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Pure Barre “Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs, abs, and arms, and burns fat in record- breaking time.”

          Exercise has always been very important to me. I played basketball and soccer in high school and college. After college I started running long distance and participated in various races. Two years ago I was in the best shape of my life and “successfully” finished my first marathon. Needless to say, I always made time for exercise in my day. 

Then, I had a baby 10 months ago. And I lost my motivation to exercise. I had a long list of excuses…. I’m tired, too out of shape, not enough time in my day. 

I really wanted to tone my body but wasn’t sure where to start. Then Katy Lewis, a patient of mine, mentioned she went to Pure Barre during and after her pregnancies. She encouraged me to try it out. Katy is a busy mom of 2 girls as well as just opening up her own company doing legal recruitment. I thought, if she can make time in her day, so can I!

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Jazzing Up Your Water

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waterWe have all heard about the benefits of drinking water over and over and over again….better skin, weight loss, improved metabolism, better muscle health, the list goes on.  But let’s be serious, water can be rather boring.  Especially if you multiply that boring drink by the recommended 8-10 glasses each day!  If we made our water a bit more interesting, perhaps we would drink more and be able to reap its benefits.

The first step to drinking enough water is determining how much we should get each day.  There are many different methods to calculate this, but it’s important to know there isn’t necessarily a golden standard to follow.  Each person’s needs vary depending on their sex, activity levels, even the temperature outside.  To get yourself in the ballpark, there is a simple equation for adults that may be helpful.  Aim to get half of your body weight in fluids.  For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, simply divide by 2 to estimate your daily fluid needs in ounces.  Dividing that number by eight will give you an estimate to how many cups you should be drinking each day, rounding up to the nearest full cup. 

tiff 1Growing up I was an athlete.  While being a perfectionist and competitive by nature helped me reach some goals, it has also held me back.  There were times in my life where I avoided things because I was afraid to fail. In 2009, I took a chance and trained for a ½ marathon.  Despite playing multiple sports, long distance running has never been “my thing”.  I was nervous to participate for fear of failure, but I put these thoughts aside and I trained.  I followed a plan, I was consistent, and I didn’t get hurt.  When race day rolled around I was nervous but I felt I had prepared well.  I had been experiencing some mild health issues at the time which had altered my diet, but I didn’t worry too much about it.  I woke up the morning of the race with my legs feeling like lead.  I attributed this to being nervous and over-thinking things.  I started the race hoping I just needed to get into my rhythm, but I never did. I trudged on for 12 of the 13.1 miles willing my non-cooperative body to keep moving.  Just past mile 12, there was a hill.  I knew there was no way my body would carry me to the finish line if I tried to run up it.  My entire body was letting me down in a way it never had during any of my training runs.  As I began to walk, a medic asked if I was okay. I stubbornly said yes, but when asked to walk a straight line, I couldn’t come close.  He checked my blood pressure, oxygen, and blood sugar, all of which were too low.  I had to stop.  My body had failed me.  I had failed.

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What Is McKenzie Therapy

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McKenzieMethod 450x350A very common question I receive from my patients with spine conditions is “What exactly is McKenzie Therapy?” Often, these individuals have been referred to our clinics with instructions to see a McKenzie-trained therapist but they don’t know what that entails. Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT or more commonly “McKenzie”) is one of the best researched schools of thought in the physical therapy world and many insurance companies that we deal with are requiring patients to see a PT certified in MDT before referring on

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