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Check out Summer Kitchens: Recipes and Reminiscences from Every Corner of Ukraine by Olia Hercules. Home-cooked meals mean more mindful eating, better ingredients, and fewer calories Click here for more info. This beautiful book is filled with delicious and nutritious recipes, and many are surprisingly quick to make. Hop to the chapter on vegetables for some tasty and easy ways to get colorful vegetables on your dinner table. I love the cultural journey and photographs as much as the recipes. Buy it at Octavia Books.
IN THE GYM WITH JARROD:
Thoughtful Ways to Get Your Body Moving
If I could only have one piece of equipment...
I take pride in my ability to create equipment-free workouts. Dancers, gymnasts, and martial artists are some of the strongest and most flexible athletes on the planet, and they achieve their athletic edge with minimal equipment. However, if I were forced to pick one piece of equipment that I must have, I would choose the pull-up bar. Not so that I can do a pull-up, but so that I could hang. Hanging is one of the biggest "bang for your buck" exercises. Daily hanging improves grip strength (grip strength correlates with longevity), maintains shoulder health, and decompresses the spine. Check out this video to see two basic hanging exercises I do every day.
- Jarrod Borne
Easy-peasy tools to enhance your well-being
Cool off with chia water as summer approaches
I like to toss a few frozen berries in a big glass of water with a tablespoon of chia seed to cool off on a summer day. A tablespoon of chia has 5 grams of fiber (woefully lacking in the American diet) as well as valuable antioxidants and protein. As chia sits in water, it becomes gelatinous —I like the texture; it's like mini-boba tea to me, so I often make it and keep it in the refrigerator door. If you do not care for the gelatinous texture, do not let your chia soak more than a few minutes before drinking.
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Q. What inspired you to become a personal trainer?
A. It started in high school when I tore my ACL playing basketball. I had surgery to repair the ACL, but I had a tough recovery. After that, I became injury prone and had chronic pain. In addition, it took a long time to find the right exercise style to help me recover. As a result, I would spend all my time before and after work training myself, studying, and experimenting with different modalities. Eventually, I became so obsessed with training and the healing process that I decided to make it my full-time job. As a result, I left my teaching career, earned a personal training certification, and enrolled in massage therapy school too.
Q. Could you tell me a little about your training style?
A. I try to take the best principles and techniques from the different modalities I have learned and blend them. One thing all of the best teachers have in common is that they emphasize not getting hurt. Everyone is training to improve. When you get injured, you regress, which is automatically contradictory to your goals. I studied Tai Chi for a long time and in Tai Chi, there is an emphasis on enjoying your training. If your activity feels like you are suffering, you will skip workouts and eventually quit. If you enjoy your training, you will stick with it, which is what we want to be healthy and live longer.
Q. Who would benefit from your style of training?
A. Because I emphasize not getting hurt and having a gentle Tai Chi background, I have worked with many older adults, which I love. Most of my clients are between the ages of 65 and 94. However, I still enjoy training young guys who have never learned flexibility training. I can help young guys who can't touch their toes by introducing them to gymnastics-style strength and flexibility training.
"Love, like the sun, opens grandeur of human beauty to the world."
- Vasyl Symoneko, Ukrainian poet
We love to do positive actions that support health and wellness in our community. Our team recently provided free screens and trigger point releases for a local tennis tournament, and Dr. Kelly created a Mindful Movement session with her daughter’s kindergarten class. Connecting our minds and bodies through movement helps us all stay healthy together!