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Stay Fit With SOMA! – Week of 4/27

This week’s theme is Strong Minds! Every week we have been posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! This blog will focus on Strong Minds which is our Healthy Athlete discipline for emotional health. Strong Minds focuses on developing adaptive coping skills. During times like this, many of us might feel overwhelmed or stressed out so its important we all take time to learn and practice different strategies that will help us cope with stress in a healthy way! Below are tips for…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Vincent Pirro

Participating in Special Olympics has given Vincent Pirro the opportunity to be strong and healthy. Now 22 years old, Vincent began competing with Special Olympics at age 9. Last year he trained in 7 Special Olympics sports with the local program in Westfield: track & field, basketball, bowling, soccer, golf, power lifting and softball. Only 3 other athletes in Massachusetts, out of over 14,000, trained in that many. Out of the seven, his favorites are bowling, soccer, basketball and power lifting. His passion and dedication for power lifting was even noticed by the USA Power Lifting Organization during Summer…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Online Athlete Chat with Mike Kelley

Do you ever get that feeling you are not sure what to do when something comes up and it prevents you from having discussion with you peers? It can be difficult at first because we are not sure how we can have our discussion about some topics. You can think of ways to stay in touch with your peers and have casual conversations with them. I’ve discovered an answer to that is having chats through technology, especially the Special Olympics Massachusetts Live Chat on Zoom. Every Friday, I along with Special Olympics employee Charles Hirsch host a chat on…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Stay Fit With SOMA – Week of 4/20

Every week we’ll be posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! Plus – if you commit to stay fit you’ll receive even more exercises and tips! Why you should Commit to Stay Fit with SOMA: Access to our athlete fitness dashboard Weekly email with the blog of the week and info on live fitness class Daily wellness goals Nutrition tips and recipes Winner of the week giveaway! Commit to Stay Fit! Exercise of the week – Squats! The exercise of the week is…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Stay Fit With SOMA – Week of 4/13

Every week we’ll be posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! Plus – if you commit to stay fit you’ll receive even more exercises and tips! Why you should Commit to Stay Fit with SOMA: Access to our athlete fitness dashboard Weekly email with the blog of the week and info on live fitness class Daily wellness goals Nutrition tips and recipes Winner of the week giveaway! Commit to Stay Fit! Exercise of the week – Wall Sit Challenge! The exercise of the…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Stay Fit with SOMA – Week of 4/6/2020

Every week we’ll be posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! Plus – if you commit to stay fit you’ll receive even more exercises and tips! Why you should Commit to Stay Fit with SOMA: Access to our athlete fitness dashboard Weekly email with the blog of the week and info on live fitness class Daily wellness goals Nutrition tips and recipes Winner of the week giveaway! Commit to Stay Fit! Exercise of the week – Burpees! The exercise of the week is…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Stay Fit With SOMA- Week of 3/30

  Every week we’ll be posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! Plus – if you commit to stay fit you’ll receive access to our athlete fitness dashboard, daily wellness goals, fitness videos, live fitness class, giveaways and more! Commit to Stay Fit! Exercise of the week! – Planks! The exercise of the week is a plank demonstrated by Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete and Global Health Messenger Beth Donahue. Planks are a great way to strengthen your core and can also be modified…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Fighting boredom with physical activity

Staying Active at Home – Mike Kelley Whenever I am not in classes or was given a day off from my part-time job, I think about what to do to keep myself busy. There is that thought that watching movies or tv shows on Netflix can keep me entertained along with playing games like Banjo-Kazooie or Madden on my game consoles. However, coming from an athletic family there is the option to keep yourself active and healthy. If I did not have this as an option to keep me busy, then I would be lying on my couch all…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Stay Fit With SOMA – Week of 3/23

Every week we’ll be posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! Plus – if you commit to stay fit you’ll receive access to our athlete fitness dashboard with daily wellness goals, fitness videos, giveaways and more! Commit to Stay Fit! The exercise of the week is a push up, demonstrated by Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete and Global Health Messenger Beth Donahue. Push ups are a great exercise that work on your upper body. We challenge you to take a video of you doing…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Experiencing Winter Games – Mike Kelley

“As long as you’re having fun competing and giving your best, that’s all that matters.” When you win a championship it’s considered a crowning achievement and you have a great outlook on your athletic career. On the other hand, there are times when you make the championship but you come up short. Overall, you look at how far you came based on the hard work and dedication you put in and no matter what the results are, you can feel proud of the experience. One example is the experience of competing in the Special Olympics Winter Games.   Every…

Author: Catherine Twing

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