Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Putting aside heavy cardio training, certain fitness facilities are advocating a new kind of workout:  the “doing nothing” workout.  Classes, with names such as “Hammock Stretching,” “Candlelit Calm,” and, “Breathe Yourself Fit” are appearing everywhere.  According to fitness experts, as we age the mind-body connection becomes even more essential; flexibility and mental agility have become the gold standards in health.  “There has been a shift in focus, people are realizing the importance of a holistic and balanced approach to fitness,” shares Michelle Morrey, group fitness manager at London’s Equinox, with the Daily Mail UK, “And I’ve seen far more interest in regenerative classes.”

Equinox Fitness Clubs offer an Rx Series featuring ball therapy (similar to Yamuna Body Rolling).  “Don’t expect to achieve results without proper R&R,” it advertises.  Designed by Jill Miller, creator of The Yoga Tune Up and The Roll Model, classes explore massage, mobilization, and maximizing performance, using a combination of self-myofascial massage, range-of-motion stretches and breath strategy.

The Breathing Class, led by Dr. Belisa Varnish (author of Breathe) addresses both physical and psychological problems related to oxygenation that is out of balance.  Her classes teach people to breathe in an “anatomically congruous way that maximizes balanced inhales and exhales.”  According to the good doctor, most people breathe in brief, shallow breaths from their necks and shoulders.  “Not only does this not use the back, bottom, and sides of the lungs,” she explains, “but shallow breaths also trigger the release of stress hormones like cortisol.”

Los Angeles’s trendy Studio K Training offers classes in Antigravity Restorative Yoga.  According to the facility, led by Master K Trainer, Jennifer Green, “This powerful method focuses the mind through powerful visualizations as it floats the body through a series of gentle gyro-kinetic motions, deeply opening the entire spine, hips, and connective tissues of the body.”  The technique features full body inversions, alongside various forms of flowing spinal traction and “is loved by all as a portal into deeper spinal flexibility, and mind/body connection.”


Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Just as an unhealthy diet can be harmful to the skin, a healthful eating program, high in antioxidant-rich foods, can help protect your body — even from the sun.  Since antioxidants help reduce inflammation and combat free radicals, loading your diet with them goes a long way in defending the skin from environmental damage.  We connected with Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., an Osteopathic Physician board certified in anti-aging medicine, who shared a number of foods which aid in the prevention of sun damage.  Dr. Calapai emphasizes that these are not substitutes for the regular use of broad-spectrum sun protection; these foods simply provide additional support.

Berries & Stone Fruits

Strawberries, blueberries and cherries contain high levels of Vitamin C, which can reduce free radical damage caused by exposure to UV radiation. Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production, important for skin’s youthful appearance. As a bonus, cherries contain melatonin, which protects skin from UV radiation and repairs sunburn damage.


As long as it’s dark chocolate you’re eating, you’ll be ingesting plenty of flavanoids, which can improve your skin’s ability protect against sunburns and other UV-induced issues.  Research found that people who ate about one ounce of high-percentage dark chocolate every day for three months could withstand twice the amount of UVB rays before their skin started to turn red, compared to those who didn’t.

Leafy Greens

If it’s green and it’s got leaves, chances are it’s good for sun protection. According to one study, spinach, kale and swiss chard can reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 50%. Broccoli is also a good choice: it’s full of sulphoraphane, an antioxidant that helps your cells protect themselves against UV radiation.  Fresh herbs like parsley, basil, sage and rosemary are also packed with free radical-fighting, skin-protecting antioxidants. Not sure where to start?  Check out the guide to cruciferous vegetables here.


Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Last week we shared some of the beauty benefits of Jojoba oil, the liquid extracted from the nut of the Simmondsia chinensis plant, rich in essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, and antioxidants.  Jojoba Restore Face Oil from Ogee Organic Skincare is a luxurious way to hydrate and improve the appearance of the skin. By reinforcing the top layer of the dermis, it reduces moisture loss, strengthens skin cells, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Mimicking the body’s own sebum production, it addresses the root causes of dry, tight, flaky, irritated, and blemish-prone skin.  Soothing and balancing those conditions, Jojoba Restore Face Oil regulates the skin’s oil production, while clearing breakouts with its antibacterial properties.  Enriched with essential oils from the Geranium and Ylang Yang flowers, the non-comedogenic formula is lightweight and easily absorbed by the skin.

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