Archive for January, 2015

Harvard Scientists Studied the Brains of Pot Smokers … the Results Don’t Look Good

January 18, 2015

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The news: Every day, the push toward national legalization of marijuana seems more and more inevitable. As more and more politicians and noted individuals come out in favor of legalizing or at least decriminalizing different amounts of pot, the mainstream acceptance of the recreational use of the drug seems like a bygone conclusion. But before we can talk about legalization, have we fully understood the health effects of marijuana?

According to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers from Harvard and Northwestern studied the brains of 18- to 25-year-olds, half of whom smoked pot recreationally and half of whom didn’t. What they found was rather shocking: Even those who only smoked few times a week had significant brain abnormalities in the areas that control emotion and motivation. “There is this general perspective out there that using marijuana recreationally is not a problem — that it is a safe drug,” said Anne Blood, a co-author of the study. “We are seeing that this is not the case.” The science: Similar studies have found a correlation between heavy pot use and brain abnormalities, but this is the first study that has found the same link with recreational users. The 20 people in the “marijuana group” of the study smoked four times a week on average; seven only smoked once a week. Those in the control group did not smoke at all. “We looked specifically at people who have no adverse impacts from marijuana — no problems with work, school, the law, relationships, no addiction issues,” said Hans Breiter, another co-author of the study. Using three different neuroimaging techniques, researchers then looked at the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala of the participants. These areas are responsible for gauging the benefit or loss of doing certain things, and providing feelings of reward for pleasurable activities such as food, sex and social interactions. “This is a part of the brain that you absolutely never ever want to touch,” said Breiter. “I don’t want to say that these are magical parts of the brain — they are all important. But these are fundamental in terms of what people find pleasurable in the world and assessing that against the bad things.” Shockingly, every single person in the marijuana group, including those who only smoked once a week, had noticeable abnormalities, with the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala showing changes in density, volume and shape. Those who smoked more had more significant variations. What will happen next? The study’s co-authors admit that their sample size was small. Their plan now is to conduct a bigger study that not only looks at the brain abnormalities, but also relates them to functional outcomes. That would be a major and important step in this science because, as of now, the research indicates that marijuana use may cause alterations to the brain, but it’s unclear what that might actually mean for users and their brains. But for now, they are standing behind their findings. “People think a little marijuana shouldn’t cause a problem if someone is doing OK with work or school,” said Breiter. “Our data directly says this is not so.”

This article was sourced from: http://mic.com/articles/87743/harvard-scientists-studied-the-brains-of-pot-smokers-and-the-results-don-t-look-good Written by Eileen Shim

Eileen is a writer living in New York. She studied comparative literature and international studies at Yale University, and enjoys writing about the intersection of culture and politics.

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Horseradish Scramble with Bacon & Mushroom

January 15, 2015

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Personal Resolutions – 4 Ways to Succeed at Keeping Them

January 11, 2015

NYRDo you have a difficult time sticking to your New Year’s resolution commitments? Well, you’re certainly not the only one.
According to research conducted at the University of Scranton, only 44 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions are still hanging in there six months later. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since we typically give ourselves some major stretch goals in January, often with very little planning involved. Vague resolutions like lose weight, get rich, find a new job or eat better become our mantras. However, if you truly wish to succeed, you’ll need to move beyond these cursory ideas and get to work.

1. Break your goal into achievable benchmarks.

One of the main reasons why people have such a hard time fulfilling their New Year’s resolutions is because the goals are too general. Take “get in shape.” What exactly does that mean? Personal fitness is different for everyone. Are you trying to put on pounds of muscles or trying to shed fat? Are you focused on altering your diet, level of activity or both? Think about the specific goals you’re trying to achieve, and then start breaking them into manageable bits. For example, if you’re trying to lose 30 pounds and reach a goal weight of 135 pounds by December, then you’ll need to shed about 2.5 pounds each month. Breaking it down into smaller achievements can make your goals seem far less intimidating.

2. Schedule check-ins.

It’s not uncommon to completely forget about your New Year’s resolutions after a few weeks or months have gone by. Everyday life can catch up with you, and you might be too focused on work, family or other obligations to really stay focused on your major goal. That’s why it’s so important to schedule several days throughout the year when you’ll reassess the progress toward your resolution goals. Mark off one day each month to take stock of the following:

How close are you to achieving your goals?

What have you done during the past month to fulfill your goals?

What will you do next month toward your goals?

3. Don’t let failure stop you.

It can be incredibly difficult to sustain an effort toward your goals throughout an entire year. Once you drop the ball, it can be too easy to talk yourself out of trying. However, it’s important to recognize that you can continue forward, even if you have come to a screeching halt. This is a common hurdle while dieting. While your “cheat day” might have turned into a “cheat week,” you can always resume your diet at any moment. The same goes for your daily workout routine, progress on your novel, or any major goal that requires a dedicated effort.

4. Measure everything.

Metrics matter. It’s why we’re so addicted to apps that track our progress. Here are some things to note:

Break large goals into manageable units.

Measure percentages: complete vs. incomplete.

Log everything, even if it’s a setback.

Are you feeling more prepared to tackle your annual resolution? If you haven’t made one already, you can still get started on your plans. Here’s to your 2015 goals!

Article sourced from: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/241494

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Fish Fingers

January 8, 2015

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Coffs Coast Health Club eNews – January 2015

January 1, 2015
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Join The 12 Week NO BUTTS Challenge!

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How Big Are Your BUTTS? How Big Do You Want Your BUTTS To Be? From just $20 a week, Healthy Inspirations are offering you the opportunity to Lose Your BUTTS by taking part in our NO BUTTS Challenge!
 
Here are the top 10 reasons to join the challenge:
1. Lose Weight
2. Lose Body Fat
3. Lose Centimetres
4. Gain Confidence
5. Get the Easy No Hunger Reset Program
6. Get Accountability with One on One or Group No Butts Coaching
7. Get a FREE 30minute Massage 
8. Save $50 when your join before 1st February
9. Win a Healthy Inspirations Pamper Pack
10. Lose Your BUTT!
 
When:      Get Started Anytime Before Monday 2nd February 2015
                Ends Monday 27th April 2015
How:        Call Simone 0402 202 864 or Leslie 0423 284 421 or drop in to the Healthy Inspirations office. Alternatively you can leave your details at reception on 66586222.
 
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Start Your New Fitness Career in 2015!AIPT-Button

Are you over your job? Do you need a change?

If so, then do something you’re passionate about, help people achieve their goals & kickstart your career in fitness!
NEW YEAR SPECIAL OFFER! Become a Personal Trainer & learn how to run your own business at the same time! SAVE $900 when you enrol in the Diploma of Management package which includes:

~ Certificate IV in Fitness – the Complete Personal Trainer course
~ Diploma of Management via VET FEE-HELP
~ AIPT starter kit which includes a Gym Bag, Towel and Work Out Shirt
~ Bonus 12 month Australian Institute of Personal Trainers membership

Act now to have an exciting career that helps keep you fit & healthy. Experience the best hands on practical training available & begin your new 
career today in the regions most awarded health club.
NEW COURSE STARTS FEBRUARY but the sooner you start, the sooner you finish!
Enrolment of 15 students only, so call Tracy on 0429 695 096 or email her at coffscoast@aipt.com.au for further details & to secure your spot as we only have 8 places remaining.
 

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It’s Time To Get Back In To Classes!

Our Group Exercise & Childminding Teams have recharged & are ready to help you kick start your New Years Resolutions from Friday 2nd January.
 

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As kids, we loved to get together to play with our friends. As teenagers, our world revolved around our friends; often times our friends dictated our choice of activities. As adults, we still enjoy being active with friends, but don’t always feel like we have the time or opportunity to do so. Group exercise provides us with that opportunity to feel young again and be physically active with others. 
 
Come & join in the fun in 2015 & take your results & enjoyment to the next level. Allow the enthusiasm and energy of the group to help you fuel your workout!
 
Please remember to book early on 6658 6222 for childminding, as we get pretty busy during school holidays…
 
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Support Someone with Their New Years Resolution!

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If you or anyone you know joins Coffs Coast Health Club between the 1st & the 18th of January, they will SAVE OVER $200!
 
We know it can be hard to hold on to your New Years Resolution but it’s a hell of a lot easier if you’re doing it with someone. Training buddies can help keep you accountable, motivate you, keep you on track & provide a social relief when working out. If there is ever a time to keep up your training, burn those excess party calories or start on a new workout regime its NOW!
 
We offered a similar promotion in January 2014 but they SOLD OUT in the first 8 days. This offer is again only valid to the first 40 motivated people that join on any 12 month membership, so move fast…
 
Pass this email on to someone you would like to support, call 6658 6222, email info@coffscoasthc.com.au or just drop in & join up.
 

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Short Term Workout Options for Friends & Family!

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Do you have friends or family that are in town during the school holidays? Would you like to save them some money & get them working out with you? Well due to popular demand we are now offering some short term workout options for them…
 
Single Visit – adult only $15, student/baby boomer only $10, incl access during all supervised hours
Week Pass – adult only $29, student/baby boomer only $19, incl access during all supervised hours
Summer Holiday Student Membership – only $12 p/w min.4 weeks, incl access during all supervised hours
 
Simply see reception or call 6658 6222 to take advantage of these offers for a limited time.
 
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Welcome Back Matty!
He started with us straight after school in 2011, he has studied & worked in a number of roles throughout the club but you’ll probably remember him best as the friendly face at reception that made it his goal to know everyone that came through the front door. He’s spent some time away from the club soul searching but now he’s back & ready to make good. Click here to watch a quick video of his story as from Monday 5th January he’ll be serving you at reception with a passion to make your day. Welcome back Matty!
 
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Workout With Freedom 24/7 Style!
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24/7 workouts have been happening now for over a year & the feedback has been great. Thank you to those of you who have been telling us how it is helping you… 
 
“I workout at 11pm because I’m too embarrassed to workout in busy times. I am losing weight though & I am determined to workout in busy times in the future.” Charlotte R
“I didn’t know you had 24/7 access but when I found out, I cancelled in town & rejoined here. I love it!” Roger T 
“My husband works during your staffed times so I come on Tue 9pm, Thu 9pm, Sat afternoons & Sun nights. Works perfectly for us!” Claire H
“I workout outside normal times & get on all the equipment I want, when I want. Its great!” Jason T
 
We have also done some stats recently & found that the most common times it is used is still 8-10pm weekdays, Saturday afternoons & Sunday mornings. On Christmas Day this year we amazingly registered three times as many workouts as last year at 82 & Boxing Day a staggering 207 workouts. That’s great commitment to achieving your goals, well done!
 
To upgrade to a 24/7 membership & experience the freedom, simply speak with reception on your next visit…
 
 
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Kick Start Your New Year with a Personal Trainer!

personal_trainer_with_clientThey say you are what you eat, so at this time of the year we might resemble Christmas Puddings a bit… If you want to plod along on your health and fitness journey then train alone and hope. However if you want to supercharge your efforts, maximise your time, enjoy your workouts, look great and feel fantastic – get started with Coffs Coast Health Club Personal Training.

Until sold out, our Personal Trainers are currently offering 3 x 30min sessions to any new client for ONLY $99! That is a massive saving but be quick because each trainer can only provide this special offer to 5 new clients.

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January Is The Month To Feel Kneaded!

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Book in for a 30 or 60 or 90 minute massage and go in the draw to receive the same value massage for FREE in February!  Call reception to book your session today on 6658 6222. 

 

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Australia Day Public Holiday!
The club will be closed on Monday 26th January but will remain open with normal hours, classes & childminding before & after that day. Enjoy your Australia Day, experience the great outdoors & spend some quality time with quality people. australia-day-2014-Smiling-Bear-koala-hat-BBQ-burger
 
Don’t forget that all 24/7 members will be able to access the club at anytime to workout when they want. You can upgrade to a 24/7 membership at reception today for only $2 per week.
 
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