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.
Heartstring unleashes an avalanche of precious and semiprecious natural stones, seed beads, tools, and wire from which crafty fingers can fashion vibrant DIY jewelry. Enticingly draped 12-inch strands of colored-glass lampwork beads ($11) and shiny 6-millimeter Czech Crystals ($3) beg to be selected for a project, as do a large selection of individual beads ($1 each) in a hodgepodge of sizes and materials. A range of Beadalon supplies, tools, and wires delivers the framework for hoisting beautiful creations.
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.
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. It's 5 kilometers of dirty, sweaty madness that pits runners not against each other, but against their own expectations. Attendees don event bibs and bandanas before rocketing off the starting line in waves, dashing away to prove their superiority to steep hills, muddy pits, and inner demons. Costumes are encouraged—be they Mud-Thing ensembles or strategically placed Speedos—for racers who like to rock their own style. By conquering the course, participants win the right to don achievement medals.
Learn To Brew was created by a professional brewer in an effort to provide patrons with a one-stop-shop for supplies, hands-on classes, and how-to videos for crafting beer and wine. In addition to taps and kegerators for homes or businesses, staff members stock ingredients such as hops, malts, and yeasts. In their classes, they cover everything from balancing acids for wine to fermenting honey for mead.
In 1981, the founders of Mademoiselle Figure and Fitness opened the doors to their gym with a vision for it to become a place where women can get away from everyday life and focus on their fitness. Today, the staffers continue to support their female members’ fitness goals at two locations. Every member is assigned to a trainer who can meet with them for personal training sessions at no extra charge. As an added measure, trainers will give clients a call, e-mail, or smoke signal encouraging them to stay on track if they haven’t shown up at the gym in a while.
Both locations have heated pools where members can take Aqua Zumba and other water-based classes or do laps before relaxing in the whirlpool, steam room, or sauna. The trainers also lead Zumba, step, and other workouts on land. In addition to an indoor track, the gyms stock strength and cardio equipment from Precor, Life Fitness, Nautilus, and Cybex. After working out or stopping in for a session on the vibration platforms or tanning beds, members can pick up their kids from the babysitting area.