Blogs about Mental Health

Moving in the Right Director

I've been a little busy since my last blog!  I am attending a boot camp 3 days a week, holding a boot camp 2 days a week and having SPIN classes two nights a week.  All this and working full time. I am very excited about launching my SPIN program.  I am trying to get the word out throughout my small community.  I only have 3 spin bikes to be used so classes are small but some people like that!

Grief and Loss and Healing in the Gym and Yoga Studio

There was a time when medical wisdom was that bed rest was good care for a heart condition. A lot of thought and research has led us away from that notion. We have come to understand the role of activity in healing, as well as in maintaining health. We also have a better idea of how multifactorial health and wellness are. One of the most interesting early studies to look at this was the lifestyle heart trial of Dr. Ornish. He showed how exercise, diet, and lifestyle support eachother. 

8 Tips to Improve Your Mental Health

Diet, exercise, and the right amount of sleep are excellent for your physical health, but those aren’t the only things to consider when striving to be healthy. You’ll also want to pay attention to your state of mind. Though those habits are considered positive for your mental health too, they aren’t the only things you can be doing to improve your psyche. 


“IO”Information overload.  “IO” doesn’t discriminate. I have seen it with kids, young adults, seniors, you name it. Sometimes, putting a workout plan together for myself or someone else, I see so much information, that it almost becomes difficult.  Therefore, since all of you have enough on your minds, I am going to keep it simple!Here are a couple of basic workouts that you can do in a short time, with little equipment.Got 20? 

Facing the Mental Challenge

I see a lot of people throughout my day. Some I see for weight loss and some I see for strength. No matter the client I see, most have had a mental barrier at some point. One the most important things I've learned as a trainer is letting go of clients for much more needed help. I don't mean "let go" in the sense that they aren't doing what I say so I'm going to fire them. I mean in the sense that I know I can no longer help them.

The Mental Health Benefits of Meditation

As the scientific evidence of meditation continues to add up, it appears that this ancient practice is like an exercise for the brain, and has been shown to help with the maintenance of mental health, and improve memory processes, sense of self, and empathy. In a way, it is similar to physical exercise, which improves cardiovascular health, resilience, muscle strength, and blood pressure. There have been many studies published on the benefits of meditation on mental health. Let’s look at a few of the results that these studies found.

Staying independent as we age exercise prescription

Dr. Wayne Westcott Ph.D. states that it is important to realize that muscles are the engines of our bodie . He explains that our muscles are where combustion occurs, where energy is released, where power is produced, and where movement originates.Muscles have long been recognized as key factors in physical performance and athletic achievement, however strength training has a much greater application by having a major influence on both our physical and mental health.

Yoga and Attention: Of Zinnias and Agave

When you come into a yoga class it is very typical to spend some time sitting quietly. I will often explain to my students that this time is not some sort of 'before', but is a part of the class. In any 'mind/body' modality it is important to foster the conditions where the connections of the stream of thought and the stream of movement can become seamless.

From Physical to Mental Health, Many Find Volleyball Beneficial

Volleyball is a sport that attracts people from all walks of life. From young girls looking for a competitive outlet to middle-aged men having fun on the beach, volleyball seems to transcend age and lifestyle. This is largely due to the fact that the sport is so beneficial, both physically and mentally. The Sport for Everyone 

The Path of an Optimalist VS the Path of a Perfectionist

Not too long ago, a fellow trainer and coach extraordinaire, Eric Cressey posted about “How Being an Optimist Will Help You in Strength and Conditioning”.  I read the blog post and definitely agreed how Cressey relating strength and conditioning and being an optimalist will create a better overall environment.  A better environment means more results.