Exercise and the Dreaded Allergy Season

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My allergies are killing me….and several of my clients as well. If you suffer from allergies you know what we are talking about. Stuffy nose and scratchy throat with watery eyes that make you feel so lethargic all you want to do is become one with your bed.

Not a good idea actually. Movement is the key to relieving your allergy symptoms. Being up and moving around drains clogged nasal passages and allows airways to open. During the tough part of your allergy season you might want to skip the long cardio sessions. Instead do short bouts of high intensity training mixed with longer periods of strength or yoga/Pilates work. The short bouts will let you strengthen your lung and heart muscles without over taxing them. The strength/yoga/Pilates mix will help the rest of your body make gains and give your heart and lungs a rest.

Don’t forget to get upside down. While  this seems completely backwards since getting upside down will make your nose run like a fire hose that is exactly what you want. Get the bad stuff out, clear your nasal passages and help relieve that lovely headache that is a consistent companion.

It is true for me that I dread Downward Dog or Planking while my sinuses are on fire but afterward I always feel better even if I have gone through a whole box of tissues.



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Did you know that your brain is made up of 60% fat. (I didn’t…)

Did you know that avocados are a wonderful source of the kind of fat your brain needs? (Didn’t know that either..)

Greatist.com says:

“The monounsaturated fats in avocados benefit brain function and promote healthy blood flow—and a healthy flow of blood to the brain means a highly functional brain. The creamy green superfood is also good for your heart. Their hefty dose of monounsaturated fatty acids can help lower cholesterol levels and may help prevent blood clotting. They also contain potassium, which may help control blood pressure, and magnesium, which has been associated with a lower risk of heart disease in men.”

Here is a fun way the husband and I eat avocados:

Half the avocado and pull the pit.

In the spot where the pit was add cottage cheese. If you want more spark at a dash of hot sauce.

While it sounds odd it is amazingly good. Try it and let me know what you think.

Side note: Greatist.com is a great website full of all kinds of cool stuff. Check ’em out. Also check out the rest of the article to find out other sources of good fat.

Photo courtesy of world-crop.com



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Some times you just gotta embrace the conditions around you.



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“Back pain and injury usually result from an accumulation of trauma over time. Doing little things wrong over long periods of time can lead to the straw that literally “breaks” the back.” Douglas Brooks, MS

At some point everyone experiences back pain. Nothing to send us into traction but just nagging pain. Our sedentary lives don’t help either. The video above has some easy exercises suitable for all levels that can help relieve the pain as well as strengthen the lower back.

These in conjunction with core work will help you maintain back strength. A strong front is key in supporting your whole spine.

Need some suggestions for core work with no crunches involved? Feel free to ask!


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Studies have shown that most folks are more likely to follow thru with a workout if they are already in their gym clothes.

If you work out in the AM put your workout clothes on as soon as you get out of bed. If you work out in the PM resist the urge to climb right into your comfy clothes when you get home and rock your workout gear instead.