Mental Health Awareness: A Pledge to Remove the Stigma

As I sat down to finish a draft of my next post for BeLiveStay Well, my mind wandered…I couldn’t stay focused or keep a thought in my head. While this isn’t uncommon for a mom with a toddler, this cognitive drift felt different…feels different…is different. I took my own advice and quietly reflected. I soon realized my distraction wasn’t fueled by sleep deprivation or a lack of interest. Rather, I became aware of how “undone” Read more…

Diet. A Four Letter Word.

Diet – truly a “four letter” word that we need to considering striking from our vocabulary. Why is the act of “going on a diet” so prolific and popular? Is it because it’s trendy? Or that it’s ever present on covers of magazines promising a “beach body in a week” and “slim down fast” or,  my personal favorite, “turn fat in to muscle”. Side note – fat and muscle are two TOTALLY different tissues – Read more…

Caffeine Powder – A Lethal Product

Great news! There’s a new word for “crazy” and it’s spelled “C-a-f-f-e-i-n-e P-o-w-d-e-r. Yes, available on the market and online is a powdered form of caffeine. Why? Because the dark stuff brewed from the bean isn’t enough to give your body a charge? In a previous post, I addressed exercising caution when it comes to dietary supplement use and, given the following news report, it bears repeating. Before you watch the video and listen to Read more…

Fitness Myths…Busted!

Everything on the Internet is true. Right? Oh..wait… 🙂 The advent of the Internet has helped the human race progress in business, media, education, etc. In addition, information is easy to find; a simple Google search can satisfy any curiosity. That being said, the internet is not the only source; magazines, infomercials, books, and celebrity endorsements all appear to be viable means of obtaining information, especially when it comes to exercise advice or facts. Having Read more…

Weight: It’s just a number. Celebrate non-scale victories!

Ah, the bathroom scale – or – it’s more commonly known alias  – the $%#*! 🙂 Why do we get so stuck on what the bathroom scale says? Is it because it’s tangible and quantifiable? Or is it something else? What were to happen if we removed the bathroom scale and started “weighing” ourselves intuitively and by measures of emotional wellness, energy level, stress level, total cholesterol, etc.? What would happen if we re-frame the Read more…

Made for YOU Fitness

Good day, Well members! I’d like to focus today’s discussion on unique fitness needs, so your participation and responses will be welcomed (as always)! If there is one “golden rule” in the fitness industry it’s this: Always approach each client as the individual he or she is and craft a routine that safely and effectively meets the client’s needs, goals, preferences. In other words, there’s no “one size fits all” approach in this world. Client’s Read more…

Dietary Supplements – Exercising Caution

Good day, All! I hope your week is going “Well”. 🙂 On to the day’s topic – dietary supplements. If there is one subject we spend a considerable amount of time discussing in my health and human performance classes, it’s supplement use. It’s interesting…as an undergraduate (many moons ago), I didn’t think much about the topic. Yet somehow I developed a passion for it as a master’s student at UW and decided to make it Read more…

Let’s Talk – Cooperative Wellness

As I was navigating my way through my master’s program (what seems like eons ago) and worked diligently to learn and apply the principles of kinesiology and health promotion, I kept having a recurring dream…to this day, I still think about it. It may not be “the answer”, but I think it could serve us (society and communities) “well”. You’ll see my point as you read on. 🙂 A cooperative wellness institute is something I Read more…

Body Image – An Awakening.

Good day, members of The Well! Today, let’s discuss body image. The topic of this post was inspired by one of my students as a result of an article review he presented in class. Some background – I teach an Exercise Science Capstone course (team taught with my esteemed colleague, Sally). The course examines contemporary issues and topics in the field of exercise science that impact and influence the profession. It is a project-heavy course Read more…

Hello & Welcome to Be. Live. Stay. Well…

Hello & Welcome to my blog site – referred to as The Well from this point forward. 🙂 Many of my friends and colleagues have encouraged me over the years to start a blog, but I kept thinking writing the occasional article here and there was enough…enough to spread a message…enough to touch a life…enough to help someone…and enough to share a passion. I realize now that it isn’t. So, without further hesitation or trepidation, Read more…