health
Stretching – The Forgotten Daily Routine
So, ever since your very first PE class in elementary school, you've heard that stretching is important; right? Most of us don't really dedicate enough daily quality time to stretching. If you look at animals, you'll notice that a total body stretch is the first thing they do when waking up. They also keep stretching throughout the day.  Most physical therapists and stretching experts agree that everyone has imbalances and mobility restrictions. We sit too much and don’t put our bodies into enough various positions. Stretching helps tremendously with flexibility, range of motion and injury prevention. It keeps our muscles [...]
Are Technology and Social Media making you an Addict?
We are a society addicted to our phones and devices. Today, we’re checking our social media constantly, which disrupts work and everyday life. We’ve become obsessed with how many “likes” our Instagram photos are getting instead of where we are walking and to whom we are talking. A study from the University of Illinois found that addiction to, and not simply use of, mobile technology is linked to anxiety and depression in college-aged students. Now, constant connection to the Internet via smart phones and laptops has changed long-established rhythms of human thinking. There used to be times when we were [...]
Why Laughter is so Necessary
Laughter, it's said, is the best medicine. It's one of the best tools we have for dealing with stress and relieving discomfort. You see, when we laugh, it improves the flow of oxygen to the heart and the brain, which helps to improve our immune system and uplift our mood. Research has shown that laughter also has an anti-inflammatory effect that protects blood vessels and heart muscles from the damaging effects of cardiovascular disease. And laughter appears to burn calories, too! Vanderbilt University conducted a small study in which they measured the amount of calories expended in laughing. It turned [...]
Increase the Sense of Euphoria in your Life
Endorphins can be your own private "narcotic!" They can affect us like codeine or morphine, but without the addiction. Understanding this can then help you increase a sense of euphoria in your life. Endorphins are neurotransmitters, chemicals that pass along signals from one neuron to the next.  They originate in various parts of your body and interact mainly with receptors in cells found in regions of the brain responsible for blocking pain and controlling emotion. While endorphins block pain, they're also responsible for our feelings of pleasure, and these feelings of pleasure exist to let us know when we've had [...]
My new book “Fitness and Anti-Aging Secrets” is now available
I'm excited to announce my new book "Fitness and Anti-Aging Secrets: Cracking the Code to Looking and Feeling Younger in Mid-Life and Beyond"   In my new book, I draw on my almost 20 years of experience as a professional health and wellness coach to offer you invaluable insight into many of the daily best practices and holistic strategies myself and my most successful clients have use to look and feel young and vital. I like to think of it as a health and wellness Roadmap and Guidebook for those of us who aren't spring chickens anymore! The e-book and [...]
Are you Hydrated enough?
More than half of our body is water. Our body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because we lose water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it's important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. Your skin will look healthier and you'll have more energy when you are properly hydrated. The Mayo Clinic recently came up with a nifty formula to determine how much water we should be drinking per day: Step 1: Take your weight (in pounds) and divide it by 2.2. Step 2: [...]
11 Remarkable Health Benefits of Fasting
Many of us are well aware of the spiritual and psychological benefits of fasting. But modern science is now confirming that fasting is beneficial to our physical health in many remarkable ways. HERE ARE 11 REMARKABLE HEALTH BENEFITS OF FASTING: 1. FASTING CAN BE A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT. Studies show that fasting increases your resting energy expenditure- how quickly you burn calories at rest. It has been shown to be a more effective way to lose weight than dieting. 2. FASTING IMPROVES HEART HEALTH. Studies show that fasting decreases triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood pressure. 3. FASTING IMPROVES [...]
Are you part of “The Resistance” in the gym?
You don't have to lift weights like you're preparing for the Olympics to reap all of the benefits of weight bearing exercise. And you don't even have to have weights, you can use your own body weight as resistance. While cardio training does burn more calories per hour, with resistance and weight bearing exercise, your metabolism is about 20% higher for the following 48 hours after resistance training. What that means is that it's kind of an "after-burn" effect from weight bearing exercises, so your body will be burning more calories for you while you are watching TV, sleeping, at [...]
The Don’t list for the next time you’re in the Gym
Here's 5 "don'ts" to keep in mind the next time you are at the gym. 1. Don't try to strike up a conversation with somebody behind you while jogging or running (or even walking) on a treadmill. I saw somebody once fall off, tumble and end up about 5 feet away from the treadmill they were running on by trying to strike up a conversation with somebody behind them while they were jogging on the treadmill. Stay focused on your treadmill cardio and keep your eyes and head forward at all times.  2. Don't wear cologne or perfume while you're [...]
Stayin’ Alive with a little help from The Bee Gees
It looked like another car had just slammed into a motorcyclist at pretty high speed. My driver pulled our car over to the side of the road so I could get a better look. I indeed spotted a man lying in the middle of the road, it was the motorcycle driver, and his motorcycle was now about half a block up the road. He'd been thrown and skidded down the road quite a distance. I walked cautiously towards him while dialing 911 , somebody approaching me to my right was also on the line with 911 , so I told [...]