Work it Out

Fitness is a multi-faceted goal that can include aspects like good nutrition and proper exercise, as well as attention to emotional health. Work it Out extends to all of these areas, educating readers about best practices in self-care, including advice on workouts, diets and practices to get both your mind and body in shape. Written by a team of experts at 12th Street Gym, Work it Out is a practical guide to staying both fit and fabulous. For more information, visit www.12streetgym.com.


The classic diet mentality of deprivation, restriction and cyclical periods of being good and then bad has failed 95 percent of those who have tried it. If you want long-term success with maintaining a healthy weight, you need to shift your thinking away from believing that just modifying your behavior around food will solve your problems. The key is not just how you relate to food, but how you run your life in general.

Ayurveda relates the five elements to three phases of life — Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The five elements dance through time and space and become the biological medial terms of Ayurveda: Vata, made up of ether/space elements; Pitta, the combination of fire with water; and Kapha, comprised of water and earth. These three “doshas” are describing qualities, tendencies, characteristics and attributes relative to the phases we all go through.

    With the emergence of spring comes brighter days in both the literal and metaphorical senses. Those of us who suffer from seasonal mood issues find ourselves in bloom right along with the crocuses and the dogwoods. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and so many of us are thinking about … relapsing?

Ayurveda (translates as the science of life) — the original, natural and oldest system of medicine — teaches us that sleep is essential for the body, mind and spirit. It’s not just that you sleep but how you sleep that provides us with the vital healing contributions towards health. With proper rest, our bodies reset. Our digestion reorganizes the day’s worth of

So many of you have been and are sick right now. As an expert in Ayurvedic medicine, I have found that there are various considerations that provide us both with an understanding of how sickness forms and how it can be prevented. It is the time of year where we have to be

I find myself having a hard time not thinking about Meghan Trainor’s song, “All About That Bass.” The song’s message is captured in the lyrics: “Yeah, my momma says baby don’t worry about your size/she says boys like a little more booty to hold at night.”

During the first season of my three-season arena-football stint, as I was going up to block a pass, I suddenly felt what can best be described as being hit with a lightning bolt in my left shoulder. When the play was blown dead, lying on the turf, it felt like my arm had just been torn off by Jaws. Later in the week, I drove to a New Jersey hospital to receive an MRI. The result was a torn supraspinatus.

Fitness starts with health. If what you’re doing to your body doesn’t make your head feel right — regardless of how good you may look — change the equation because, chances are, it’s probably not good for you. Like many of you, I searched for a long time to find the right way to be strong, fit, healthy and happy.

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