New Beginnings This Season
Spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings. BeFit SRQ is having a new beginning of its own this season. We’re introducing the LightForce Therapy Laser, a tool for reducing pain and inflammation.
This deep tissue laser therapy can be used on everyone — adults, athletes and even people who are 95 years young! It’s helpful for a wide variety of injuries, from ankle sprains to acute and chronic conditions. It’s not invasive or painful and the treatments don’t take long, just 5 to 10 minutes.
If you want to decrease your pain, increase your range of motion and most importantly, get back to the activities you enjoy, you should consider light therapy.
We’re offering treatments at BeFit SRQ now with pricing as follows:
- 1 session — $70
- 3 sessions — $199
- 6 sessions — $348
- 10 sessions — $499
There are three treatment options — good, better and best. The best option is 3 treatments the first week, 2 treatments the second week and 1 treatment the third week. The better option is 2 treatments for three weeks. And the good option is 1 treatment a week. The good option is not as effective because lasers have cumulative benefits.
Do you want to learn more about what these powerful lasers can do for you? Take a look at this video.
Exercise of the Month: Core Exercises
Having a strong core is so important. If you’re a senior, there are many, many benefits. It can help you prevent injuries, improve your body strength, manage pain, improve balance and make everyday tasks easier. Want to make sure you’ll continue to be an active adult? Take care of your core.
Here are some exercises to help you work your core:
Abdominal Bracing — Stand tall and draw in your belly button to your spine. Lightly contract your abs. Hold the contraction for as long as you can. Try doing it several times a day.
Wood Chops — Position your feet wider than shoulder-width apart. Clasp both of your hands in front of you. Pull your arms up to one side of your head. Squat down and move your arms toward the opposite side of your body. Keep your abs braced. Repeat by moving your arms back up to your head. Do 10 repetitions on each side of your body.
Bridge — Lie down on the floor face up and bend your legs at a 90-degree angle to the floor. Engage your glutes and core. Push your hips up. Hold the position and then slowly lower your body down until you’re nearly touching the floor. Repeat this motion for 5 to 10 repetitions.
Superman — Lie face down on the floor. You can use a mat or blanket for comfort. Stretch out your arms in front of you. Lift one arm, your head and your opposite leg 2 inches off the floor. Squeeze your glutes. Lower to the floor and repeat on the opposite side. Do this for 5 repetitions on each side.
Dead Bug — Lie on your back on the floor. Raise your legs at a 90-degree angle to the floor. Reach your arms straight toward the ceiling. Engage your abs and lower your right foot to the floor. Keep the bend in your knee. Move your leg to the starting position. Repeat for 5 to 10 repetitions on each side.
Bird Dog — Start with your hands and knees on the floor. Make sure your palms are under your shoulders and your knees are under your hips. Extend your right arm in front of you and at the same time extend your left leg behind you. Hold and then repeat on the opposite side. Try to do a total of 10 repetitions.
Modified Plank — Start on the floor on your hands and knees. Walk your hands out a few inches in front of you. Lower yourself onto your elbows. Draw in your belly button toward your spine. Hold for as long as you can, aiming for 30 seconds to a minute.
Try doing three or four of these exercises about three times a week. For more information about strengthening your core and to watch videos that show these exercises, click here.
Brownies, Beautiful Brownies!
It’s hard to say no to brownies! But some brownies aren’t the healthiest snack. That’s where these Vegan Chickpea Brownies come in — they’re gluten free, oil free, soy free and the best part is they’re delicious. If you love chocolate, these brownies won’t disappoint. Don’t be scared off by the idea of chickpeas in brownies. Just give them a try — you may find a new favorite dessert!
Check out the full list of ingredients and directions for Vegan Chickpea Brownies here.
Usher in Spring with Lemongrass
Ah, the refreshing scent of lemongrass. Using lemongrass essential oil regularly is the perfect way to usher in spring. It can be used in so many ways: you can flavor food with it, use it with a carrier oil for a massage, add it into your face wash or rub it on your skin to repel those annoying insects. It also can be used to support cardiovascular, immune, nervous and digestive health. Stop into the studio today and pick up a bottle of doTERRA Lemongrass oil!
Chalk It Up to a Fun April
The Chalk Festival is back in Burns Square this April! Head to downtown Sarasota from April 5 to 7 to see amazing chalk masterpieces created right in front of your eyes. If you’ve never been before, you just have to experience it for yourself. You won’t believe these colorful works of art are made right on the pavement.
This year the Sarasota Film Festival has a great lineup of movies. From April 5 to 14, you can take your pick from screenings of documentaries, shorts, animation, and features. There’s something for everyone at this festival, so peruse the schedule of flicks and find something you can sit back, relax and enjoy.
Get ready to run! Mote is hosting the 33rd Annual Run for the Turtles on April 6. This event supports the Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory. There will be a 1-mile fun run or walk and a 5K Manasota Track Club-sanctioned run on the beach.
It’s shaping up to be a busy April, but it sounds like fun, doesn’t it?