Why Play?

Have you ever found yourself dreading going to the gym? Is your vision of a gym a bunch of people with headphones in, grunting away on a treadmill or in the weight room?  This unfortunately, is what exercise has come to. With the advancement of technology like...

The Power of Trees

Did you know that hospital patients with rooms overlooking trees recover faster than those without the same view? Connection to nature plays a vital role on our wellness! We talked a few weeks ago about the healing powers of trees, and that feeling of walking through...

What is Batch Cooking?

Do you ever find yourself at home incapable of making a plan for dinner? Maybe you end up going out, skipping a meal or resorting to the stale bag of chips in your cupboard. We all know these options are not usually the best options for ourselves, but what’s a tired...

To Run or Not to Run?

As a fitness coach I get this question all the time! My quick answer is always “yes,” which often leaves people feeling a bit perplexed. So Should I or Should I not? Let me break this down into two questions: Should I run? Yes, I think running is great. Running is a...

Exercise to improve Stress Tolerance

A couple weeks ago we talked about Cortisol, the stress hormone. At the time we mentioned that exercise is a good way to help with stress. Exercise seems to give the body a chance to practice dealing with stress leading to an increase in stress tolerance. To explore...

What is Cortisol?

You guessed it…its that stress hormone we all love and hate. How does it work? When your body senses danger your adrenal gland releases cortisol which shoots out to receptors all over the body triggering the fight or flight response. In some parts of the body it...

What is Fitness Tutoring?

You are probably familiar with Tutors from your academic days. They were someone you could meet with to help you with a problem or subject you were struggling with. If you are like me, you might look back on your college or high school days and wonder why you didn’t...

What do we mean by “Natural Movement”?

Natural movement is a lens through which we look back in human history to see what activities were essential in the evolution of our bodies. It is a belief that we can not effectively train our body through isolation of body parts and muscles, but only through regular...

What is Forest Bathing?

To be honest it’s a new term to me as well, but it’s a concept I’ve known to be true for a long time. Forest bathing is the act of going into the forest to take in nature in a way that is therapeutic. The term comes from a Japanese tradition called “Shinrinyoku” which...

Why Barefoot

Today, I’ll answer my most asked question. “Why is everyone barefoot at your gym?” Simply put, try walking on a balance beam with bulky running shoes, then try barefoot. Which is easier…probably barefoot. When we are barefoot we can connect to the object we are...