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You’re Only One Decision Away from a Totally Different Life

Scary, right? Maybe, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s back it up a bit. I moved to Atlanta in March of this year, but it certainly wasn’t the first time I’ve done something like that. For my partner and I, individually and as a couple, getting to a place in our lives and our careers where we are fulfilled, empowered, and “home” has required A LOT of moving. In 2006 I moved from Oregon to Chicago for graduate school– obviously there were closer schools, one less than an hour from home, but Northwestern was the one at the top…

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Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

It’s been 20 years since the Baz Luhrmann song, “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen” hit the airwaves in 1999. I was finishing up my last year of physical therapy school and the song resonated with me. I had one year before graduating and heading out into the unknown world bound to be the best physical therapist I could be. The lyrics, though simple, provided amazing advice about the future and ideas to reflect upon during the ups and downs of life. That song became my mantra over the next several years. If you haven’t heard the song I’m referencing, check…

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The Great Breakfast Debate

Breakfast Blog

For decades breakfast has been touted as the most important meal of the day…but, is it really? Let’s take a look at some of the claims that have been made about eating breakfast and then we’ll talk about the other side of the big breakfast debate. Plus, I’ll even give you the scoop on my own personal experiment with skipping breakfast. A Few Claims in Favor of Eating Breakfast: 1. Breakfast Eaters Have Healthier Habits: Current “official” nutrition guidelines suggest that breakfast helps with weight loss and that skipping breakfast has often been associated with obesity. While observational studies indicate…

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Help or Hinder: What Will This Gadget Do?

Help or Hinder: What Will This Gadget Do? A blog series dedicated to covering products that promise relief. 1. – Review of The Neck Hammock Imagine this: You’re scrolling along on Facebook or Instagram, passing photo after photo of cats/babies/plates of food, before your monotonous feed is interrupted by a sponsored ad for something that, well, you just might actually HAVE to HAVE! Don’t worry, there’s no need to feel shame. It happens to anyone that spends even a minute amount of time on the Internet, and I am telling you this from a very real place called Experience. (How…

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Hygienic Exercise

Hygienic Exercise

If you have read any of my recent blogs you have read discussion on the topics of consistency and habit formation. I want to stay in the same vein in today’s discussion of what I call “hygiene exercises.” I often employ the analogy of oral hygiene when discussing the importance of habitual exercise habits. We all understand the need for and the practice of good oral hygiene, and most of us tend to follow strict oral hygiene routines. We floss and brush our teeth twice a day (hopefully), we have routine teeth cleanings with our dentist, we purchase nighttime appliances…

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Should Pregnant Clients Do High-Impact Exercise?

What happens to your exercise routine when you find yourself working out for two? The blog this week comes from guest author Dr. Carrie Pagliano, who shares both her own emotional experience and professional assessment concerning exercise during pregnancy over on girlsgonestrong.com. (Continue reading here.) About The Author: Dr. Carrie Pagliano Dr. Carrie Pagliano has been a women’s health physical therapist for nearly 20 years. She lectures nationally in the areas of prenatal and postpartum health, pelvic pain, and women’s health education. She is double board certified in Orthopedics and Women’s Health. Dr. Pagliano is President of the Section on…

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The Battle Against Body Fat

The Body Against Body Fat; Weightloss

Want to lose body fat fast? High Intensity Interval Training may be just the thing to  jump start your workouts! “I’ve run five half marathons in the past 2 years, I should be in great shape, but I’m not.” I often hear this complaint (or one similar)  from clients when they walk into my office. Most of us like accountability to keep us on track and a consistent running training plan often fits the bill. The problem?  A majority of these clients are running through injuries, don’t feel strong, and aren’t losing the weight they had envisioned. I, too, was…

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5 Nutrition Tips to Stay on Track While Traveling

Recently, my husband and I flew to Paris to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.  It had been awhile since I’d had to endure a 10 hour flight, adjust to a 6 hour time change (I don’t think I ever did), and navigate through a foreign city with endless culinary options. I have always loved to travel, but I don’t love the way my body sometimes feels if I’m not careful to implement some strategies to keep things running as normally as possible so I don’t totally derail my digestion and sleep. Whether your job requires you to be a frequent…

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A Punch to the Jaw

In the fall of 2005, I woke up in the middle of the night with my jaw completely locked closed. I could not open my mouth and I felt like I had a vice grip around my jaw. As I was half asleep, I could not really make sense of what was happening to me. I remember trying over and over again to open my mouth, but without any luck. After many failed attempts, I was scared, confused, and desperate, so what did I do? The sensible thing any teenager would do: punch themselves in the face. And I did….

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Three Signs Your Physical Therapist Is Letting You Down

Do you ever find that pain keeps you from doing your daily activities? Do you feel that “old age” prevents you from doing the things you love? Is your lack of strength and flexibility making regular work and gym activities a painful burden? Have you sustained athletic injuries that never seem to heal? Are you considering surgery because all conservative treatment has been unsuccessful at resolving your pain? Before heading under the knife or completely giving up the things you love, consider Functionize- where being pain-free is the new normal! As a physical therapist for 19 years, I’ve seen the…

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