Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society (lung cancer kills more women each year). Every October brings an annual awareness campaign, stressing the importance of regular self-exams and getting screened for breast cancer. While early detection can led to a more favorable prognosis, cancer treatments, and even surgery, are often needed. Studies on the breast cancer recovery process have indicated that exercise and dietary choices may play a role in improving the quality of life and lowering the risk…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016

Pregnancy Fitness: Finding what Works

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As featured in Mamatoga Pregnancy and Newborn Issue Spring 2016.Mamas, we live in an exciting time.When strong is the new skinny and fitness is an essential accessory to the modern woman’s life, exercising during pregnancy is a natural progression for healthy-minded mamas. With exercise classes and training opportunities for expectant mothers popping up on a regular basis, how do you decide what’s best for you and your blooming babe?Not only is exercise during pregnancy encouraged by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), but the December 2015 guidelines cited …
Wednesday, 07 September 2016

Stop trying to get your pre-baby body back

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Stop trying to get your pre-baby body back.Postpartum is a time of extreme highs and lows. Every 24 hour period can bring hundreds of different emotions and often they are totally inexplicable. In the months following birth, you can definitely chalk much of this up to hormones. The sudden fall in estrogen and progesterone alone can make an even temper a thing of the past.That being said, every woman is different.Everyone will react to the postpartum period in a different way, and that’s ok!As a trainer and a mom myself,…
Friday, 12 August 2016

CHANGE BEGINS WITH AWARENESS

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Want a surefire way to lose weight? Become aware of what you eat and decide to make better choices one bite at a time! The best way to begin is by keeping track of what you eat in a Food Journal. A great app that is free is, My Fitness Pal. Knowing your eating habits, and fueling your body properly will keep energy levels steady, help with weight loss and can keep it off. Most of us have a general idea of what we eat any given day. When keeping…
Friday, 12 August 2016

How Meditation Can Improve Performance

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While the sympathetic system is great when we need to respond to a stressor, it's not ideal to be bathing in it's hormonal milieu all day. I simply call this "being on". I think we can all relate to that feeling. Feeling rushed to work, forgot to bring your textbook to class, pressing hard in the gym, getting stuck in traffic, then we get home and have to figure out what's for dinner. Our inability to turn off can quickly add up and lead to a feeling of burnout. Stress…
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