Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Better Living Members Burn Over 11,000 Calories & Raise Over $3,000 for disabled veterans

Our October 14th Cardio Relay charity event for the Michigan Department of Disabled American Veterans was a huge success:

  • Fifty-six participants got their sweat on by walking or running, rowing, or by working out on one of our elliptical machines – in all, our cardio machines were kept busy during the eleven-hour event!
  • In total – we counted – Cardio Relay participants burned over 11,000 calories!
  • Thanks to the generosity of our Cardio Relay participants, our co-sponsors, and the support of local businesses, we raised over $3,000 for the Michigan Department of Disabled American Veterans to help disabled vets in Michigan plow through the mountain of paperwork standing between them and the health care and other benefits they've earned and deserve.
We owe a huge thank you to our co-sponsors, Tortoise and Hare Running & Fitness Center and Between The Lines. I also want to thank the local companies that made the donations, either in the form of refreshments or items for our silent auction:

A2R3 Therapeutic Massage
Anderson Paint
Campus Barber & Beauty Salon
Nicola's Books
The Lunch Room
The M Den
Washtenaw Dairy

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Communities: Ongoing Charity Initiatives at Better Living Fitness Center

One of the reasons I opened Better Living Fitness Center was to have a place that can serve the better health of our entire community in addition to helping Better Living members achieve their health and fitness goals.

To that end, every month we donate a portion of our proceeds to a local charity that we select during a staff meeting. Our Fitness Center has only been open since January, but it was important to me to start this business off right as a solid corporate citizen here in Ann Arbor.

This month, of course, we're making our donation to Michigan Disabled American Veterans. As time goes on, we plan to support all sorts of organizations that make life better here in Ann Arbor: nonprofits that serve homeless individuals, charities that take care of animals, and more.

Likewise, we aren't able to give a huge amount now as a relatively new fitness center – but as we grow, so too will the amount we're able to give to local nonprofits.

This means that your membership with Better Living Fitness Center isn't only a fantastic investment in your health and fitness goals – in addition, you're also contributing to the health of our wider community! (Check out our fitness classes and memberships today and you can start making your dual investment – in yourself and in our wider community – right away!)

Stay tuned to our blog, website, and/or Facebook page for information the charity we choose each month. I'm looking forward to creating a thriving partnership between Better Living, our clients, other locally-owned Ann Arbor businesses, and the entire Ann Arbor community.

Health Note: $99 month Unlimited Memberships are still available for a limited time. Better Living Fitness Center Unlimited Memberships include all of our classes, allowing you to customize a weekly and monthly workout routine to target all of your health and fitness goals: strength, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility. In addition, a portion of your membership (or membership upgrade) will benefit a local Ann Arbor charity through Better Living Fitness Center's monthly donation program.

Take a moment to check out and sign up for your Unlimited Membership today.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

We're Running (and walking, and rowing and spinning) -- For Their Lives

Better Living's Cardio Relay event – helping DAV cut through the red tape for our vets

When a disabled American veteran comes home from serving our country, surviving the injuries they sustained during their service is just the first hurdle.

The next is the one that the system has placed between the veterans and receiving the benefits they're entitled to.

On October 14, Better Living Fitness Center is holding a cardio relay event at our Ann Arbor location to help the people who specialize in making this next hurdle a smaller one. 

You can sign up to participate -- and receive $20 off select athletic shoes from Tortoise and Hare Running & Fitness Center (and the chance to win additional fabulous prizes!) -- here.

According to Jim Dempsey, a former state commander for the Michigan Department of Disabled American Veterans, disabled US veterans face an almost literal mountain of paperwork before they can receive the benefits that they have earned – and that our government has promised them.

“A claim can very easily run as much as 200-300 pages of total documentation that the veteran has to complete, have others fill out, then collect, scan into a computer and file electronically,” Jim says.

Not only that, but it's not unusual for a veteran to have to file more than one claim in order to have all of their injuries recognized and qualified for treatment -- and all of the paperwork is so complex even trained specialists can have trouble understanding it.

Worse yet, the government agency that is supposed to serve our veterans – the Department of Veterans' Affairs – prohibits their employees from helping vets wade through all the paperwork.

Fortunately, our vets have DAV on their side.

As we said in our first blog post about our Cardio Relay event, Disabled American Veterans has been around since 1920. They are experts who guide our veterans, step-by-step, through the process and help insure our vets receive the treatment and financial support they're entitled to.

On Friday, October 14, we're going to be running – and walking, rowing, and spinning – to make the lives of Michigan's disabled veterans easier.

We'd like you to join us. In return for your 15 minute or more workout and donation to Disabled American Veterans, we'll make sure you get a great cardio workout, enjoy tasty treats, and receive a 20$ off coupon for select athletic shoes from Tortoise and Hare Running & Fitness Center. 

Here are the Cardio Relay event details again. You can pre-register in person at Better Living Fitness Center, by phone, by email, with this online form, or during your next session with one of our trainers.

It's easy, it's going to be a BLAST, and you're going to leave Better Living knowing you've done something to make yourself healthier -- and to make a disabled veteran's life easier.

Sign up today, and we'll see you on October 14!

Better Living Fitness Center Cardio Charity Relay event details

When: Friday, Oct. 14, 6:30 am – 5:30 pm
Where: Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive in Ann Arbor
How to Participate: Pre-register to work out for 15 minutes or more on any of Better Living Fitness Center's cardio machines. While at the center, make a donation to the Michigan Department of Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Cash, checks and credit/debit card donations will be accepted.

How to Register:

Online: Click here

By Phone:  734-747-0123

By email: Click here

In Person at Better Living Fitness Center, 834 B Phoenix Drive in Ann Arbor during business hours, OR

Register with your Better Living trainer either at the center or at the Merri Lou Murray Recreation Center.

*** Photo courtesy Phil Parker via Flickr.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Get Fit, Have Fun, Save $20 on Workout Shoes – and, Veterans Save 10% at Better Living!

Last week we announced our first charity event – a cardio relay for the Michigan Department of Disabled American Veterans, which will take place at the Better Living Fitness Center on October 14.

This week we've got two more exciting announcements:

All Cardio Relay participants will receive a $20 off coupon for athletic shoes from Tortoise and Hare Running & Fitness Center in Ann Arbor.

Tortoise and Hare has joined Better Living Fitness Center and Between The Lines to sponsor our cardio relay. We're thrilled to have them on board as we get our sweat on to raise money for disabled veterans here in Michigan.

...and, while we get ready for the Cardio Relay event, we also have a special offer for ALL Ann Arbor-area veterans:

10% off on all training memberships, now through the October 14th Cardio Relay event!

If you have served our country as a member of the armed forces and you live in or near Ann Arbor, we'd like to serve you with this special offer. From now through October 14, you can join any Better Living Fitness Center membership plan at a 10% discount.

As a member, you'll be able to join our trainer-led Full Body Fit sessions, do high-energy cardio classes, or elongate your muscles with our various Yoga offerings – and join our weekly community walk.

Better Living Fitness Center group workouts are customized on the spot so people of all ages and physical abilities can take part and get fit; this means that, even if you have mobility issues or haven't exercised in a long time, we can still help you achieve your health and fitness goals.

Check out our membership plans to see what we have to offer. When you're ready to join, please contact us at: 734-747-0123 or: office@betterliving.biz to arrange your veterans-only, 10% fitness center discount OR, click here and enter Promo Code: Vets4BetterLive.

Better Living Cardio Relay Event for DAV – Event Details

Friday, Oct. 14 ~ 6:30 am – 5:30 pm
Better Living Fitness Center
834B Phoenix Drive ~ Ann Arbor

  • Enjoy one of our state-of-the-art cardio machines for 15 minutes, ½ hour, or more
  • Make a donation to the Michigan Department of Disabled American Veterans
  • Receive a certificate for 20% off athletic shoes from Tortoise and Hare Running & Fitness Center in Ann Arbor
  • Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to sponsor your workout
  • From now through October 14, all Ann Arbor-area veterans save 10% on Better Living Fitness Center memberships!

Pre-registration required: Call 734-747-0123 or email: office@betterliving.biz

Running shoes photo courtesy Josiah MacKenzie via flickr
Piggy bank photo courtesy Tax Credits via flickr

Monday, September 12, 2016

Better Living for Michigan's Veterans: Join us for our first Cardio Relay charity event!

Enjoy a great cardio workout, help a Michigan Veteran

On Friday, Oct. 14, Better Living Fitness Center will increase heart rates for a great cause during our first charity Cardio Workout Relay event for the Michigan District of Disabled American Veterans.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help make sure that disabled veterans in our state receive the benefits that they've earned and deserve.

From 6:30 am to 5:30 pm on Friday, Oct. 14, Better Living's cardio machines will be available for participants who want to do a cardio workout to help disabled veterans living right here in Michigan.

Our goal is to have at least one Cardio Workout Relay participant using at least one of our cardio machines - whether one of our elliptical machines, our exercise bikes, or our Stairmaster stepmill - for the entire day.

If you don't have the time, or you aren't yet ready to do a full half-hour
 of cardio training, no problem! We're scheduling the relay in fifteen-minute segments. Sign up to work out for fifteen minutes if you'd like - or commit to half an hour, forty-five minutes, or even a full hour.

All we ask is that you sign up in advance and make a donation to the Michigan District of Disabled American Veterans.

In return, you'll help fund Michigan Disabled American Veterans' efforts to make sure our vets receive the government assistance that they've earned for their service to our country – and you'll enjoy the benefits of a solid cardio workout on one of our top of the line machines.

Join us for a great day of having fun, getting fit, and supporting Michigan's veterans!

About Disabled American Veterans

I've always intended for Better Living Fitness Center to be a place that makes life better for our wider community. With that in mind, we've started giving a portion of our revenue to a different local charity every month.

And, now that Better Living has become a thriving center with multiple trainers, classes, and a solid client base, it's time for us to do more.

I chose the Michigan District of Disabled American Veterans for our first charity Cardio Relay because, since 1920, DAV has established an impressive track record of service on behalf of our veterans. DAV doesn't just lobby to make sure that our vets aren't forgotten. They also provide a helping hand. DAV does everything from filling out mountains of paperwork to appealing denied claims for health care, service related disabilities, and family assistance.

Disabled American Veterans works to make sure that the men and women who have already made huge sacrifices for our country receive the benefits they've earned and deserve.

I can't think of a better charity for our first Cardio Relay event.

Cardio Relay for DAV - Event Details

What: An eleven-hour cardio relay event at Better Living Fitness Center

When: Friday, Oct. 14, 6:30 am - 5:30 pm

Cost: Give what you can toward our goal of $10,000. All proceeds will benefit the Michigan branch of Disabled American Veterans. Want to do more? Ask your friends and loved ones to sponsor your workout with their own donations!

Better Living staff will be available to accept contributions made by cash or checks, and representatives from the Michigan District of Disabled American Veterans will be on hand to take credit card donations.

How to Sign Up: We'll have a sign-up sheet on hand at Better Living Fitness Center starting today. Just drop by at the desk during our business hours or call: 734-747-0123.

Your friends, family, and co-workers are welcome - the more the merrier! (Please be sure to preregister everyone who will be participating with you.)

You don't have to be a Better Living Fitness Center member to participate - come and check us out for charity!

Can't Attend But Want to Help? You can make an online donation to Michigan Disabled American Veterans via PayPal.