What is oil pulling? Social media has been buzzing about oil pulling and all its benefits. It appears to be the newest health fad with claims that it will white teeth, help cure hang overs, detoxify the body, and more. But does it really work and how can you get started? Find out all the facts and the benefits of oil pulling after the jump.
Tomorrow is the first day of Lent. Lent is a period of fasting for 40 days for Christians in preparation of Easter. We fast, or abstain from something, in order to feast on God. If you’re looking to shake some unhealthy habits, why not use this time during Lent. For one, it’s only 40 days (technically 46 if you count Sundays). Two, unhealthy habits are difficult to break and we all could use a little divine intervention. If you’re struggling to decide on what to give up, here are ten unhealthy habits to give up for Lent that will benefit your health. Not only should you consider giving them up for Lent, but also for life.
If you’ve ever questioned your significance and whether you can make a difference, ride (or run, or swim) for a cause. This weekend was NYC’s annual Cycle For Survival, an indoor cycling event that raises money for research and treatment of rare cancers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 50% of cancer cases are rare cancers, such as stomach, pancreatic, thyroid, and more. My grandmother passed three years ago from gallbladder cancer and I know
many all of you have be affected by cancer in some way.
My friend Brianne (who recently shared her amazing story — read it here if you have not yet done so), invited me to join her for the Love Your Muscles two-hour ride at Crunch Fitness to raise money for Augie’s Quest Charity in search of a cure for ALS. Augie’s Quest and Crunch Fitness challenged participants to Love Your Muscles, also the month-long fundraiser’s slogan. I rode for two hours. It’s the longest I have ever ridden, and my butt still feels it!
I broke up with my gym. My friend Brianne, who recently shared her story, knows how much I’ve hated this Astoria gym because she at one time was a member. The convenience of this gym’s facility was most appealing to me. In New York, we judge everything by two things: 1. How far a location is from home/work. 2. How close said location is to a subway stop. My award-winning gym was three blocks from my apartment, and just happens to be right next to my subway stop. This Astoria gym’s facility is beautiful and affordably priced at $59 per month. But alas, I just could not get over how poorly the gym was managed nor the rude staff.
I went in Friday to discontinue my membership and was directed to the office where either J (a man) or V (a woman) would assist me. I turned the corner and only saw one woman, who just happened to be V (she didn’t say hello) and she also happened to be the rude receptionist I’ve had to tolerate for three years.
One summer in college I was the front desk receptionist at a Washington Sports Club. That summer, I learned that most people, even those who actually go to the gym, don’t want to be at the gym. I also learned that the attitude of the receptionist determines how a person’s workout will go. Their words are the first things guests hear upon entering the gym, and the last thing they hear when they leave.
LGC Tip For Gyms: Your front desk person is not just a receptionist. S/he is the face of your company. Don’t assign (or hire) anyone, like V, who doesn’t smile, say hello/goodbye, or just looks inconvenienced when they’re to do their job.
So as I hunt for a new gym, I tread lightly. I did just get out of a long term relationship of sorts. I’m allowed to take my time and test the water. I’m determined to not be fooled by shiny facilities, marketing verbiage, or awards again so I’ve come up with a checklist of sorts — my top 10 signs of a good gym for those looking for a new gym or evaluating their current one.