Community Greens

People of color, culture, health & fitness

Urban Spartan

So, yesterday I started the Spartan Life. That’s what I am calling my next chapter. You already know my health has forced me to swing towards better eating. Not that I was ever a fried food and gravy type, but there was and is always better. 

Michael Taylor introduced me to  TeamSpartanSpades in the Bronx and, if the creek don’t rise, I’ll do my first Spartan Race next year. In the mean time, I want to get my giddy-up on and build basic run miles. Look for future Spartan posts.

#cgspartan #cgfitchick

Filed under: African-American, Afroticity, Black Men, Blacks, Bronx, Community Green, Fttness, Healthy Living, It Takes A Village, The Fit Chick, , ,

Mile Style At The Point

Bronx Based Run Crew
Runs Wednesdays at 7 pm

Open To ANYONE/EVERYONE
The Bronx By The Bronx

The Point
940 Garrison Avenue

Mile Style & The POINT join forces to help activate the BX community. Working to make the Bronx healthier & stronger, one mile at a time.

Filed under: Community Green, Fttness, Healthy Living, Hunts Point, The Fit Chick, The Point, , ,

Healthier Lifestyle Workouts

fit chick 2

Inter-generational Workouts
Frederick Douglass Center
885 Columbus Avenue (Btwn 103/104th Street)
6:45 – 8:00p.m.
212 865 – 6337

October 2019
Monday 7th……….……….…Aerobics/Abs
Wednesday 9th.……………..Yoga/Pilates/Abs
Monday 14th>………….….… No Session
Wednesday 16th …………… Cross Training/Abs
Monday 21th..……….……….Stations/Abs
Wednesday 23rd.…………..Yoga/Pilates/Abs
Monday 28th ………………..Aerobics/Abs
Wednesday 30th.…………..Cross Training/Abs

Instructor: Kelsey Stevens 
Center Director: Amy Hyman

The November schedule will be disseminated at the last session of this month.

Filed under: Community Green, Fttness, Health, Healthy Living, The Fit Chick, , ,

Walking or Running

Our early milestone in life is learning how to walk. Our parents cant wait for the moment we take our first steps. They re-live the moment forever and often feel unfulfilled if they missed the first ones. It seems, however, in our late 20’s to early 30’s, after we have completely mastered walking, or when we buy our first car, we work as hard as we can to do as little of it as possible. A recent study suggests that’s a big mistake.

“Walking sends specific pressure waves rippling through the body  and this acts on specific arteries by increasing the blood supply sent to the brain.”

More brain blood supply naturally improves brain function and cell growth in many ways. But simply walking to the bus stop in the morning make us fit. We need to walk 3 times a week for about 40 minutes to get the best benefit. Can’t do 40 minutes? Other recent studies suggest breaking up exercise sessions to smaller units can be just as beneficial.

Where does running fit in? It seems the different pressure pattern on the foot doesn’t provide the same blood flow or pressure wave and is not a beneficial as walking. The best benefit seems to occur when you walk briskly enough to get your heart rate to about 120 beats a minute. This seems to create a rhythm that optimizes blood flow and breathing. And, yes, you should work at breathing smoothly and rhythmically while you walk. Hey, Get To Stepping! – The Fit Chick

 

fit chick crop

Filed under: Community Green, Fttness, Health, Healthy Living, The Fit Chick, , , , ,

Cogging Back to Good Health

bikeOkay, so I’ve had my share of health problems over the last few years. Unfortunately, sometimes as we get older we get sick and, figuratively and often literally, fall apart. The common cold seems completely uncommon and the flu can severely sideline and possiblely kill us. When we get a cold, we often ignore the warning signs until too late and when it’s full blown, we look for any port, which is usually some over-the-counter miracle. Or we believe doctors have magic bullets and we seek their help and hope the 2 pills they give us will make us better by morning.

I’ve decided to Cog Back to Good Health (CBGH). I’ve had my ups and downs and, recognizing I was never a gym rat, I’m going to ride my way back to good health. I am going to ride my bike every day (hmm, I really HATE riding in the rain and snow). Riding my bike is going to be the fifth thing I do every day. 1. Get Out of Bed 2. Bathroom 3. Drink Water 4. Get Dressed 5. Ride My Bike. Let’s start with the typical “30 Day Challenge” and for good measure the Tour De Bronx is Sunday October 28. I’m still a punk, so I’ve registered for the 25 miler. I’ll keep you posted!

BxFxd

04-DSC_0015-001

 

Filed under: Bicycling, Community Green, Cycling, Fttness, Healthy Living, , , , ,

Community Greens

CGFROG

It takes more than a village to raise a child in today's world. The world is more than flat or round or sun and moon. It's also the village on the other side of the river. The objects in the sky are different from that view. Community Greens, griot-like, tells a story. I invite you to share my view. - Chuck Vasser

Blacks In Green

There are more of us people of color out there than you realize and we are coming together to express our concerns, ideas and sit at the table!

Crazy For Composting

February 15th, 2020
NYBG

Bronx Park Speakup

Lehman CollegeFebruary 29th, 2020
9 days to go.

Bissel Volunteer Days

See you in the Spring!March 15th, 2020
24 days to go.

The Green Fit Chick

Longer Life

According to new research 1. not smoking, 2. limiting your alcohol intake, 3. staying active, 4. maintaining a healthy weight, and 5. eating nutritious foods could not only extend your life, but improve the quality of it.

Planks

Planks are one of the most effective exercises because they require a small time investment and offer substantial results in a relatively short time. Make plank exercises part of your regular routine.

Ripped Vs Buff

Buff is well built, strong, and muscular but not necessarily big while ripped body is more defined and more pronounced muscles. Athletes are are buff while bodybuilders are ripped.

Embrace Whole Grains

Substitute all “white” carbs (bread, rice, etc.) with whole grains. When you eat whole grains, you feel more full due to the higher protein/fiber content and so you will need to eat less overall.

Cog Blogging

Bronx Fixed is Back! - BxFxd

Bike Positions

A riders determines how s/he wants to ride a bike and what type of bike they will use. Bikes, therefore, come in different configurations and geometries to suit individual riders. Different body positions suit each bike, such as 2 o’clock, 12 o’clock, 1 o’clock and so on.

Community Greens Consulting

Rover Rollover

Dog Crates

Done right, crate training helps breed familiarity, trust and a sense of security between your pup and his crate. You should not put dogs in crates that have not been properly crate trained.

Mat Training

Mat Training- A mat, or a defined place for a dog to “go to,” is a versatile and useful behavior to teach a dog. A mat can be a a dog bed, a dog mat, a bath mat, a towel, a blanket, – whatever makes the most sense for the dog and the handler.

Rude Dog Owners

Rude Habits Of Dog Owners. These are some of the things people complain about the most when it comes to dog owners.

Give An Animal A Home

Adopt a pet this holiday season. You can give an animal in need a loving home or consider donating to the ASPCA or other animal charity in a friend’s name.

Bisselsign

EARTH DAY – 50 YEARS

APRIL 22, 2020

Email

czvasser@yahoo.com

Handstands & Other Feats

In a world full of
little people I admit
I am minuscule.

czvasser.com – Tiny

Get Community Greens.

“Even though this planet is round, there are just too many spots where you can find yourself hanging onto the edge, unless there’s some space, some place to take a breather for a while.” –Gloria Naylor

All Of Us Research Program

Community Greens Photos

Chuck Vasser on Docs.com

NYBasketball

Condolences

Condolences

It is with regret we have been informed of the recent passing of Dolores Layne, mother of Archie Layne, NYCGBOA Member-at-Large.

Fried Chicken & Philosophy

NYBasketball
cl_butterfly_12

The Butterfly Project

CGCooks!

Cream-style soups are a favorite for warm, soothing meals on cold winter nights. The addition of a cup or two of cooked beans can stretch canned or homemade soup into a complete, protein-rich meal in just minutes. Stir a can of drained rinsed white beans into tomato soup. Or try pinto beans added to cream of celery soup.