Friday, March 17, 2017

Hiking Tips for Beginners

The former president and co-CEO of Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporation, Becky Catino now focuses on community involvement and philanthropy. In addition to her daily work, Becky Catino enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking.

Hiking is an enjoyable outdoor activity and also an excellent form of exercise. For beginners, however, it’s important to become familiar with the process of hiking and everything it entails before venturing out on difficult trails or multi-day excursions. Here are two tips that those new to hiking should heed when first starting out.

For the first few hikes, it’s important to select a short, manageable trail. The average person moves at a pace of about two miles per hour on a trail. Beginners should use this gauge when determining the length of trail they would like to traverse. Only once they become more experienced at hiking and can develop a sense of their own limits should they attempt longer trails.

Secondly, hikers should not hike alone. This is doubly important once beginners graduate to more intermediate trails that involve overnight camping. They should also consider hiking with companions who have more experience, as they can offer helpful tips and advice, as well as good company.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Three Tips for Beginning Skiers

Becky Catino served as the president of Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp. in Akron, Ohio for 15 years and now focuses primarily on her philanthropic pursuits. Outside of her professional and charity work, Becky Catino also enjoys hitting the ski slopes.

Strapping on skis and heading down a snow-covered mountain can seem like an intimidating, if not dangerous task to someone looking to try out skiing for the first time. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Below are three tips to help the beginning skier make their first time on the slopes successful.

First, keep your body weight centered on the skis. The temptation to either lean forward or backward for balance, but the proper technique is to keep the shoulders pointed downhill, and the torso square with legs directly underneath. This allows for greater control of the skis.

Do not look down at the tips. Beginners are often afraid that their skis will cross up or fall off altogether, so the tend to keep an eye on them the whole time. Unfortunately, this is a recipe for accidents, because skiers who have their heads down the whole time are unlikely to see obstacles, or worse other people, who might be in their way. Try for a 10-foot sightline.

Expect to fall often. It’s simply part of the learning curve. Skiing requires balance and coordination that only come with experience. The most important thing is to fall sideways in order to stop downhill momentum - then it’s simply all about getting back up off the snow and trying again.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Biking Overseas

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Training to Cycle

When she is not working, Becky Catino, former president of Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporation, enjoys cycling. As an experienced cyclist who has traveled overseas for cycling competitions, Becky Catino recognizes the importance of a disciplined training regimen.

Experts recommend that cycling training programs should be cyclical, incorporating muscle breakdown, recovery, and progression. Utilizing these elements, along with a sound nutrition plan, will help a cyclist to challenge and push herself so that she can reach her goals.

In order to become faster and stronger, it is important for a cyclist to push her body past previously defined limits. As the comfort zone is breached, muscles begin to break down and change, enabling the cyclist to conquer tougher courses at faster speeds.

After these tougher workouts, sufficient recovery is essential. During this time, muscles start to adapt to the new pressures placed upon them. Recovery days can be spent with a shorter, easier workout or even a complete rest. If too little time is dedicated to recovery, a cyclist will experience decreased performance, potential injury, fitness level deterioration.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Randy Moss and the 2007 Patriots

Between 1986 and 2011, Becky Catino oversaw business at Security National Automotive Acceptance, Corp., a $25 million auto acceptance operation, as company president. Becky Catino now enjoys following professional football, particularly the New England Patriots.

Over the course of the 2007 National Football League (NFL) season, Randy Moss set the all time record for touchdowns caught by a receiver. Playing for the New England Patriots, Moss greatly improved on his 2006 total of just three touchdowns. Receiving for New England’s Tom Brady, Moss caught 23 touchdown passes and 98 passes overall. His mark of 1,493 receiving yards was the second highest of his career. Moss’s 23 touchdowns are a single season record for a receiver and sixth overall for an individual player over one year.

Brady, meanwhile, connected on 50 touchdown passes overall in 2007, an NFL record until 2013 and still the second highest total for a single season. New England finished the regular season with a perfect record of 16-0 but fell in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning Retires from the NFL after 18 Years