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FitnessIt Takes a Village to Stay Healthy and Fit

Living Wellness with Jennifer

As state health officials announced mandates requiring the closure of non-essential public spaces, including gyms, many people began to wonder where to look for inspiration with daily exercise. The fitness industry is certainly being tested in 2020. Going into the fall season, exercise centers in California are working within maximum Read more…

FitnessTuning in to Health

When it comes to pain and bodily dysfunction, there seems to be a positive shift from doctors’ visits for prescribed medications towards natural healing modalities. However, with so many alternative therapies on the market today, it is sometimes difficult to know where to start. And many would never think of Read more…

FitnessIntentional Walking for Winning at Health

Walking is a simple way to increase your health and longevity with little effort. Here are five reasons you should do intentional walking at a moderate intensity (fast enough that conversation makes you a little breathless) for 30 minutes a day: Reduces chronic diseases. Walking at a moderate pace can Read more…

FitnessSteadiness: The Gift of Consistency

“However the seed is planted, in that way the fruit is gathered” is a Buddhist saying which seems particularly pertinent to being steady in our practices. It’s about showing up consistently and it’s during challenging times, such as this global pandemic, that we become aware of what we have harvested Read more…

FitnessHow to Avoid the Quarantine-15 and Sidestep Stress During Uncertain Times

planking in front of computer

Surely, you’ve heard of the Freshman Fifteen. Now the term ‘Quarantine Fifteen’ has been coined for the weight one may gain during the COVID-19 pandemic while staying cooped up inside without much to do except, well, eat. While gyms and group fitness classes have been closed or canceled for the Read more…

Fitness30 Minutes to Full Body Fitness

In today’s fast-paced world, you really have to be on your game to get everything done and trying to fit in an exercise program can be a real challenge.  How much time can you actually dedicate to an exercise program and then stick to it? And what is the right Read more…

FitnessJump into Health

There are multitudes of ways to exercise nowadays. New innovations appear in our local fitness facilities to keep us entertained while keeping us healthy, yet we often revert back to the time-honored ways of exercising and workouts of the past become current trends once again.  The trampoline, otherwise known as Read more…

FitnessThe Growth of Chinese Medicine in Sports

acupuncture

When it comes to competition, both professional and amateur athletes are always looking to gain an edge on their opponents. While strength, conditioning and core training are still essential in the daily regimen, recovery and injury prevention is now a primary focus. Over training can often lead to injury, and Read more…

FitnessProviding Opportunities for Persons with Disability

Kid on bike

Imagine you are 8 years old and you and your friends are going rock climbing for the first time. One step at a time, you seek that sliver of rock that will hold you as you prepare for your next step. And in the blink of an eye you stand Read more…

FitnessSenior Golfers: Hips Don’t Lie

For many years I have researched the most effective and biggest bang for the buck” exercises for golfers because I know time is always an issue. Having to arrive at the golf course early for an 8 a.m. tee time doesn’t give you much time for preparing your body for Read more…

FitnessChallenging Yourself for Personal Growth

Taking on a challenge you feel is insurmountable can be life changing.

Following is an excerpt from Jennifer Johnson’s book, An Awakening Walk, 500 Miles to Self-Love and Acceptance on the Camino de Santiago, which chronicles the incredible challenge she gave herself and now offers others. The first day is the hardest for hikers of the Camino de Santiago – the path Read more…

FitnessOvertraining Youth Athletes

One evening I was working with a group of young athletes from various sports, and one stood out because of the way her body wasn’t responding to the warm-ups. This fourteen-year-old was pale and appeared very sluggish and somewhat disoriented. I pulled her aside and asked how she was feeling. Read more…

FitnessImprovements Made for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells LaQuinta

2018 IRONMAN athletes swimming in Lake Cahuilla

The iconic IRONMAN series of events is the largest mass participation sports platform in the world. Since its inception in 1978, the brand has grown to become a global sensation with more than 230 events across 53 countries. But when an undertaking this large comes to your backyard, there are Read more…

FitnessPickleball National Championships Return

pickleball courts

The USA Pickleball National Championships return to the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens November 2-10 featuring an increased purse of $80,000. Over 2,300 players from around the globe will descend on the world-class venue which has also increased its number of pickleball courts from 45 to 49. Players in approximately 140 Read more…

FitnessMaking an Impact on the World

We’ve all heard of the phrase “working on your bucket list,” or completing all the things you wanted to do in life. For most it’s things like skydiving, climbing Mount Everest, bungee jumping off big cliffs or visiting exotic islands. For me, it’s what I consider a challenge of a Read more…

FitnessA “Night Out” Workout

Disco Inferno Pilates

While Zelda’s has long been known as one of the valley’s hottest nightclubs, upstairs they are turning up the heat at Bikram Yoga Plus – Palm Springs where Disco Inferno Hot Pilates offers Friday night fun combined with a full body workout. With many fitness fans seeking healthier nightly activities, Read more…

FitnessAre You Ready for Tabata?

There are so many exercise programs available these days that it can be a challenge to figure out what is right for you. Everyone is built differently – some are athletic while others are overweight and have never worked out before. Therefore, it is always recommended that you consult your Read more…

FitnessBlood Flow Restriction Training

In the world of rehabilitation there are many treatment techniques at the disposal of health care professionals to address musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. One of the biggest problems for people recovering from injury or surgery is muscle weakness and atrophy (decreased muscle size). As the cost of health care increases, Read more…

FitnessIt’s Time to Play Pickleball!

The growing popularity of pickleball is unmistakable. The sport began as a backyard game in Washington state in 1965 and has become the fastest growing sport in our country, around the world, and definitely in the Coachella Valley. It’s something everyone should try. My friend George from Sun City Palm Read more…

FitnessBallroom Dancing: Good for Body, Mind and Spirit

As an avid reader of Desert Health, I have enjoyed many great articles on fitness, health and emotional wellbeing. As a ballroom dance instructor, I am proud to say that ballroom dancing addresses all of these!  Many people believe that ballroom dancing is only the more formal partner dances such Read more…