25 Reasons for a Healthy Lifestyle That Aren’t Weight Loss

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We saw a link to this great list on greatist.com, and immediately had to click through since the title was so in line with our ScullyFit philosophy. Our goal is to make health and wellness a lifestyle for our residents, not just a weight loss fad. With this in mind, here is a list of 25 science-based reasons to start living a a healthier lifestyle today that have absolutely nothing to do with your weight! Health and fitness:

  1. Works as an antidepressant
  2. Reduces PMS
  3. Reduces stress and anxiety
  4. Boosts creativity
  5. Wipes out allergies
  6. Strengthens your heart
  7. Helps you resist temptation
  8. Reduces risk of metabolic syndrome
  9. Lessens the risk of other diseases
  10. Protects your eyes
  11. Adds years to your life
  12. Adds life to your years
  13. Makes you respect your body
  14. Strengthens your bones
  15. Saves money
  16. Helps your fertility
  17. Makes you a sex god or goddess
  18. Improves self-esteem
  19. Helps you sleep like a baby
  20. Makes you look and act younger
  21. Pumps you up
  22. Blasts bad and boosts good fat
  23. Makes you a good example for your loved ones
  24. Makes you smarter
  25. Manages chronic pain

For further details on the reasons listed above, visit the full article at greatist.com.

 

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Ask the Expert: Resistance Training

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Expert fitness and performance nutrition specialist Anthony Moscardelli answers all of your questions in his “Ask the Expert” segment on the ScullyFit site. Submit your questions for Anthony by emailing scullyfit@scullycompany.com.

Question: What are the benefits of resistance training?

Physiological Benefits

1. Beginning a structured resistance training program has the proven ability to build muscular strength and development.

2. Resistance training aids in building a stronger bones. As we age, absent some form of resistance training, we each, at some playing in our lives, will begin to experience a loss in bone density which unfortunately could lead to certain debilitative conditions such as hip fractures and osteoporosis.

3. Research has shown that between the ages of 32 and 50 our body naturally loses upward of 10% of its muscle mass. By the age of 60, that number is likely to double. Resistance training will reverse that probability.

4. A strength training program can allow us to regain certain useful levels of flexibility.

5. Resistance training leads to a stronger healthier heart. A strong, healthy heart is associated with lower levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, high blood pressure, stroke and heart attacks are also diminished greatly.

6. Strength training increases the bodies ability to keep insulin levels in check. It has also been proven to prevent or reverse certain life-threatening diseases like diabetes.

7. The use of weights for resistance training enhances the bodies ability to reduce oxidative stress and cellular damage, it has also been proven to lower the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Psychological Benefits

1. Strength or resistance training has a profound effect on boost in confidence and self-esteem.

2. Strength training allows us to better cope with life stressors.

3. Strength training provides for a better quality of sleep.

4. Resistance training is a natural mood elevator, which has been proven to boost overall cognitive function in the brain.

Content courtesy of Anthony Moscardelli.

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Anthony Moscardelli is a seasoned fitness and performance nutrition specialist.  He offers mobile personal training services and group fitness for all ages, abilities, and goals.  His mission is to help set people on their way to living a fit, healthy, and happy lifestyle.  His unique training methods will not only keep you engaged and energized, but will keep you guessing what he might come up with next!

To discuss taking the next step in reaching your health and fitness goals, contact Anthony at (215) 970-6799 or phillystrength@gmail.com 

 

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One Free Week of Yoga During Yoga Month!

 

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September is National Yoga Month, designed to educate the public about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle.

Yoga is a complex system that focuses on harmony between body and mind, which originated in India. Yoga’s ultimate aim is to strike a balance between mind and body and attain self-enlightenment. Though the exact origins of Yoga are unknown there are records that show this ancient practice has existed for over 4,000 years. It is considered to be the oldest physical discipline in existence and symbolizes balance in every area of life. Today, yoga can be an important practice for maintaining balance between work and a healthy lifestyle.

Benefits of Yoga include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Maintenance of a balanced metabolism
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • Ability to better manage stress

Free Yoga Classes

Studios nationwide are participating in promoting Yoga Month by giving one free week of Yoga to students visiting their studio for the first time. Follow this link to claim your free week: http://www.yogahealthfoundation.org/oneweekfreeyoga .

 

Yoga Tips for Beginners

  1. Start with an entry level class: You may be in great shape, or maybe you’re an athlete, but form and alignment are everything when it comes to yoga. It is important to take the time to learn and perfect each pose in a beginners class, before moving on. Some more advanced classes can be vigorous in intensity. It may just look like stretching and bending, but you’ll find it’s so much more.
  2. Understand the Types of Yoga: Power, Bikram, Classical, Hatha – There are so  many types of yoga, it can be intimidating to choose where to begin. Women’s Health Magazine created a thorough breakdown of the different types of Yoga, what each type is known for, the benefits of each type, and what you should know before trying each style. Be sure to check out their guide before attending your first class: Women’s Health Magazine.
  3. Keep Trying Until You Find The Right Fit: If you take a class and you don’t enjoy it, identify what it was that you did not like. Was it the instructor, the look of the studio, the type of class? If it was the instructor, try another teacher, or even another studio altogether. If you are frustrated with one of these elements, or the class style is not compatible with your personality and goals, you will not be able to focus on yourself. Keep trying until you find a class that you feel comfortable in to enjoy your practice

Yoga Products

The Grommet is my favorite spot to discover unique gifts, innovative tech gadgets and more. In honor of Yoga Month, they have some high quality products to help you improve your practice listed on their site.

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Yoga by Numbers Mat

 

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DeKalb Apartments: Fitness Resources

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Below are some fitness resources that we have compiled for the residents of DeKalb Apartments – a community professionally managed by Scully Company. Check back periodically – we are always adding new resources as we continue to make connections in the community!

1.Personal Trainer Hope Nagy

(610) 608-6087

hope@motivatehopestrength.com

www.hopenagy.com

 

2. Fitness and Performance Nutrition Specialist Anthony Moscardelli

(215) 970-6799

 phillystrength@gmail.com 

 

 

3. Local Table Market Fresh Cafe

Offering Riverwalk at Millennium and DeKalb Apartment Residents 10% off each visit

6 East 1st Ave

Conshohocken, PA 19428

http://localtablecafe.com/

 

4. Whole Foods Market – Plymouth Meeting

500 W. Germantown Pike

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Phone: (610) 832-0100

Hours: 7:00am – 10:00pm Daily

Sales and Coupons: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/sales-flyer/plymouthmeeting

Events: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/events?store=1996021

 

5. Rob Licata, Personal Trainer

Bodyology Personal Training – Featuring a Personal Training App Service Available for ScullyFit Residents

rob@bodyologypt.com

www.bodyologypt.com

 

6. Katie Cavuto MS, RD, Dietitian and Culinary Nutritionist

Official Dietitian to the Philadelphia Phillies and Flyers

Katie@healthybitesdelivery.com

(215) 545-2802

www.katiecavuto.com

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