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“If You’re Disciplined and work at it, you can do it!”

“If You’re Disciplined and work at it, you can do it!”

on Jun 27, 2019 in Fitness, General Wellness, Inspiration, Patient Testimonials, Weight Loss

Like so many of us, Jim’s weight crept up over the years. His first serious attempt at weight loss was in a Fasting Program at the Positive Choice Integrative Wellness Center. He lost the excess weight quickly but went back to old habits and re-gained. Feeling frustrated, he decided fasting wasn’t for him, so he joined a Healthy Balance full-food program. It was in this program he started building a practice of eating healthy foods. His counselor Kay started every class with exercise and 10 minutes of meditation; and it was Kay’s introduction to the benefits of meditation that Jim credits with his continued meditation practice. Since his class with Kay, he has logged in over 1349 days straight of meditation on his mobile app called Calm. As long as Jim was participating in a Healthy Balance class he did well, but over time the demands of his work life took over and the long hours made it impossible for him to attend class. A busy teacher, baseball, and football coach meant 12 to 14-hour days and a lot of stress. He let go of his Healthy Balance program and the healthy habits and started to rely on the convenience of processed meals and fast food. His blood sugars crept up as did his cholesterol and blood pressure. One summer, Jim’s work load increased significantly as he was assigned a major project designing a county-wide High School field trip for the National Park Service at Cabrillo National Monument. His thoughts we’re “I’ll get back to eating right, exercising, and stress management when this project is done.” Sadly, just as Jim was completing the project he suffered a major stroke at the age of 61. Jim was forced into retirement before he was ready and the sudden loss of work, being home, and the demands physically of recovering from a stroke left Jim feeling depressed and anxious. His weight crept up, he couldn’t exercise, his health issues worsened. Jim decided to get back into another Healthy Balance program. He had to wait a month to get into a group, but he was so motivated he started on his own practicing the many things he had learned from Kay. In this new...

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Give Your Body and Mood a Boost!

Give Your Body and Mood a Boost!

on Jun 18, 2019 in Fitness, General Wellness, Weight Loss

Exercise can help boost your mood. Getting regular exercise is important for not only good physical health, but it can provide benefits for mental health. It promotes the release of feel-good brain chemicals. The first thing you might think of when it comes to exercise and feeling good is what is commonly known as runner’s high. This describes the release of endorphins that your brain experiences when you physically exert yourself. Endorphins are a type of neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger. They help relieve pain and stress and are only one of many neurotransmitters released when you exercise. Physical activity also stimulates the release of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. These brain chemicals play an important part in regulating your mood. For example, regular exercise can positively impact serotonin levels in your brain. Raising your levels of serotonin boosts your mood and overall sense of well-being. It can also help improve your appetite and sleep...

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Eggmazing

on Sep 7, 2018 in Fitness, General Wellness, Nutrition

EAT THE WHOLE EGG IF YOU WANT BETTER RECOVERY FROM WORKOUTS AND MUSCLE REPAIR! A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign found that people who ate whole eggs after a workout recovered better than those who skipped the yolks and only ate egg whites. There was a dramatic difference between the two groups in how their muscles recovered from workouts. Those who ate the whole eggs had a 40% greater muscle building response compared to those who ate the same amount of egg-white protein but didn’t eat the yolk. Egg yolks contain proteins and other key nutrients that are not present in egg whites. The mechanism of what and how egg yolks boost our body’s ability to regenerate and repair muscle is not yet known. If you do decide to eat eggs, keep them to a minimum and make sure your plate is 3/4 full of plant-based foods. Purchase organic and free range when...

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Yoga for Expecting and New Moms

on Sep 3, 2018 in Fitness, General Wellness

Motherhood Stretches You in So Many Ways. Why Not Stretch a Little More? Relax and rejuvenate while strengthening and toning your muscles. Pre & Postnatal yoga classes gently guide you through breathing and yoga poses that improve strength and flexibility. Enjoy the company of other Mom’s while you experience the benefits of yoga: Reduce stress and anxiety Improve sleep and deal with the lack of sleep better! Pain relief in your back or from carpal tunnel Reduce water retention and swelling Improve strength needed for birthing and recovery after birth Help with maintain a healthy weight. THURSDAYS 4:45 to 5:45 PM Eight classes: $100 Gift certificates...

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Still Going Strong (and Stronger) at 89 Years Young

Still Going Strong (and Stronger) at 89 Years Young

on Jul 17, 2017 in Fitness, General Wellness

Living with heart disease has been a reality for most of Gene Calman’s life.  Diagnosed with heart disease at only 32 years old, Gene has had 3 defibrillators, and two bypass surgeries over the last 56 years. Despite these many physical challenges, Gene maintains a lively personality and positive way of thinking.  It was just those personality traits that, last year, helped motivate Gene to take on a new challenge. He read a newspaper article about a fellow World War Two veteran who was training to walk a half-marathon, he was inspired. Gene wanted an active program that would make him work to improve his physical fitness. His past health problems and his age of 89 years made him consider carefully what he wanted to do. He asked his physician about what Kaiser Permanente offered and he discovered the Positive Choice Integrative Wellness Center. He decided to do personal training and liked that the Personal Trainers at Positive Choice were so highly qualified. Trainers at the Positive Choice Wellness Center are required to have a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology (the science of human movement and physical adaption), many of the trainers have undergraduate degrees in Kinesiology (the study of human movement) and training in nutrition as well. Gene started training weekly with Exercise Physiologist and Lifestyle Educator Melanie Perkins. When Gene first started training his walking was more of a shuffle and getting in and out of chairs was difficult. He became easily winded and stairs were difficult. Melanie worked to gently increase Gene’s overall body strength. Melanie focused on strengthening his core abdominal (redundant) muscles and the muscles in his legs to give him better balance. After only one year, Gene achieved dramatic results. Gene lost twenty-five pounds, increased his energy and strength; all of which he feels has come as a result of his weekly workout sessions with Melanie. He no longer finds himself out-of-breathe and it easier to move around in general.  “Most people think personal training is only for people who are young or want to lose weight,” says Melanie Perkins. “But everyone, no matter age or fitness level, benefits from strength training.  In fact, older individuals can benefit more from strength training as...

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