The Pulse - March/April 2006

Volume 2.2

Get your kicks in 2006

Your Body Basics Crew jump-started the year on a good note and we hope you did too! If you made a New Year’s resolution, we hope you are sticking to it to fulfill whatever goal and objective you had in mind for this year.

In the Jan/Feb issue, we kicked off our Get your kicks in 2006 series with an article about starting your day off right with a good, healthy, well-balanced breakfast. This month, we thought we would hit on the issue of stress as we give you one avenue of stress relief that is bound to make you crack a smile.

Reduce your stress laugh a little (or a lot)

Can laughter really help with stress? It sure can! Laughter is a healing activity. It can also be quite a workout. Have you ever laughed so hard that your abs actually hurt and your face muscles are exhausted?! That’s some good exercise you just put your body through. It was so much fun, I bet you never realized the benefits that laughter has on your health and well being.

Laughter operates on three levels: the biophysical, the biochemical and the bioenergetic levels.

At the biophysical level, laughter moves lymph fluid around your body by the convulsions experienced during laughter. Your body needs to move to properly circulate lymph fluid so that your immune system may carry out its natural functions. Laughter is a great way to do just that.

Laughter also increases oxygenation of your body at both the cellular and organ levels. When you laugh, you intake large amounts of oxygen in huge gulps, and as this process is repeated, your body goes through somewhat of a temporary hyperventilation session.

Increasing your intake of oxygen is a good thing for your body. Oxygen is one of the primary catalysts for biological energy in the body and is an element of intracellular energy that’s absolutely necessary to sustain human life.

Laughing also boosts circulation and gets your body moving! The harder you laugh, the greater these effects will be. If you can find a way to get yourself rolling around with outrageous laughter, you are going to feel wonderful and get a great workout in the process!

On the biochemical level, when you laugh, your body generates a wealth of healing chemicals such as serotonin (a brain chemical that affects emotions, behavior and thought) as well as other immune-boosting chemicals like interleukins (substances that can improve the body’s natural response to disease).

In other words, laughter can help defeat the negative health affects of chronic stress. To learn more about this, check out the emerging science called psychoneuroimmunology the study of the link between the mind and the immune system.

Here are some tips on finding something to laugh about: rent a funny movie, hang out with a comical friend, observe a child (they still know how to play and laugh) and finally, train at Body Basics where there is always a good time to be had.

Funny websites:

This article is paraphrased from the content segment from the book “The Five Habits of Health Transformation” by Mike Adams. The book covers the five most effective, yet effortless strategies for enhancing health.

Stepping Out Events

Grocery Shopping with your Body Basics Fitness Coach

As your Body Basics FitnessCoaches, we are committed to helping you, our clients, reach your goals. To assist in our doing just that, we have added a new service that we feel is very beneficial – Grocery shopping with your FC! While fitness is our main focus here, we realize that nutrition plays a huge part in what we do and especially in your success. We also realize that nutrition may seem like a complex and tricky subject – but it does not have to be. Therefore, we are taking our services outside of the studio and into the local grocery stores. Your FC will show you how to make a selection of healthy foods and how to compare nutrition labels when deciding what product to put in your cart. This is also a time for us to see what you would normally do, and then we can together tweak what needs to be tweaked. Get ready for a fun session of education, inspiration and empowerment with your Body Basics FitnessCoach.

The cost of one one-hour shopping session is the same as a one hour one-on-one training session in the studio. Please meet with your FitnessCoach to make an appointment.

It’s Race for the Cure time again!

The annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, benefiting breast cancer research, is on April 2nd and that means it is time to sign up for our team, Body Basics Crew. We will be designing team t-shirts for the event and the order form is posted in the studio. Even if you are unable to participate in the walk/run, you may purchase a t-shirt to show your support for our team as well as to the Susan G. Komen foundation. All of the proceeds from the t-shirt sales will be donated to the foundation.

The different categories of the run/walk are:
-Non-Competitive 5K run/walk or 1 mile walk/run
-Competitive 5K run
-Competitive and non-competitive run/walk for the kids
-Sleep in for the Cure (this if for those unable to attend)

If you are interested in being a part of the Body Basics Crew, please register with us online:

Follow these steps:

  1. Go online to www.komensaz.org
  2. Click on the Race for the Cure logo
  3. Click on Register Here or Make a Donation
  4. Continue through the registration process with your credit card in hand. Be sure to select Join a Team and scroll down through the list of team names to find Body Basics Crew.
  5. You will notice that we have a goal number of 30 team members and hope to raise $ 400 in donations – so your donations are greatly appreciated. We welcome any friends or family that would like to sign up with our team as well!

More information can be found at www.komensaz.org and we will post the race-day schedule and more details on our bulletin board in the studio as the race date approaches.

Coming Soon desert Dawgs Boot Camp

Beginning May 30th of this year BodyBasics will begin to offer the outdoor favorite, Desert Dawgs Boot Camp again. This program is for those of you who have a great level of fitness already, enjoy running and being outdoors, and like the idea of being pushed harder than you would push yourself. Boot Campers take part in exercise sessions outdoors that improve fitness in all areas; strength, endurance, flexibility, speed, balance, and of course mental toughness. Just ask those who have been there (20 lb. PVC piping overhead in the wash) and they will tell you. Sign ups begin in April so call for further details.

Client Spotlight

Sandra Heater

December 2005 Client of the month photo

Sandra Heater

With increases in flexibility, balance, coordination, and most importantly confidence, it is no wonder why Sandra is our December client of the month. Come in any Tuesday or Thursday around lunchtime and you are bound to see her and Coach Chris concocting some kind of new challenge like one of her favorites, the Scott Curl pictured above.

Keep up the good work.
Chris, Jenny, Cecile, Gordon, Jason

The 97.5 Bob-Over Final Update!

Congratulations to all the ladies of the 97.5 Bob-Over 12-week makeover program put on by Body Basics Health and Fitness! Kim, Aanya, Jenifer, Jennifer and Angela we are all so proud of your efforts and it was a pleasure working with you for the past 12 weeks.

Although every Bobette stood out in one way or another, there was one final contestant winner who was awarded on Jan 21, 2006. Congratulations to Angela Swift! Over the 12 week program, Angela worked very hard to not only lose 15 pounds, but she also gained a wealth of knowledge and made the necessary life changes to continue along towards a healthier, happier life. Your Body Basics FitnessCoaches are very proud of you Angela! Keep it up girl!

Your Coaches,
Chris, Cecile, Jenny, Gordon and Jason

Our Mission

To empower people to realize their innate abilities by providing an environment that nurtures, educates and inspires.

Keep Up the Great Work!

We are very proud of all of you!

Chris, Cecile, Jenny, Jason, Gordon

Staff picture December 2005

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