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I do not know about you, but I constantly find myself physically or mentally on the go all day long; thinking about the next project, and how I can get two things done at once. I have always found traditional yoga classes extremely relaxing and so worth the hour session, but my most stressful days usually do not allow for an hour of peace and quiet. Creating time, even if it is only a few minutes, for reflection and mindfulness… Continue reading »

I have a love/hate relationship with my foam roller but I consider it an essential fitness tool. My husband often asks why I use my Foam Roller. “You purposefully roll it on the parts of your body that are tight. You look so unhappy when you do it. Our dog checks on you to make sure you are ok. This can’t be good for you.” I laugh every time he says it. He is right. It is not comfortable to… Continue reading »

There is a silver lining to our new normal!  As we are all staying safe at home these days with less commitments and social engagements, we have more time to be active!  We also have more time to be focused or re-focus on the things that are really important to us like taking care of our health by getting physical activity and practicing mindfulness.  There are a variety of ways to be active at home, from simple strength training exercises to online workout… Continue reading »

During the winter months I tend to lose interest in going to the gym. I don’t want to de-ice my windshield at 5am for an early morning workout and in the evenings I’m either busy with other activities or I just want to be home and out of traffic. This is always the perfect time for me to pick up at-home workouts. Just because the weather outside is frightful does not mean you can’t be active. Every week I think… Continue reading »

I get a daily newsletter from the New York Times and shortly after January 1st I saw a section about strength training. I think their article is really nice because it has pictures and videos of how to do the exercises as well as modifications and challenges. I also really like their recommendations because this is the type of exercise routine that can be completed in the comfort of your home. No gym membership required. [If you can’t access the New York… Continue reading »

I keep hearing about pickleball and have wondered why it is getting so popular. I recently got the opportunity to try it out and I can see why people like it so much! If you have played any sort of paddle or racquet sport (tennis, badminton, ping pong) the basics are pretty easy to pick up. If you have never played a racquet sport it’s ok. There aren’t too many complicated rules and you can start playing pretty quickly.  The… Continue reading »

One of the evidence-based strategies for diabetes prevention is achieving 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. I have recently decided to re-engage with an aerobic activity from my youth, swimming. Swimming is a great low-impact workout and I find it extremely meditative. I love the feeling of being immersed in cool water and the repetition of swimming laps. For me, swimming is the only form of physical activity that can melt away the stresses of the day. Over the… Continue reading »

We’ve all probably heard by now the idea that sitting is the new smoking. We spend our days hunched over our desks, sitting in our vehicles, enjoying our latest Netflix binge, using our smartphones to order dinner and next week’s groceries- it’s inevitable that at some point in your day you are likely sitting. A sedentary lifestyle is linked to a large range of health risks, including increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure, early aging and cardiovascular disease. The… Continue reading »

I hate picking up my iPad or iPhone when they are ultra-dirty with a film of crud. The same goes for my ear buds which are havens for bacteria that can cause ear infections. I try each week to get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic physical activity at a moderate level OR 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a vigorous level. Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy… Continue reading »

Well, the heat has officially come to the Piedmont region of North Carolina and it looks like it is here to stay for the summer. I love the longer days, the spontaneous outdoor adventures and how summer just feels like a more carefree time of year. What I do not love is the air made of hot soup and the fact that I have to walk my dog at least twice a day in the aforementioned soup air. So, here… Continue reading »