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How Can I Incorporate and Remind Myself to Exercise During the Day? --Brad LaRocque

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It seems everybody is busy these days, but that is not an excuse to skip exercising. Exercise doesn’t have to be done all at once, it can be done in little bursts throughout the day. There is no set time or repetition amount, just as long as you get up more than a couple times a day to do an exercise. If you were to get up and do a few jumping jacks, you will be doing your body some good than if you were to just sit. By the end of the day these little bursts of exercising could add up to a really good workout. Whenever I have 2-5 minutes free I will do an exercise, whether its jumping jacks, planks, pushups, sit-ups, squats, or a quick 5 minute walk. There are many easy and quick exercises you can do in a short amount of time. To work your legs you can do a couple squats, standing up and sitting down in your chair. If you would like to work your abdomen, a Russian hold is a good exercise. Whether you’re sitting at work, home, or school, just pick your feet up off the ground for a couple seconds then put them back down for a couple repetitions. The best exercises are the ones where we are getting up out of our chairs and moving around.

Right Fit Provides Teacher In-Service at La Grange Elementary

Suzanne Gray, Eric Stone and Sheena Leedham of Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness, recently gave a three hour in-service to twelve Physical Education and Health La Grange School Teachers on Proper Environment and Power of Play for Special Populations.

Suzanne covered the basics of Raise the Bar and its implementation in the classroom for children with and without special challenges. She elaborated on the D.I.M.E approach(design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation) when planning for any new fitness program. Sheena identified sensory processing hurdles many children with special needs face in the physical education school setting. Sheena also provided the teachers an array of strategies and solutions to meet individual and group sensory needs. Eric presented strength and conditioning exercises suitable for children and adults with special challenges and later showcased proper form and technique.

Moving Steel at Right Fit

Sunday, December 9th 2012, the APF/AAPF Raw Power Competition was held at Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Spectators enjoyed this local sports event, watching male and female powerlifters of all ages, shapes and sizes. It was no surprise Right Fit Coach Eric Stone entered two teen age clients with special needs to set personal records in the Bench Press! We were equally amazed at the power, grace, and strength of beautiful Dawn Maroscher, from Monster Garage Gym. What a role model for every BODY especially women!
To learn more about Dawn Maroscher visit: http://www.monstergaragegym.com/.

Although we don’t hold weekly powerlifting meets, it’s definitely the “right” sport that complements everything we hope to achieve at our inclusive facility! In fact, we’re now offering a new class called Push the Slider for youth with autism and special physical challenges. Push the Slider was designed to develop strength and endurance while pushing this mighty piece of equipment along the turf.

Medical Fitness Association Conference Wrap-up

On November 30th Right Fit’s owner, Suzanne M. Gray and special needs fitness director, Sheena Leedham, took a trip to New Orleans to present at the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) 21st Annual International Conference. Suzanne and Sheena gave a presentation titled “The Proper Environment and Power of Play for Autistic Populations” in hope to spread the word on the importance of exercise and play for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. “Our audience enjoyed the content and really wanted information to improve their fitness efforts when dealing with these populations in the schools, community centers and hospital wellness programs.”
Check out some pictures of their trip. In addition to having a successful presentation, you’ll notice they enjoyed delicious food and perfect weather in the beautiful and charming city of New Orleans.

For more information on the Medical Fitness Association, please visit:

http://www.medicalfitness.org/?

Family Time Magazine Hosts 3rd Annual Autism & Special Needs Seminar

Family Time Magazine will host the 3rd Annual Autism & Special Needs Seminar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, in Palos Hills. Tickets are available by calling (815) 806-8844.

Many expert speakers are lined up for this year’s special event. This year's seminar will be expanded to include autism as well as products and services available for all special needs children.

Suzanne M. Gray will speak from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in Room 2.

Topic: “Making Fitness Fun for Youth with Autism” or “Exercise Strategies for People with Autism”

Attached you’ll locate a link where you’ll be able to locate more information on how to attain tickets and learn more about each speaker.

http://www.familytimemagazine.com/autism.html

Check out this Facebook page too!

https://www.facebook.com/events/517451308283556/

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