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Men Get Bendy!

April 14, 2018
Kathleen Jodka
Men Getting Bendy! I recently picked up a Time magazine special edition that was dedicated to Mindfulness, and page 81 was titled “Men Getting Bendy”! It went on to say that guys are discovering yoga in record numbers and that research says that that is a very good thing. In fact, the research is showing that men who practice yoga feel more satisfaction, reduced stress, less anxiety, improved balance, a healthier heart, and insomnia relief. Check out the magazine issue for more info. And check out Yoga4Men, Thursdays at 7:15 at Be Well ...

Reiki: What it is and why we practice!

December 28, 2017
Mary Pillsbury
Reiki is a form of alternative medicine, developed in Japan in 1922.  It is a subtle and effective form of energy healing using Universal Life Force Energy.  It works on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels for healing.  It uses energy to balance the body and mind.  Reiki is believed to improve almost any aspect of life from physical health and emotional stability to stress reduction and mental clarity.  Studies have proven that Reiki can help people suffering from major to minor issues. Reiki helps ease tension and helps ...

Q&A with Michelle Gregory; Yoga + Weights

September 21, 2017
Michelle Gregory
What are some of the benefits to practicing yoga with weights? Adding weights builds muscle mass and helps retain bone density. It definitely makes you engage your core. The weights help with a deeper sense of physical grounding to the earth that draws you into your center. Allowing you to feel more confident when coming into a balance posture. How does adding weights to yoga improve your practice? I find it helps with coordination and alignment, confidence. You become very aware of how you are moving when you have wieghts in your ...

HIIT Training Improves Running

February 02, 2017
Sarah Jensen
Become a Better Runner with High-Intensity Interval Training Fitness There are many reasons to love running. It gets the heart rate up, builds strong bones, and can be a great way to lose weight. It is inexpensive, and can be enjoyed anywhere without much equipment or training. It is no wonder that many people have turned to running as their go-to exercise. Whether you run casually or competitively, becoming a better runner doesn’t begin and end with running. At 8fit, we are big fans of adding a short high-intensity workout to your ...

Healing vs Curing

November 02, 2016
Ginny Vickers
For ages, I've been thinking about writing a blog about cancer and integrative therapies. But what was holding me back was trying to figure out what to write about first, since there's so much information I want to share. So here I am - ready to share my passion for oncology massage, which truly feels like my mission. In my blog posts I’ll talk about what originally led me to this work, what happens when one receives a cancer diagnosis, cancer and its side effects, living with cancer, end of life care, care giver support, research ...

What is Lymphedema?

July 25, 2016
Ginny Vickers
Lymphedema is one of the scariest long term side effects of breast cancer treatment. It can result when lymph nodes are removed or damaged by surgery and/or radiation. Disfiguring, distressing, and often disabling, lymphedema can only be managed and controlled, not cured. Those who have been treated for breast cancer are at risk for developing this condition, and that risk remains life-long. Many doctors don't have a great deal of experience with the diagnosis and treatment of lymphedema because medical schools don't teach the lymphatic ...

220 Mile Bike Ride

July 12, 2016
Lauren Allansmith
BeWell Blog on My 220 Mile Ride If you train for it and ask for lots of help, you can do just about anything in life. Think Big. It’s okay to be afraid. Acknowledge it, give it a hug and then let it go. Joy is in the moment and I found it by savoring every second of the ride. When Itai and I were picked to be ambassadors for BeWell, Sarah and Jen asked us to write down our goals. They wanted to see how BeWell could support us in our personal and community goals. Of course I had never written down my goals before probably because I had ...

My Experience with Kripalu Yoga

January 29, 2016
Laura Griffin
People often ask me about Kripalu yoga. What is it? How do you pronounce it? I love these questions and to share what I know about this unique practice. Kripalu is pronounced KRI PAH LOO and means BEING COMPASSIONATE. About fifteen years ago I was looking for something to help me ease pretty severe anxiety. So I went yoga and meditation shopping. Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram…I tried them all. And then it happened…I met a teacher in Cambridge who taught classes in the back of a tiny bookstore… her style spoke to me, moved me, grounded me and ...

(MLD) Self Care this First Friday Night!

June 02, 2015
Ginny Vickers
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)? MLD is an effective treatment which uses very light, slow, rhythmic strokes – think of it as gently stretching the skin. This helps the body increase lymphatic circulation and decrease excess fluid (edema). The most medically approved application for lymph drainage (and the reason I became certified in it) is because of its effectiveness in treating lymphedema due to cancer treatment such as surgery and radiation. However, it is incredibly beneficial in many other ways! So what is the ...

1 Minute Mindfulness Meditation

April 20, 2015
Jennifer Jensen
Need a minute for yourself, your health, your sanity? Follow along to learn a simple one minute mindfulness exercise to bring you into the present moment, quiet the mind and connect with the world around you. First…. Choose a sound which grabs your attention as a reminder to integrate a minute for your meditation. One that brings a smile to your face. It can be a random sound, for instance, a plane passing overhead, or perhaps the ringing of the church bells each hour. Alternately,  you may choose to make it intentional by setting a gentle ...

12 Things that Happen during an Intense Workout = )

April 13, 2015
Sarah Jensen
No matter how fit you are, a hard workout is meant to change both your body and your mind. Leaving behind nothing but sweat and self pride. If this sounds like your workout experiences we bet you will relate to the Be Well List. You look at the clock and realize you are only 5 minutes into class. You (brilliantly) tie your shoes so you can have a break. You hope no one notices your workout face, or your Darth Vader Breathing. You focus on the music playing for motivation or distraction. Three words: Weird, Sweat, Stains. You can’t ...

Forgiveness = Happiness

April 03, 2015
Mary Pillsbury
Forgiveness is a tricky emotion. We may think by holding onto anger or frustration that we are protecting ourselves. In reality, when we hold onto emotions, we often end up with a tightness inside us or a wall up infront of us.  Imagine replacing it with happiness, trust and self confidence.  Imagine that feeling inside to be light and open. Through the practice of meditation and journaling, the ability to let go of a layer that has been holding you back, becomes easier. Allowing you to open up to new possibilities, and a new way to look at a ...

Massage Relieves Pain After Exercise

March 21, 2015
Jennifer Jensen
Maybe you are training for the Boston Marathon, maybe you are dusting off the treadmill, or perhaps you have just signed up for 6 weeks of Unlimited Classes with the Be Well Challenge? = )  In any case, Massage Therapy will help achieve the goals you have set this Spring by relieving muscle fatigue and reducing inflammation caused by exercise. Research through the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario indicates that massage therapy reduces inflammation of skeletal muscle acutely damaged through ...

Busting Out of the Snow Banks!

March 13, 2015
Sarah Jensen
I am sure you’re itching to come out from behind the snow banks, buckle down on your diet & start exercising again. What I have found works best is to take it in small steps. Start with changing your eating for just a few days — with a 3-day juice cleanse — adding in exercise 3-5 times a week —- and it is remarkable what positive transformation will follow = ) Truth be told though it really all boils down to that nutritional intake, fueling your body for success!  The romance of unhealthy foods is powerful, as evidenced by the 65 percent of ...

Experiencing Holiday Frenzy? Antidote? Yoga.

December 08, 2014
Jen Murphy
Our lives have a new layer of busy in the month of December. As if our normal schedules are not busy enough, now we have additional commitments, responsibilities, and distractions making it even more challenging to stay awake and present so we don’t miss the true gift of the season. December is one of if not the busiest month of the year, but not always in yoga classes. The tendency is to replace our practice with the additional frenzy telling ourselves we don’t have time for yoga. Fatigue, financial, emotional, and physical stresses are a ...

Discovering My Potential in Fitness and Life

May 01, 2014
Paul Keough
My Name is Paul Keough and I wanted to share my story of how fitness and P90X specifically has changed my life. To do that though, let’s go back a few years. Let’s say 20. I was a pretty active kid. I played soccer, basketball, baseball, and hockey. In high school, I ran cross country and spring track, and was one of the best varsity sprinters as a sophomore. Like many other people, when I got to college, however, life caught up with me and I started to develop some bad habits. While I still exercised every now and then, I had no idea how to ...

Winter Reboot: Nourish Your Body, Mind and Spirit

February 13, 2014
Tammy Ruggiero
Hippocrates, in teaching the doctors of his day, said, “Consider the seasons of the year and what each of them produces.”
In the winter, we detox differently than at other times of the year, aiming to nourish and strengthen the body. Winter is the time to go inward, to connect with our ourselves, reflect, rest and replenish. Some animals hibernate, and we humans have a similar instinct to slow down, we just don’t always act on that instinct. In Winter, nature appears at rest, replenishing itself for rebirth in Spring. If we follow with the ...

21 Ways to Motivate Yourself to be Healthy!

January 01, 2014
Sarah Jensen
“80% of Success is showing up” – Woody Allen How do you find motivation to exercise when you just don’t feel like getting off your butt? How many of you say “its just getting there” that is the problem. So get out of your own way! Quit making up excuses to reach your health and wellness goals! Below are 21 ways to help motivate you the whole year round There are a million ways to motivate yourself to exercise, eat healthy and be more mindful, but these are a few that have worked for me. And trust me, I’ve had days when I’ve struggled with ...

"Don't give up! Don't ever give up!" - Jim Valvano

December 03, 2013
Jane McGovern
You deserve to have a strong, flexible, healthy body. If your fitness has declined because life has gotten in the way, whether it be the demands of a busy family, a crazy work schedule, or illness and/or surgery, I want you to know that you can come back from that, stronger than ever. I want you to know that whether you have never been into sports, exercise, or the latest fitness craze, you can and will feel stronger, look leaner, and live comfortably in your own body. I want you to know that I have been there and I have fought my way back, ...

Inspiring Mom's to Get Back to Feeling Strong!

November 02, 2013
Sarah O'Shea
STRONG FOR MOM was created to provide mind and body fitness for moms. As a mother of two young children, it’s hard to find time in the day dedicated to me. Out on runs with the double jogger is when I find quiet moments to think, and time to let my mind drift and take in the beauty around me. Shortly after the birth of my first child in May 2008, I joined a southern California based stroller fitness class. My goal was to get back in shape and meet some local moms. I was new to the area, having recently moved from the east coast. Within a ...

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