Hearing the right song at the right time can turn your entire day around. Mallory Even and her team at Atlanta’s Metro Music Therapy take that concept to the next level by using the power of music to improve the lives of kids with special needs, at-risk teens, veterans, adults in rehab, Alzheimer’s patients, and others. For this week’s Friday Five, Mallory explains how this unique treatment can help people regain lost speech, why dementia patients who may not know their names can still sing favorite childhood songs, and what a session actually looks like.
It’s April Fools Day and if you have your wits about you, you know to trust nothing you read on the internet today, so let’s take a break from the web’s fake products and outright lies to enjoy these five gym pranks.
The self-esteem of fifth grade girls is precarious at the best of times, but when a young girl receives a report indicating she needs to lose weight, body image issues are bound to rear their ugly head. That’s what happened to one 10-year-old at Coal Mountain Elementary in Forsyth County. The Fitnessgram (like a report card for health) was given to the student in an envelope bearing her name rather than her parents’ names, so she opened it. Her mother told Fox5 that the young woman came home saying, “Mom, I am fat. The paper says I’m fat.”
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I’m at a weird point where I am noticing differences in my body, energy levels, and general happiness, but those around me don’t see it yet. While it is humbling that people see it as “normal Kathleen,” it just reaffirms that I am making these changes for myself. If someone notices, it is a fringe benefit… but deep down, I still want them to say, “Oh wow!” just like I did when I put on an old dress that fits again.
Here’s the thing they don’t tell you when you’re a kid: Adults never really have it all together. Remember the kid version of “being an adult”? You’ll have a totally cool job, make gobs of money and get to do fun things all the time. And, best of all, nobody tells you “no.” Ha! Now we all know the shocking reality: You were supposed to be in the car five minutes ago. Instead, you’ve just discovered a burst pipe is flooding the basement and where is the water shut off valve? If you’ve got children, one is whining and the other is in the backyard picking up dog poop with his bare hands. Your phone is incessantly binging, a constant low-level reminder that you’re missing emails and texts, and there’s a good chance you’ll never catch up and read them all. The voice of the little boy from that David after dentist video, repeatedly asking, “Is this real life?” Oh yeah, kid. It’s real life and current coping mechanisms include snapping at the people who love you most, second guessing yourself on a daily basis, minor-to-major meltdowns, and eating/drinking everything in sight.
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What happens when you gather some of Atlanta’s leading fitness instructors and wellness experts in one place? Wigwam Wellness Festival! Stretching over four Sundays (April 12, 19, 26, and May 3) at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, participants can take their pick from more than 100 classes and workshops ranging from “Boombox Yoga” and “Be Your Brighter Self” all the way to “Ancient Mayan Traditions and the Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate” (we hope that one comes with samples). A discounted early bird series pass for all four weekends will run you $225, or $79 for a single day. Discount pricing for the series pass or the April 12 session ends today (March 23).
Kathleen Lorey is on a year-long mission to improve her health. Part 5 of her story features friendly competition, new goals, and lots of sunshine: “With the good weather, we have started working outside, and let me tell you… it is phenomenal! Since being outdoors, I have felt awesome and have been able to really push myself. There is something about not being confined within walls that makes everything seem possible. Last week I achieved 10 burpees in a row. IN A ROW, PEOPLE! That was my March goal so it feels good to hit it early. It also inspired me to start working on my April goal: running a 15-minute mile.”
During a workout, your brain isn’t always your friend. While you’re busy trying to push yourself and get through your reps, it’s busy dishing up unwelcome helpings of self doubt, procrastination, and perfectionistic tendencies. Here are just a few of the dirty lies that sneaky brain of yours is telling you… and how to combat them.
No one is staring at your butt. >>
If you think our state would fare well in a zombie situation just because The Walking Dead shot here, you’d be wrong… at least according to zombie apocalypse preparedness rankings by Estately. According to their numbers, Georgia would be one of the first to go — right after New Jersey, Mississippi, D.C., and New York. The rankings were based on level of physical activity, number of triathletes and martial artists, and obesity, proving that maintaining a high level of fitness can save your life in more than one way. The number of laser tag, paintball, and gun enthusiasts, the percentage of people with survival skills and zombie knowledge, and military presence were also factored in. If you really want to survive, pack your bags and head to either Alaska, Wyoming, or Colorado, the three states with the best chance at getting through that mess with their brains in tact. Here’s how the numbers broke down…
Kathleen Lorey is on a year-long mission to dramatically improve her health. If you missed the first three installments of her column, catch up with her explanation of why she’s doing this, her mental tricks for staying motivated (gold stars!), and her fight with Chick-fil-A cravings. Two months into her journey, Kathleen is laser focused on goals. Here’s her update: “Has anyone else tried to jump into exercise like they were going to save the world in 24 hours? I have. Multiple times, including this one… but I knew that if I wanted to be successful, I had to slow down. Learning to set realistic expectations has been a great part of this process. So when I sat down to set goals in January, instead of just saying, “I want to move like Beyonce” (which is absolutely true), I thought about what it was going to take to get there.