Fit Bodies

Fit Bodies

Question: I hear that keeping a food journal might help me lose weight. Can you give me some tips on how to get started and the best way to journal? Answer: Several studies have shown that people who keep food journals are more likely to be successful in losing weight.…
If you are a yogi, then downward facing dog is probably a staple posture in your practice; but as a yoga teacher for over a decade, I have discovered that not all down dogs are created equal. Many, in all actuality, are simply too restricted in the upper body (shoulder…
As a fitness professional for over a decade, I have pretty much seen it all, especially when it comes to core-based exercise. When you consider trying to bring some more attention to your midsection, a few things are important to consider: Core work flat on your back is out! Think…
Question: I’ve been seeing coconut water on the shelves at my local grocery store. Is this a suitable substitute for my daily water intake? Answer: The average daily fluid intake for adults is roughly 13 cups for men and 9 cups for women. Coconut water can absolutely count toward your…
Question: I will be starting a walking program soon and need to purchase a pair of shoes. What should I be looking for? I want to make sure I buy the correct shoe for me. Answer: Congratulations on committing to your health by joining a walking program. A good shoe can definitely…
We have all felt it: Our hips feel tight, our back is sore and aching, and our neck is stiff or sore. We have all been there and sometimes, straight-up stretching either is too much too soon, or just doesn’t seem to be hitting the spot just right. Using something…
The average American sits roughly eight hours per day, but to be honest, I think it is even longer than that once you factor in driving, dining, watching TV, reading and oh yes, the infamous desk job. What are you doing within all those hours of sitting? If you are…
Question: What’s the difference between someone eating vegan vs. eating vegetarian? Answer: Vegetarianism is the practice of following a diet that excludes meat (including game, slaughter byproducts, fish, shellfish and poultry) and within this practice of eating there are four categories. Vegans only eat plant-based food, eliminate not just meat,…
Summer is right around the corner and most of us just can’t wait to get rid of the layers upon layers of clothing and show some skin! Get ready for tanks and beachwear with one simple move. Here we are focusing on the arms, shoulders and obliques — a perfect…
Question: I am a busy mother of three and usually do most of the cooking for the family. I commonly find that my kids do not eat their fruits and vegetables when I cook them. Do you have any suggestions for ways I can incorporate fruits and vegetables into meals…
For many people, the neck and shoulders are a chronic area of discomfort and a nagging pain in the neck. This is an area in which many carry their daily share of tension and frustration, and most find that once they think to release the tightness and tension it’s already…
Question: I’ve been having a tough time with my energy levels for my 6 a.m. workouts. I was thinking coffee might help with this, but it seems like it’s always getting mixed reviews. Is there any cause for concern in drinking coffee before a workout? Answer: First things first: If…
Question: My physician has recommended that I reduce my daily sodium intake. What are some simple ways to do this? Answer: Sodium is added to everything from pasta sauces and condiments to frozen foods, so it’s no surprise that the average adult consumes 3,400 mg of sodium per day. Many…
Ever think of your belly as the energy center of your body? Well, in yoga we have a word called “agni,” or digestive fire; this inner heat is stirred when we use the deepest part of our body. We cultivate this agni through eating the right food, but on our…
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