Fitness

Fitness is more than just working out. Let us show you just how good you can feel.

  • Are your shoes a heath hazard?

Are your shoes a health hazard?

Remember back when I talked about your toilet being a health hazard? Well, here I go again... about to rat out one of the most basic aspects of human living. Shoes. And I'm not just talking about the obvious death-defying fashion faux pas here... Nope. Unfortunately, the vast majority of shoes we have access to [...]

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  • If you are like most Americans you probably deal with chronic stress and exhaustion. Learn how constructive rest can help and how easy it is to do!

How constructive rest can ease stress and exhaustion.

I take my sleep seriously. With a husband who works nights and a child who wakes up early, sleep can sometimes elude me. Which is too bad because if it were up to me I'd go to bed at 9 PM every night. No joke. Sleep has always been my cure for stress and exhaustion. [...]

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  • 5 tips for fitting in fitness. Nobody is too busy.

Fitting in fitness: 5 easy tips for even the busiest person.

As someone who has always lived a very active lifestyle, one of the most challenging aspects of becoming a mom was finding time to exercise. In fact, fitting in fitness seemed nearly impossible some days. Between feedings, changing diapers, laundry, cooking, and of course playing with this new precious baby, I found my own needs [...]

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  • Want to get a flat stomach and be healthier? Learn three surprising secrets to getting a flat stomach. www.thankyourbody.com

How to get a flat stomach: 3 surprising secrets

"How to get a flat stomach".... Hmmmm. This is not usually the kind of advice I give out here on Thank Your Body. And for good reason. In a world that worships thinness and continues to bombard us with unhealthy and unrealistic body images, I think most of the "hype" around getting a flat stomach [...]

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  • Release tight muscles with a tennis ball. I wish I would have known this sooner!

Tight muscles and a tennis ball massage. A simple solution for pain.

Do you struggle with overly tight muscles? Are you feet tired a lot? Do you have excess tension in your hips, legs, or back? Did you know that there is a simple trick that you can do at home to help relieve tight muscles? Read on to learn about my simple, natural, and fuzzy tip. [...]

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  • Have you heard of somatics? It's a different approach to exercise, health, and fitness. Very cool.

Somatics: A different approach to fitness and health.

I want to talk a little bit about Somatics. Soma-what? Somatics. I know most people have never heard the word. And that's why I'm here today. In a nutshell, Somatics is about the "lived experience." A method for taking our health and wellness into our own hands by honoring what we feel from the inside [...]

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  • 10 simple ways to feel good now. I love this.

Feel good now: 10 simple ways

Some days are just kind of "blah." I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Want to feel good? Want to feel good right now? Here are 10 simple ways to thank your body, reconnect to your self, and feel better right away. 10 simple ways to feel good now: 1. Move Nothing makes us [...]

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  • Learn how to improve your eyesight naturally in as little as five minutes a day. So cool! www.thankyourbody.com

Improve your eyesight naturally (and easily)

Want to know how to improve your eyesight? Would you like to improve your eyesight naturally? Did you know that for a lot of people, incorporating some simple exercises can help improve your eyesight? How? Let's talk. Raise your hand if you find yourself spending quite a bit of time in front of a computer [...]

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  • How to recuperate after a long workday

How do you recuperate after a long day?

Sometimes life is hard. And stressful. And draining. Sometimes it even feels life-sucking—like some sort of genetically modified computer monster has tapped into our energy reserves. I’m amazed at how even the “healthiest” of individuals can feel so tired so often. I am definitely a firm believer in the power of food, but I’m also aware that [...]

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  • Play isn't just for kids. Learn about the benefits of play at thankyourbody.com.

The power and benefits of play

The other night my husband and I were coming home from a lovely evening out.  As we headed toward our front door we passed a couple of young boys.  These boys were running around, darting back and forth between buildings, crouching down, popping back up, and pretty much taking full advantage of the beautiful summer weather.  Just as [...]

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  • Can Healthy Living Drive You Crazy?

Can being too healthy hurt your health?

"A journey to real health." That's the subtitle for this humble little blog of mine. And let me tell you, it's been a journey. Actually, no that's not right. It is a journey. I imagine this journey will last until I die. Like any real journey there are uphill battles, downhill thrills, and the even-steven day to day [...]

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5 ways to better workouts

Friends, we have a problem. I noticed the problem several years ago.  Through the pressure of a friend I finally got a membership to a local gym.  I was pretty excited for my promised weight loss, ripped abs, and toned arms.  I arrived on my first day ready to conquer the treadmills before heading over [...]

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  • Good Morning Stretch - Health Benefits

Good Morning, Sunshine

Sometimes it seems like the morning comes too soon.  I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. The good news, however, is that I don't mind the mornings as much as I used to.  For a long time my beginning "A.M. moments" looked something like this: A blaring alarm goes [...]

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  • What's at the root of your pain? Read up on tips for pain free living and great natural pain remedies.

Natural Pain Remedies: No pills required.

I don’t watch television all that often. It is not that I necessarily have anything against it, I just find myself getting too wrapped up in whatever is on that I prefer to use that time some other way. However, every now and then, when boredom is peaked, I’ll find myself switching on that good [...]

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Just Move: Lifting babies is like lifting weights

Remember how I wanted to blame my back pain on carrying my cute Little C? Well, even though changing my chair proved to be really useful, I still find it important to tune into my body while carrying my little bundle of joy. In fact, I often see moms (and dads) holding their babies and [...]

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  • Is your chair a pain in the back? Learn why your chair may cause back pain.

Your chair can cause back pain. The sad truth.

Back pain. Many experience it. Did you know that back pain is the second most common reason for medical visits? According to Dr. Michael Roizen, about 65 million Americans suffer from back pain. He points out that “the way the odds play out, you’re likely to have about one serious episode of back pain for [...]

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Just Move: Try this for a quick “computer recuperation”

My psychic "thank your body" abilities are telling me that you are sitting in front of some sort of screen... right now, at this very moment. Impressive, right? How long have you bee in front of a computer? How long do you think you'll spend there today? Whether it's 2 minutes or 2 hours, are [...]

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  • Learn about body connectivity - the missing piece to your fitness training.

Body Connectivity: The missing piece to fitness

What is "body connectivity"? I often have people ask me that. My instinct response is pretty childish. A certain song pops into my head... You know the one… The hand bone’s connected to the… which bone? Ah yes, the wrist bone!  Clever. I think we all “get” that the body is connected.  After all, how else would we [...]

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  • Don't let your backpack hurt your back.

Backpack the size of Texas? Let’s try something else.

Sometimes my "school days" seem like a distant memory. Which I'm okay with. There are plenty of things I don't really miss: tests, grades, busy work, etc.  On the list of things I don't miss from that former student life is carrying around a massive backpack. I will often see students of all ages dragging [...]

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  • Better Get Moving

Health (good health) requires you to move

Most people probably don't think of their health as a house of cards. (Although our current "health" care system seems like one). But I'm getting ahead of myself... Let's go back to our childhood for a moment, okay? Remember making houses, building towers, or creating other architectural masterpieces out of cards?  I remember the controlled [...]

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