Where Do Food Cravings Come From?

To understand where cravings come from, first we have to understand what they are.  A food craving is a state of heightened eating motivation that is directed at a specific food. It’s not the same as hunger, which is not specific but motivation for calorie-containing food in general. Craving and hunger are distinct motivations that emerge from different brain circuits …

Anatomy of a SHIFT Class

Here are just some of the exercises and muscle groups we work in our SHIFT classes! Bridge Pose relieves menstrual discomfort when done supported? It also stretches the chest, neck, and spine, calms the brain and helps alleviate stress and mild depression. Other benefits include stimulating abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid, rejuvenates tired legs, improves digestion and helps relieve the …

Learning to Make Time for Yourself

Is anyone not busy?  One of the side effects of our fast-paced, technology driven society is we don’t have enough time for ourselves.  We’re so busy with work, school, children, businesses, friends, and family that we don’t get our much-needed alone time. We know instinctively it’s about making ourselves a priority.  When you make yourself a priority you make time …

Keys to Staying Hydrated

We all need fluids in our body to live and function normally.  Staying properly hydrated is a little more work than trying to drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day. We get thirsty when we need more fluids.  It’s the simplest sign you need to drink water or another hydrating fluid.  Not drinking enough fluids leads to dehydration.  …

Gyms and Germs

As we head into the beginning of flu season, it’s time to think about staying healthy!  Unfortunately, many gyms and locker rooms are a perfect environment for harboring  nasty buggers such as staph, strep, and MRSA. From sneakers tracking in dirt and other matter, which harbor organisms that can give you stomach flu and hepatitis A, to gym equipment that …

The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep

While researchers don’t know exactly why we sleep each night, sleep is a vital part of everyday health and well-being. A good night’s sleep makes us feel vibrant and energetic while a poor night’s sleep leaves us sluggish and lethargic. According to the Journal of the National Sleep Foundation adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night depending …

Find the Right Workout Buddy

Workout buddies help you stay committed to your fitness program and have fun while you’re doing it. Being accountable to your fitness buddy is a big reason the pairing works wonders. A workout buddy greatly increases your chances for results from your fitness program. It’s proven workout buddies provide the extra motivation and commitment to a program.  Let’s face it, …

Ingredients For Healthy Living

Here, you’ll find a list of foods that you should incorporate into your diet—because their health benefits are through the roof! Avocados Creamy, succulent avocados not only contain the best kind of fat (monounsaturated oleic acid) but also help your body block the absorption of bad fats (cholesterol). They’re high in lutein, which aids eyesight, and in potassium and folate, …

Core Training – Fitness From The Inside Out

The term “core” refers to the muscles of your abdomen and those of your lower back. If you picture your body and then aim for the very center you would be looking directly at your core.  Core training seeks to strengthen the muscles of your abdominal and lower back using coordinated movement. A strong focus is put on contracting your …

Good Fats versus Bad Fats

In health and fitness, there’s no bigger topic than good fats versus bad fats. Fat used to be a four-letter word.  The goal was to cut out as much fat as possible.  Eventually, cutting out fat didn’t make people healthier.  It’s probably because the good fats were cut out as well as the bad fats.  Everyone needs to get used …