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#fitness focus STAYING FIT WITH LITTLE TIME BY KELLY FILIPPONE A conversation I often have with colleagues in our industry is about how difficult it is to stay on a regular workout schedule with little personal time while operating or attending an event or tradeshow. Amy Valent Ribot, my Pilates instructor, was intrigued by our meetings and events industry when we first started working together several months ago. We have discussed many of the chronic issues that I experience, along with many of my colleagues in MPIGNY. With this in A standing upper body stretch. A foot stretch. mind, I posed this question to Amy: "I'm packing for a work trip and have limited space in my suitcase for extra things. Is there one item relating to fitness that you recommend that I bring with me?" Amy's response: Thera-Band - an elastic-like set of bands that takes up almost no room in your luggage. For the following exercises, you want a strong resistance, but one step down from the strongest. You can find the TheraBand online or at a sporting goods store, and they cost less than $10. Each manufacturer has different color coding so make sure you are familiar with those variations before making your purchase. Pec stretches are a must for long days at a computer (or mobile device) or carrying heavy luggage. Begin standing with good posture. Hold the band with the hands 30 to 36 inches apart. The closer the hands are on the band, the more intense the stretch. Slowly bring the arms overhead, continuing until the arms are behind you. Move continuously, so the band moves in front, overhead and behind. Do this stretch six times. On the last rep, keep the arms behind and breath fully 10 times. The next two exercises can be done lying on the floor. Feet and ankle stretches are a great way to pamper yourself, especially if you have been standing all day. For those of you who wear high heels, the second part of this will be felt especially in the lower outer calf (peroneals). Bring the band on your right foot with your right leg up in the air. Slowly point and flex your ankle 10 times. Then, flex your ankle and make inward circles 10 times. Make circles 10 times in the opposite direction. From here, we stretch the hamstring muscle (the back thigh). Keep your right leg up, with the sole of the foot facing the ceiling. Your knee joint must be straight, and your tailbone should remain on the floor (otherwise, it only pulls at your low back!). If it is hard to straighten the knee, then lower the leg towards the floor until you can. This is the best way to relieve a tight lower back. Don't forget to repeat the second two exercises in the series on your left side. After this short self-care session, you should be feeling great! With any questions about Pilates, yoga or general fitness questions, you can reach Amy, who is a certified Pilates and yoga instructor, via Twitter (@AmyVribot) or Facebook. For additional Thera-Band instructions for the whole body, visit www.facebook.com/HobokenPilates. @ A hamstring stretch. info@mpigny.org 25 http://www.facebook.com/HobokenPilates

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Winter 2014

ASK THE BOARD
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
14 MEETINGS TECHNOLOGY TRENDS TO WATCH FOR 2014
10 EVENTS IN NORTH AMERICA YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IN 2014
SPORTS INCENTIVES AND MEETING PLANNING A WINNING TEAM
HOSTED-BUYER PROGRAMS: A PLANNER AND SUPPLIER Q&A
#stickwithmpigny
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT A CONVERSATION WITH JULIE GREEN
TECHNOLOGY CORNER BY WALTER J. RECHER
TIME. WARPED.
LEGAL REVIEW BY BARBARA F. DUNN, ESQ.
FITNESS FOCUS BY KELLY FILIPPONE
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
NEWS
DESTINATION: MANHATTAN
NEW MEMBERS
ADVERTISER’S INDEX

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