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Balance Extreme comes to the Studio

Drop, and give us 50….minutes… of A fusion cardio,  yoga, pilates and barre moves into one class. Get your cardio fix! Balance Extreme is the ultimate XBody workout. 50 minutes of music-driven, fast paced movement and interval exercises. A short term yoga ssliving15greywarm up prepares you for heart pumping cardio bursts that will make you sweat! Plyometric exercises will define your muscles, intense core work will chisel your abs and strength sequences will challenge your stamina and balance. a calming cool finish will leave you exhilarated and prepared to attack your day!

 

Balance Studio in support of The Longest day: Alzheimer’s awareness & research

Cohasset Man, Matt Steele, hiking the 40 peaks to honor his wife and fundraise for Alzheimer’s. 

  • By Amanda C. Thompson
    athompson@wickedlocal.com
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    Matt Steele is joining 47 other teams during the 48 Peak Challenge where each team climbs one of the forty-eight 4000 foot peaks in the White Mountains while raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association during the summer solstice on June 21. Wicked Local Staff Photo/ Robin Chan

    COHASSET

    Cohasset just saw the anniversary of a very sad day: the day we lost Margie Steele to early onset Alzheimer’s disease. But you won’t see Margie’s husband Matt Steele moping around or making trite gestures in her memory.

    No, this June 20th, Matt Steele is climbing a mountain for Margie… him, and 47 other teams from across the region, which he worked to coordinate.

    Cohasset remembers Margie for her work with the food pantry, which earned her the Mariner’s Citizen of the Year award in 2006. She suffered from Alzheimer’s from the age of 50 until she passed away last year at 57.

    At that time, her family came together to climb Cannon Mountain in her memory, so in a way, this year’s hike is a carrying-on of tradition. But it’s grown much larger than the family. Matt Steele has teamed up with Jason Lynch from the Longest Day to organize the 48-Peak Challenge.

    The Longest Day is a sunrise-to-sunset challenge to raise awareness and funds to fuel the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is the nation’s sixth leading cause of death.

    Steele and his family participated in the Longest Day’s very first event in 2013 while they were still caring for Margie. The challenge invites participants to do “an activity of their choice” for 16 hours, so his family tag-teamed through activities like cycling, running, swimming, and skateboarding. The community raised $30,000 for Alzheimer’s research that year.

    This time, Steele wanted the event to feel a little more focused. He and Lynch came up with the idea of challenging folks to climb all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks in a single day.

    The Steeles often spend their weekends in New Hampshire, where their home looks out over one of the 48. It is this peak, Kinsman Ridge, that Steele will be climbing, along with his children Cali, Sam and Grace, their significant others, and a slew of family members and close friends – together, Team Margie.

    Other teams from all over Massachusetts and New Hampshire will tackle the remaining 47 peaks, including a second Cohasset team that will hike Mount Lafayette. The Mass. and N. H. chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association are the most active in the country.

    Steele’s vision is to have 48 pictures of teams clad in their purple, Alzheimer’s Association t-shirts at the top of 48 different mountains as a show of solidarity against the disease.

    “Taking care of somebody with Alzheimer’s is a full-time job,” said Steele. “It’s a huge burden. This is to recognize what families are going through and to raise money in hopes that someday we’ll have a cure or treatment.”

    Preparing for this event has been a bit of a job, too. “We’re inventing the wheel this year,” said Steele. He hopes to build on the work he’s put in with Lynch in future years.

    When the Steeles’ friend Kellie Lynch, owner of Balance Studio, found out about the 48-Peak Challenge, she wanted to help. She dutifully hung up the poster that Steele gave her, but that wasn’t enough. She decided to have a fundraiser.

    Balance Studio has two open house membership drives this month, May 2nd and 16th. Visitors have a chance to try out a class, including a brand new cardio-flavored class, and can then sign up for a membership at a new and reduced rate.

    For each new membership, Balance Studio contributes $25 to Team Margie. They raised $500 in their first weekend and hope to continue the trend at next weekend’s open house, which goes from 8am to 1pm.

    Steele can thank Kellie Lynch for more than her financial support. When Margie first passed away, Steele was looking for ways to keep busy. He had always been an athlete but never tried yoga, thinking that it was for younger people or women only.

    Still, he had a feeling that Balance would be a welcoming environment to give it a try, so when Kellie Lynch invited him, he went.

    “I was hooked,” he said. “It was perfect for an athlete to do. I was astounded that I had never done it before. It was the best thing to happen to me.”

    Lynch said, “we are so grateful that we’re able to support a cause that’s near and dear to Matt’s heart and put him in a physical and emotional place of balance that allows him to start to rebuild his life.”

    With yoga in his regimen, along with running, skiing, biking and hiking, Steele feels ready to tackle his big hike – and along with it, one of the most daunting diseases on record. In addition to his extensive work with the Alzheimer’s Association, Steele has his own foundation dedicated specifically to the support of early onset Alzheimer’s research.

    “This year, for the first time, I’m starting to believe that there might be a light at the end of the tunnel in terms of research,” said Steele. “That makes me even more anxious to raise money, so other people don’t have to experience what we experienced.”

Spreading JOY through Balance

Seasons Greetings!

What is your best holiday memory from when you were a kid?  My guess is that it had something to do with a family or spiritual gathering, a holiday gesture of love and giving or a Christmas morning blanketed with fresh snow.  It probably wasn’t a beautifully decorated house, a perfectly shaped Christmas tree or the best set table. So WHY do we torture ourselves with the details and chaos of the holiday season? Why do we eat and drink too much, sleep too little and put our health and well being at the bottom of our “to do” list?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Of course we want things to be welcoming and festive, but in doing so, we lose the joy and meaning of the season. We stray so far from the present moment trying to create the “perfect moment” that we lose not only the “moment”, but the whole season.  We run ourselves so ragged and neglect healthy habits that we start to dread the next fun party and the way we are going to feel on January 1st!

One of my best memories from when my kids were little was the year that my then was unemployed over the holidays. We made a very conscience decision to scale WAY back on all material aspects of the holiday.  We did get a tree and used the decorations that we saved from season to season, but cut out our normal holiday decor budget and didn’t send out a card We decided not to exchange gifts with each other, siblings, parents and friends and just got a couple of special things for our girls. Because we had scaled back so much, we actually had the time and energy to really enjoy the season!  I think it was the first time we were not stressed around Christmas, grateful for the little things that make the season so special and so much more mindful for how lucky we really were. We had our health, our family and our homeso much more than many less fortunate souls.

So this year, as we move through the season, try to step back and enjoy the little moments that make this season so magical. Take a moment to hold the door for a stranger, smile at someone who is clearly having a bad day or give generously to someone less fortunate than yourself. These moments that make up our lives move by so quickly, what do you want to remember about the 2014 holidays?
Wishing you the many joys of the season!
Namaste,
Kellie
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