In all of weight loss, there may be no concept less aptly named than the “low-calorie” diet. That’s because the calorie unit we associate with food actually refers to kilo calories—meaning when we say, “2,000 calories a day,” we actually mean 2,000,000. A calorie is a unit of heat, or energy—specifically, the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius. And if the number of calories we ingest is bad news, the upside is that we are burning them all the time.
A certain amount of calories—about 60–75% of the calories you burn each day—are needed to sustain the body's unconscious functions, such as breathing and circulation. Known as basal metabolic rate, the specific percentage depends on factors such as size and body composition, gender, and age (typically, as people get older, fat makes up a larger portion of body weight, causing calories to burn more slowly). Digestion makes up about another 10 percent of the calories burned, leaving physical activity to account for the rest.
During exercise, the muscles contract, causing the body's adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecules to break down as the heart continues to pump faster and faster—increasing the body’s demand for more energy. Once the muscles have depleted the day’s caloric intake, they turn to other calorie sources to fuel the fire—making weight loss possible as the body begins to sacrifice fat cells to the god of the treadmill.
A brand-new yoga studio beckons stretchers seeking more than just sweat from their exercise regime, as a Chopra Center–certified yoga instructor helps guide disciples down the path toward physical, mental, and spiritual peace. Blending Hatha yoga and primordial-sound meditation—an ancient Vedic tradition designed to silence mental distractions—classes of up to 80 stretch, meditate, and practice turning invisible in unison. Sunrise yoga practiced at 6:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday on the rooftop (weather permitting) gives yoga bears a chance to greet the sun personally, Hatha yoga classes at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday give limber limbs a good workout, and relaxation yoga at 6 p.m. Monday and 6:30 p.m. Thursday helps purge stress leftover from the workplace.
Ladies Workout Express caters to female fitness goers with a trove of equipment designed specifically for women, plus a variety of relaxing amenities and energizing group classes. Hide-and-seek champion muscles can be coaxed from concealment with specialized circuit machines that utilize both strength and aerobic training. Each unit comes equipped with ten different resistance levels allowing for a wide range of challenges, and dual hydraulic systems work multiple muscle groups at once. Racers can prepare lower body branches for upcoming hamster wheel marathons with treadmills and stationary bikes or unwind after intense workouts by lounging in a tanning bed or the sauna. Zumba classes, which fuse Latin grooves with easy-to-follow dance steps, can help hip-shakers shed calories to the beat of a sultry soundtrack. Instructors demonstrate rhythmic dance moves as groups of promenading protégés follow along with swaying hips, swinging arms, and evaporating inhibitions.
Imagine, A Paul Mitchell Partner School prepares the future stylists by equipping them with high quality Paul Mitchell products and ample salon practice. Over the course of a two-phase program, students learn the basics, apply their skills in a real salon setting, and then perform advanced hairdressing and chemical work under the supervision of expert instructors. Customers can stop in to witness these newfound skillsets by opting for hairstyling and salon services. The school offers haircuts, color and texturizing services, as well as a range of skin and nail treatments.
Painting A Night Out hosts guided painting events lasting 2–3 hours, accented by beverages and camaraderie, at different venues around Oklahoma City. Artists of all skill levels can perch in front of a provided canvas, and then follow the lead of an instructor demonstrating how to reproduce a featured painting. Attendees may also choose to add personal tweaks to the imagery or work on a completely independent design. Subject matter constantly changes but often includes colorful tree silhouettes, still lifes with wine, flowers, and sunset scenes that look like sunrise scenes when held upside down.
All materials are provided, including canvases, paint, aprons, and brushes. While friends or couples can arrive hand in hand and enjoy a group night out, solo artists are equally encouraged to mingle and acquire new acquaintances.
Each year, Mud Factor plows into towns across the country towing along a fun, yet challenging course full of obstacles and mud to trudge through. But it's not just the adults that get covered in the dirty stuff. Mud Factor Kidz offers all the steep hills, muddy pits, and dark moments of introspection as the grownup course. Athletes between 4 and 8 years old run about a mile, and those between 9 and 13 can go as far as two. Costumes are encouraged for runners who like to rock their own style, be they Mud-Thing ensembles or tweenage ninja turtles. By conquering the course, participants win the right to don finishers' medals.