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Family Safety: Holiday Shopping Safety

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Let’s keep it that way by staying healthy and safe this holiday season. Now that Black Friday has officially kicked off the holiday shopping season, many of us will be hitting shopping centers and malls in search of good deals on gifts for friends and family.

Statistics show that crime typically increases during and after the holiday season. This is because more people with cash, gifts, gift cards, etc. are out and about, which presents more opportunities for the criminal looking for an easy score.

Crimes of Opportunity

Crimes of opportunity are those resulting from spontaneous, unlawful action due to a situation that presents itself without prior planning. Such acts have little or no premeditation. For example, a criminal who notices a vehicle in an isolated section of a parking garage filled with shopping bags and then takes the opportunity to break into the vehicle to steal the contents is committing a crime of opportunity.

Our main goal is to avoid providing an easy opportunity for criminals. Here are some ways to avoid being targeted during holiday shopping trips:

1.) Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you have to shop at night, go with friends or other family members. Avoid shopping alone at night.

2.) Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or anything that would attract unwanted attention from a potential mugger or thief.

3.) When approaching your car check to see if anyone is hiding underneath the vehicle. It is possible for someone to hide under your vehicle and grab you as you get in. There have also been cases of assailants using a knife or other weapon to slash or attack their victim’s leg from under the vehicle, making it difficult to run or fight back.

4.) Don’t carry too many packages at once. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom to move. Consolidate your purchases into a small number of bags. Do not make it appear that you have purchased a large number of items.  

5.) Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay with a check or credit card instead.

6.) ALWAYS stay alert. Be on the lookout for anyone in the vicinity of your vehicle that is acting strangely. People do not typically hang around parking lots or parked cars, particularly if they are not carrying any packages, do not have their keys out, etc. Return to the store immediately if you see any suspicious activity near your car.

7.) Tell a friend or family member when and where you’re going, and when you’re expected to return.

8.) Do not purchase items from non-licensed solicitors in parking lots. The goods being offered are often counterfeit or stolen. Even more dangerous, these types of deals are often a set-up for a mugging or robbery attempt.

9.) Make sure any valuables are out of sight or locked in your trunk. Remember, MP3 players, iPods, cell phones, laptop computers, GPS systems, satellite radios and other small electronic devices are a car burglar’s dream.

10.) If you see something, say something! Contact mall security or your local police department if you witness any suspicious or criminal activity while doing your holiday shopping.  If you need immediate response, or anticipate personal safety could be a legitimate concern, call 9-1-1 immediately. And never, ever attempt to investigate suspicious activity on your own. Contacting mall security or police if you witness odd behavior – like someone wiggling the door handles on a vehicle – can help prevent potential crimes like car burglaries and auto theft.

Finally, I want to offer a word of caution on one safety tip that has been taught to people for years, particularly in women’s self-defense courses. It is often recommended that you have your keys ready, in your hand, prior to leaving the store you are shopping in. A few years ago, I learned of a case where the FBI had apprehended a criminal who had abducted and subsequently murdered nearly thirty women across the country over the span of several years. He had approached all his victims in mall parking lots. When the Federal agents were interviewing this career criminal, they asked him how he went about selecting his victims. He stated that he looked for women who had car keys in their hand because that meant they were not being picked up by anyone and were alone. I do think it is a good idea to have your keys (or key fob) in your hand, just keep that hand in a pocket or out of plain view.

If you are unable to follow these suggestions, I recommend doing your holiday shopping online with reputable websites in order to avoid putting yourself at risk.

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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

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P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs.

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Holiday Shopping Safety Tips


Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Well folks, it’s official, the Holiday Shopping Season is here! Holiday music can be heard in all your favorite stores and “Black Friday” has come and gone! It’s at this time of year we like to share some safety tips to keep families safe while shopping.

1. Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you have to shop at night, go with friends or other family members. Avoid shopping alone at night.

2. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or anything that would attract unwanted attention from a potential mugger or thief.

3. When approaching your car check to see if anyone is hiding underneath your vehicle. It is possible for someone to hide under your vehicle and grab you as you get in. There have also been cases of assailants using a knife or other weapon to slash or attack a victims leg from under the vehicle making it difficult to run or fight back.

4. Develop the habit of checking the back seat of your car to make sure no one is hiding there. Statistically, a great deal of attacks and/or abductions occur from someone hiding in the back seat.

5. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay with a check or credit card instead.

6. Don’t carry too many packages at once. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom to move to avoid mishaps.

7. Be cautious if a Van or SUV is parked next to your vehicle. Abductors use this tactic to grab people as they are getting into their vehicle.

Here’s to a safe Holiday Season!

Martial Arts for Life

The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition & Personal Protection Strategies to residents of New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs

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Avoid Weight Gain This Holiday Season!

Enjoy the Holiday Season, Skip the Weight Gain!

It is well known that the average person gains weight during the Holiday Season. Estimates on exactly how much the average person gains vary widely. What most experts agree on is: 1.) Men and women who are obese tend to gain more weight than those who regularly maintain a healthy body weight  2.) The average man or woman does NOT tend to lose the weight that is gained over the holidays. In fact, recent studies have indicated that the holiday season may be a key contributor to long-term weight gain in adults. This is a concern since weight gain during adulthood may contribute to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health concerns.

So the goal during the holidays has to be to enjoy the season without packing on pounds that you’re probably going to struggle to lose. Here are some ways you can make that happen:

1.) Decide In Advance (D.I.A.): One of the best strategies when attending holiday parties and gatherings is to use the “Decide In Advance” strategy. This means that you decide in advance how many drinks you will allow yourself to have, what time you will stay until, etc. Basically, you formulate a plan and discipline yourself to stick to it.

2.) Don’t Arrive Hungry: When attending holiday festivities where food and cocktails will be served it is best to have a light nutritious snack and drink a glass of water prior to arriving. This will help you maintain discipline in the face of temptation and help you avoid over indulging.

3.) Limit Alcohol Consumption: Limiting alcohol consumption not only helps cut calories, but improves your chances of staying disciplined with your food choices as the night goes on.

4.) Don’t Over Indulge on Desserts: Discipline yourself to consume smaller portions of your favorite holiday dessert treats. Avoid the temptation to consume too many calorie-laden cookies and cakes.

5.) Limit Servings of These Fattening Foods: Scalloped potatoes, Cheesecake, Egg nog, Sweet potatoes with marshmallows & apple pie. These holiday favorites are all extremely high in calories and fat.

6.) Go For a Walk: Get some physical activity. Sadly, the average American lives a pretty sedentary lifestyle. If you eat more calories during the holidays (and most people do) you need to burn more calories or you will gain fat. Remember,  a little bit of physical activity is better than whole lot of no physical activity.

7.) Manage Stress: One of the main contributors to weight gain is stress. Manage stress levels by getting adequate sleep, exercising, and taking time to decompress during a busy holiday season.

There you have it, 7 ways to avoid unhealthy weight gain this Holiday Season courtesy of Martial Arts for Life – The New Providence Area’s Community School.

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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Personal Improvement and Nutritional guidance to individuals and families in New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn more about our Academy and our programs.

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What’s New at Martial Arts for Life in New Providence?

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We believe in providing the best possible program to our students and in constant and never ending improvement of that program!

In 2010 we have made many improvements to our Adult Martial Arts program. Here are some highlights:

1.) The addition of medicine balls and medicine ball workouts have improved our students’ core strength and overall athleticism and fitness levels.

2.) The addition of SPRI power bands and power band conditioning routines to our classes has led to increased muscle tone, strength, and total body sculpting.

3.) The addition of grappling through complimentary seminars on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts concepts has made our adult students more well-rounded in all ranges of self-defense and allowed them to cross train in other Martial Arts styles under our roof and for no additional tuition!

4.) We recently hosted a complimentary boxing clinic with a P.K.A. kickboxing champion and instructor Mr. P. which helped our students improve their technique and knowledge of boxing techniques.

5.) Martial Arts for Life hosted it’s first ever 90 Day Fitness Challenge, which saw our students take advantage of complimentary one on one nutritional guidance with our resident certified nutritional consultant Mrs. B. They also participated in some seriously intense workouts that had hearts pounding and sweat pouring. We had our most dedicated students lose 10 to 15 pounds and shape up just in time for summer with this program! This too was provided with no additional tuition or program costs.

6.) The addition of circuit training routines to our training regimen helped our students push themselves with high intensity interval training by moving through 1 minute workout stations including heavy bags, medicine balls, power bands, & more.

…that’s just for starters AND we’re not even half-way through 2010! We believe in providing an extraordinary value to our students and helping them reach their goals, whether they are increased strength & flexibility, increased self-defense skills, or anything in between. Oh, and this is all done in an environment that is based on traditional Martial Arts values such as respect, integrity, courtesy, & humility.

If you’re serious about improving your appearance, your fitness & Martial Arts knowledge and BEING YOUR BEST YOU alongside other like-minded and motivated individuals,  give us a call at 908.464.2836. We specialize in beginners!

We are NOT a franchise. We are NOT affiliated with any other schools or associations anywhere in NJ. We are a family owned & operated Martial Arts & Fitness facility that believes in providing the best possible program & instruction available anywhere.

Martial Arts for Life

The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Personal Improvement and Nutritional guidance to individuals and families in New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn more about our Academy and our programs.

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The Safety of Energy Drinks…

Are Energy Drinks Safe to Consume?

Here are some things to consider:

1. CAFFEINE. Some energy drinks contain as much caffeine as 14 cans of soda. Energy drinks may contain up to 280 mg of caffeine, while the average cup of coffee contains about 80 mg. In unsafe quantities caffeine can lead to symptoms such as nervousness, insomnia, increased blood pressure, & anxiety.

2. DEHYDRATION. Caffeine and sugar may provide a quick boost in energy levels, however they do not provide proper hydration. In fact caffeine, a diuretic, may promote dehydration, particularly in large quantities. Consuming an energy drink while exercising or engaging moderate physical activity can result in severe hydration due to fluid loss.

3. RISK OF HEART ATTACK OR STROKE. That’s no joke. According to a Wake Forest University study students who consumed just one 250 ml can of sugar free Red Bull experienced abnormal blood test results an hour later. These results indicated an increased risk of heart attack or stroke due to the changes observed (basically the drink caused blood to become “stickier”). Anyone with a known (or unknown) underlying cardiovascular or circulatory condition is at an even greater risk.

Red Bull has been banned in Norway, Uruguay, and Denmark due these and other health risks associated with energy drinks.

These are just some of the things to consider when you consume these drinks. The jury is still out on the short-term benefits of consuming them and the long term effects of consuming energy drinks is unknown. Our suggestion is to get proper rest, exercise, and eat a healthy diet. That should provide you with all the energy you need to power through your day.

Until next time…

Martial Arts for Life

The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Personal Improvement and Nutritional guidance to individuals and families in New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn more about our Academy and our programs.

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