What Are You Doing From 9-5?

Written by Libby Landry

I’m sure for most of you reading this, the answer to the blog title is, “I’m at work…duh.” And that’s just the answer we wanted to hear. It’s where we spend majority of our waking hours each day, but sadly, the modern workplace frequently contributes to negatively impacting our health. Desk jobs lead to physical inactivity, stress that results in lack of sleep and poor dietary choices, and the rise in prevalence of chronic disease.

We look at everything that happens at work as an integrated experience that impacts daily life in and outside of the workplace,

Congratulations to our Member of the Month: Candice Dickinson

We don’t know about you guys, but seeing Candice walk through the door just causes this involuntary cheeriness to well up inside and burst out everywhere. She always has a smile, is always positive, and works just as hard each and every time she’s in the gym, motivating us all to do more. If you have ever seen her bring in her gorgeous offspring, they are the friendliest, kindest, happiest, most well-behaved children in the whole wide world. They truly are a reflection of her, just miniaturized!

2 Things that Affect Metabolism that You THINK You can’t Control (but You CAN)
Written by Michele Vieux

You can throw the age-old excuse of having a “fast” or “slow” metabolism out the window if you actually want to reach your body composition goals. You are not a victim of your metabolism – how quickly you burn calories or fat can be controlled by you in many ways. You just have to know what you CAN control and how.

Over the past two weeks, we discussed two things – diet and exercise

Banana Bread Oatmeal Recipe
Recipe by Kaitlyn Kassis

Oatmeal is a simple, convenient source of carbohydrates – but let’s be honest, it can get a bit monotonous day after day. This recipe takes a little more time and effort than your typical oats + water in the microwave for 2 minutes, but the end result is worth it. I have found that adding the ingredients into the oatmeal as it cooks gives the oats a more complex flavor and richer consistency.

Give it a try…but be warned, it will make it really hard to eat plain,

Partner T-Spine Stretch
Video by Nichole Kribs

We see very tight thoracic spines in almost everyone who walks through our door. This is due to a combination of lifestyle, lack of awareness and even weakness through the upper back. Ideally, we want rotation through the thoracic spine and stability in the lumbar spine but we often see the opposite with people, which can lead to back pain.

The drill above is a great way to open up the thoracic spine in preparation for the workout ahead or to just feel more ‘open’.

Try this:
While you are being stretched,