What I Learned From Taking a Week Off

Recently, I took my first real vacation.  It was the first ever vacation I’ve taken with my wife in the almost 7 years that we have been together.  

Before we left, I remember these words rolling off my tongue so effortlessly: “I can’t wait for this vacation, I feel like it will be a complete restart and I’ll be so much more motivated when we get back”...

Normal Weight Obesity

Over time, society has come to recognize an individual as being healthy or unhealthy based on his or her outward appearance of body weight.  A person who appears to have a normal weight is obviously healthier than an obese individual, right?  Well, not so fast.  Often times, people who have what is considered normal weight can still have weight-related health issues.   This has become known as the term, “normal weight obesity” and there are a few factors that can help determine if a person has NWO...

Regaining Core Strength Post Pregnancy

During and after pregnancy, the mother and her body go through a number of changes.  Soon after the baby is born, most moms want to get back in shape and shed some baby weight.  Unfortunately, there exist many unsafe resources that offer training and bootcamps to “get mom’s back their old bodies.”  It is important to realize that the body may not be exactly the same as it used to be due to the intense physical changes that have taken place.. However, a woman’s body is fully capable of regaining a new, healthy level of strength and overall wellness....

Is More Exercise Needed for Better Heart Health?

Take a second to think about the lifestyle of immediate and extended family members.   Are they physically active?  Is there history of heart disease, hypertension, and/or coronary artery disease?  Chances are the answer is yes.  The Center for Disease Control reports that heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  What can be done about such an alarming problem?  Is society doing enough to help prevent this frightening statistic?...

 

Functional Training: Why Is It Important?

Take a second to think about your daily routine, occupation, and the tasks you often perform throughout the day.  Do those tasks include sitting and standing, carrying items like grocery bags, walking, bending over to retrieve items on the ground, or reaching to put items in a kitchen cabinet?  Chances are, you answered yes to quite a few of the actions mentioned. Each are considered activities of daily living (ADLs).