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By Lisa Poole

Do you hear that?

Shhh….listen. It’s your body. It’s telling you something. Are you listening? Do you hear what it’s saying?

Remember when you were a kid sitting in the back seat with your siblings. They would lightly touch you. You “stop it”….again touch….You “please stop” …again touch…You “stop.” …again touch and back and forth until you are hollering at them to “CUT IT OUT!”  fully aggravated and mom or dad have threatened to pull the car over and make you all walk home.

That is you and your body. Poke poke poke (body). Ignore ignore ignore…Then POKE!   Now you can’t ignore because you can no longer look over your shoulder and the pain is throbbing constantly.

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By Lisa Poole

Stress.

From mental to physical, stress can cause problems.

I see it all the time. Neck, shoulders, backs and more. Digestive issues to sleep problems. Stress is an underlying cause.

I am asked often do I have any stress. haha, yup…I own a business be it small but it has lots of stress. I am a mom. They are young adults but they still cause stress and worries. This job is physical which means lots of physical repetitive motion stress. And I do spend time sitting in front of this dang computer. So I do have plenty of stress.

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By Kevin Burgess

I am often asked about various fitness related topics. The industry, like most, often changes as do recommendations.  Scientists learn new ways of doing studies or gather new data and change their minds.  They also try to apply their results to everyone. In some scientific topics, I would agree (like the reason planes fly).  But when it comes to health topics, everyone is similar but different.  Some things can be generalized but others not.

Below are 15 facts about health and exercise.  Keep in mind that everyone is different.  What works for one person may or may not work for another.

  1. BMI is probably lying, the scale might be lying – how do I know if I am “losing weight?” – BMI is based on height and weight.  Arnold Schwarzenegger would have been considered obese based on his BMI.  Why is it used?  It is a simple calculation that doctors and insurance companies can use to generalize the rate of obesity.  Now, for the general population, it is fairly accurate.  The scale might be lying to you because if you are training in a way that is creating leaner tissue in your body, then you may not “lose weight”.  This is because the same size piece of lean tissue weighs more than the same size fatty tissue.  So you could be getting leaner and fitter and losing fat but gaining muscle and thus weight.How do you know if you are making progress? Aside from body fat measurements (which may or may not be accurate depending on the tool used, time of day, your hydration level), how do you feel?  Are you clothes fitting the way you like? Are you feeling like you are fitter and healthier?  You know your body.
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By Gael Woods

I am fortunate that over the years my migraines have essentially disappeared. I get 1 or 2 a year maybe. I do recall those horrible times of getting 6-10 a month. I hope everyone has their migraines diminish over time.

A migraine is more than ‘just a headache.’ Anyone who has ever suffered from the misery of a migraine will tell you that they can be anything from unsettling and uncomfortable to downright incapacitating.

Not all people who experience migraines will get the classic headache – and some people don’t experience a headache every time. Because a migraine headache is considered a ‘primary’ headache, because there is no apparent underlying condition that could be causing it, they can be hard to treat.

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By Lisa Poole

I often get asked what are the benefits of massage? How can it help? I could give the canned massage therapist answer, but that is not me. This is something I have thought about a lot. As I lay on the massage table receiving a massage the thoughts rolled through my head between my heavy sighs of happiness.

So what are the benefits? Space. Space away from work, kids, family, job, the chaos of life. Space from pain. Space from the pain in the neck, lower back, hands and more. Space. Space as in time (not the final frontier). While on the massage table no one is bothering you. No phones, no computer, no traffic….just you and the therapist.

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By Lisa Poole

Every time I hear it I cringe….. The

“I have only had one massage and they hurt me so much I was sore for days.”  

“The last massage I had left bruises.”  

“Oh, you can hurt me. The last massage I had the therapist said I would feel better after.”

No, just No.

Massage should not cause pain.

Massage should never bruise.

Sure you will feel better after, days after because the inflammation that the therapist caused has finally subsided and THAT is why you have a decrease in pain.

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By Gael Woods

It sounds like a joke, doesn’t it? You rarely hear the words ‘mood-boosting’ and ‘sofa’ together, but after a long hard day, too many of us collapse onto our sofas, exhausted or in a bad mood from whatever stresses our busy day has handed us.

If you’re like me, once you’re down, the chances of you getting up are slim. So let’s take a look at some easy and quick things we can do to revive ourselves.

  1. Put on some upbeat music. Nothing lifts a bad mood as fast as hearing Pharrell’s ‘Happy” blasting through your speakers. Whatever kind of music that lifts you up will do!   
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By Gael Woods

People everywhere, especially women, seem to feel guilty about taking time out to look after themselves. It’s OK when it’s a gym session, because that’s virtuous and ‘hard work’ – but if all we’re investing our time in is an hour or so of being relaxed beyond belief at the hands of a massage therapist, it’s as if we’re committing a deadly sin by prioritizing our own well being. 

Well, we have news for you. Your well being is important and self-care is a vital part of looking after that well being. Even if you’re a busy parent, worker or carer, you need to take time to do something good for yourself because if you are depleted and tired, you’ll have no energy to do anything for the other people who need you. You know it makes sense.

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By Gael Woods

HOW TO HAVE A STRONGER CORE.

Your core is your center of balance and strength for almost everything you do. Your core muscles are a group of muscles running down the center of your body. These include your abdominal muscles, back muscles, and your pelvis. These core muscles work together to help you maintain balance, posture, and strength.

A strong core is good for your overall health, and it can be helpful to work on strengthening this group of muscles if you suffer from any kind of lower back pain. Working on your core can help you to improve your posture, which can prevent aches and pains.

If you’re athletic, it’s wise to keep your core nice and strong because a strong set of core muscles is vital for athletic performance and helps to prevent injuries.

Can I Strengthen My Core?

It’s easy to strengthen these important muscles with a few exercises you can try at home. They also have the added benefit of helping to tone your abdominal muscles, back, glutes, and legs.

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By Lisa Poole

If you are not extremely busy in today’s society, you are the exception and not the rule. We are all in high gear; we overextend, overachieve, and overstress ourselves to the point of breaking. This can have lasting negative effects on our health! Here are a few ways to break the cycle:

Gratitude. It is so easy to be upset when things do not go our way. From the moment we spill our coffee, lock our keys in the car, and forget our lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set us off into a tailspin of negativity. We can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or we can be grateful for the other things in our lives even if they are not present in front of us right now. Did you ever notice that when something nice happens, we tend to smile for a moment and then move on? However, when something goes wrong, we feel the need to tell everyone and anyone that will listen. It is in those exact moments that we need to focus on what we are grateful for, and that is how we can instantly change our perspective and attitude. Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile about, regardless of outside circumstances. Focusing on people, places, and even things that make you grateful gives your mind a break from stress!

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