This month introduces a new feature in “To Your Health”: the “Power Move of the Month.” In each issue, Katz and Ellis will give you one new move to add to your routine that will deliver the most “bang for your buck.”
Power Move of the Month:
Our first choice is The Squat. It activates the body’s biggest muscles: buttocks, back and legs. It will raise your heart rate and strengthen key muscles, thereby combating inevitable muscle loss that comes with aging.
It is simple, too. Bend your knees and lower your torso until your thighs are parallel with the floor. Repeat 12 times for three repetitions. As the squat becomes easier add weights to increase intensity.
As with all exercises, executing them correctly is critical, so ask a professional to check your form.
Step up to end breast cancer:
It is a very sad fact of life that most of us have been touched by breast cancer; be it a mother, daughter, wife, aunt, niece, cousin or friend. However, what comes from this is a huge commitment to end breast cancer – for good. That is why the American Cancer Society is hoping that more than 8,500 (last year’s total) people will participate in the 14th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer New Orleans 5K Walk. It takes place on Sunday, October 7 at City Park, and is the only one in Southeast Louisiana. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m., with the walk at 8 a.m., and they’re hoping to surpass the $5,000 raised last year.
For more information, visit MakingStridesNewOrleans.org or call Anne Bates at the American Cancer Society 833-4024.
Billy Katz and Hudson Ellis are the co-owners of Simply Fit gyms. Read more tips from them in Renaissance Publishing’s e-newsletter. Sign up by visiting MyNewOrleans.com