 AM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | Nutrition
There’s more to March than the traditional Irish dish: potatoes, boiled cabbage and corned beef. While it’s a delicious meal, the nutrition from this fatty, starchy food doesn’t possess the necessary nutrients to give you energy for any upcoming Irish jigs.   So what should we be putting into our body? The answer is vegetables filled with fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. Here are just a few of the examples of good-for-you veggies: Kale-This leafy green is not just for health fanatics. It’s low-calorie, high in fiber and possesses zero fat. Not only is it easy on the digestive track, but also the vitamins, folate and magnesium make it nutrient packed. And for those lacking in iron, kale is an excellent source. Spinach-For the cholesterol conscious, spinach is your best friend. It’s low in fat and can reduce cholesterol. It’s rich in antioxidants, containing 250 mg of calcium per cup, and is one of the best sources of potassium (it puts the banana to shame). We should also mention it’s only 27 calories for a whole cup! Broccoli-Your parents were just looking out for you when they nagged you to “eat your broccoli.” Broccoli is considered one of the most nutritious vegetables, and reduces cholesterol and inflammation. It’s rich in vitamin K and calcium, making it great for your bones as well. And as a good carb, high in fiber and low in sugar, a cup of broccoli is the perfect side for the health conscious. Brussels Sprouts-Brussels sprouts are a great solution if your digestive system needs a little boost. These little guys also pack a lot of protein - and you don’t have to eat too many to feel full and meet your vitamin C and vitamin K needs for the day. All it takes is one serving. 
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Good Friends are Good for your Health

on Feb 27, 2017 3:52:54 PM By | Barbara DuBois | 3 Comments | health friendship mental health
These days we hear a good deal about Mindfulness, a new form of health awareness. We are not only to live on a high level of the wellness continuum or practice holistic health; now, we are to be mindful of all the detailed and comprehensive factors that contribute to our health. On that note, I’d like to raise a little awareness level myself of one of the most critical and oftentimes discounted features of good health: friendship. There is an abundance of psychological literature, one of my best friends assures me, who also happens to be a psychologist, supporting the healthful benefits of friendship. For years I used to remind her that we really don’t all need hours and hours with a psychologist when a good friend and a good cup of coffee will do the trick. I just happen to have all three: friend, psychologist and coffee in one fell swoop. (Of course, if a good psychologist is what one needs, by all means, seek one out!)
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Coffee Health Benefits: Energy Booster & So Much More

on Feb 16, 2017 1:07:56 PM By | Elize Rumsley – RD, LD, CDE, MS, PhD. | 0 Comments | heart health
Your cup of coffee is not only giving you the caffeine that you need for a quick pick-me-up.”  In fact, the effect of caffeine doesn’t last for long. For some people, caffeine may even increase blood pressure temporarily. But coffee is not only about caffeine, it is actually rich in some antioxidants that promote health. Some of the health benefits include increased cognitive function, increased physical endurance and decreased risk for diabetes type 2, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and memory loss.
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Guilt Free Super Bowl

on Feb 3, 2017 4:49:18 PM By | Elize Rumsley – RD, LD, CDE, MS, PhD. | 0 Comments | Super Bowl
Many of us are trying hard to lose the weight gained during the holidays. And after the New Year’s Eve partyies are over, we think we're in the clear; then it hits us, all of the college bowls and NFL play-offs still to come and weeks of buffet tables laden with high calorie temptations. Then, the “grand salami” - the Super Bowl!
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We Heart Health

on Feb 1, 2017 2:35:04 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | heart health
February: it’s the month cupid has everyone shuffling, either to find their Valentine the right gift, or just to find a Valentine. But what if we shifted our focus from winning over someone’s heart, and instead focused on keeping our own heart healthy? In honor of Heart Health Month, we encourage everyone to make a healthy heart more of a priority, which can ultimately prevent heart disease, the number one killer of women. In fact, heart disease is such an epidemic, 1 in 3 women die from heart disease a year. That’s approximately one woman every minute. Specific to Alaska, heart disease and stroke is the second and fourth leading cause of death. In 2014, heart disease took the lives of 19 percent of Alaskans, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. And while there are some factors you can’t control when it comes to heart disease, such as age, gender, heredity and race, there are many factors you can control through a healthy diet and exercise.
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A Super You Starts with a Super Diet

on Jan 12, 2017 6:10:32 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Nutrition
It’s a brand new year that hopefully leads to a brand new you. If you’ve made a resolution for 2017, there’s a one in five chance that it was about losing weight and/or eating right. Unfortunately, instead of reaching for common, healthy food options, some dieters jump into detox diets or gorging on the latest superfood.
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7 Reasons to Take a Women's Self Defense Class 

on Jan 4, 2017 12:39:00 PM By | Ellie Gottstein | 1 Comment | fitness self-defense
7 Reasons to Take a Women's Self Defense Class
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Shake off "Auld Lang-xiety"

on Dec 16, 2016 6:12:25 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | New Year's Resolution Getting Fit
It may feel a little early to talk about New Year’s resolutions, but it’s actually the perfect time. Too often, we put off starting today for starting tomorrow on our goals and then put a lot of pressure on ourselves to totally transform come January 1. Do you know what statistically the most likely day to start a diet or new workout regimen is?  Tomorrow. But, really, the best day to start a new diet or workout is today. It’s tempting to wait around until next week or right after ringing in 2017, but the best way to a healthier, happier you in 2017 is starting in 2016. Here are some tips to taking the pressure off starting on January 1 and keep on the right track for your 2017 fitness goals.
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Winter Fun Camp - A Great Place for Kids When Schools Out!

on Dec 7, 2016 3:18:42 PM By | The Alaska Club | 1 Comment | Kids Camp
If you're like many parents, your thinking about what activities your kids can participate in to keep them active and having fun during the holiday break. The Alaska Club's Winter Fun Camps offer safe and fun environments for kids during their holiday breaks. They'll participate in a variety of healthy activities including swimming, sports, games and other youth activities. Winter camps are available to members and non-members, and provide before and after day care for an additional cost. They're available at the Eagle River, East & South Club locations.
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Get Started with Twelve Days of Fitness!

on Dec 6, 2016 4:54:16 PM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | fitness 12 Day of Fitness
It was one year ago almost to the day that I noticed this December Alaska Club promotional on the marquee: “Twelve Days of Fitness for $25” and at first blush I thought, “What’s the point of that?” I drove by the club everyday thinking about this and finally, I decided to convince my couch-potato husband, John, to take advantage of it. Now really, why on earth would anybody want merely twelve days of fitness? That’s it. Twelve days. There is a logic to just twelve days for $25. It’s the no-risk option. I mean, for a non-athlete such as my husband who needed to shed a few pounds, if he didn’t like it, well, it’s only twelve days and it’s only $25. No major gamble there if a person doesn’t like it, right? I think John was nervous that the Alaska Club would be filled with glamorous looking athletic types with natural six-packs who appear as if they have nothing better to do with their time than do two hundred crunches a day and figure out the latest smoothie recipe. Or maybe there would be the type of crowd that enjoyed suffering with grueling exercises.
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How to Cure The Winter Blues

on Nov 18, 2016 4:04:47 PM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | mind-body
Since the bitter cold is upon us, not to mention shorter days and longer, darker hours, I am finding the need to do more, much more, to keep my body pliable, my aerobic capacity up and every bit as important, my spirits high. As a baby boomer, I find myself in the ranks of a generation struggling with the long term consequences of some poor health habits and simply the progressive traits of aging: stiffness, poor posture, hours of sitting before a computer on a daily basis as well as the drying of joints, bones and the stiffening of muscles. Even though I have always been fairly athletic and proudly consider myself an active adult with decent self-care habits, I find I still need professional help to assist with some health matters that I cannot accomplish on my own. The Alaska Club has provided a plethora of ways I can resolve these problematic and reoccurring health issues.
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Why Wearables Alone Won’t Help Shed Pounds

on Nov 4, 2016 10:17:02 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | fitness Gym
Fitbits, Moovs, Jawbones, Apple Watches, and Samsung Gears are on many shopping lists for the holiday season. But, before you grab that hot tech device for Aunt Gladys or include it in your wish list to Santa, ask yourself if that fitness tracker fits into a larger eco-system of health for yourself or Aunt Gladys. Fitness trackers are a fantastic way to track progress and monitor health. Unfortunately, about one-third of fitness trackers are abandoned after about six months, according to research firm Endeavor Partners. Guess you’re getting mittens next year, Aunt Gladys… One reason for that abandonment is that fitness trackers are not a cure-all to all fitness ills and don’t necessarily help with motivation.
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You "Otter" Be Swimming!

on Oct 21, 2016 1:28:04 PM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | swimming fitness
This fall my husband and I had one of our weekend getaways to Seward. We enjoyed strolling down to the harbor and sauntered about on the docks. We happened upon a young couple from Israel watching no less than seven different otters cavorting about in a semi-enclosed section of the harbor. Two otters were rafting up, one politely holding on to his nap buddy’s foot. Two more were simply tussling and somersaulting about in playful pairing. Another set were snatching shell fish off the docks’ peers not even a yard from our feet, loudly munching the shells like a kid eating Captain Crunch cereal with his mouth open. Each succession of crunching was followed by a quick spin to rinse off the shell debris. But the one otter that fascinated me the most was the one that liked to run interference. He’d glide in and try to disrupt the rafters, inject himself on the two players’ games and seemed mildly interested in the foodies. He just wanted some involvement. Anything and everything was good.
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What Makes a Champ: Sadie Bjornsen

on Sep 16, 2016 12:01:40 PM By | Courtney Harkins | 3 Comments | fitness US Ski Team
From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal, landing their first cork 7 or joining a club team. Alongside USSA’s mascot Champ, take a look at how all of these athletes strive to be Best in the World. As we continue to explore what makes USSA athletes champions, we’re learning more than we ever expected.
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When #SquadGoals meet #SquatGoals

on Sep 1, 2016 5:55:09 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | workout partners gym buddy
The best thing to add to your workout routine isn’t more mileage, heavier weights, or more time in the gym, but a workout buddy. A workout partner is one of the most effective ways to get healthier and have fun achieving your fitness goals. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t pursue a swolemate, Pilates partner, bosu bosom buddy, Tai Chi chum, Tabata teammate or Zumba socializer. A good partner can motivate you to get you going, push you harder, and be a cheerleader of your fitness goals.
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Breakfast of Champions: Fuel for your own Olympic workouts

on Aug 18, 2016 1:29:17 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Healthy eating Olympics
The Olympics are always inspiring. The event brings together the pinnacles of human physical perfection from across the world and showcases amazing acts that turn sweat into legend. Some things are new: golf returns as an Olympic event after a 112-year absence. But some things are classic: the solidarity during the opening ceremony, the swell of national pride during medal ceremonies and the Breakfast of Champions.
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Spice It Up With Herbs

on Jul 25, 2016 1:14:03 PM By | Elize Rumsley – RD, LD, CDE, MS, PhD. | 0 Comments | Healthy eating Healthy herbs
The FDA has finally established voluntary sodium targets for food companies and restaurants with the goal of lowering the amount of sodium (salt) consumed by Americans. In order to enhance the taste of most foods, you don’t have to use much salt.  Try to use more herbs, fresh or dried.  This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to add flavor to foods. Herbs such as parsley, cilantro, chives, thyme, basil, mint rosemary, oregano, tarragon, marjoram, sage and dill are actually packed with more phytonutrients than typical salad greens.  Several herbs are associated with lowering blood pressure.
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10 Men’s Health Tips

on Jul 1, 2016 12:23:03 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Men's Health
The Alaska Club focuses on Men’s Health and dedicates the month of July to raising awareness. It’s all about early detection of diseases and improving physical and mental health for men nationally. Yet, keeping healthy is an all-year endeavor. Here are 11 tips for the other months that aren’t Men’s Health Month.
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Yoga In The Park & WNBA Star Kelsey Griffin

on Jun 27, 2016 6:02:23 PM By | Kelsey Griffin, WNBA | 0 Comments | Yoga in the Park
Since I was last in Alaska a lot of exciting things have happened, I became an Australian citizen so I now hold duel citizenships with the US and Australia. Part of becoming an Australian citizen made me eligible for the Australian opals - the Australian national basketball team. I made the final 20 but was released from the team in April.
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Allergy Season is Upon Us

on Jun 14, 2016 1:59:04 PM By | Elize Rumsley – RD, LD, CDE, MS, PhD. | 0 Comments | food allergy
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Zumba instructor with Down syndrome wows

on May 16, 2016 11:56:25 AM By | Beth Bragg | 0 Comments | group fitness zumba
Reported by The Alaska Dispatch News The music begins and Yulissa Arescurenaga comes to life. And so does the room full of people in her Zumba class Friday afternoon at Service High School. The music, pulsating with Latin beats, is familiar. So are the moves, many of them inspired by dances like the merengue and salsa. What’s different is that Arescurenaga has Down syndrome. A 24-year-old Californian by way of Peru, Arescurenaga spent six years learning and memorizing routines in order to become a licensed Zumba instructor. “She was killing it,” said Liam Mamikunian, a recent Service graduate and one of about 50 people who worked up a sweat under Arescurenaga’s guidance. “She didn’t miss a beat.” Mamikunian is co-president of Service’s Special Olympics Partners Club, which pairs mentors like him with special education students. Arescurenaga’s workout left him exhausted – and impressed. “I got an amazing workout,” he said. “It’s an amazing inclusive experience. There’s no differences when it comes to this.” Arescurenaga and her mother and aunt are in Anchorage this week courtesy of the Alaska Chapter of the National Down Syndrome Congress. The group teamed up with The Arc of Anchorage and the Alaska Club to bring Arescurenaga to town for two days of instruction. For full story, go to Alaska Dispatch News/Sports by Beth Bragg.
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Family & Fitness Go Together Like Birds of a Feather

on May 9, 2016 5:50:37 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | fitness group fitness family fun
Let's us set the scene:  You are in the kitchen trying to make dinner for your little brood. Jimmy is running laps around the house because he thinks "open concept kitchen-living area" really means "the perfect place to see if I can break the sound barrier." Sara, who is usually somewhat sensible, has positioned the cushions from the couch under the stairs to create a soft landing area in case she falls from the banister, which obviously she must climb as if it is some building in a Tom Cruise/Mission Impossible stunt. And of course baby is bouncing quietly, acting like an angel, but giving you a look that says "yeah, just wait until I'm mobile..."  
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Fabulous Mom's Day Giveaway

on May 3, 2016 6:09:00 PM By | The Alaska Club | 3 Comments | spa fitness mothersday giveaway health
Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Let’s show mom she’s really fabulous this year with a fantastic giveaway package worth over $400 from The Alaska Club. Enter now through May 6th and you could win a 3-month Spa Membership AND a $200 gift card to The Body Shop! Click here to enter.
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Get Started Today On Your Road to Fitness

on Apr 24, 2016 3:38:28 PM By | The Alaska Club | 1 Comment | Slim, Trim & Tone
Creating the sleek, athletic shape you want is all about strategically building muscle to create shape, and shedding the fat that’s covering it up. By working all the large muscle groups you’ll burn a ton of calories, and the balance and core components of the workout will give you the slim, trim, and toned physique you desire.
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Spring into Running by Training at The Club

on Apr 12, 2016 11:13:54 AM By | The Alaska Club | 1 Comment | running tri training
Spring time! cue collective sigh of relief from everyone feeling cooped up during winter… It's the season of new life and sunshine (ohhh, glorious sunshine). Almost everyone has reasons to be excited for the coming of spring, but we're going to focus on a group for whom spring adds an extra, well, spring to their step: runners. Now wait. Before you say "Oh, that's not me because I'm not a runner," hear us out. At some point in our lives, each of us has probably seen someone running and thought, "Hmm, I should probably try that."  Well, we agree. You should try it. As far as being active goes, running is about the most approachable option. It doesn't require a ton of specialized equipment, it can fit almost any schedule, and it can be a group or solo activity. It's true that it's an acquired taste for some people (similar to winter camping or canned Salmon), so don't feel disheartened if you tried it once and didn't fall in love immediately. You're not alone. Instead, think of it like your New Year's resolutions some of the best predictors of success are being realistic and having a game-plan. So let's focus on that.
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Olympic skier Randall maintains fitness, anticipates future

on Apr 7, 2016 10:49:30 AM By | Beth Bragg | 0 Comments | Gym Olympics
The International Ski Federation’s status report for Anchorage’s Kikkan Randall didn’t quite hit the mark this ski season. It says she’s injured. True, the nation’s most successful cross-country skier missed the entire 2015-16 season. But not because she is injured. Randall is pregnant. And while that kept her on the World Cup sidelines this winter, it didn’t keep her from maintaining a high level of fitness throughout her pregnancy, and it isn’t keeping her from making plans to return to world-class competition and chasing what would be an unprecedented fifth Olympic appearance for an American cross-country skier.
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The Alaska Club – A Favorite Gym of Alaskans!

on Mar 28, 2016 3:28:24 PM By | Patrick Curtis | 0 Comments | fitness Gym
Choosing a gym or health club where you will work toward your personal fitness goals often depends greatly on your own interests and how you feel when entering and using a facility.  For some there are particular activities they wish to have access to such as sports in addition to exercise equipment.  For others, the knowledge that there are options for families who want to spend time together exercising or recreating in a variety of ways is important.  Perhaps it’s the ability to get a massage when a workout is completed as a reward.  One of the best ways to determine if a health/fitness location is right for you is to try it out! Scheduling an appointment for a tour is a great way to experience what a club has to offer. When touring, be sure to ask questions and review the options in equipment and variety of services available.  Exceptional customer service also can put us at ease and make us feel good about the place where we will spend time investing in our healthy lifestyle. 
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ALS Fundraisers

on Mar 11, 2016 12:38:56 PM By | Tina Day | 1 Comment | finding a cure
The Alaska Club has made a commitment to raise $20,000 for ALS through our partnership with Augie’s Quest for continued research to find a cure! Over the next few months, you will learn more about how you can help, but first we want to tell you why this cause is so important to us!
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Nutrition: work with your body, not against it!

on Mar 4, 2016 6:26:46 PM By | Patrick Curtis | 1 Comment | Nutrition
Have you ever had someone tell you a factoid that you accepted as true, simply because they said it with confidence? Maybe it just seemed to make sense, or maybe you've heard the same thing before? Perhaps it was the statement "Humans only use 10% of our brains.” Or the popular "If you swallow chewing gum, it will take your body 7 years to digest it."  These statements don't seem so unbelievable as to warrant severe doubt immediately, and the fact you've probably heard a handful of people say the same thing makes them easy to believe. But it also turns out... they aren't true at all! Same thing with NUTRITION!  We continue to learn more and more about what foods are best for our bodies and how foods are processed, and yet all of us probably have a nutrition misconception or two lingering in our brain.  So we're going to callout some of the truths about nutrition and see if it helps!
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Is Heart Disease Preventable?

on Feb 18, 2016 12:04:26 PM By | Elize Rumsley – RD, LD, CDE, MS, PhD. | 1 Comment | heart health
According to 2015 CDC[1] data, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Every year about 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack. Risk factors include hypertension, elevated cholesterol levels, diabetes, weight gain, inactivity, excessive alcohol intake and smoking. You can significantly decrease your chances of having a heart attack by improving your diet and being more physically active.
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The Alaska Club Celebrates 30 Years of Health & Fitness

on Feb 10, 2016 4:59:17 PM By | AK Business Monthly | 2 Comments | fitness Gym 30 Year Anniversary
February 11, 1986 was the start of it all! Anchorage real estate professional Andrew Eker and former Alaska Pacific Bank president Tom Behan, along with a group of 50 investors, bought the Alaska Teamsters’ recreation center in east Anchorage and established the East Club. By 1997, more locations were added and today there are 14 locations across the state. The Alaska Club has a great deal to celebrate: three decades of being the state’s largest fitness organization, a steadfast membership base and the ability to continually reinvest in our facilities. Some of the most recent investments include multi-million dollar renovations at the Fairbanks and Juneau clubs, a new pool and splash park at the Eagle River club, new racquetball courts and a state-of-the-art group cycling studio at the South Anchorage club, and upgrades to the racquetball courts at the East club. New equipment, spa amenities and classes continue to be added and more projects are slated for this year.  “With these successes, there have been challenges,” says CEO Robert Brewster, who has been with The Alaska Club for over 28 years. He credits many of the early successes to the founders’ strong business acumen. “They were able to shepherd the organization through some difficult early years.” Robert attributes three key factors to the sustained success of The Alaska Club: convenience, variety and community.
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Marching to the Beat of Your Own…Heart

on Feb 3, 2016 1:27:21 PM By | Patrick Curtis | 2 Comments | fitness heart health
Chevy Chase. Beyonce. Napoleon. The lunch lady. Bruce Lee. Grumpy Cat. This random assortment of humans (and one animal) all have something in common: hearts. They each have one. February and hearts go together like PB&J (clearly we’re referring to the greatest love story from The Office, Pam Beesly & Jim…) but we’ll let someone else handle the gooey relationship stuff (we’re looking at you, Russell Stover commercial). So while February 14th is a reminder to make plans for your figurative heart, the whole month of February is a good chance to think about taking care of your actual, physical heart. You know, that silent partner that is constantly working to keep you alive. Yeah, we’d say it’s worth showing some love. But you can’t appreciate your heart (or why it’s worth taking care of) without a quick refresher of how it fits into the whole “staying alive” (ah, ah, ah, ah, staying alive, staying alive) scheme.
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Are You Eating Enough Fiber?

on Jan 25, 2016 5:40:29 PM By | Elize Rumsley – RD, LD, CDE, MS, PhD. | 0 Comments | Nutrition fitness fiber
Fiber is part of the carbohydrate group that can’t be digested by our gut, but is essential for good health. Fiber promotes bowel regularity, provides fullness, helps with weight management, blood sugar control, constipation, diverticulosis, colon cancer and depending upon the type of fiber, helps lower blood cholesterol.
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