LABOR DAY 2016 – MOSTLY CLOSED

LABOR day

Yeah, we will be mostly closed for Labor Day this year (September 5, 2016) and we have adjusted hours for the weekend. Our only Saturday class will be 8:00am Calisthenics Conditioning. We will still be having the Farm Food Pickup on Monday, but it will be from 10:00am-12:00pm and we will be having one calisthenics conditioning class on Monday at 11:00am.

Contact us if you have any questions and have a great Labor Day!


SWEAT ON MUSIC CITY

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Spend Saturday, April 30th with lululemon athletica and LFA as we partner with some awesome studios to take and provide some super sweaty complimentary classes outside and along the route of the Rock’n’Roll Marathon!

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THE LFA DIFFERENCE

Join the revolution of Restorative Fitness and come see the difference at Life Fitness Academy with fitness and food education that can heal, restore, and prevent injury.

Thanks for sharing Patti, Katie, and Richard! Some of our favorite quotes were:

“All it took was one class and we were addicted to the great instructors.”

“Before I came I was having back problems… and could hardly walk.”

“We’ve been working now for about a year twice a week and I’m happy to report no back problems anymore. Also no surgery.”

“It’s totally changed our lives.”

Contact us today to setup an appointment!


Community Art Project and Open House in the Boiler Room

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Check the video below to find out about our Community Art Project!

Next Thursday, March 6, 2014 please come paint the boiler room! Join us for our community art project as we paint with Sarah. All paint was donated by Turnip Green Creative Re-use. Oh and there will be free cocktails with Essential oils!!

What: Community Art Project and Open House for the LFA Boiler Room
When: Thursday March 6, 2014 at 6:00pm
Where: LFA Boiler Room – 1200 Villa Place, Nashville, TN 37212 (contact us if you need directions!)
Cost: FREE

Essential Oil Series: Myrrh

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nashville weight lossMyrrh is an aromatic resin that comes from cuts made in the bark of a small desert tree called Commifera Myrrha. The myrrh hardens into tear-dropped shaped chunks and is made into powder or used for ointments, perfumes, and incense, and as a fixative in makeup. Myrrh has been part of medical practice for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, myrrh was used for hay fever and for embalming. The ancient Greeks often carried it onto the battlefield and used it as an antiseptic for soldiers to clean battle wounds. During Biblical times, myrrh was used in expensive perfumes, and was one of the gifts the Magi offered to the infant Jesus. In liquid form it was used as an anointing oil or to perfume men’s beards.

Further study needs to be done on myrrh, but some of the anecdotal evidence suggests that it can be used to promotes open airways, indigestion, and scratchy throat! Scientific studies have shown that myrrh might reduce or prevent damaging oxidative stress on the liver caused by lead poisoning. One of the compounds in myrrh oil includes a class of chemicals called terpenoids which have antioxidant ability and promote healthy inflammatory response effects in the body.

In aromatherapy, inhaling the aroma of myrrh essential oil or absorbing myrrh essential oil through the skin, is thought to influence the limbic system which is a brain region involved in controlling emotions. If taken orally, it has been shown to tighten the muscles of the uterus and promote menstrual flow in women. it should not be taken orally by pregnant women. Some studies have shown that myrrh may help maintain an already healthy blood sugar level. When used as a medicine, myrrh can have a strong effect and needs to be overseen by a health care professional.


Life Fitness Academy is an independent consultant for essential oils and can help guide you to which essential oils might be helpful for you. Contact us if you have any questions.


LFA GIVEAWAY


UPDATE! WE HAVE ANNOUNCED THE 4 WINNING ENTRIES: Sarah S. (gift card), Shannon T. (gift card), David S. (LFA track jacket), and Kathy M. (LFA track jacket).


We will be giving away two lululemon track jackets (size Medium) and two lululemon $50 gift cards. Hooray for life!

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is share LFA’s promo video which describes what we are all about and tag Life Fitness Academy in it. For every share you will be entered into the giveaway (the more shares the more entries and the greater chance to win, with no limit on entries!)

If you share on Twitter, make sure you include @lifefitnessacad or #lifefitnessacademy
If you share on Facebook, make sure you include @LifeFitnessAcademy
If you share on Instagram, make sure you hashtag #lifefitnessacademy

HOW?
You can just find a tweet from LFA or a Facebook post and retweet or share that. Also you can take a video of the video playing and share that on instagram (hastag LFA in the post).

Some links for the video you can share:
1. On Facebook: //www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151988370153551&set=vb.169299403550&type=3&theater
2. On the website: //www.lifefitness-academy.com/2014/01/03/what-we-are-all-about/
3. On Youtube: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVKqIAtNou8
4. On Vimeo: //vimeo.com/83270640

The CONTEST starts now (Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:30am) and ends in 10 days at 12:00pm (Wednesday, January 15, 2014).

Happy sharing and happy living.

Let us know if you have any questions!



Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Recently, I spent a week dealing with bad inflammation in my hip. The pain was very hard to deal with! I literally could not walk for a day and a half! No fun!I went to a primary care physician to get it checked out when I wasn’t 100% sure it was inflammation, which he confirmed. Of course, the doctor wanted to medicate me in order to hide and mask the symptom. I politely said no thank you and decided to increase my intake of anti-inflammatory foods and it helped clear my inflammation up!

You know we always will go to food first at Life Fitness Academy! If you are experiencing joint pain or just want to jump the gun on prevention, here are some important foods to include in your diet in order to fight off joint inflammation.

DARK LEAFY GREENS
Who would have thought that nutrient dense greens would make an appearance on this list? You can pretty much bet that greens will make a star appearance on most lists regarding your health! Dark leafy greens such as kale, broccoli, spinach, and collard greens contain a high amount of vitamin E which has been linked with reducing inflammation. In fact, they contain a high amount of many essential vitamins and minerals including calcium and iron which are essential to reducing inflammation as well.

HEALTHY FATS AND OMEGA 3’S – NUTS, COCONUT OIL, OLIVE OIL, AVOCADO, SALMON
Fatty foods also play an essential role in fighting inflammation, particularly, omega 3’s. Omega 3 fatty acids have long been linked to good heart health which naturally means they can go a long way in helping with inflammation all over the body. Coconut oil and avocado oil are our two favorite oils and are high in essential fats. Nuts are very good as well and ideally should be consumed raw to get the full balance of nutrients. Salmon is extremely high in Omega 3’s and a great source to get it from as long as you get wild salmon as opposed to farm raised. Most farm raised salmon is treated with chemicals to give it that “pink” color you expect from wild fish. No bueno.

TURMERIC AND GINGER
Turmeric is an Asian spice that is a true ninja when it comes to fighting inflammation. Turmeric contains an active component called curcurmin which is so strong and important that it can be taken alone and fight inflammation. But the spice should be taken in its whole form to get the most effect out of it. Ginger is another great food you can use, but it isn’t quite as effective as turmeric. You can use ginger in its spice or root form.

BERRIES
Berries are an extremely delicious food that help fight inflammation. They are extremely low in sugar and still have a sweet taste. Also, they are loaded with antioxidants which control inflammation. The downside with berries is that conventional crops are loaded with pesticides as the skin is so thin. So you always need to buy berries organic or just pass on them all together.

SWEET POTATOES
Just like with whole grains, you should ignore refined white potatoes and go for sweet potatoes. The vitamin B6 and C as well as the high fiber, beta-carotene and manganese help fight off inflammation in the body.

These are some of my favorite anti-inflammatory foods! Use these while cutting back on refined sugar, refined white carbs, trans fats, and common cooking oils (vegetable, soy, safflower, cottonseed, sunflower). In addition, we recommend you always stay away from conventional dairy (opt for raw when going for dairy if possible) and staying away from feedlot-raised meat (aim for grassfed, organic meat).

Want a quick anti-inflammatory fix? Make a smoothie! Grab your blender and using water as a base, throw in some organic frozen berries, a handful of two of spinach (if you’re not a fan, you won’t taste it I promise!) and throw a little bit of turmeric in there with it, blend it up and enjoy!

On The Ropes

In the video below, Terry and Ashley show some fitness moves you can do on the ropes!