When ‘Jae Walking’ is Good

NEW ROCHELLE–So if the weather ever gets nice again…come Jae Walk!  Fitness expert Jaena Mebane–who teaches fitness classes at the Equinox Health Club in Mamaroneck,  New York Sports Club in Larchmont, the GYM in Armonk and Bilancio in Purchase. — brings back her  “JaeWalkers” program every  Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Meet at the tennis courts at New Rochelle High School on North Avenue. The one-hour walk will include some exercises along the way. Sundays and Thursdays through August 16. In late June, they’ll add a “wine stop” after the Thursday workout.

Coming Up: Equinox at Equinox

March 20 is a day of perfect balance in the heavens- On the equinox, in this case the Spring equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. That premise of balance is the philosophy behind  Equinox, the fitness clubs. The Mamaroneck Equinox will spend the day throwing a party for the community — even non-members. If you’ve ever wanted to try the club, this is the day. Morning:  Healthy breakfast from the Nautilus Diner, Chiropractic demo from Larchmont Wellness, Fiji water and Honest Tea.

One to One Fit Facts: Shoveling Snow

Snow Shoveling  is real exercise.  Treat it like it is.  Here are some tips to protect yourself…and your back! Warm up!  Go through some stretches or active warm-ups you are familiar with.  Incorporate a squat and some reaching exercises to get your hips and back loose. Your hips should dominate.  Don’t be lazy!  Bend your knees and get underneath each shovelful.  Your hamstrings, glutes, and back should all work together.  If your back hurts it means you didn’t recruit from the strong hip muscles. Draw your belly tight.  Right at the point where you need to lift the weight of the snow, pinch your inside stomach muscles tight (It will feel as if your stopping yourself from going to the bathroom).  This will help activate your natural weight belt and stabilize your hips and spine. Switch sides.  Just like you should with your exercise programs, make sure to change sides and angles repeatedly.  This will allow you to recruit from more muscles groups and ensure that one side does not get overworked.