My Top Four Atlanta Activities

For the first few weeks of summer, my life became super repetitive. During the week, I would follow my morning ritual, go to work, hit the gym and then have dinner. By the time I had finished eating, the day would be over, and I’d soon have to get up and do it all over again. My weekends were spent catching up on sleep and being completely lazy. I fell into the very rhythmic trap I swore I would avoid. But then I remembered that I lived in the heart of Atlanta and that opportunities for entertainment were endless.

Here’s a breakdown of my top four things to do in Atlanta over the summer:

4.       Watch a movie at Flicks on Fifth.
       
This event is absolutely free and open to the public. Every Wednesday during the summer, weather permitting, the Georgia Tech Student Center puts on a movie on the 5th Street bridge when the sun sets. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, chairs and snacks to the event. Watch a movie on the big screen and go to a Flicks on Fifth showing.

3.       Picnic at Piedmont
        Summer fun should include a ton of sunshine, and what better way to soak up some sun than with a picnic in the park. Of course if you do decide to picnic, be sure the bring the following essential items:

  • Red and white checkered blanket
  • Big wooden picnic basket
  • Sunscreen
  • RaceTrac taquitos
  • Friends

2.       Go to an improv show

        If you need a laugh, attend a Dad’s Garage improv show! They are so hilarious and, from my experience, aren’t afraid to pull you onstage and make you part of the show. During the summer, they typically perform Thursdays – Saturdays. Be sure to buy your tickets early though since all the cheap ones run out fast.

1.       Attend a concert

        This one is pretty self explanatory because honestly, who doesn’t love music? I heard Ke$ha is playing at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on July 30th. If you’re not into Ke$ha’s musical stylings (how could you not be?) there are always plenty more concerts to go around.

Have a wonderful summer!

The Special Projects Intern, Reem

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A Sweet Southern Summer

Jessica, a Human Resources Intern gives her thoughts about her first summer in Atlanta:

The sweltering heat, walking outside, and then right back in, the palmetto bugs are just a few things I was not ready for this summer in Georgia. Although I’ve been going to school in Athens, Georgia for three years now, I never could have braced myself for my first southern summer.

Born and raised in northern Ohio, the summer’s heat tip toed around the low 80’s. As a kid, I believed that anything above 60 degrees was warm.  Boy, was I in for a surprise. In the south, the relentless heat does not let up until past 9 pm and even then the humidity transforms the outdoors into a sauna.

Although the heat can become too much, at times, I certainly would never trade a summer in Ohio for the exciting adventures that are available in Atlanta. It’s the place to be in the summer.  From Brave’s games, pool days, cookouts, and concerts, I have loved every minute of it!

I think I’ll choose to stick out a little bit of sweat, the big hair the humidity brings, and the harsh sunburns that the sweet southern sun brings.

An Ohio Girl at Heart,
Jessica

The Perfect Formula for Summer Fitness; Part 6, The End

Ladies and Gentlemen the guide to “The Perfect Formula for Summer Fitness” has come to an end. From food frenzies to rocking out in the car, each tip will surely provide a creative and unique way to burn off some of those calories.  Perhaps now the winter weight once gained from adding extra marshmallows to my hot chocolate will soon shed off by completing the suggested pool floaties exercises. In addition, I am sure to obtain some fun and friendship bonding with my weekly recreational kickball games. If I happen to be packing in some extra calories from my late night candy binges, I can always utilize one of the many free gym trial passes offered around the RaceTrac  Store Support Center. The options to have fun, lose weight and be beach family photo glam are endless! It’s simple, of course, the answer is the perfect equation of food, fun, free, friends and floaties.

Summer Kisses,
The Brand Management Intern,
Ariel

The Perfect Formula for Summer Fitness; Part 5, Floaties

FLOATIES:
As I lay by the pool, the image of my six-year old self flashes back to me. There, in the 3-foot high pool, my legs kicked and my arms flustered as I struggled to keep from sinking. The only things keeping me afloat were my Little Mermaid arm floaties and my Flounder and Sebastian themed pool toys that obviously coordinated ever so well with my matching bathing suit. As my swim instructor yelled and whistled, “Kick Harder,” I was determined to rip those arm floaties off and deflate them for good.

Now, as I lay poolside, I remember my vow to never again return to those arm floaties and pool toys that it took so long to let go of. While I am no mermaid, I can certainly swim a few laps and float on top of the water, however; I’d be much more active if I did return to those pool toys. Water is one of the best fitness tools. The resistance strengthens muscles and increases cardio intensity. In addition, water can support weight make exercising easier on joints.

It’s time to put down the latest People magazine and grab a pool toy, like a swim noodle and begin some great pool exercises. One exercise, entitled “Noodle Up,” requires a pool noodle be held, with both hands, horizontally above one’s head. As one stand’s in chest-high pool water, he or she should lean back as far as possible, allowing the noodle to touch the surface of the water without bending one’s arms. Once the noodle hits the surface, the noodle should return to the horizontal position. By repeating this exercise 10-15 times on each side, then rotating sides, one can obtain a great water exercise, all with pool toys from the past!

At the age of six, I may have vowed to never return to floaties and pool toys; however, I have also vowed this summer to exercise poolside, while soaking up the sun, so something has got to give! Besides, even treading water for a minute can burn almost 11 calories, which certainly sounds like I can add sprinkles, hot fudge, and oh wait, an extra scoop of ice cream to tonight’s sundae.

Summer Kisses,
The Brand Management Intern, Ariel

The Pefect Forumla for Summer Fitness: Part 3, Free

FREE: The work day has ended and is time to get in my car and let loose belting out show tunes and oldies, as “The Perfect Formula for Summer Fitness” recommends. On my drive home, I may want to make a few stops. Everything from the dry cleaners to the grocery store may be on my list, but one thing that definitely has not made the schedule is working out.

Many excuses can defend the working out question complex. One may ask, “Hey, do you want to go to this great kickboxing class later or a run on the treadmill?” My mind is yelling, “What are you crazy?” However, this answer is not an appropriate response. Acceptable responses include, but are not limited to; “I broke my leg recently, you just can’t tell, “Sting is in town for one night only” and “I’ve been waiting all week to watch The Bachelor.”

Saying, “I don’t know if it is worth the money” is an unacceptable excuse. Today, gyms offer everything from five day trial passes to two week trial passes. These no strings attached free-trial memberships allow first time users to experience all the gym has to offer for that allotted time period. By offering this coupon, potential members can see if a gym membership would be worth their time and money in the future.

Hypothetically, one could really utilize these free memberships all summer long. Just in Smyrna alone, there are over ten gyms. Imagine all of the free gym days that one could accrue just by stopping in a variety of gyms on their way home.

Now don’t get me wrong, these trial passes are not guaranteed to give you Suzanne Somer’s Flex Belt Abdominals or Dirk Nowitzki’s championship upper biceps, but they will truly get you on the right path to a healthier and more fit lifestyle. And who knows, perhaps you will find a new passion for working out.

Summer Kisses,
The Brand Management Intern, Ariel

The Perfect Formula for Summer Fitness: Part 2, Fun

FUN: Whether you are “Driving your Chevy to the levee” or “Getting your kicks on route 66”, everyone has to get to work somehow.

After fueling up on a quick breakfast of fiber and protein, like step number one of “The Perfect Formula to Summer Fitness” recommends, it is time to hop into my car and drive to work. While this may be a typical long and grueling drive in the Atlanta traffic, it is in fact the best time to have fun and let loose.

It’s time to turn up the radio and sing to everything from Lady Gaga to The Rolling Stones. The driver’s seat is now my stage and my morning coffee cup may not be the highest quality microphone, but it surely suffices. Although, I intend to get a few looks when I roll down the window and belt Celine Dion’s, “My Heart Will Go On,” the health benefits singing provides are far worth the stares.

Each morning, I am sure to walk into work happier, as singing elevates one’s mood. I have more energy, an improved memory, and an increased concentration all from my Grammy award winning performance that just happened to take place on I-75 south. For those that are seeking lower blood pressure or relief from asthma, singing can be a great exercise to facilitate these health needs. In addition, the oxygen intake is a fantastic way to stay healthy, look younger and tone one’s facial muscles. Now, we all know the secret to Justin Bieber’s fresh look, singing of course!

So, as Just Bieber would harmonize, “Never Say Never” to being too embarrassed of a highway concert. Whether, it is Madison Square Garden worthy or just shower time worthy, either way singing provides an excellent jumpstart to one’s morning.

Summer Kisses,
The Brand Management Intern, Ariel

The Perfect Formula for Summer Fitness: Part 1, Food

Summer may not officially begin for a few more weeks, but Ariel’s summer fitness formula has! As promised, the first official component of the perfect summer formula has arrived. Food.

FOOD: Food and Fitness? How can it be remotely possible that food can lead to fitness? Especially when my late night food runs continually seem to pose the age-old question, “Do you want fries with that shake?”

My typical work week involves early mornings and quite a bit of scrambling. From jumping in the shower to getting dressed and organizing my day, there is little leeway time for extra activities, including breakfast. How can I possibly catch the latest celebrity scandal on Good Morning America, if instead of scrambling for my belongings, I have to scramble eggs?

While who was voted off last night’s episode of American Idol is very serious business, eating breakfast is quite essential to maintaining a healthy body weight. Just a quick breakfast can lead to healthier dietary decisions and hold over hunger until lunchtime.  Plus, breakfast provides essential nutrients and vitamins giving one the energy for their workday.

As the summer sun rises with a glaring hot orange color, so may The Krispy Kreme sign, but a breakfast of fiber and protein is where it’s at. Grabbing a yogurt and topping it off with granola or fruit may be a tasty treat, or perhaps you want to get all Rachel Rae and prepare an omelet, either way eating a healthy breakfast is the first variable to my perfect formula for summer fitness.

A little breakfast in the morning certainly gives me a little extra incentive to finally answer, “Yes, I do want fries with that shake.”

Summer Kisses,
The Brand Management Intern, Ariel

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