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How A Foam Roller Helped Me Recover

By: Laura Hestbeck, Fitness Specialist

Have you ever noticed that foam cylinder tucked in the corner of your fitness center? Some of these cylinders are soft and pliable, others are more rigid and bumpy. That cylindrical piece of equipment, called a foam roller, actually offers more health benefits than you can imagine:
  • Increases blood flow

  • Increases flexibility

  • Massages tired muscles

  • Decreases muscle recovery time

Love at First Bite

By: Stephanie Bates, Sr. Fitness Specialist – Jacksonville Medtronic
 My love for chocolate runs deep… but my love for DARK chocolate runs even deeper. Just the thought or taste of ANY chocolate product will put a smile on my face. You may have heard that chocolate can be good for you. It’s true, but not all chocolates are created equal…even the “good for your heart” dark chocolates may not be the best choice. Learn how to identify the ‘good’ from the ‘not so good’.

Living with Skin Cancer-My Melanoma Story

By: Kae Mayer, Health Coach 

When I was growing up summers were spent playing outdoors from sunrise to sunset.  We, I mean my parents and I, really weren’t aware of the effects the sun was having on our skin.  We didn’t buy sunscreen and if we got burned we would use zinc oxide on our nose or put some aloe Vera on to soothe the sting.  I can remember getting sunburned during an afternoon at the swimming pool that would cause blisters on my shoulders.  That didn’t slow me down, I would just put a shirt on at the pool the next day to keep the sun out, or so I thought.

My Break-up with Facebook

By: Jacqui Bosquez, Fitness Center Program Manager 

You know you’ve thought about doing it. Limiting your time. Deleting the app from your phone. Or even, gulp, deactivating your Facebook account. I realized that although I don’t spend more than 20 minutes in the evening thumbing through my Facebook newsfeed, it usually leaves me rolling my eyes or feeling irritated. The initial idea came to me one day while I was mindfully washing dishes and reflecting on my day. I realized I could do something to eliminate a source of stress from my life. The choice was easy and obvious. I wiped the soap from my hands and removed myself from the Facebook grid with a few clicks. It’s been about six months now, and I’ve realized a few things.

Appreciate Your Ability

By: Emily Boettcher, Fitness Specialist 

Words that hold you back: can’t, should, won’t, never, unable, quit, no.

Words that take you somewhere: can, could, try, someday, able, yes.

Workouts are just as much a mental game as they are physical ability. It is easy to forget about accomplishments along the way and instead solely focus on what you have yet to achieve. Does your self-talk include “can’t”, “no” or “quit”? Constant comparisons or judgments limit your ability to take pride in accomplishments. Practicing self-gratitude allows you to better envision your end-result.