5 Reasons to Start a Self-Defense Class Today

Self-Defense Class in Redding, California

There is almost no better feeling than being able to take care of yourself and feel good about where you are at in life. But for many of us, we are looking for something more than just physical exercise in a gym - we want to feel safe and confident in any situation we may walk into. Enter, self-defense classes. Self-defense instructors teach many different things, and it usually doesn't look like the fight scenes in your favorite movie. Today we'll go over 5 important reasons to consider joining a self-defense class.

1. Safety

The number reason that many take self-defense classes is because of safety. We want to feel protected when we are out on the street at night, or going grocery shopping, or traveling to a foreign country. We want to be able to protect ourselves should a situation arise when we or someone else is being threatened or attacked. Good self-defense instructors will give you the practical skills, as well as the right mindsets, to be able to defend yourself at all times, in all situations.

2. Confidence

Many of us don't feel completely confident that we have what it takes to defend ourselves. With knowing the practical skills that self-defense classes teach, those tools give us a confidence that bleeds into every area of our lives: our relationships, our family life, and our work life. And when we have that confidence, we feel free to take more risks, try new things, and set bigger goals. All because we know that we have what it takes.

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3. Fitness

Most self-defense classes focus on being emotionally prepared for an attacker, but being physically prepared for an attack is also equally important. An intense warm-up usually comes first, and next comes learning defense techniques. Through learning self defense, you will maintain your muscle and endurance through practicing, along with other exercise activities. Naturally, your overall fitness will improve. An intense warmup to get your adrenaline pumping, followed by a variety of fitness techniques, will improve your overall body condition while teaching you important self-defense techniques.

4. Self-discipline

Self-defense classes will grow your self-discipline. From showing up to class on time, to being pushed to your limit physically, to pushing through pain, your self-discipline will grow if you keep showing up to class. Your mindsets will start to change and your motivation and dedication will increase.

5. Balance and reflex skills

Improving your balance not only includes the physical balance of your core muscles, but also a mental balance by improving your focus. Self-defense classes teach you how to focus on your target while you control your body. Without balance, it is almost impossible to fight. Through gaining your body control and balance, you will be better prepared to protect yourself mentally and physically. Self-defense classes also help develop your reflexes, which will allow you to move quickly and strategically in such a situation. You will know where to step and where to throw your punch.

EveryDay Fitness has an upcoming self-defense class starting October 2nd. Click the button below to learn more!

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EFX Training is a functional training class.

Taught by CrossFit Certified Instructors.

Offered exclusively at EveryDay Fitness.

Mon., Wed. & Fri. at 8:30am & 430pm.

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Elise Hawkins Nutritional Therapy is now Shasta Nutritional Therapy!

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From: Shasta Nutritional Therapy.

Our name changed!

That's right! In anticipation for expansion of the practice, and possible additions (stay tuned) it only made sense to change to a more inclusive name for the Nutritional Therapy Practice. Although Elise is still 100% actively involved, our name will change from: Elise Hawkins Nutritional Therapy to: Shasta Nutritional Therapy, but the quality of care will still remain (and hopefully improve!).

One-Time Only Special Offer

It's the 3-year anniversary since opening the nutritional therapy practice, and in celebration, we're offering the entire 3-Month-Nutritional-Therapy-Program for only $393 (Valued at $540) for the next 3 days.

This means, you must have a confirmed appointment for a 3 Month Program booked online by Friday, August 25th at 11:59pm to qualify for the special offer.This is a one-time offer and will not be available again. You can schedule your Initial Consultation for the program up to 23 days out from the day you confirmed your appointment (no later than September 20th 2017).

So if you've been considering learning more about optimizing your health, along with finding out what your body needs, how to balance your hormones, clean up your diet, and embark on a personalized nutritional therapy program designed specifically for you---- this is the perfect opportunity!

Remember you MUST go online and have your appointment confirmed to us before Friday August 25th at 11:59pmYou can schedule this appointment for anytime before September 20th, but it must be confirmed in the next 3 days.

Looking forward to supporting you in this next chapter of your health journey. As always, may you be ever increasing in health!

Elise Hawkins Nutritional Practitioner

6 Tips on Reading Food Nutrition Labels

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From Shasta Nutritional Therapy.

When it comes to making healthier food choices and implementing more nutrient-packed foods into your diet, one of the most important things that you can do is learn how to read and understand food labels so that you can make sure the foods that you are purchasing really do carry all the nutrients that you are looking for. While some foods might say “natural” or “organic” on the front cover, it is best to take a closer look at the ingredients so that you know for sure what you will really be putting into your body. So what are some things that are good to look for when you are reading food labels on different food items? Here are some of my personal tips on what to look for under the nutrition facts label as you are browsing grocery stores and making your shopping decisions.

1. Look for only 3-5 ingredients or less

The more ingredients in a packaged food item, the more highly processed it probably is. The less ingredients, the better.

2. Avoid high fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup is sweeter and cheaper than sugar, which is why it is in almost every processed food or sweetened drink. Ingesting high fructose corn syrup can create fat production in the liver, which can lead to liver problems. 

3. Avoid hidden sugars

When you are checking a food nutrition label, be sure to check for artificial sweeteners that may possibly contain sucralose. Artificial sweeteners that contain sucralose can cause harmful biological effects in the body. If you want to sweeten something up, try adding a little bit of a raw form of sugar like some local raw honey.

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4. No sugar in the first 3 ingredients

The first 3 ingredients in a food item make up the majority of what you will be eating. This means that if sugar is one of the first 3 ingredients in the food item you are thinking about purchasing, you will mostly be eating sugar. Even if a food or drink item says organic or natural, it’s still a great idea to check the ingredients because those food or drink items could still potentially carry a lot of sugar.

5. Avoid hydrogenated fat, trans fat, and hydrogenated or processed oils

In 2015, the FDA determined that trans fats are not generally recognized as safe for human consumption. It has been determined that consuming trans fats can lead to serious health issues. In the same way, hydrogenated or processed oils carry harmful chemicals that can be detrimental to your health. Many processed, packaged items have been produced in oils that have been heated to high degrees, making them unsafe to eat.

6. Real food ingredients

The best thing that you can do when it comes to making healthy meals every day is incorporate as many real, raw food ingredients into your meal as possible. The more real food you have in your meal, the better!  

If you would like more information on what kinds of foods you can implement into your daily meals that would best benefit your body, it would be extremely beneficial for you to set up a consultation with a nutritional therapist! Elise Hawkins is a nutritional therapist in Redding who loves to partner with individuals to help them find out what their bodies really need so that they can ultimately reach their health and fitness goals. Whatever health or fitness goals your may have, whether it is the desire to lose weight or the desire to learn how to incorporate healthy meals into your every day life, Elise Hawkins would love to help you achieve those goals by finding out what your body really needs through counseling, education, and nutritional implementation. For high-quality nutritional therapy in Redding, and nutrition services in Shasta County don’t hesitate to contact Shasta Nutritional Therapy!

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TJ'S Self Defense Boot Camp

TJ's Self Defense Boot Camp

TJ's Self Defense Boot Camp

TJ's Self Defense Boot Camp

  • Starts October 2nd
  • Taught by Certified Law Enforcement Self Defense Instructor Tony Jackson
  • 4 week camp
  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 5 - 6 PM
  • $100 per person
  • EverydayFitness Membership NOT required
  • Open to women and men

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Tony has been teaching a cardio boxing/self defense class here for 6+ months. He also has his own DoJo that is very successful.

Tony has over 31 years of experience and is a certified self-defense instructor as well as a certified CCW instructor. Tony is a certified 3rd-degree black belt in Juko-Kai and holds a black belt in Aikido. His background in law enforcement has also earned him the title of Certified Law Enforcement Self Defense Instructor. Tony is a sanctioned amateur kickboxer with a total of 12 wins and 2 losses.

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Women with Weights Boot Camp

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Women With Weights Boot Camp

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    September 5th - November 30th

    • Tuesday and Thursday, 6-7 PM (Kids club is open but not included in the cost of the camp) 

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    Destiny Rose, Instructor of Women with Weights Boot Camp

    Destiny Rose, Instructor of Women with Weights Boot Camp

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    Vicky Thompson We wouldn't be where we are without you Destiny Rose Drdf..You are a great trainer and motivator, I actually look forward to our class....most of the time :)

    Cristina Wallace Oh my look at us! Looking forward to being back tonight. Thank you Destiny for pushing us

    Cara Cogburn We love you Destiny Rose Drdf!!

    Jami Poole You're awesome Destiny. Thank you for kicking our booties tonight!💗🤔

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    Roberta L McLaughlin U r the best! #drdf

    Rohnda Humphries That was so fun &hard !!!! Dang girl you killed it.

    Vicky Thompson So much pain..but will be so worth it

    Jami Poole I'm sad we only have two weeks! You're awesome Destiny Rose Drdf. Thank you for pushing us so hard. Love this group of ladies!

    Vicky Thompson I agree with Jami, it is a great group to work out with. We got lucky to get Destiny Rose as our trainer 🍀

    Rohnda Humphries I am gonna miss Destiny Rose Drdf bossing us around. Lol 👅But only for a month than its on again .....💙💚💛💜

    Danielle Rullman Destiny is amazing how she knows when to turn up the heat and when to let us rest 😜
    Pushing us just enough to see results and feel empowered.

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         I joined Women with Weights because I was feeling stuck, sad and really down on myself. Everything about it was new. The gym, the people and the idea of lifting weights. I took all of those nerves and self-doubt and promised to give 100%, not only to change my body, but my mind.

         In the beginning, I felt so unsure of myself, but Destiny is a force. When she walks in and tells you that you will be stronger, faster, and fitter you just believe her. She said she had faith in me when I hadn't quite found it yet. The workouts were constantly different and challenging.  Each week building on the next. It wasn't long before we were highfive-ing, and cheering each other on to push harder and faster than before. We were a team being led by our biggest cheerleader. 

         My goals were reached two months in to the three-month program, which was so rewarding. Most importantly though I found a love of lifting weights, a supportive fun place to work out, and the spark for life I had been missing. I'm thankful every day that Destiny came into my life. 

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