Wellness is about the things that we do to make ourselves healthier, happier and more productive.

Can exercise help women age gracefully?

By |2020-01-24T08:48:53-05:00January 24th, 2020|Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Wellness|

To age gracefully, a desire many women have. But what exactly is aging? If we go to the science, one key process involved in aging is the shortening of telomeres (1). Telomeres function to protect the ends of our chromosomes. Data has suggested physically inactive people are at risk for accelerated shortening of telomere length (8). Similarly, information from pulse wave velocity (PWV) data suggest a relationship with aerobic activity and age-related health parameters, such as arterial stiffening (2). PWV is the rate at which pressure waves move through vessels. Arterial stiffening is the thickening (or stiffening) of the arterial [...]

Ladies, is CrossFit too much on the body?

By |2020-01-30T14:51:27-05:00January 13th, 2020|Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Wellness|

CrossFit has become increasingly popular, not only among men but women as well. CrossFit is a high-intensity workout program. In addition to improving body composition, it has been shown to improve cardiovascular function in adults (2). However, the effect CrossFit has on a woman’s pelvic floor is uncertain. Pelvic floor muscles help to control your bladder and bowel. Therefore, it is important to keep your pelvic muscles strong and exercise appropriately. High-intensity exercise, such as CrossFit, can increase your intraabdominal pressure. Intraabdominal pressure (IAP) is the pressure within the abdominal cavity. Experts suggest long-term, elevated IAP can predispose women to [...]

Grab and Go Energy: Is RedBull really the key?

By |2019-12-12T12:03:38-05:00December 8th, 2019|Fatigue, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Sports, Wellness|

As an athlete, it is important to be focused and perform your best. Many athletes, as well as exercising individuals, have begun integrating a quick pick me up before their event to enhance performance. In fact, according to some research (3) sugar-free energy drinks have become staples to athletes and health buffs who are looking to get an extra boost to edge out their competition. But do these drinks really work? Can an energy drink really make a difference in performance or is it all in our heads? And more importantly, is it safe? Let’s take a quick look at [...]

Seven Tips to Stay Sane During the Holidays

By |2017-12-04T13:22:19-05:00December 4th, 2017|Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Wellness|

I do not start playing Christmas music in October. My decorations are still up on the top shelf of my garage and that's where they will stay until November 24th...not because I don't love Christmas! I do! But there is always a little bit of stress that comes along with it. Buying presents, visiting family and getting pulled into those White Elephant gift exchanges at work. But that's not the worst part. There is delicious food EVERYWHERE. Potlucks. Family gatherings. Tins of cookies, pumpkin pies and chocolate Santas in your stocking. It's never ending and everyone around you is saying, [...]

A New Workout – The Decision to Try is Half the Battle

By |2017-11-26T12:41:23-05:00November 25th, 2017|Fitness, Lifestyle, Uncategorized, Wellness|

How our brains think about trying a new workout If you want to do a triathlon, you should already be in great physical shape. You have to be able to swim, bike, and run for hours on end without any problems. To do yoga you have to be able to twist yourself into a pretzel. If you can't already do a headstand, don't even bother going to class. Zumba? You shouldn't show your face until you know all the choreography and have a professional grade dance outfit to wear while you merengue march circles around everyone else. What we should [...]