Child’s Pose: A Gentle Posture For Resting the Mind and Body

Need help calming your mind, reducing stress, or easing nagging fatigue? Try child's pose. This is a true resting posture that can be held for long periods of time without the need for props.  Begin on all fours and start by spreading your knees wide apart while keeping your big toes together. Drop your buttocks back onto your heels and sit tall while lengthening your spine.  Bow forward so that your heart and chest drop between or on top of your thighs. The fore... Read More

Advice From Your Trainer: Stop! Do Nothing.

As fitness professionals we often talk to our clients about different ways to improve strength, endurance, and flexibility. We spent a lot of time talking about taking action, getting moving, and feeling good! Today is different. Today I want to encourage everyone to STOP, to simply sit, and do nothing more than listen. I want to invite everyone to consider meditation as a part of their fitness routine. I know there are several reasons why people don’t meditate. Let’s ... Read More

Cardio Training verses Weights Training

Weight training or cardio? For older adults trying to slim down, pumping iron might be the way to go. A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University suggests combining weight training with a low-calorie diet to preserve much needed lean muscle mass that can be lost through aerobic workouts. "A lot of older adults will walk as their exercise of choice," said Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest and lead author of the s... Read More

A is for Apple

Apples are appealing because of their health benefits and appetizing due to their versatility. This wash-and-go produce is convenient and healthy and full of nutrients and fiber. Apples are a member of the rose family and there are more than 7000 varieties. With such a wide range there is an apple for every palette. Some apples are moderately sweet and refreshing while others are pleasantly tart. While a raw apple is a great snack it can also be chopped and tossed into a s... Read More

Put On A Happy Face

A study done by the University of Vermont showed people were in better moods after they exercised. The elevated moods lasted over an extended period of time. Can you guess how long? One hour or two? Maybe four or eight? Could the effect last as long as twelve or twenty four hours? Researchers found people who exercised had an improved mood immediately after and for up to twelve hours afterward. Two groups were compared in the study. One group rode a stationary bike for ... Read More

Buyer Beware!

What if I told you the food industry often puts labels on foods that are not only misleading, but some are outright lies? Well, sugar-free, low-fat, and fat-free often aren't any of these. Take sugar-free for example. Just because a food is labeled “sugar-free” that doesn’t mean there is absolutely no sugar in it. The term sugar free actually means there is less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving according to FDA guidelines. In my book, 0.5 grams of sugar is still suga... Read More

Use It Or Lose It

The old adage, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” has taken on a whole new meaning and we are not just talking about muscles tone. You can't ignore the evidence. Study after study has shown how exercise - even moderate exercise - can have a marked improvement in your overall health – including your brain. As our population ages, and with the rise in cases of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, more and more researchers are studying the effects of exercise on the brain.... Read More

Cutting Your Cancer Risk with Exercise

You know the virtues of regular physical activity: it can lower your risk of becoming overweight and can keep diseases like heart problems and diabetes at bay, but can it help reduce the risk of cancer? A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine sheds new light on that question. Previous studies have found that people who are more active tend to have lower rates of breast, endometrial, and colon cancers. Exercise might lower colon tumors by speeding the transit of waste ... Read More

The Rise of Childhood Obesity

We all want our children to follow in our footsteps, but if that means those footprints are “deeper” than they should be, that's not a good thing. The CDC reported that childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Like their parents, these kids have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, bone and joint problems, not to mention the social and psychological issues that go along with being "tha... Read More

Diabetes: What You Need to Know

As November is Diabetes Awareness Month we’ve decided to take some time to talk about this killer disease. You hear, almost daily, in newspapers, on television, how diabetes is on the rise around the world. You often hear it’s a “lifestyle” disease – but is it? Do you really know what it is? We’re going to try to separate the fact from the fiction. So, in general, what is diabetes? Diabetes is when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood gl... Read More