Recommended Read!

I once came upon the quote, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Over the past few years I’ve really increased the amount of time I spend reading and now consider it to be a hobby. I had the opportunity to lead a group of Drake colleagues in a book read …

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Counter Culture

Did you know that certain produce fares better on the counter than in the refrigerator? Keeping the produce listed below at room temperature will both enhance their flavor and allow them to stay fresh longer. Citrus Fruits – If you prefer your oranges, grapefruits, limes, and lemons juicy, keep them on the counter. If you …

Modified Bicycle Crunch

Modified Bicycle Crunch

One of my favorite exercises for the core is the bicycle crunch. This is also the one exercise that typically makes me grimace when I see others attempting it. Most people try to do the bicycle crunch too fast. Remember, it’s quality, not quantity! Because I teach so often I am usually trying to find …


Laugh, Out Loud!

The saying, “Laughter is the best medicine” has been around for a long time but some studies show that laughter may boost overall health. According to WebMD, when we laugh our heart rates increase, we contract muscles in our face and core, plus laughter can even burn calories (about 50 calories for a good 10-15 …

Broken Lasagna Ingredients

Broken Lasagna

Do you have your Meatless Monday meal ready for tomorrow? If you’re not familiar with this movement, it is a non-profit initiative that encourages people to give up meat one day a week to enhance personal health and environmental wellness. If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe for tomorrow night, consider trying Broken …

Side Plank

Side Plank

While planking has become very popular in the last year, I’ve actually been doing planks for a very long time to challenge my core. One thing I like about the plank as a core exercise is that you can start simple and gradually add challenges like I’ve demonstrated in my video.


The Dirty Dozen

Do you know that you make approximately 200 food related decisions each day? I’m guessing that number greatly increases on days when you head to the grocery store. During the winter I get most of my produce at the grocery store whereas in the summer it is from my garden, The Iowa Food Cooperative, or …

Hip Flexor Stretch

Hip Flexor Stretch

I am always looking to introduce different stretches to my group exercise participants. My friend, Stacie, recently shared this awesome hip flexor stretch with me. This would be a great stretch after a long run or bootcamp class! Watch my video to see how easy it is!  


Sleep the Clock Around

As a wellness professional I talk to a lot of people about achieving a balanced lifestyle. Most people schedule appointments with the intent to eat healthier or start exercising. Hardly anyone comes in looking to get more sleep; however most people leave with that assignment. When you are sleep deprived your metabolism and hormones typically fluctuate …

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Health Nut!

Do you know that pistachios contain lutein, an antioxidant that promotes healthy eyesight? Recently these have been one of my favorite snacks to have around the house and I wasn’t even aware of their tremendous eye benefits. I found a recipe for a pistachio shake in Men’s Journal magazine and had to try it. What …