As I look back over the past year I realize that while there has been a strong focus on mask wearing, social distancing, and getting vaccinated, we have not received any information or health education on how to stay healthy and fit.
When it comes to your health, getting the right amount and quality of sleep is essential. Here are a few suggestions/hacks to help boost your sleep quality.
We are living in uncertain times. But, what if we could turn all this negativity into something positive? What if we could use this pandemic as a growth experience to teach us how to become stronger, healthier and more resilient for the future?
Emerging research reveals a new category of probiotics creates major improvements in gut health, “spore-based organisms.”
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin known as the “sunshine” vitamin because the body manufactures it after exposure to sunshine. Surprisingly, up to seventy-five percent of Americans are deficient due to indoor lifestyles and a lack of nutrient-dense foods.
Breaking a bone due to osteoporosis is very common and happens to one in two women and one in four men in the United States. Unfortunately, most people only realize they have the condition once a bone fractures and it is too late.
Most everyone is familiar with the kettlebell by now, but if you are not, it looks like a cannonball with a handle, and it is one of the best pieces of fitness equipment ever developed!
The human body requires energy to function which is provided by proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Since carbohydrates are the most readily available, most people are sugar burners; they rely on carbohydrates and sugars to keep the brain and body running.
With the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s expected to triple by the year 2050, it’s no surprise that research connecting exercise to brain health has taken off over the past few years.
Paleo and Keto are two buzz words associated with rapid fat loss and healthier lifestyles. Both diets have overlapping foods and benefits, but what are the differences?
You knew that gut microbes could affect your digestion, your weight and even your immune system. But did you know that that gut flora can also affect your circadian rhythm?
As you may know, the ketogenic diet (keto for short) has become extremely popular over the past year or so. When you understand the benefits it makes perfect sense. “Going keto” can be refreshing; you’re leaner, you’re not hungry, you have a steady flow of energy, and your brain works better!
In case you haven’t heard, infrared saunas are a recent hot topic in the health and fitness community (no pun intended). Infrared saunas can aid in detoxification, weight loss, relaxation, pain relief and even keep your skin looking healthy and young!
We all know that exercise is good for us. Unfortunately, many make the mistake of focusing on cardiovascular exercise to the exclusion of strength training, while, the truth is that, nearly everyone will benefit more from strength training. Here are 7 reasons to start strength training today!
If you have heard anything about probiotics, you probably know how important these live bacteria are for gut health. But it turns out that these microbes affect more than just digestion. Probiotics can influence our immune system, our metabolism, and even how we think and feel!
Humans have been practicing intermittent fasting (IF) for hundreds of thousands of years. So it makes perfect sense that IF may benefit us in our modern lives as well.
Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably heard that sitting all day is not great for your heart, or your waistline. But it turns out that sitting also causes big problems for your butt.
Let’s go back to forty thousand years ago, back to when there were small communities rather than cities and hunting and gathering rather than farming and agriculture, let’s go back to when humanity was just beginning.
We’ve all seen those videos with people hugging a stability ball to their cores and running at their friends, colliding and bouncing back so hard they flip over. We’ve all seen friends and family lie back on one and immediately flip off. At face value, the stability ball can seem to be anything but stable.
Santa Barbara is often described as a slice of paradise. From its sandy shores to the palm trees that line its streets, those who visit our beautiful home believe we live in a place of eternal summer. But to Santa Barbara natives, we know that’s not true.
I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t born with a kettlebell in hand. I had to learn how to use them like everyone else – and it was a challenge.
In the summer, Santa Barbara comes to life. And with longer days and warmer nights, there is no better time to take advantage of everything our beautiful city has to offer.
Growing up on the East Coast with two brothers was never easy, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I didn’t know it then, and I wouldn’t realize it for a long time, but those were the moments that shaped me into the person I am today.
The amazing thing about science? It evolves.
For example, we’ve known for years that diet influences our health, but scientists have been uncertain to what extent and how.
As a personal trainer, I have encountered many clients of all shapes and sizes, looking for one thing: fat loss. One particular client here at Fitness Transform, came to me when she found she could no longer deny what her lifestyle was doing to her body.
Excuses are easy. Following through on a fitness goal is difficult. With that said, being able to recognize what is holding you back, what your excuse is for avoiding exercise, is the only way you can begin to make the changes necessary for success.
Here at Fitness Transform, our goal is to help everyone achieve their fitness dreams! To do so, we need to know what’s holding you back. What is preventing you from achieving your fitness goals today?
As a society, we are intrigued with knowing our origins – who our ancestors were and what they did. But what about our own genetics? What can our own genes tell us about our bodies, health, and lives? Though more to the point, what can we learn from our ancestors that can help us to lead healthier and longer existences?
We’ve all sat there in biology class, wondering how knowing about mitochondria or the process of photosynthesis will help us in the real world. After all, we were planning on becoming police officers or lawyers or teachers – and maybe we did become those things one day, but the truth is, those lectures were still important.
Balance is in everything. And without it, life gets a little bumpy.
But in all seriousness, we physically rely on balance everyday. From running, hiking, skating, rollerblading, surfing, to even walking, we are constantly depending on our ability to balance to help us perform these activities.
1. The time is now!
There is no time like the present. If you’ve been thinking about making a life change, been wanting to get back to feeling healthy, strong, and confident in your body, then why wait? The best way to achieve fitness success is to begin.
As with most of my Primal Body Program, the secret to fat loss isn’t really a secret at all. In fact, we’ve had the knowledge for a while now. People just haven’t been widely practicing it; they haven’t been using it correctly.
Before Elaine came to Fitness Transform, she had led an active life, one filled with some of her favorite activities like hiking, swimming, and running. She had always considered herself to be in reasonable shape.
As someone who trains regularly, working out in my studio on weekdays and running bleachers on the weekends, I find that implementing intermittent fasting to be incredibly beneficial and natural to how I live.
In my business, I encounter a lot people looking for relief from pain caused by inflammation – people suffering from conditions like arthritis who are at the end of their ropes, desperate and fed up, ready to take drastic measures like surgery. To these people, I say: don’t lose hope.
About halfway into a 28-day fitness and nutrition program headed up by Mikki Reilly at Fitness Transform, I experienced a sustained upswing in energy as I went about my typical weekend.
Fitness Transform member, Alan Irwin, has lost a whooping 100 pounds and has kept it off for over 10 years! He attributes a lot of his success to writing down what he eats and he shares that with us here…
If you could only do one exercise and fat loss is your goal, the kettlebell swing is the exercise I would recommend. Simply swinging a kettlebell…
A quality life is a all about “moving well, feeling strong, and increasing longevity.” Check out this SB Independent article featuring Mikki Reilly on the best tools for maintaining a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.
Are you curious about the “Paleo” lifestyle, but not sure how to put it into action? Here are 12 simple steps to get you started…