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Hot Weather Tips

As I am writing this, the temperature in New Orleans is 92 degrees; the heat index is 104 degrees. If you’re outside, especially if you’re exercising, you need to take precautions to avoid over-exposure to the sun, dehydration and heat stroke. Follow these tips to stay more comfortable and healthy when it’s hot outside. Stay hydrated! Depending on the air temperature and exercise intensity, the body can lose more than a quart of water in one hour of exercise. Dehydration is the result of the body not having enough water to cool itself through perspiration – and leads to muscle fatigue and possible cramping, and loss of coordination. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can follow. Drink water before, during and after exercise...

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The Benefits of Yoga

Posted April 30, 2010
Category yoga
Yoga has been around for about 5,000 years and could have at least that many benefits. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but there are a lot! Everything from asthma to sinusitis and stress, depression to back pain and sciatica can be relieved by practicing yoga consistently and safely. It would be foolish for me to even attempt to cover all the benefits, but I can address some that I have experienced personally and have witnessed in my students. The physical practice of yoga is designed to lengthen and strengthen the musculature of the body. This includes the connective tissue and fascia that holds the body together and gives it structure. Fascia can adhere to the surrounding tissue and impede muscle movement if injured...

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The Growing Problem of Obesity

America, as a nation, is facing a health crisis that will haunt us if we don’t take collective action. We, and our children, are becoming more and more overweight – obese – each year. This will affect our quality of life and our health bills as diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure, joint issues, and a multitude of other ills become more and more common. Our increasing waistlines are indiscriminate, but a special study has been done on rural communities that reflects childhood obesity. Bogalusa, Louisiana is summarized in this article: http://health.msn.com/weight-loss/obesity/articlepage...

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Coping with challenges

Posted March 10, 2010
Category Uncategorized
This past month proved to be a bit of a challenge. The company handling my apartment called me and informed me that I had 21 days to vacate – the property was going into foreclosure since the landlord had not paid the mortgage. To top it off, I had already committed eight of those days to out of town trainings. It also appears that my divorce will be final – although after nearly four years, I’m not holding my breath. And, would you believe it, I’ve had a severe case of writer’s block... What to do when life hands you challenge after challenge? When you feel completely overwhelmed and can’t seem to find the time to exercise, sleep, or take care of yourself? The following steps have helped me find some equilibrium: 1...

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The party's over

Posted February 20, 2010
Category Uncategorized
Thanksgiving, the December holidays, New Year's, Saints Fever, the Super Bowl(!) and Mardi Gras. Small wonder you've gained weight. Or, even if you didn't, your fitness routine has suffered. Now's the time to jump back on the wagon -- skin-baring summer is fast approaching and there's time to get ready for it! Here are a few tips: 1. Hire a trainer: I'm beating an old drum here, but a trainer can get you out of your comfort zone safely and effectively. In just four to six weeks, I guarantee you'll feel and see a difference in your body (and your attitude) if you adhere to your training schedule and pay attention to your nutrition. A trainer can custom-design a program to fit your specific needs and goals...

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Anything is possible!

Posted January 25, 2010
Category Uncategorized
After decades of patiently (and not so patiently) waiting, this season the Saints fans ripped the paper bags off their heads and are second-lining their way to the Super Bowl. One poor, misguided writer (Clark Judge with CBSSports.com) wrote back in November that a Saints/Colts Super Bowl was highly unlikely. Now he’s probably wondering how he could be so wrong – and how could such a thing possibly happen? New Orleans was still giddy the day after the Vikings playoff game and everyone was talking about their team. I overhead one woman say that “now anything is possible.” And she’s right – anything is always possible. This wonderful team, consisting of men from different backgrounds and races, put in a lot of individual and collective hard work, overcame numerous obstacles, but, most of all, they believed in themselves and each other...

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