8 May 2013
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28 Apr 2013
Even as temperatures start to skirt toward triple digits, Arizona’s outdoors call avid athletes and nature lovers in the cool mornings. But too often lately, we’ve heard stories of hikers lost or caught unequipped.
A “quick” walk through the mountains that surround the Valley without proper hydration and shoes can turn ugly without planning. So it’s important to know what the experts recommend.
Don’t just take our word for it – we are not medical or health advisors – so make sure you know your body is ready for your journey or check with your doctor.
Here are some tips we found online.
The National Park Service recommends you carry one-half to one-full quart of water for every hour you plan to walk in the heat. Not sure how long you’ll be out? Bring more. The park service recommends drinking
The Mayo Clinic suggests a sports drink, rather than water, during “intense” exercising to replace sodium lost through sweat and to maintain a healthy balance in your body. Heat and altitude can contribute to a need for more hydration.
And don’t forget to continue drinking fluids after the hike is done.
Not sure when to go? Check out the weather app on your smart phone and see how quickly temperatures change. On one recent Saturday (in April), the high was 93 degrees. But at 7 a.m. – when there was plenty of sun – it was only 66 degrees. Two hours later it was 77 degrees. By 10 a.m., it reached 82 degrees. Plan accordingly, depending on how long you think your trek will take you.
Are you bringing kids with you? Make sure you’re carrying enough water for them, as well as snacks. We loved the ideas REI provided here for hiking with kids.
Don’t want to go alone? Check out the Meetups here.
Want to know the basics? Check out the “10 must have” items for a hike by the American Hiker Society (proper shoes, water and a first aid kit are on the list).
13 Apr 2013
We love to find good articles that offer health advice. Check out the one we found this week at the local newspaper site, Ahwatukee Foothills News. It gives tips on what to look for in food labels.
If, after reading that, you decide to grow some food on your own, check out this one about how to start a compost pile (great to add to your garden soil) on the Valley’s Clean n Fresh Cleaning Service site.
Not to be outdone, check out the recipe on the home page of Green Living AZ: Roast Chicken with Raspberry Glaze. Yum!
Here’s wishing you healthy eating.
22 Mar 2013
A quick glance at on a healthy event taking place this weekend. Check out the Arizona Health and Fitness Expo!
There are fitness demonstration, product information and giveaways. The first 100 people through either gated entrance receive a slew of product samples, discounts, and other cool stuff from the vendors. It opens 10am Saturday and 10am Sunday at the State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell, Phoenix.
Didn’t get up to one of Saturday morning’s races? There’s a Saturday night that could be fun. The Neon Run will take place t 7 p.m. at Chandler’s Firebird Raceway. Run under the glow of UV black lights. See photos and learn more at
And if you’re trying to make plans for next weekend, Gilbert is putting on The Hero Run, a family event where children and their families can dress up as their favorite super hero. There’s a timed 5K and a one-mile family walk/run. The event also includes a family fun zone. Check it out at fraughtons.wix.com/theherorun.
22 Mar 2013
There’s still a cool chill in the air in the morning. Spring is officially here and the outdoors calls.
But where to start?
Why not take advantage of what the winter rains gave us (besides much needed water!): Wildflowers are in bloom. With a short drive and a morning jaunt, you can view some of the best Arizona’s deserts have to offer.
One of the best stops online for information is the Arizona State Parks Ranger Cam. Rangers post digital photos from nearby spots (think Boyce Arboretum State Park and Lost Dutchman State Park), as well as places to the north and south of the Valley. The Arboretum launched guided wildflower walks earlier this month on alternate Saturdays and Sundays through May 1.
“Wild in Arizona” brings together beautiful photography by Paul Gill & Colleen Miniuk-Sperry with tips on where to go see the prettiest blooms. See their website at wildinarizona.com.
The Desert Botanical Gardens puts together a website each spring where visitors can self report where to find the best colors and blooms. The Arizona Wildflower Infosite also provides a map. Check out the Flickr account, too!
Arizona Highways Magazine has a list of wildflower hikes online right now. It also gives advice on how easy or difficult the hikes area, good for anyone who hasn’t been outdoors for a while or isn’t familiar with Arizona’s many trails.
In fact, with so many beautiful pictures to look at, it was hard to pick out one for this post. Thank you to the Ranger Cam for use of your photo!
21 Feb 2010
COPING WITH YOUR STRESSES AND ANXIETIES IN THE BUSINESS WORLD
By Stanley Popovich
Everybody deals with anxieties and stresses in the business world, however sometimes our anxieties can get the best of us. As a result, here is a list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their daily stresses and anxieties at their job and/or in the business world.
Sometimes, we get stressed when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breathe and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.
When facing a current or upcoming task at your job or business that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, divide the task into a series of smaller steps and then complete each of the smaller tasks one at a time. Completing these smaller tasks will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success.
Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. For example, you are afraid that if you do not get that job promotion then you will be stuck at your job forever. This depresses you, however your thinking in this situation is unrealistic. The fact of the matter is that there all are kinds of jobs available and just because you don’t get this job promotion doesn’t mean that you will never get one. In addition, people change jobs all the time, and you always have that option of going elsewhere if you are unhappy at your present location.
Remember that no one can predict the future with one hundred percent certainty. Even if the thing that you feared does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. For instance, let’s say at your place of work that you miss the deadline for a project you have been working on for the last few months. Everything you feared is coming true. Suddenly, your boss comes to your office and tells you that the deadline is extended and that he forgot to tell you the day before. This unknown factor changes everything. Remember: we may be ninety-nine percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world of difference.
In dealing with your anxieties at your job, learn to take it one day at a time. While the consequences of a particular fear may seem real, there are usually other factors that cannot be anticipated and can affect the results of any situation. Get all of the facts of the situation and use them to your advantage.
Our anxieties and stresses can be difficult to manage at our place of work and in the business world. The more control you have over your stresses and anxieties, the better off you will be in the long run at your job and other business endeavors.
Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/
1 Jan 2010
It seems every year there is the one goal to lose weight. Some are victorious and others not so much. So what does it take to get over the hurdle? Perhaps realistic goals – the weight didn’t get there over night so assumming it will be gone in two weeks isn’t gonna happen either.
80% of weight lose is related to YOUR diet. I know no one wants to hear that. With the proper guidelines you can actually transform your body in twelve weeks, yes thats 12 weeks not months or years. This is where your determination has to take over. Look its not forever, once there you can maintain.
We all look for the silver bullet, the magic pill, the immediate results - I don’t think there is one, unless you count your will and determination. After that the steps are VERY EASY. You can start with
- eat 6 small meals a day, every two to three hours
- eat a portion of protein and carbohydrates with each meal
- drink at least 10 cups of water a day
- add a portion of vegetables to at least 2 meals daily
See that’s not that hard. Keep in mind portion control. I don’t think we have considered this before. Read the labels and measure your portions until you become comfortable with what a actually portion is.
There is a wealth of information out there to help you SUCCEED. Check out Bill Phillips, “Body for Life”. Just remember this body has to take on quite a journey so cherish it. Best of luck, until next time…
18 Oct 2009
The cooler weather really brings out the best in us. Now is the time to get out and explore our state. Hiking is one way to do both. There is an array of hikes from easy (someone just starting out) to the advanced over night hikes (for the experienced), all with breath taking beauty.
Local hiking clubs can take the guess work out – making it easier to get out,exercise and enjoy the event with others. Check out www.azhikers.org or www.friendshiking.com. Being prepared can the most important ingredient to a great time. No one plans to have a mishap but they happen from time to time no matter how careful you are, SO be sure to take necessary items like WATER, phone or means to contact someone regarding your location, and be sure that you have let others know where you are hiking and the paths you are taking in the event of a rescue. Playing it smart should be rule number #1. Oh don’t forget some snacks and perhaps a small camera to capture the beauty surrounding you.
There are many books listing hikes throughout the state. Review the descriptions and listing. Hiking Arizona published by Falcon Guides has a complete list of hiking times, difficulty, seasons, elevation changes, distance and trail surfaces. A few essential items like proper clothing and hiking boots will add to a good time for everyone. Most of all ENJOY!!
18 Oct 2009
We all know it and yet it doesn’t make it any easier. Diet will make up 80 % of your success in weight lose. So why is it so hard then, we already know how to get there, our diet. I think we get side tracked by the little or hidden items, such as the salad dressings, the condiments we add to our foods, the drinks we consume. Everyone seems to have their theory on what works. I have found personally that it’s eating smaller meals on a more freguent basis. A slight reduction in calories and increase in activity. Personally I would rather work harder and eat, then slash calories and no exercise to reach the goal. Too often you hear of ladies consumming 1200 calories a day and not able to figure out why they can’t lose the weight. By doing it that way you put your body in a starvation mode and it will hold onto the calories rather then burning them. We have so many that have paved the way we only need to adhere – check out Fit for Life by Bill Phillips, P90X program, Weight Watchers. Find one that you enjoy and stick it out for the few months it takes and the NEW YOU will be forever gratefull.
31 Jul 2009
BRING YOUR FAMILY, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!!
Join Team Chances on Saturday August 1st, Pacanna Park at 6 AM for
Maricopa’s First Annual
Fit Family Challenge!!
FIT Family Challenge
Where: Pacanna Park Maricopa
Program Duration: August 1, 2009-September 5, 2009
Saturday August 1,8,15,22,29, September 5 6:00am-7:00am
Wednesday August 5,12,19,26, September 2 6:00pm-7:00pm
This is a running/walking and family fit fun activity program geared to prepare participants for the Maricopa Mile and 5k. Each week, the team coach will be on location leading a group run/walk and fun family park activities. During the official group workouts, participants will have access to Elite level coaches, nutritionist, and physical therapists. Families that chose to register for the program as official participants will receive 2 pedometers per family to use and track progress during the week. At the conclusion of the challenge, the family with the most distance accumulated will be declared the winner (Prizes to be determined). The award will be presented at the Maricopa Mile and 5k held on September 5th.
All participants will receive:
- Two family group fit fun activity and run sessions per week
- Raffle prizes
- Healthy snacks
- Professional Coaching and support
- Pre/post BMI and Body fat analysis (optional)
- Free injury prevention screening from Endurance rehab.
- Fit Family Challenge T-shirt
- Pre and Post fitness assessment
- Time with your family and friends in a healthy environment
- Entry Fee for 1 mile and 5k: FREE if you participate and attend 8-10 FIT FAMILY CHALLENGE TRAINING sessions!!
Yes…You read this right! TEAM Chances will be hosting the 1st Annual Maricopa Mile and 5k! Our goal is to share with the community the passion for health, fitness, and recreation that TEAM Chances embodies.
For more information please send me an email or call!!
True happiness, peace and purpose happened in my life when I started giving of myself as much as I gave to myself.
Chances for Children Program Director
In life every individual deserves the opportunity for success.