Ouch! What was that? I’m in pain! What do I do? “Am I dying?” Determine this first. Joking aside, please seek medical advice if you feel you are experiencing something seriously wrong. Now that we’ve determined everything is ok, how do we manage our less serious aches and pains? Is this a new or acute
There are two steps to achieving your fitness goals: 1) DEVELOPING A PLAN2) STICKING TO ITI have been a trainer for the last 20 years. Throughout my career, I have participated in hundreds of fitness journeys. I have also heard every excuse in the book. The truth is, a good trainer can develop a plan
Want to lose weight, but your lunch options aren’t healthy? Are you counting calories and feeling hungry all the time? You don’t have to starve yourself or go to great lengths for a healthy lunch. In fact, calorie deprivation may cause you to gain weight in the long term. Instead, focus on the quality of
Time is an adult’s most precious commodity. Every moment should be lived as fully as possible. An unfortunate reality about time is that it is perishable. However, focusing on your and your children’s health is a surefire way to make the most out of your time. But a good question is…how? There are a few
Fire cupping, or cupping, is a traditional Chinese healing modality. Developed by acupuncturists thousands of years ago in China, its use spread to countries around the world. Cupping is usually combined with an acupuncture treatment. However, this therapy can be used on its own to sedate the nervous system, relax muscles, and deeply heal the
I want to encourage everyone who hasn’t tried Yin Yoga, to try it. Why? Because the feeling you’re left with after you have practiced Yin Yoga is amazing! Benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice • Calms and balances the mind and body • Reduces stress and anxiety • Increases circulation • Improves flexibility •
Do you have a pain in the neck at work? I don’t mean your boss or coworker, I mean literally. If you have pain in your neck while working, you may be battling what they call “tech neck.” You get to your office, amp up on coffee, and sit at your desk, ready to start
We’ve all heard the expression “listen to your gut,” but it means more than just going with your gut feeling. Your gut has many important functions, from absorbing nutrients in food to protecting us from illness. The gut even controls emotions! So if something in your body feels off, it may be your gut talking
Get to know your breasts this October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is necessary to find out what is normal for your breasts to identify when something abnormal occurs. What is a breast self-examination?A breast self-examination is a way for you to check your breasts for any abnormal or new changes. It can be
Still trying to get a flatter stomach? How many crunches will it take? We all know diet and more cardio helps but there is another element. The missing ab muscle, the TA! Your abdominal muscles, also known as your “core” muscles, are composed of 4 layers of muscles. Let’s go through a brief anatomy lesson.
Let Go of the Past and Stop Forecasting the Future Living in an environment full of things that no longer matter to you can be more than consuming. Life can pull us into different directions, spiraling into clutter accumulation. Here are some ways to lift the weight of unnecessary stuff from your shoulders and give
When we are struck with sadness, recovering from an illness, or experiencing a life change, we need to make self-care our highest priority. Processing and healing emotions tax our adrenal system and cause us to feel forgetful, anxious, and exhausted. Sound familiar? This happens because our body’s energy is scattered and vibrates at a lower
The next time you’re near a mirror, take a moment and look at yourself. Do you see a beautiful, capable, and strong human being? If not, you’re not alone. Almost every woman I’ve worked with as a photographer has struggled at some point in her life to acknowledge her own beauty — and I have,
It’s only noon, and I’ve already been happy and sad about a dozen things. On the happy list are my yoga class and a friend’s visit. A bad hair day and my dog throwing up made the sad list. In the big scheme of things, these trivial personal events are not memorable. On the contrary,
The “starvation” diet has long been panned by nutritionists as an unhealthy and inefficient means of losing weight, since most people over-indulge afterwards and pack on all those lost calories. The other drawback is that the body in starvation mode favors putting the fat back on. However, by the time you’re on day 2, the
Many people believe that to achieve great work, they must focus single-mindedly on their goals, at the expense of their personal lives including family, health, or community engagement. I have found when we harness our passion and power from the various parts of our lives and bring them together, we create a life of harmony,
Avoid letting cool, dry weather become a serious nightmare by taking the following precautions: Daily moisturizing:Whether you live in Asia or the frozen desert of Antarctica, an oil-free face lotion is your first step. Your skin is thirsty. Give it what it needs. Keep your body hydrated:Applying moisturizers on your face won’t be enough if
You’ve probably heard that Feng Shui can bring harmony and balance into your home, but did you know it can also improve your performance at work and create a more pleasant workspace? While the ancient Chinese philosophers who developed the practice of Feng Shui thousands of years ago didn’t have the average corporate employee in
Mindset is arguably the most important aspect of your fitness goals. You need to develop a mindset that will help you improve your mental focus, not only at the gym but in your everyday life. This isn’t a miracle post that will magically transform your mind and make you want to exercise every day. It’s practical,
I recently joined a new mastermind group. They’ve been stretching me to seriously evaluate what next steps I must take to up my game in both my professional and personal life. I’ve always believed that it is critical to define success for myself. What has taken me longer to realize is that deciding what I’m
One of the assessments I enjoy sharing with my leadership clients is the True Tilt Profile. The purpose of this tool is to help clients have a level of awareness in how they show up every day, their natural reaction under stress, their strengths and what happens when that strength is overused. It is simply
Summertime should be spent at fun outdoor parties, not dealing with a pimple party on your skin! Summer weather can wreak havoc on your skin as heat and humidity increase accumulation of sweat and oil on the skin. Exfoliate but Don’t Overdo ItNo matter how much you moisturize, your skin will become dry in the
Your comfort zone – that place in your life well-worn by routine. It’s a place where you are less likely to encounter stress and risk, but it’s also devoid of excitement or challenge. It’s a place safely rooted in the ordinary. What could you add to your life if you were willing to step beyond
As the name suggest, age spots may be attributed to aging skin – sometimes referred to as solar lentigines liver or sun spots. Doctors can’t say with 100% certainty why age spots develop on some people and not on others. Generally speaking age spots are more common in adults over 50. But, that’s not to
As a former gymnast and dancer with keen artistic talent and body awareness, Wendy Fortino has always been a natural-born performer. She is an IFBB Pro Figure competitor, and a four-time Figure Olympia. Wendy found her artistic outlet in professional hair and makeup services establishing herself as both a fitness and a beauty expert. She
Have you ever “hit the wall” when working out, running out of energy that it takes to complete your exercise? Then you may have experienced glycogen depletion. Your body runs low on fuel stores and gives you a warning sign to slow down or stop so you can replenish. This includes adequate hydration and intake
Let’s look at how taking five minutes a day to practice self-reflection can help us move forward rather than cling to the past. FINDING THE TIME Life can be incredibly busy with constant multi-tasking in order to stay on top of everything. Sometimes, finding the time to do anything but work, eat, and sleep can
If you could only do two things to improve your health this year, I’d suggest exercise and spending more time with your friends and family. If you can combine them, that would be ideal! I’m lucky because my business partner, workout buddy, and best friend is my sister, Kelly. We have always been each other’s
I believe there are artists in us all and there’s an art to feeling beautiful.There’s an artful grace to making others feel beautiful.There’s an art to simply being and an art to being your authentic self.This is, in my opinion, inherent to the art of being beautiful. WHAT DO I MEAN BY THE “ART OF
My intentions were true, my goal was clear, and I still didn’t complete the 30-day yoga challenge at my yoga studio…or did I? The studio proposed to its yogis to take classes, post an image performing the pose of the day, a positive quote on Instagram, and take a few workshops offered during the month.
When I was younger, I wanted the perfect nose — one of those small, indistinctive noses that blend into the background of the model’s face on a magazine cover. My Italian genetics, however, gave me another type of nose: a little long, a little bumpy, not terribly unpleasant, but definitely ethnic. I’ve thought about changing
Rosalidia demonstrates sun salutations and explains why they’re so beneficial!
We’ve been hearing about the green juice trend for a while now, but celery juice has recently been all the rage when it comes to maintaining your health. Everyone has been swearing by this vegetable and the numerous benefits it has for our bodies, but why? While celery has many known benefits, the main one
I once had the pleasure of being one of the first inductees into the Happiness Hall of Fame, an organization that honors people who are advancing happiness in the world. I was thrilled to be among other inductees from all walks of life such as athletes (Bubba Paris), film producers (Roko Belic) and Stanford professors
First time blood donation can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing what to do before, during and after your appointment will ease any fear you may feel. All you have to do is sit back, relax and be a hero! On the day of your donation, expect to spend about one hour
Having bad knees can be a huge obstacle to maintaining your fitness goals through a consistent workout routine. People who suffer from chronic knee pain due to joint, ligament damage, or previous injury tend to struggle when lifting heavy weights and when performing essential lower body movements like squats, lunges, step ups, and leg presses.
We think about our eating habits, sleeping habits, drinking habits all the time…but when is the last time you thought about your breathing habits? It’s something you normally do without giving it any thought, but if you made a conscientious effort to improve the quality of your breathing once in a while, you would notice
Summertime. Everyone wants to show off a “summer glow” but after spending hours getting your makeup just right, heat and humidity can really rain on your parade. Here are a few tips for keeping that pristine look intact. Read more here!
Most of us have a tipping point when we realize we need to change our lifestyle to be happier and healthier. For Lita Lewis, this happened while she was depressed, overworked and in desperate need of an overhaul. Deciding to return to the gym was exactly what she needed, and becoming physically fit helped her
With our busy lives, quite a few of us find ourselves feeling puffy and looking exhausted when we wake up in the morning. By using a face roller, our skin can quickly feel tighter and appear less inflamed. Recently, face rollers have become the new “it” beauty tool. These small, handheld devices are used in
Weight management is not about weight loss or diet. It is about taking steps every day to help make a difference in the long run. The goal is to be at our healthy weight and maintain it. Read more here!
I work with many women who say they want to find their voice. They want to have input at the table. They want to appear confident and competent. Read full article here!
What to Eat for a Healthy Brain and Better Focus. The foods we eat not only power our bodies but also provide the nutrition to power our bodies but also provide the nutrition to power our most important organ – our brain. What we eat has an enormous impact on mental clarity, memory, processing speed
You’ll be successful every minute of your life if you’re doing something you love whether you’re creating music, producing a theatre production or building a legacy company. Perhaps, you’re already doing something you love. If so, congratulations! Pat yourself on the back and carry on. Read more here!
Juice bars and smoothie stands are popping up at every street corner while commercial juicers and blenders are offering more variety and features. All of these are encouraging signs of consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness. We’ve been told for ages that fruit-based vitamins are missing from our diets. So what’s really the best
The recipe below requires using the entirety of the beet (greens, stalks, and all). Most people might not consider eating anything but the beet root, but the greens contain an astonishing amount of Vitamin K, calcium, iron, and magnesium, so don’t throw away those greens the next time you buy a bunch of beets! Sauté
Our body is about 70 percent water, our brain 70 percent, our skin 80 percent. Proper hydration is essential to a healthy and strong body. Many times our choice of beverage dehydrates us. That is why 75 percent of us suffer from chronic dehydration, and most of the time we are not aware of it.
“Jab. Cross. Hook. Uppercut. Bob. Weave. Block. These are the basic moves of boxing. Beyond body conditioning benefits like toned arms and tight core muscles, boxing is a therapeutic and empowering practice. Somewhere between the sound of a punch making contact and the rhythm of dancing on the balls of your feet, instincts and reflexes
Now that spring is showing its colors, it’s time to show some leg, slip on sandals and hide that puffy winter coat. Be prepared to feel the sun again! Your legs are shaved, and you’ve done your spring shopping, but have you awakened your complexion from the winter months? Here are 3 essential oils that