Stress can be a killer: from making you lose sleep, to raising your blood pressure and alienating loved ones, it can have a massive impact on not only your mental wellbeing, but your physical health, too. Stress places pressure on your heart, tightens your muscles and causes you to lose flexibility and mobility over time, too; stress can literally rob you of your independence in many ways. This post comes at a time where each and every one of us – globally – has had to deal with more stress overall, and juggling the COVID-19 pandemic, financial pressure, and trying to maintain our physical health, has been taking a serious toll. In this post, we offer you some guidelines for dealing with stress – we hope these tips will promote a better, relaxed lifestyle, a healthier body, and a happier you. Follow along and try your best to implement them throughout your day. Here we go!
Five years ago I helped lead a nutrition challenge and decided to do a Whole30. It had been introduced to me by the owner of a gym I was working at and I was beginning to start dabbling a bit in a better nutrition plan for myself. My college years of taco bell and Costco chicken bakes had caught up and I was ready to get back to a healthier version of myself especially since I was working out consistently. If you aren’t familiar with Whole30, it is 30 days of no preservatives, no dairy, no gluten, no alcohol, no sugars (unless naturally occurring in the foods), and no beans or legumes. I was one of the few who made it the entire 30 days, and on day 31 I was going to re-introduce some of the foods that I had a feeling would not set well with my system. I quickly realized that I did not feel good at all when I ate dairy and gluten. Soy didn’t set well either, but not nearly as bad as dairy and gluten. My diet now had moved into a lifestyle because I didn’t feel it was worth it to feel terrible over foods I could substitute out.
Sleep is a key element to good health. It is important for your daily mental and physical performance. It also affects long-term health. The ability to react quickly, accurately and the ability to think clearly is negatively affected by sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep can also affect formation of memories (1). Mood, interpersonal communication, relationships and work related production are affected by sleep health. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “not getting enough sleep, or getting poor-quality sleep, increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.” (1)
Begins OCTOBER 26, 2020
Olympus Movement Performance 30 day Nutrition and Fitness Challenge!
Doctor of Physical Therapy and founder of Olympus Movement Performance, Annemarie Alf, recently joined Jessica on GymCastic to speak about her experience as the Chinese Gymnastics Team Trainer.
BUILDING THE FOUNDATION: THE DEEP CORE STABILIZING SYSTEM
Annemarie Alf, PT, DPT, CSCS, SFMA
Do you know how to breathe? Did you know it could improve your performance? Learning how to activate your diaphragm and creating intra-abdominal pressure will lead to increased activation of the deep core stabilizing system. This is key for protecting the spine and leading to improved movement patterns and therefore increased power and performance overall.
Wondering what the benefits are of a vitamin injection vs. oral supplementation?
First, it is important to remind you that, ideally, you should be getting the majority of your vitamins and nutrients from natural, whole food sources like vegetables, fruits, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised eggs and poultry, legumes, nuts, etc. However, many of us are occasionally unable to meet our nutrient needs through our diets alone, especially during periods of stress, due to illness, while taking certain medications, or some may have a condition that impairs absorption of certain nutrients. Many people have trouble with nutrient absorption (from food or oral supplementation) due to the presence of intestinal inflammation, poor gut health, or sometimes in the case of B12 deficiency it can be due to a deficiency of Intrinsic Factor – a glycoprotein produced in the stomach that is essential for B12 absorption.
Written By: Kimberly Marshall, FNP-C
Heat wave to arrive in San Diego County this weekend. Let's talk about SKIN HEALTH!
Outdoor activities are a boost to mental and physical health. Whether you enjoy playing soccer,
summit hikes, mountain biking, trail running, road racing, or a good run on the beach, being
outdoors can be the boost you need for a great workout.
But are you very careful about protecting yourself during exposure to sunlight?
Take a minute to guess what skin protection a cotton t-shirt gives you..…?
The answer may come as a surprise…
When training just isn’t enough.
Many of you train hard, you train consistently, you eat healthy, and rest well. I ask you though, are there times when you need more than just this to keep performing at an optimum level day in and day out with the same amount of intensity and drive during your workouts?
First Class is on us!
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*The safety of our gym members is of the utmost priority to us and we are following all state and county guidelines with regards to gym openings.
Our Performance Fitness Classes have always been limited to small groups so that our Performance Coaches can focus on members. We look forward to continuing this tradition and helping our members achieve
their fitness goals. We are here for you!
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Small Group Training
We offer private training or small group training to meet your fitness needs. These small group trainings are perfect for a family or a small group of friends or workout team.
Author: Annemarie Alf
"We Specialize In Optimizing Teen And Active Adult Lives In North County San Diego By Addressing The WHOLE Person. We offer A Holistic, Integrative Approach To Performance And Wellness That Will Assess And Address The Root Causes That Lead To Pain, Hormonal Imbalances, Fatigue, Weight Gain And/ Or Decreased Performance."