Healthy Bodies

Healthy Bodies

Winter is behind us, and the warm weather is within reach. Summer is a time when we have the opportunity to be outdoors, enjoy and participate in a greater amount of activities, and therefore live a more active lifestyle. That doesn’t mean everything must come to a halt during the…
Exercise is a key component of living a healthy lifestyle at all ages. Whether you are an adolescent, conditioning for a high school sport or a newly retired grandpa who wants more energy to play with his grandkids, exercise plays a vital role in the end result. Depending upon your…
March 20 marks the spring equinox. This signifies the first official day of spring and the moment the sun crosses the equator. It is common to celebrate this date as a time for cleansing and rebirth. Many use this as an opportunity to deep clean the home and purge clutter!…
To understand why I started pole exercise, you have to understand where I was in my life when I found out about it. I had a 3 year old and twins — yes, twins, who were just over 18 months old. I had to cut my hours at work when…
New Year’s resolutions are a great jump-start for setting a goal, but small changes throughout the year have been shown to make the biggest impact over the long run, thus resulting in better outcomes. Goals are an important part of staying accountable and assisting in success. When setting a goal…
Many of my students ask me the same question, “What is more important, strength or flexibility?” My answer is always, “Both!” A good yoga practice will always lead you back to balance. Some people come to yoga to stretch and improve flexibility, while others come to yoga for strength and…
Have you been under stress lately? Your answer is probably YES! Stress is all around us. Jobs, relationships, kids, parents, bills, birth, death, divorce and even a wedding are all sources of stress. Not all stress is bad. Some studies even suggest that we need a little stress in our…
Workplace wellness programs are becoming more and more popular with companies in our area. So why should you, as an employee, take advantage of your employer’s workplace wellness program? Most people spend about 36 percent of their total waking hours at work, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.…
Accountable — an adjective — required to explain actions or decisions to someone; required to be responsible for something, according to Merriam-Webster. When it comes to health, eating healthy and being physically active sometimes is better than nothing, but being consistent will allow the person to achieve more of the…
As the owner of a fitness studio, one of the most common questions I’m asked by women thinking of starting is, “Will I lose weight?” I long to answer with, “How should I know?! Are you planning on eating a Twinkie after class every week?” There is a HUGE misconception…
Motivation is such a simple word that we hear all the time. But do you really know how much it impacts you every day? Your motivation is literally the thing that drives every decision you make for every action you do. If you don’t have the motivation to get out…
Getting children involved in a yoga practice at an early age helps nurture commitment to a healthy lifestyle, fosters a sense of community with others and instills respect for the environment. Other benefits of yoga for children include: Body awareness Emotional well-being Stress management Improved motor skills Fortunately, most children…
The weather is getting warmer and we are on the cusp of the summer season. It’s the perfect time to bring your yoga practice outdoors for some fresh air, sunshine and a change of scenery! Since no equipment is required, you can take your practice almost anywhere. Plus, being outdoors…
Osteoporosis, which literally means porous bone, is a term most of us are familiar with. We may have had experience with the disease or have a friend or relative who has suffered a fracture due to low bone mass. In fact, osteoporosis may not be diagnosed until the occurrence of…
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