November Is Here! – November News Letter

November 7, 2017 by simpilates

We only have one thing to say during this difficult time and that is….EMBRACE ONE ANOTHER AND OFFER YOUR HAND TO THOSE IN NEED.


 

Safe ways to give back after tragedy in Las Vegas

After the terrible and very public Las Vegas massacre, people want to give and lend a hand after such tragedy.
This often means contributing to fundraisers to help the survivors and the families of the victims.  There are often campaigns set up by well-meaning individuals who may or may not be directly connected to the tragedy.
If you are looking to donate, and want to keep your money in the right hands the Better Business Bureaus offers some helpful tips for safe giving.

  1. Thoughtful Giving: Take the time to check out the charity to avoid wasting your generosity by donating to a questionable or poorly managed effort. The first request for a donation may not be the best choice. Be proactive and find trusted charities that are providing assistance. Visit Give.org to verify if a charity meets the BBB Standards for Charitable Accountability.
  2. Crowdfunding: Keep in mind that some crowdfunding sites do very little vetting of individuals who decide to post for assistance after a tragedy or a disaster, and it is often difficult for donors to verify the trustworthiness of crowdfunding requests for support.
  3. Respect for Victims and Their Families:Organizations raising funds should get permission from the families to use either the names of the victims and/or any photographs of them. Some charities raising funds for the victims of previous shootings did not do this and were the subject of criticism from victims’ families.
  4. State Government Registration:About 40 of the 50 states require charities to register with a state government agency (usually a division of the State Attorney General’s office) before they solicit for charitable gifts. If the charity is not registered, that may be a significant red flag.
  5. How Will Donations Will Be Used?: Watch out for vague appeals that don’t identify the intended use of funds. For example, how will the donations help victims’ families? Also, unless told otherwise, donors will assume that funds collected quickly in the wake of a tragedy will be spent just as quickly. See if the appeal identifies when the collected funds will be used
  6. What if a Family Sets Up Its Own Assistance Fund? Some families may decide to set up their own assistance funds. Be mindful that such funds may not be set up as charities. Also, if collected monies are received and administered by a third party such as a bank, CPA, or lawyer this will help provide oversight and ensure the collected funds are used appropriately (paying for funeral costs, counseling, and other tragedy-related needs).
  7. Advocacy Organizations: Tragedies that involve violent acts with firearms can also generate requests from a variety of advocacy organizations that address gun use. Donors can support these efforts as well, but note that some of these advocacy groups are not tax exempt as charities. Also, watch out for newly-created advocacy groups that will be difficult to check out.
  8. Online Caution:Never click on links to charities on unfamiliar websites or in text messages or email. These may take you to a look-alike website where you will be asked to provide personal financial information, or may download harmful malware onto your computer. Don’t assume that charity recommendations on social media have already been vetted.
  9. Tax Deductibility: Not all organizations collecting funds to assist after a tragedy are tax exempt as charities under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors can support these other entities, but keep this in mind if they want to take a deduction for federal income tax purposes. In addition, contributions that are donor-restricted to help a specific individual or family are not deductible as charitable donations, even if the recipient organization is a charity.

 THIS MONTH is all about the power of two. Whether you’re looking for ways to pair up with your boyfriend or your best friend, November is the perfect time of year to celebrate the people who add all the love into your life!


We’re always talking about the benefits of using the buddy system, especially when it comes to embarking on new healthy habits like exercise.  Studies show that you’re more likely to stick with a fitness routine when a partner is involved. Bonding over laughter and lunges? Sign us up!
It’s in that ‘buddy system’ spirit that we’ve planned out this pilates sequence for two to get you sweating without sacrificing your social hour. This workout, takes the term power couple to a whole new level. Use the power of two to keep each other accountable and provide the actual resistance that makes this routine worth breaking a sweat over!

 4 POWER PILATES MOVES FOR TWO

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

• Two yoga mats
• One yoga block or 2-3 pound weight
• A good friend!

THE HUNDRED:

Lay flat with your back on the mat. Lengthen your legs out to a 45 degree angle (if you feel your back starting to arch or pull, lengthen to an angle in which your back stays neutral and flat). Lift your head and chest off of the mat without hunching the shoulders. Keep your arms by your sides, lengthened out straight and parallel to your torso. Start to pump the arms vigorously (yet controlled!) up and down. Inhale for five counts, exhale for five counts. Repeat 10 times. Count it out together to keep yourselves accountable.
Pro tip: Legs can be modified to table top position if needed.

ROLL-UPS

Start by sitting upright on your mat, with straight legs and the soles of your feet touching your partner’s feet. Have your partner hold onto your ankles to help support you as you start to slowly roll down onto the mat, vertebrae by vertebrae. Once you are laying on the mat, reach you hands up towards the sky. Slowly round the head and shoulders off of the mat, peel the spine up and round all the way back to a seated position, grabbing onto your partner’s ankles so they can start the exercise. Keep your feet pressing together throughout the exercise to feel a deep inner thigh/low ab connection. Repeat 5-10 times each.
Bonus: the person holding onto the ankles gets a nice stretch while they rest!

DOUBLE LEG STRETCH:

While laying down on the ground, pull your knees into your chest while lift your head and chest up. Have your partner stand in front of you, holding onto your ankles. Keep your shoulder blades off of the mat as you lengthen your legs straight out to a challenging angle and reach your arms back toward your ears. Circle your arms around as you pull your legs back into your chest while your partner provides resistance by pulling your legs towards them. Repeat 5-10 times, then switch positions.
Pro tip: Keep your head and shoulders off of the mat during the entire exercise. The resistance from your partner will fire up your low abs even more.

SCISSOR KICK:

Lay down on your mat while your partner stands behind you with their arms straight out overhead. Lift your head and chest and lengthen your legs up towards the sky at a 90-degree angle. Place your hands palm-over-palm at the nape of your neck for support. Lower one leg down to hover off of the mat as your other leg kicks towards the chest in a “scissor” motion. Then switch the legs. Try to kick the hand of your partner. If it’s too easy to kick their hands (be honest!), have your partner pull their hands further back. Repeat 10 times with each leg, then switch positions.
Pro tip: Keep the hips still throughout the work and make sure your legs remain straight. Having to kick your partner’s hand will trigger your low abs even more.


WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY, THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH. JOIN US AT NOON FOR A FREE CLASS AND GLASS OF WINE!


EASY CHILI

Look no further for the ultimate, easy chili recipe. With just a push of a button, your weekday dinner is taken care of as the chili cooks away in the slow-cooker. Add chili to your next barbeque to top grilled sausages for an upgraded version of chili dogs. You can easily substitute ground turkey instead of beef for a lighter option and the rest of the ingredients should already be stocked away in your pantry. To top the hot, spicy chili, add shredded Cheddar cheese and corn chips for extra flavor and texture. To go beyond our favorite classic recipe, find more chili recipes here.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 (14-1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL OUR NOVEMBER
BABIES!


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