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Have you Done your Kegels Today?

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Vaginal fitness made it on the list as one of Redbooks top 10 hottest health trends for 2009.  Now who’d a thunk it?  Well apparently it is all the buzz and for those of you who haven’t had kids read up and get prepared! 

According to Redbookmag.com “Vaginal fitness — including the tightening of the pelvic muscles, as you do with Kegel exercises -— is a new kind of workout goal. Though physical therapists already use Kegels and other therapies to treat pelvic problems such as urinary incontinence, there’s now a center devoted entirely to their teaching: Manhattan’s Phit spa (short for pelvic health integrative techniques) offers Kegel classes, surgery to tighten your vagina post-baby, and more. Lauri Romanzi, M.D., Phit’s founder and a clinical associate professor of gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, says keeping the pelvic muscles fit may give you better bladder and bowel control — possibly even a better orgasm.

Can’t get to New York? You can do Kegels on your own, for free: First, squeeze your pelvic floor muscles for five seconds. (To get the move down, try stopping your urine flow when you’re peeing. That’s the feeling you should have.) Then release them. Do this 10 times, then repeat.”

I’ve had friends say they do this while driving, so they next time you see a girl rising up in her seat and sitting back down, now you’ll know her little secret!

The other top 10 hot health trends are:

  1. Wii Fit – My personal favorite, now I have an excuse to play with the kids and not feel like I am wasting my time.
  2. FitFlop – My sister and mom actually got these and love them.  They actually claim to tone your muscles and reduce cellulite with every step.  Hey it’s worth a try, right?
  3. Superfruits – Loaded with antioxidants be sure to throw some exotic fruits on your next bowl of cereal.  Can’t find açai, check out healthy chocolate by Xoçai to load up on those free radical fighting fruits.
  4. Food (out) laws – Over the summer, California also became the first state to ban trans fats in restaurants, following the lead of cities like New York and Philadelphia, which passed similar laws in 2006 and 2007, respectively.  Also required is posting calorie information on menus, however, I think the key is don’t eat it in the first place!
  5. Skip the Salt – and reach for low sodium products.
  6. Google Health, Microsoft’s HealthVault and Revolution Health – The online banking of health.   Look for these to become more popular in 2009, not only to keep track of your records, but to flag drug interactions, and send appointment reminders.
  7. Diets Based on DNA – I have heard of diets by blood type, but this one is all new to me.  Obviously if your parents and grandparents were short and round chances are you will be too, but maybe we can reverse that trend and take our health into our own hands by stopping the diseases we are predisposed to before they happen.
  8. Take a Two-Wheeler – Here at SweetSpot Labs many of our employees are able to bike to work to save not only the environment, but get some excercise and keep some cash in their pocket instead of putting it in their gas tank.
  9. Detoxing – While some detox methods can be down right dangerous, ramp up on fruit, veggies, and whole grains — and forget any plan that tells you to skip solid food, with all its essential fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Here’s to a healthy you in 2009 from the inside out!

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Heavy Breathing for Amateurs!?

 

by Cross Woodfield

 

I did something so uncharacteristic for me.  And I am not ashamed.  No I am not.

 

I exercised.

 

Trust me I am in as much disbelief as you are that these words are coming out of my hands…but they are.

 

Exercise is the best kept secret in the world.

 

Apparently a lot of people workout, or at least a lot of the people I asked.  Then again, this is Los Angeles we’re talking about.

 

Anyway, I used to think people who always went to the gym or thought about going to the gym were stupid for just wasting money…why would they make themselves crazy working out when they could just stop eating?

 

Then I realized:  people don’t work out just to get skinny—they work out because it feels GOOD…like I just saw a Broadway show good…like I just scored a free chai latte good…like I just bumped into Jude Law good.

 

I went with a girlfriend to Swerve, a yoga-dance-aerobics studio on 3rd Street in L.A., and struggled/bump-and-grinded my way through a class called “Yoga Booty Ballet.”  The next day I fearfully yet tenaciously approached “Rock ‘n Roll Pilates.”

 

Now I feel life-affirmed…sore and life-affirmed.  We set intentions at the beginning of the class:  to work hard, to understand, to play, to relax; and we accomplish them through yoga, ballet, and aerobic moves like the paper doll, the sunflower, the Jane Fonda, the Soulja Boy.  Really what I’ve been needing to do is just “enjoy,” enjoy life, friends, summer, parties…and setting an intention to enjoy made me realize that everything really was going my way and I was the only thing holding myself back.  I felt so silly for intending “to enjoy” that I just couldn’t help but feel stunned at my inner-friction and grateful for my blessings.  I’d say mission accomplished, wouldn’t you?

 

Needless to say, this eclectic, girly, earnest, sunshiney boutique studio is quite my cup of vanilla rooibos tea!

 

Seriously, I thought since I wasn’t athletic I’d never be able to drag myself to exercise.

Now I look forward to it.

I’m one of those people I hated.

And I love myself for it.

 

So tell me…what do you all do in terms of movement that makes you feel G.O.O.D.?

 

Might as well start one healthy habit!

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