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Why Pilates?

on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 @ 11:04 AM By | Rebecca Bonnel | 0 Comments | pilates
Pilates is a type of exercise that strengthens and tones your entire body by creating resistance through springs attached to a special piece of equipment while also incorporating the weight of your body into the resistance. It is a low-impact form of exercise that strengthens your muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. One of the goals of Pilates is to place equal emphasis on the eccentric versus concentric phase of muscle contraction.
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How jaw dysfunction disabled me, and is making untold numbers of people unhealthy. But It doesn’t have to be that way.

on Mon, Mar 23, 2020 @ 15:03 PM By | Ken Taylor | 0 Comments |
Jaw health is a critically important factor in the health of human beings. It not only impacts the ability to consume food, it has the potential to alter the chemistry throughout a person’s entire body. As this problem is becoming more recognized in people suffering from many different health issues, it has also revealed how increasingly widespread jaw dysfunction is. I have learned this firsthand. I would like to share a small part of my own health crisis, to illustrate how jaw and dental health can cause serious and wide-ranging health problems. In August of 2018 I was trying to write a blog for Body Kinetics, I titled it, “My Health Blog,” I only got one paragraph into it before I must have walked away from it for the evening. Here is that single paragraph, written 3 days before my health began spiraling out of control.
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A Few Functional (really functional!) Exercises to Shelter

on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 @ 12:03 PM By | Ellen Karpay-Brody | 0 Comments | boost your mood workout at home functional exercise
Hi my dear clients, Remember a long long time ago when we used to meet in person? It’s only been a few days and already I’m a bit nostalgic. Until the time comes when we can meet again, and we will, I am sharing some appropriate exercise ideas to keep you moving, active, and within the “Shelter Orders."     Why the Gym? Over the course of our training I’ve stated that we go to the gym for many reasons including social interaction, support and expertise. We dedicate purposeful exercise to replace many of the human movements that industry and technology have seemingly eliminated. Some folks have eliminated movements (aka chores) by way of engaging another human, a person who does housekeeping. Some of you responded wittily, ”my housekeeper does that” or “I don’t do that anymore.” Pause… Well, with a 3-week Shelter Order in place chances are that you are now the designated housekeeper, and that’s an opportunity for functional exercise activities!    So allow me to take you back to some of those cues I offered.      A Few Functional (really functional!) Exercises During the Shelter Order:   For all the below, BREATHE in and out!  Do not hold your breath! Exhale during the greatest Exertion (EX = EX) 1. Reaching  for something high or low, standing or on hands/knees     Scrubbing the bathtub, shower floor/walls, changing bedding, emptying low-lying trash cans, removing cobwebs.  Exercise: Pointer - extending your opposite arm/leg, tightening/bracing your Abdominals, squeezing your Glutes.   2. Moving/Pushing or Pulling furniture, esp. if heavy or larger than your reach, items when mopping, vacuuming, sweeping      Changing sheets, loading the dishwasher, laundry washer/dryer. Exercise:  A. Squat or Lunge, keep Spine in neutral (not curved back), press your foot “tripod” to the floor and squeeze your Glutes                  B. “Rows,” Push-Ups   3. Scrubbing  anything, floors, toilet bowls, counter tops, sinks, mirrors, windows Exercise:  Shoulder internal and external rotations. Squeeze into your arm pit area for Rotator Cuff stabilization. Think “Karate Kid” and “wax on, wax off."   4. Lifting and Carrying, Pulling  out trash, laundry Exercise:  Squat and Pull, hold heavy item close to your torso and brace your Abdominals.   5.   Stepping Up/Down Stairs Exercise: Step-Ups/Downs, secure your footing, engage your quadriceps (front of thighs), hamstrings (back of thighs), and Glutes (buttocks).   6. Quick Pace and Music Exercise: Give yourself a time-interval to complete a specific room or task. Be thorough but with a purposeful pace.   Put on some upbeat music and enjoy your “Really Functional Exercises” routine.     7. Ready for something Aerobic? Exercise: Walk, dance, march, squat, lunge, do the twist, skip/jump rope, “do the stairs”. Post cleaning is the perfect time to transition into Aerobic exercise. You’re already warm and mobile.     8.   Ask, “What CAN I do?"   Ellen Karpay-Brody
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Proactive Measure Against the Coronavirus

on Mon, Mar 16, 2020 @ 12:03 PM By | Michael Jenkins | 0 Comments |
Body Kinetics is Closed March 16th through the 30th as a Proactive Measure Against the Coronavirus. Body Kinetics cares deeply about our community and doing what we can do to keep our members and staff safe during the challenging global crisis.  Starting today 3/16/20, Body Kinetics has taken the step to suspend all of our programs and services until 3/30/20 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. There are no known positive Coronavirus cases affiliated with Body Kinetics, however, we are following advice from Governor Newsom and various health officials and are making a very difficult decision out of an abundance of caution, particularly for community members who may be considered high risk.
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How Working Out is Helping Your Brain

Body Kinetics trainer Edyta Saltsman laid out some helpful tips on how to push yourself to exercise more often. One way to look at it, she says, is to consider the long-term health benefits, which are too many to not be compelled to lace up your sneakers and start working out. Getting physically fit is one of the major benefits, but did you know that exercise also ‘sculpts’ the brain? It’s true; physical activity is one of the best things you can do to increase brain health and here are the reasons why:  Changes blood flow to the brain  A groundbreaking study from the University of Maryland looked at the effect exercise had on the blood flow to the brain. They found that exercise decreased cerebral blood flow in a group of adults diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), while at the same time improving their scores on cognitive tests. On the other hand, participants without MCI experienced elevated blood flow to the brain while reporting higher cognitive results. In either case, exercise intervened with the circulation of blood to the brain, and both yielded positive results. 
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Beyond the Workout

The importance of regular exercise is immeasurable! Getting the body moving is one of the best ways to maintain our body weight and image, health and wellness. When considering overall human well being from a holistic perspective, there are 3 additional balancing factors that are of about equal relevance as exercise. These are nutrition, sleep (rest), and mental/ emotional health. These components are comparable to the wheels of a car. If any one wheel is out of balance then the car will not run efficiently. Perhaps it can still run, but will be out of balance to varying degrees, and could potentially do significant damage to the vehicle. With parallel to this topic, let’s consider the vehicle the “person”, either in or out of balance. Lets correlate nutrition and hydration as the “fuel”,  sleep as “maintenance”, and mental/ emotional health as the “electrical system”. 
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Are you Nuts?

on Mon, Jul 08, 2019 @ 17:07 PM By | Frank Jandura | 0 Comments | healthy food nuts nut benefits
As a proponent of eating real, minimally/unprocessed food, I highly recommend you consider nuts as a valuable addition to your nutrition program. In addition to protein, fiber and healthy fats, nuts also supply decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and vitamin E in just a 1 ounce serving. Nuts also contain phytosterols, which are linked to be partly responsible for their cholesterol - lowering effect, and disease fighting antioxidants. 
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9 Minutes a Day Can Make the Snoring Go Away. Six Exercises to Reduce Snoring

Researchers in Brazil have found that exercises reduce snoring and can benefit people with moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea.   Like 37 million other Americans, I snore. When I tell my friends and clients that I snore and have sleep apnea, they are usually very surprised. The typical response is, “but you are not overweight.” There is a misconception that snoring and sleep apnea is caused by having excess fat around the neck area.
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Keep Your Mind in Your Workout

on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 @ 15:02 PM By | Tom Borromeo | 1 Comment | personal trainer tip exercise goals workout goals mindful workout
It can be tempting to treat your workout as an opportunity for some personal multitasking -- working your body while your mind wanders off to think about upcoming deadlines, family obligations, and dinner plans. But don’t let your mind wander too far! Exercise isn’t just a physical activity: It’s a mental one.
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The tortoise and the hare

on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 @ 16:01 PM By | Kat Blair | 0 Comments | novato personal trainer novato gym fitness goals exercise goals best gym in marin
We’ve all heard it - slow and steady wins the race. So where does that go when it’s time to set fitness goals? Throughout my training so far, I’m seeing that the most common way to exercise is to do... the mindless stuff. Not necessarily physically easy exercise, but mentally lacking direction and oversight.
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