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We focus on family wellbeing, and offer kids enrichment programs and camps which incorporate social emotional learning, movement, and fun!  We also provide exercise programs for adults and kids to help you and your family thrive together. 

 

Enjoy and start enriching your body and mind today.   

Updated: Oct 17, 2020



Back in October 2008, the NEF (New Economics Foundation) in England, as part of the Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing, came up with five evidence-based public mental health messages aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of the whole country's population. They were:


1) Connect

2) Be Active

3) Take Notice

4) Keep Learning

5) Give


All of these ways to well-being are powerful, more than a decade later, and here at SpringSpot we strive to offer all five to our families through our programming. The first one, Connect, especially resonates with us now since February is the month of Connection.


As parents, when we spend time with our children, often times we go through the motions, transporting our kids from place to place, looking at the clock to be sure we’re on time. We occupy space together, but sometimes miss moments to truly connect with them.


After learning these proven ways of improving well-being, I've started to incorporate them more fully into my life. Recently, I experienced a feeling of connectedness that was undeniable and it brought me so much joy that I wish I could bottle up the feeling and have it with me until I’m 100 years old.


Take the Time


Last week, my youngest son was home sick and I came home early from work to be with him. He just wanted to play together in his room and I fought the urge to think about the long list of things I had to finish for work. Instead, I just focused on the present and being there fully with my son. When I asked him what he wanted to play, he said he wanted to play pretend ice cream shop. He proceeded to flip over the Pottery Barn personalized covered foam chair in his room and the part that was usually his backrest became the table of the shop and he stood behind the make believe countertop.


Instead of pretending to play, I actually played.


I actually imagined that I was an actual customer and asked him what flavors he carried, and he responded with “Salad ice cream” (because he knows I really love a good salad), “Corn ice cream” (because he loves corn), and then barilla ice cream (I didn’t know what that was). As he waited for me to respond with my chosen flavor, I looked deep into his eyes and saw how much he cared and was living in this moment. I responded “Corn ice cream please” and then he asked “In a cup or a cone?” I replied “Cup” and he walked out from behind his counter top, over to his bookshelf and took two books down and said, “here’s your corn ice cream in a cup.”


Live in the Moment


It didn’t matter that the books were flat, rectangular and contained multiple pages. At that moment they were frozen, round and corn flavored. We both were able to see something that wasn’t there. He smiled that magnificent smile of his and I saw every little crease of his dimples. At that moment, there wasn’t anywhere else in the world I wanted to be. We laughed together, played together and though he wasn’t feeling his best, he felt loved. And so did I.


Playing with my son in that moment reminded me how good it feels to really connect with my children to truly see them and be fully present with them. Living in the moment was energizing.


I hope you can find moments like this to truly connect with the important people in your life. Living in the present is truly a gift.


Connect with your Partner


In addition to your kids, how can you connect more deeply with your partner?

With Valentine's Day coming up, you could give the gift of dance, love and well-being. Sign up for our special Salsa Dancing class on Friday, Feb 21 at 5:15pm. You can learn how to salsa dance together and your kids do Yoga Dance! It's a fun way to end the week and you get to move your body.

Want to book adult and kids classes together? Sign up here.

Or just adults? Sign up here.


Meditate for Deeper Connections


One way to help deepen your connections is to practice mindfulness and being more present. We invite you to try one of our new audio morning meditations to start your morning with a clear head. Meditation practice can help you be more present and deepen the connections with those people that matter most to you.


Be well.


Updated: Mar 14, 2020


Wish you could be more active with your kids?  Well good news it’s possible and it starts with creating new habits with your family!


Habit Change We’ve recently been reading the book Atomic Habits by James Clear.  Clear is a leading expert in habit formation and draws upon compelling research on behavior change.  He says that one of the most important aspects of changing habits is to identify who is the person you want to become.  It's even more important than the habits themselves.   Because in order to change your habits, you have to change your identity and beliefs.   Once you decide *who* the person is you want to become, you can work backwards to find habits that develop that sense of self.  Your identity emerges from your habits.  

Habits and Goals It's a virtuous loop - your identity shapes your habits and then you become your habits.  Habits take time to build up over time though, so you need patience to see the results.  Clear even goes so far as to say you shouldn't focus on setting goals, but instead focus on designing systems.  Systems help you continually improve and don't set ceilings on what is possible.    


New Habits We highly recommend the book and if you’re looking to start some new healthy habits this new year, let us help! All you have to do is take the first step. Below are a few ideas you can try out:


* Play tag at home with your kids instead of sitting on the couch and watching TV

* Ride bikes with your kids before dinner to get some Vitamin D and some exercise in

* Play hide and seek with flashlights in the house before bedtime (though be careful with stairs and obstacles on the ground!)

* Cook atleast one dinner a week with your kids helping out. You'll be surprised at what they'll eat if they are part of making it!


You can always check out our upcoming classes to get a workout for you and your kids!


Be well!

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Updated: Jan 7, 2020

Happy New Year everyone! To kick start the new year, we're sharing a post from our founder She-Rae from her personal blog. Enjoy and hope you're able to Exercise *your* way to 100 with SpringSpot!


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Have you ever thought about what it would take to live to 100 years old?


My grandmother will be 100 next year and she’s in great health. She walked with her great grandson (my older son) in February during Chinese New Year.  In 2018, I attended a talk by a renowned expert on Aging, named Dr Walter Bortz.  He is an 89 year old physician and professor at Stanford School of Medicine.  During his one hour talk, he asserted that it’s your duty to live to 100.  He was completely coherent and didn’t even need aids to remember his speech.


Dr Bortz’s key message was that exercise is the key to having a long and healthy life.


Did you know?

Exercise helps you fight obesity, not because it burns calories, but because it signals to your brain to start creating muscle. Once you exercise enough to need to start needing to build muscle, you convert fat into muscle. Fat doesn’t have to stay fat forever.Exercising and maintaining muscle mass and strength over time can slow the aging process!  Aging doesn’t necessarily have to make us more frail. 


As some of you may know, I was an elite level gymnast and NCAA Division I Gymnast at Stanford.  Fast forward 18 years and I got married, had children and a family.  I no longer spend time in the training room, at practice, or running for pleasure. Life got busier juggling my career, family, and just keeping the household running. My own self-care fell far down on the list.


Before we had kids, my husband and I used to work out 5 days a week. Yes, 5. Then after our first child, it was down to 1x/week. Then when we had our second, it took almost three years to figure out some way to exercise regularly. We’re still figuring it out.

Though I am educated and a former elite level athlete, I didn’t realize how little I knew about how my body systems (e.g. digestive system, nervous system, skeletal system) actually worked and how they worked together.


I became a voracious student and read everything I could about sports and exercise nutrition, physical fitness, and the mind body connection.  I even became a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT), Sports and Exercise Nutrition Coach (PN1) and a Power Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) – trained at CorePower Yoga.  As a result of completing all this education and certifications, I understand at a much deeper level why exercise plays such a crucial role in our overall health and well-being.


After coming to this realization, I left Amazon because I knew I had to shift my focus to serving people directly in health and wellness.  It became clear to me that my mission in life is to empower one of the most underserved groups – working parents, to exercise more to  improve their health and well-being so they can not only enjoy a longer life, but a higher quality life.  So they can be around for their kids, enjoy their grandchildren, and potentially become great grandparents.


This is why I decided to dedicate my career to empowering parents to improve their health and well-being while their kids are enriched. So as parents you don’t have to choose between whether you go for a workout or take your kids to an enrichment activity. So as a parent you don’t have to wake up at the crack of down to get a workout in before your children even wake up. Parents, you need your sleep!


I started SpringSpot so parents can enjoy a guilt-free workout, invest in themselves and be a role model to show their children that exercising and living an active life is important. We offer enrichment classes for kids (e.g. yoga, gymnastics, mindfulness) while at the same time and same place, the parents enjoy a group fitness class (e.g. yoga, HIIT, dance fitness).

Over the past year, I have now made exercise a priority.  As readers may remember from my previous post of Discovering Well-Being, I began prioritizing exercise and the positive benefits are really starting to show.  Here are some noteworthy benefits:


  • My mind is clearer.  I can’t tell you how much more clarity I have in thought now.  Exercise helps remove that brain fog and makes me more productive at work.

  • I’m more flexible.  It’s only been since I’ve started doing yoga more regularly that I’ve noticed a big change.  Yoga has literally changed my life.  At first I was doing yoga 1x/week, and now I do it at least 2x/week.  Yes, I was a competitive gymnast before, but since I stopped exercising for so long, it all reverted.  I couldn’t even sit cross-legged because I was so tight.  The concept of Reversibility in fitness basically says “Use it or lose it”.  Yoga helped me regain some of my flexibility and strength.

  • Play time is more enjoyable with the kids.  After exercising more regularly, my body just moves more fluidly, especially when I’m playing with my kids.  I have two boys so they are constantly wrestling me and before I would dread even going on the floor to play with them, but now I actively play and wrestle with them and they love it.

  • Less cramping.  For those X chromosome ladies out there, if you were like me, that time of the month was pretty awful because the week leading up to the start of the flow I would get the worst cramps.  That time of the month is much more bearable and just comes and goes.

Hippocrates was right back in 400 BC when he said that exercise is man’s (and woman’s) best medicine.


I hope you will join me and exercise YOUR way to 100!


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