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Fitness facilities are beginning to reopen with a whole new set of restrictions and requirements. We need to adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols in order to operate. There are also new waivers to sign and temperature checks upon entering the facility. As trainers, we are doing our best to follow all guidelines. Here's what you can expect at Core Performance ...

Where is your happy place?  I am starting to realize that quarantine for me (and others, I’m sure) means one solid day followed by a dumpster fire.  This yo-yo cycle has been hard to break, and I am not going to pretend I have the answers, but I will tell you that any time I can get into the woods and breathe in the fresh air and watch as nature comes back to life a little bit more than the day before fills me with hope.

I’m going to help build you a custom workout program, step-by-step! After all, a workout should be developed around a person’s age, goals, nutritional strategy, free time, etc. Not only that, but it’s easy to overcomplicate this process – there are an infinite number of exercises, sets, reps, and programs to choose from.

Over the years, I have written articles promoting the importance of a strong core for athleticism. However, have you ever considered how important your core is for daily activities?

My motivation is starting to hit a wall. The schedules I have created for myself during this pandemic are beginning to fade. My healthy eating now includes potato chips and I am sleeping and napping more than my teenager. Some of the problem: a lack of accountability ...

I don’t know about the rest of you, but what I would give to go ‘back to normal’. For all the complaining we do about work, family, our busy routines … I think it’s safe to say we now have a whole new perspective on so many things. We have also been given the time to truly reflect on our priorities. But there are some of us who struggle to find a routine in this new normal ...

Don't wait until you actually get sick to seek medical and/or naturopathic care. Actively engage in infection prevention this ski season - November through April.

I think we all understand that life is stressful. And we understand that it is important to take time for “me”. But we don’t. And although many of us admit that we have fallen into this hectic lifestyle, what are we actually doing to combat it?

This month, we're discussing how to improve the function of the stomach in order to eliminate GERD and improve the health of the body’s eliminative functions and organs - the small and large intestines.

“Fit is not a destination. It’s a way of life” ... We have all seen that quote before. And, if you are in any fitness industry you better believe it. As a trainer, my job is to keep up with the ever-evolving fitness trends and tricks. And since I have been a part of this industry since 1983 (yikes!), I have seen many trends come and go. One thing that has stayed consistent however, is weight training.

“Cleansing, Improved Nutrition, Supplementation as needed and Consistent Exercise in nature have all allowed me to feel healthier, more energized and stronger in my 40s than I ever experienced in my 20s!” Get started on your cleansing journey this Spring!

Often, people think yoga is simply stretching. However, those who come to the practice will quickly learn that it incorporates much more than just a physical body practice. Yoga certainly allows for the student to stretch one’s body, but it also allows one to transform on a mental and spiritual front. While the student is moving through a series of postures linked with corresponding breathwork, they are receiving corresponding benefits to the nervous system. These subtle benefits include relaxation, mindfulness, heightened concentration, stress reduction, a reduction in reactivity, and an overall sense of calm.

A lot of us were knocked out by early season respiratory infections. (Beware, the flu just walked through our store this month too!) Various herbs, extra probiotics, saltwater nasal flushes and steam inhalation treatments of Rosemary and Wild Thyme essential oils in addition to Silver Shield liquid breathed through a nebulizer can help prevent infection from reaching our lungs and lessen its duration and severity!

Halotherapy is an alternative treatment that has been going on for ages in Europe and Asia, just coming to North America the last couple of years. It is clinically proven to clear mucus from the airways, boost immune system, provide anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects, reduce symptoms of asthma, allergies, sinus and congestion, improve lung function, de-stress and decrease depression, ease skin ailments such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, and more.

Facials are one of those misunderstood spa treatments. They are commonly viewed as a luxury; a great way to enjoy part of your Saturday afternoon. But what if I told you facials are not just a way to be pampered, but rather something you should at the very least do seasonally, as they provide both short and long-term benefits to our skin and our overall health.

So I named my fitness studio Core Performance Fitness and Training because I have been trained and believe that all motion comes from your core strength. Training and strengthening of these muscle groups are critical for maximum upper to lower body (or lower to upper body) transfer of strength during many sporting activities. Some may consider this functional training, and still some others may consider it athletic performance training. They may be right, but core strength training has within it all these elements.

Essential Oils are aromatic extracts from various parts of many different plants. Recorded use of essential oils and aromatherapy date back 6,000 years! It is amazing to watch how their comeback is helping so many people all over the world. Here is a step-by-step guide for using Authentic Essential Oils as Valentine’s Day “Keys” to Unlock Your Heart … and the hearts of your loved ones!

Join Nature's Remedy and two-time Olympian Jillian Vogtli for a fun, inspiring and effective natural healing health and weight loss program starting this month.

Many solutions to insomnia causes are obvious. Listed in this article are the three most common forms of sleeplessness that I have observed in my practice along with their respective naturopathic protocols. They always have hormonal and biochemical components associated with the dysfunctions.

Both Farmer’s Almanacs are predicting an even colder ski season than the past two winters here in WNY!  So … in addition to buying warmer ski gear, turn up the heat in your internal furnace with Botanical Medicine. Herbs, categorized according to their medicinal properties, can have warming effects on the body. 

Modern society has thousands of chemicals overwhelming our water, air, soil, homes, workplaces and foods.  The illnesses resulting from toxic overload can be reversed as we remove the trash, give the body what it needs and stimulate the vital force. With Spring just around the corner, it's time for a cleanse.

Losing your mind does not have to be a process with no solutions or irreversibility, and is not just a process of aging that we must succumb to because “I am in my 70s”! Nor are brain dysfunctions (especially memory) limited to the aging process. Whether we call it anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia or Parkinson’s, the body can slow down and reverse the disease process. Just ask a functional MD, alternative practitioner or a naturopath how they have seen broken brains improve with detoxification, nutrient repletion, proper nutrition, homeopathy and botanical medicine. 

Let’s visualize 2015 as a year of doing, living and going for it! The Universal Law of reaping what you sow proves itself true over and over again. Although life throws many other factors into this equation, treating ourselves with love and respect will yield healing and health to our bodies. Explore the following 4 Habits of Health as a means to reaching your destination … those things that are most important to you. As we sow new ways of living, we WILL enjoy the fullness of our lives and the strength to be all that we can be for others. 

We all desire to be full of Pizzazz, Mojo and Fire! No one wants to be Inert, Lifeless or Weary. Here are three ways to Zip your Energy so it pulls you forward in life and to Inactivate the Fatigue that drags you down.