Top 10 Tips for Daily Stress Management

Stress is one of the most pervasive afflictions in today’s world. It often begins as a little “thing” and snowballs into a chronic condition – if we don’t find healthy and natural ways to diminish the daily drain.

Stress – Stop Feeding the Gremlin

A misconception about stress is that it relates to a person’s occupation. While it’s true, occupational stress is a hazard to health, but stress isn’t limited to a workspace nor does it discriminate against certain people. In short, stress affects everyone – we just respond to what stresses us in different ways. The key to combatting this gremlin is to starve it – not feed it.

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Top 10 Sneaky Ways to Fit in Fitness During the Day

Days get crazy – even if we start them with the best of intentions and a “plan” to attack the to-do list. Trust me, I get it. I have roughly 10-12 articles due a month for various organizations and sometimes I even need to remind myself to get up every 90 minutes and move. Given that 2/3 of the country struggles suffers from poor health, we can safely assume that same 2/3 struggle with daily movement. Below are the tactics I employ throughout my day (following my morning workout) to keep the blood flowing freely and the calories burning. Continue reading “Top 10 Sneaky Ways to Fit in Fitness During the Day”

Need a Minute? Ways to Create Spa Moments at Home

Rest and Relaxation at Home

Some days are harder than others, would you agree? All of us balance a million different tasks and responsibilities and we can’t always afford the time or the money to treat ourselves to a relaxing day spa experience.

As you all know, I’m an advocate for living a balanced life – not just in a
physical and nutritional sense – but in a mental and emotional sense. To do this takes a conscious commitment to integrating those “for me mini-moments” in the day. Why not, in addition to taking a few minutes to be active, take 10-minute spa breaks? Doing so will help you hit the reset button and attack the nex task with vigor, energy, and an enhanced cognitive focus. Continue reading “Need a Minute? Ways to Create Spa Moments at Home”

Spring Clean the Workout Routine

Happy March, All! Thanks for your continued readership and loyalty to this blog. I took the last two weeks as a sabbatical from Be Live Stay Well to do some self-healing. Last month marked the three-year anniversary of my father’s unexpected and untimely passing. I needed that time to process and continue to honor the grief that I still feel. But, as he would want, I am moving forward and am dedicating this blog post to some fun and fast workout ideas that I find challenging and a change from the mainstream.

Beating Workout Boredom

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Be a Lady in Red – February is Heart Health Month for Women

The Color of Courage

Red is a power color. It is often associated with bravery, courage, and strength. It is also the color for the month of February, which is nationally recognized as Women’s Heart Month. Red, I’d say, is the appropriate color to help us raise awareness about the number one killer of women. In fact, 1 in 3 women dies from heart disease annually (AHA, 2017).

This disease is often referred to as the “silent killer” – for several reasons. Continue reading “Be a Lady in Red – February is Heart Health Month for Women”

Bringin’ Beef Back – It’s what’s for dinner!

Beef sometimes gets the shaft. It is often portrayed as an unhealthy option or as a “problem causing food”. Remember the ads in the 80’s and 90’s (yes, I’ve just dated myself…sigh…)? “Where’s the Beef?” This is an important question to ask – where is the beef? Why should we give beef a little more credit than we have in years past?

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Post Partum Depression: A Courageous Battle

A dear and sweet friend of mine, Melanie, posted an article on Facebook this week that highlighted the tragic story of a young mom who took her own life after a silent battle with PPD. I haven’t been able to stop that story from being on repeat in my mind…and in my heart. So, I’m straying from the usual mainstream topics of exercise, health and nutrition to focus on a less talked about aspect of mental health – one that I’ve experienced myself in the recent past. Continue reading “Post Partum Depression: A Courageous Battle”

Fitness Tech – An Apple Watch Experience

I’m a fan of fitness technology. As time goes on, technology improves, new discoveries are made, and genius engineering and computer programming professionals find fresh ways to take tech to the next level.

Living up to their tagline, Think Different, Apple has once again created something innovative – the Apple watch. As technology goes, the Apple watch integrates sophisticated technology allowing the user to track daily steps to monitoring the heart to daily caloric expenditure. One unique feature of the Apple watch is its ability to integrate an interface with software already included in the iPhone.  Continue reading “Fitness Tech – An Apple Watch Experience”