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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Don't Blame Being Overweight on Your Age


Don't Blame Being Overweight on Your Age
If you've been blaming your belly fat on the fact that you're growing older, now's the time to stop believing that weight gain is an inevitable part of aging! Yes, as we get older our hormone balance shifts in ways that encourage weight gain. For example, testosterone and DHEA levels decline in men, and women's insulin-regulating hormones become less effective. These changes can decrease muscle mass and energy while increasing belly fat and insulin resistance. But there's no reason we can't stay healthy and keep our hormones balanced as we age. Ongoing research suggests that age-related muscle decline is largely under our control. The more we eat clean, live clean, and work out, the better our hormone balance will be, and the healthier our metabolisms will remain.

I can't tell you how many people just let exercise slide as they get older; then they turn around and blame their lagging metabolism on their hormones. I'll be honest — I don't like to exercise. But the reality is, we have to do it. Your body needs exercise the way it needs oxygen and water. It's crucial to maintain muscle mass as you age: A pound of muscle burns three times more calories than a pound of fat does, and muscles scoop up blood sugar and enhance your body's insulin sensitivity.

As for optimizing your hormone balance, the best way to do it is naturally. Nature has provided us with the cure for a lagging metabolism — we just neglect it! We have amazing whole foods that not only help us balance our hormones but also fight cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer's. So what do we do? We spray them with pesticides and other chemicals, turning our natural medicine into poison. We have to reclaim these whole foods and fight back against the many ways our hormones are under assault every day. Don't wait until you're blowing out 50 or 60 candles on your birthday cake — fight for that healthier lifestyle now!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Tips on Setbacks

From LOSING IT! With Jillian Michaels
Friday, June 25, 2010

Overcoming a Setback

It happens — you miss a few workouts and you feel like you've fallen off the weight-loss wagon. It's tempting to mentally slap yourself around, right? (Or head for the fridge.) Before you start, I want to remind you of something: Being hard on yourself is the Old You.

The New You knows how to deal with setbacks and get back on the wagon. And after all, there are no mistakes, just learning experiences. Weight loss is a process — it takes time. You will encounter small failures — everyone does — but every pound you gain can be lost.

And if you miss a workout, it's not the end of the world! Get to the gym the next day and continue to focus on your short-term goals. Just because you made bad choices today doesn't mean you can't start over tomorrow. New day? New beginning. And don't you forget it!




Shifts Still Available!

A limited number of volunteer shifts are still available for the AAU National Club Championships for Track and Field on 7/11, 7/15 and 7/16.

Goodbye from Michael Feathers

Dear Sports Enthusiasts,

One year has gone by so fast. I have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know so many of you on a personal level. My time here has been unforgettable, and will be something that I will greatly miss. I have accepted a position with Get Travel Sports & Events as their Southern California Operations Director. I will be based in Anaheim, California.

I would like to thank everyone for making my experience here so enjoyable. Without your enthusiasm and dedication to making a positive impact as a volunteer, my time at Disney would not have been as rewarding. Your efforts as a volunteer are vital to the success of our events, and to raising money and awareness for many nonprofit organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Special Olympics Florida. If my travels happen to bring me back to the Orlando area, I look forward to joining everyone in the future as a Disney Sports Enthusiast Volunteer. I wish everyone good health and good luck in the future!

--Michael Feathers (Disney Sports Intern, Class of 2009 – 2010)

Sports Enthusiast Volunteers Event Highlights

Muddy Buddy

On Saturday, May 8th, over 100 Sports Enthusiasts were on hand to assist with the Muddy Buddy Challenge at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Muddy Buddy Challenge is a unique endurance race involving running, biking, obstacles, and a teammate. At each obstacle station teammates trade off between running and biking. When the competitors finish the race course, they weren’t done yet! In order to cross the finish line, both competitors had to make the crawl together through a massive mud pit.

Sports Enthusiast volunteer efforts for the race went to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The Challenged Athletes Foundation helps promote an active lifestyle to the physically challenged. They sponsor and support several events in an effort to provide every opportunity possible for those to live a healthy and active lifestyle. www.challengedathletes.org

Danskin Triathlon

On Sunday, May 9th, 1,200 female athletes took on the challenge of the 15.6 mile triathlon at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The race consisted of a .5 mile swim in Bay Lake, 12 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run. Sports Enthusiasts were there to assist with all aspects of the race, and to help raise money and awareness for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Their organization’s goal is to try to find a cure for breast cancer, which is the second leading cause of death among women. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is recognized as one of the top rated cancer research organizations, and 90 percent of donations go directly to breast cancer research and awareness programs. www.bcrfcure.org

2010 Special Olympics Summer Games

It was a busy two days at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as we played host to the 2010 Special Olympics Summer Games on May 14th and 15th. Over 2,100 athletes from across the state of Florida came to compete in a variety of sporting events. Over 1,100 Sports Enthusiast Volunteers were on hand to assist with the event from assisting in sporting events, meal services, opening, and closing ceremonies. Without the tremendous support from volunteers at the Special Olympics Summer Games, this even wouldn’t be possible.

The Special Olympics Summer Games is unique in that all volunteer efforts for the event have a direct impact for the beneficiary. Special Olympics Florida provides services to over 15,000 athletes in the state of Florida. The 2010 Special Olympics Fall Classic will be hosted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex November 6-7. For more opportunities to volunteer with Special Olympics Florida, please visit www.specialolympicsflorida.org.

2010 Rohto Ironman 70.3 Florida

On May 16th Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground hosted the 2010 Rohto Ironman 70.3 Florida Triathlon. The 70.3 mile race consisted of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run. Over 2,000 athletes took on the grueling challenge of completing the event. The winning time for men was 3:51:18 and for the women it was 4:14:22. The day before the 70.3 mile triathlon, the inaugural Ironkids race was held at Fort Wilderness for kids ages 6-15. The distances for the race varied depending upon the age group.

Sports Enthusiast Volunteers were on hand to assist with all aspects of the race. Ironman Foundation was the beneficiary for the event and donations made to the foundation go to benefit local charities. Along with the Ironman Foundation, there were several nonprofit groups volunteering at bike and run aid stations competing for prize money for their organization. The groups were competing for the best themed aid station and the cleanest aid station. The winners were:

  • 1st: Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation

  • 2nd: Girl Scout Troop 1125

  • 3rd: South Orlando Baptist Church

  • Cleanest: Vista Community Church

2010 Expedition Everest Challenge

What an adventure! On Saturday, June 12, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park was host to over 3,000 participants in the 2010 Expedition Everest™ Challenge. Just after sunset, teams of two took on the exotic terrain of Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park in a fun, competitive 5K adventure run with obstacles, followed by a scavenger hunt. Sports Enthusiasts were out in force supporting the runners in a variety of areas. The Snow Leopard Trust and Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund will share over $3,000 in donations.

Sports Enthusiast Volunteer Opportunities

Sports Enthusiast Event Spotlight

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

October 1-2, 2010

Get your forks and wine glasses ready as this October Disney will unveil a new half marathon and 5K race. The 2010 Inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon will take place on Saturday night on October 2, at 10 p.m. The 13.1 Mile Race will start at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and will finish at Epcot®. The race is paired to go along with the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Volunteer shifts will be opening soon for this event. The race will also have a relay component to it. A brand new 5K will also be a part of the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. The Mickey’s Halloween 5K will take place on Saturday, October 2 2010 at 7 a.m. The race will be held at the Magic Kingdom® Park. The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Expo and Kid's Races will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on October 1, 2010. If you are interested in participating in the Inaugural Half Marathon and 5K please visit: DisneyWineDineRun.com!

The beneficiary for the 2010 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon will be the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Volunteer opportunities are now available and listed on our website.

Have you Heard?

Cast your vote today for the 2011 Mickey Mouse medal for the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Marathon Weekend! The most popular design will become the medal that is awarded to all finishers on January 9, 2011! The decision is in your hands. Help us select the most magical marathon medal in the “World”.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

2010 Disneyland Half Marathon Medal Revealed

Thanks to Amanda here is a great report on the Disneyland Half Marathon Medal.

It's a special year for the Disneyland Half Marathon - the fifth anniversary. That means there's a special medal this year too!

Here's a look
While I think the medal is cute, I'm not sure I'm completely in love with it. I really like the castle medal I have from 2008 - it's gold and huge and just looks special. I hope that the colored parts of this medal don't flake off like some of my other race medals.

The 5K course map is also available in PDF format here: 2010 Disneyland Fabulous 5K Course Map
You can get more information about the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend here:2010 Disneyland Half Marathon Information

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Everybody Can Walk Even Team Voice CAN

Hello Team Voice. Today I am posting something real easy for EVERYONE to do. Please please before you try it, see you doctor and get them on board, tell them what you want to do why, and if it is ok.
I have posted about using this program over on Rae'e Place. So I am sharing it with you, yes you... try it, start at twice a week. Tuesday and Thursday. The up to three days a week. If you watch in the videos she is using a 16 minute mile pace. Which is the Disney race pace to stay ahead of the sweepers.

This will also help you get ready for all the walking you do in the parks too. You are going to want to quit, but don't keep pushing through, you can do it. If you try it let me know how you did.

And for those of Team Voice who are more advanced can do this everyday. In this workout you use muscles that help with running and biking.

And last of all... learn to laugh at yourself, I am in no way coordinated !!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Less Than 4 Months...

It has been quite some time since anything has been posted on Team Voice about Team members or anything.
With that, I am going to commit to working on getting Team Voice back out there in the Disney community.
As of today Team Voice is on Twitter, @TheTeamVoice. I will post up dates,training tips, nutrition tips,and links to what ever I can help with to help the Disney community.

Let's start with this, October is 2 new races at Disney. Mickey's Halloween 5k and the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. The half marathon is at 60%!

Then in Jan.2011 WDW Marathon Weekend
The Half Marathon is 60%full, Goofy and Half Challenge is 50% full
The Marathon nothing posted as of yet.
Disney Family Fun Run 5k nothing posted as of yet.

I know alot of you out there are planning to do these races, and I would love to tell your story to all of our Disney community.

We can not forget the Disneyland Half Marathon is rolling around the corner. September 3-5.
The half marathon is full and so id the 5k.

To help keep everyone Moving Forward will go back to having virtual events and challenges.

So with that...

Team Voice Many Goals One Voice