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Take a hike! (or a walk)

There are so many simple things we can do to reduce stress. One way is to practice the simple breathing technique I posted last week. I do it literally everyday and it works surprisingly well.…

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The 4-7-8 Breath; Do It Every Day!

Breathing exercises and meditation have been practiced for centuries as a means to enlightenment. But, to bring that more down to earth, it has also been used to manage stress and promote wellness. This very…

Fitness Keyword Retrospective: January

So, this past month, I tried to be more consistent with my fitness by joining the Spartan 30 Miles in 30 Days challenge. And what I found out was actually pretty interesting. First of all, let…

Managing Goals and Expectations

By Madeleine St. Marie   I’m sure you have a friend (or have BEEN that friend) that complains about their weight or their lifestyle, and declares that they want to make a change. They eye…

Less Isn’t Always More

By: Madeleine St. Marie I called up my best friend up the other day with a complaint. I told her that I was freaking out because I found myself at school, in the library, reading…

What Makes This Time Different?

By: Sarah Schmermund, M.A. So, you’re two weeks into this shred. You’ve been inundated with info on what to eat, what not to eat, when to eat, how to exercise, how not to exercise… You…

Survival of the Fittest- Part Three

Written by Joe Garcia

Guest Blogger today Julie Kantrowitz, MFT

Survival of the Fittest

(Stress Management During a Recession) - Part Three

Continuing with our series on (Stress Management During a Recession) last time we talked about “Turning off the News” and “Taking a hike.” Great suggestions to be able to reduce the amount of stress you can experience throughout the week. Yesterday I went on a hike after taking a couple of weeks off of an injury I recently experienced. Unfortunately because of the lack of outdoor activity I experienced I started to have projects pile up. Ugghh! Well I am glad to report that I have taken my own advice and am back on track even after a single day!! This stuff really really works. I can’t tell you how good it feels to be able to knock off things off of your “To Do List,” especially if your list like mine is constantly in the back of your head. So it gives me great pleasure to give you this week’s blog on Stress Management. We start with a simple question.

Question: How are you? Do you have an outlet? What do you do to take care of yourself everyday?

To answer some of these questions on how to deal with stress I turned to psychotherapist Julie Kantrowitz on a few tips that we can all put into practice right away. She writes… (more…)

Survival of the Fittest – Part Two

Written by Joe Garcia

Survival of the Fittest (Stress Management During a Recession) - Part Two

1.??? Turn off the News. Try "Batching Out" your media once a week We are all guilty of it; watching, reading and listening to unhealthy amounts of television and other media formats. We live in an age where the internet, Palm Pilots, iPhones, laptops, and various other forms of technology allow us to connect easily and instantaneously, wherever and whenever we desire. We immerse ourselves in the unfortunate day-to-day downturn in our economic and financial struggles with a simple swipe of a finger, at any and every given moment. So, just how much TV does the average American watch? According to Veronis Suhler Stevenson's Communications Industry Forecast and Report, quoted by the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2003, the average American spent 1,745 hours watching television.? This works out to 145 hours a month. That's more than six complete days in front of the TV each month. (more…)

Survival of the Fittest – Part One

Written by Joe Garcia

Survival of the Fittest (Stress Management During a Recession) - Part One

How do you answer when someone asks, “How are you doing today?”

Is it something like, “Just trying to survive…”

Today, words and phrases (like recession, down turn, economic meltdown, relief packages, going out of business, etc.) inundate our minds and bodies almost every minute of the day. Yet one word out of all of them seems to be hitting American lips the most:

“All I can do is SURVIVE.”

“Just trying to SURVIVE” or, even better,

SURVIVAL IS THE NAME OF THE GAME.” (more…)