Cerebral Cardio (Exercise and Brain Health)

One of the most pertinent relationships between exercise and brain health has to do with blood flow.  Anything that reduces blood flow throughout the body (such as reduced pliability of arteries, arterial plaques, high cholesterol, and long periods of inactivity) also reduces cognitive function because, well, less blood flow to your brain.  Reduced blood flow especially impacts the medial temporal lobe of the brain, which governs short-term memory.  It’s no coincidence then that this is often the first noticeable symptom of cognitive decline.

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Exercise on the Road

Exercise is usually the first component of a real life routine to go by the wayside on the road, but there are many reasons to stick to a regular exercise schedule while you travel.  

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Protect Yo Heart

February is heart disease awareness month.  Heart disease refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to heart attack, chest pain and/or stroke. Other heart conditions that effect the muscles, valves or rhythm of your heart also fall into this category.  It's the number one killer in the United States (over 200,000 people die daily) and other countries, such as Malaysia, where meat seems to be the star of the dinner plate.  Contrary to popular belief, heart disease is not an affliction of old age, but rather a lifetime of poor lifestyle choices.  

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Move For Your Health: Yoga in Cancer Care

I spent 7 years working as an oncology nurse practitioner and have witnessed firsthand the devastating effects a cancer diagnosis elicits; for the person facing the diagnosis as well as loved ones.  Learning about any cancer diagnosis is psychologically distressing and the accompanying treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are both physically and mentally arduous.  Side effects following the completion of treatment may leave you frustrated, scared, angry and feeling as if you're a stranger in your own body. As if a tornado picked you up and spit you out, your mind and body whirl in contemplation of past experiences, prognosis, future events and a fight for remission.  That's probably an understatement.  No, definitely an understatement, which is why self-care during and after cancer treatment is crucial to help prevent and better manage treatment related side effects, facilitate healing and help navigate that inevitable emotional rollercoaster.

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Move for your Health: 5K a day

Amongst the joy and love of the holidays, there is often also a lot of stress, family dysfunction, emphasis on consumerism and material goods and a whole lot of boozy nog parties, which can easily lead to over indulgence and self-neglect. It's times like these where we could probably benefit from knocking off resolutions most.  Whether you want to lose weight, exercise more, imbibe less or even just stay in better contact with friends, why not start now? Make yourself a resolution- start with something super attainable, but specific and continue to build the challenge as you go.  Success is more readily achievable when you incrementally expand on specific goals.  

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Pineapple

Pineapples are a composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. Each fruitlet can be identified by an 'eye' on the pineapples surface. If a flower or fruitlet is missing, the pineapple is no longer whole. Just as there are many individual components of a pineapple that need to join to form what we know as the whole fruit, there are many lifestyle factors that need to interact symbiotically to form a whole, healthy individual: nutritious food, exercise, job satisfaction, relationships, spirituality, stress management, sleeping habits, etc. My coaching model helps empower you to make positive changes in any of these areas that may be lacking to bring a more energized, healthy you to the surface. I conduct my sessions by phone or Skype, so location is not a limiting factor. Help me spread the word, friends!

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