5 Tips to Get Faster at Running

Whether you are training to join the military, currently active duty, or just want to run faster for competitive events, there are more ways to getting better at running than “just running”.  Sure, you should be running, but you will find that if you try the following suggestions, you can pick up the speed for timed runs and races in a short cycle of training. Continue reading

Simple Tips to Better Balance

We have all known someone whose balance is less than ideal. The person could be a customer or loved one that needs your professional help. Difficulties with balance can stem from injury, joint replacements or a slip and fall. Balance impairment could be long-term in nature and associated with a disease such as Parkinson’s, or short-term caused by an injury that needs to heal. Whatever the cause, balance can be improved, albeit on a different level for each person.

Having been a health care professional for many years in New Jersey, I have seen the demands and expectations placed upon home care providers. My role as an exercise physiologist filled the void when a patient was discharged from a physician or therapist and needed that professional bridge to the home environment. My guidance normally began with a review of their rehabilitative protocols from the therapist, then implementing the program on a regular basis to ensure compliance and progress.

There are many types of home health professionals that provide services and products to all segments of the population. The common thread is that a product and/or service is utilized to enhance the quality of life and functional status of the end user. Continue reading

Building Collagen Naturally with Plant-Based Diet

If there’s one topic that is super hot right now it’s collagen. Shelves in the supplement section of natural food stores are overflowing with new collagen supplements, promising to alleviate joint pain and combat aging skin. Some collagen brands also claim to help with leaky gut, support the immune system, and balance hormones. But are these claims true? And, before jumping to supplementation, can anything be done through food to prevent collagen break down and support collagen synthesis? The short answer is, yes!

First, let’s start with some collagen groundwork. Continue reading

Managing Grief Over the Holidays

Life is tough. Grief is painful. We all know this. And in no way do I ever want to diminish the intensity and genuineness of hard times. The holiday season especially resonates as a time of assumed joy and jolly while there so often is a looming emotion of grief, mourning, and worried hearts.

Grief is a process. There is really no end to it, but rather the format changes. And, amazingly, eventually, slowly, new flowers can bloom over the rotting, wrenching, wrecked roots of life. Not better. But different. Because in times of hardships, life becomes different.

The question is still, how do we persist on the garden of life when it is flooded with grief? How do we grow anything in a cold season? To help tough times become tolerable, here are a few tips. Continue reading

How to Boost Your Immunity with Essential Oils

For athletes, fitness enthusiasts and weekend warriors, so much time and attention goes into developing a workout regimen. Unfortunately, we don’t always put that same level of effort into the opposite side: recovery. To grow our bodies stronger and more resilient, we also need to think about how to safeguard them. It starts with boosting your immunity.

Believe it or not, aromatherapy is one of the most effective ways to enhance the immune system and safeguard it against illness. The gym is absolutely a place where you’re likely to pick up germs, but some practical essential oil practices are more than enough to remedy them—and keep your immune system strong, so you can continue to train.

Here’s a look at how an essential oils medicine cabinet can put you in better control of your immunity. While you focus on training your body, these practices will help protect it. Continue reading

3 Stages of Legacy Building

What is it that you’re looking to achieve? Do you want to reach your personal peak without burning out? Do you want to be a better leader? Are you looking for more fulfillment? Are you thinking about how you can leave a meaningful legacy?

What I’ve observed is that everyone is in one of three stages of their journey. Continue reading

5 Reasons You Should Add Quinoa to Your Diet

You have probably heard about quinoa and it’s superfood-like health benefits, but perhaps haven’t gotten around to figuring out how to prepare it or maybe skipped past it down the health food aisle in the grocery store. There are many reasons why this little seed, which appears like a grain similar to rice, should be a regular staple in everyone’s diet. From being a perfect protein, to increasing your nutrient intake, the list can go on and on.

Here are 5 stand out reasons why you should give quinoa a try and consider it part of your regular meal planning. Continue reading

Is Recovery Your Missing Link?

When you are training hard and focusing on your goals, it is often possible to overlook a key link in the athletic performance chain.

That link is recovery.

Recovery means returning to a normal place of health, mind and strength. It might be what you need to integrate more of to maximize your achievement on and off the course.

My top recommendations for recovery for endurance athletes and other athletes include these three things: Continue reading

How a Plant-Based Diet Helps You Sleep Better

Something that might not be foremost in your mind when it comes to optimal mental health, physical health and performance is sleep. According to the CDC, adults need 7 or more hours of sleep per night for their best health and wellbeing.

Practices and habits that can aid in healthy sleep include regular exercise, avoiding sugar and alcohol before bedtime, avoiding caffeine at least six hours before bedtime, avoiding saturated and trans fat before bedtime (animal products or fried foods), making your sleep surroundings your sanctuary, and creating a routine. Establishing a nighttime meditation practice and not using electronic devices one to two hours before bedtime may also help. Continue reading