Posts tagged with: Women’s health

April showers

GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE
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Spring has sprung in many parts of the United States, and for most of us, the weather is warming up, our wardrobes are changing, we’re digging out dusty sunglasses and our toes are sliding back into flip flops. Magazines, books, websites and even television shows are encouraging women to take care of themselves and put themselves as first priority so that as soon as summer hits we’re in the best bikini shape we can be! While I’m going to encourage us to do that, too, I’m throwing in a lot more.

What to expect from Women’s Health in April:
*fitness tips – the season of fewer clothes is right around the corner
*nutrition information – there’s all sorts of new stuff out all the time
*beauty product reviews – if you have recommendations or products you’d like to review, please contact me
*new food/recipe reviews – same review offer as before
*fashion stuff – this is a new territory for me since I”m a jeans & t-shirt girl, but we’ll see what I can pull out for ya’ll!
*interviews with other women’s health advocates – know one? Contact me!

Do you have an idea of what you want to see happening at Women’s Health? My inbox is always open for your suggestions – always!

Be Well,
Sarah

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Getting into smacking sports

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It’s weeks like these that make me wish I could connect a bat to a baseball. I have had one of them most stressful weeks of my life, and really, all I want to do is beat something. I want to scream, punch the wall, beat pillows and pound on my steering wheel, but I don’t. It’s times like these I wish I had more training in a batting cage – somewhere I could connect a big huge hard stick with a little unsuspecting ball to beat it into no where.

I am looking forward to what April is going to bring for me and for Women’s Health, but for the next couple of days, I am going to lay low and do some deep breathing. Lots and lots of deep breathing. And maybe I’ll take up baseball. Or knife throwing. Or just random sitting on the floor of the bathtub and sobbing. I can handle any and all of the above (but in my opinion, the baseball thing (or even the knife throwing thing) sounds like a bit of fun).

Maybe it’s time for another lesson on the driving range.

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YPFW :: Bridge pose

The Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) – (SET-too BAHN-dah)
setu = dam, dike, or bridge
bandha = lock

The bridge pose is one of my favorite yoga poses. Too bad I’m still struggling to stretch to the side – there’s no way I could get myself bent over like this at all! There are so many benefits to using the bridge pose daily, it stretches your chest, neck and spine, it calms your brain, helps alleviate stress and mild depression, it stimulates your abdominal organs, lungs and even you thyroid. The bridge pose can rejuivinate your tired legs, improve digestion and help relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort.

To do the bridge pose: lie down face up on floor, and if necessary, place a thickly folded blanket under shoulders to protect neck. Bend knees and set feet on floor, heels as close to sitting bones as possible.

Exhale and, pressing inner feet and arms actively into floor, push tailbone upward toward pubis, firming (but not hardening) buttocks, and lift buttocks off floor. Keep thighs and inner feet parallel. Clasp hands below pelvis and extend through arms to help stay on tops of shoulders.

Lift buttocks until thighs are about parallel to floor. Keep knees directly over heels, but push forward, away from hips, and lengthen tailbone toward backs of knees. Lift pubis toward navel.

Lift chin slightly away from sternum and, firming shoulder blades against back, press top of sternum toward chin. Firm outer arms, broaden shoulder blades, and try to lift space between them at the base of neck (where it’s resting on blanket) up into torso. Stay in pose anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute. Release with an exhalation, rolling spine slowly down onto floor.

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Ten lies that are okay to tell

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Women’s Health recently shared an article with ten lies that are okay to tell. They made me smile so I had to share them with you!

1. “Most people can’t pull off short hair, but you totally can,” to a friend who butchered her locks.
2. “You look just like Ashton Kutcher,” to the maître d’, when you want to be seated right away.
3. “My dog likes you, and he hates everyone!” to your landlord, whose leg is being humped by Pookie.
4. “No, we’ve never slept together,” to your father, about your fiancé.
5. “It just crashed. I have no idea what happened,” to tech support, when you had five applications open while downloading videos from YouTube.
6. “Of course I remembered our anniversary!” to your husband, though you now have to cancel an eyebrow wax and martini night with the girls.
7. “Yeah, I didn’t get a raise either,” to a coworker, who’s bumming about “budget cuts.” She doesn’t need to know about your 15 percent boost.
8. “Oh! Oh! Oooh! Yes! Yes! Yes!” to your guy, when he’s thundering on and all you want is a little shut-eye.
9. “I love this!” to Aunt Maude, about the Indonesian desk chimes she calls a birthday gift. Wait 2 weeks, then make use of eBay the way PayPal intended.
10. “Your legs will be cut like Beyonce’s,” to yourself on the treadmill, when you’d rather be bathing in Häagen-Daz.

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Upcoming Fertility Insight Group

WEGO Health is holding online focus groups for women who are active in the online fertility community! Fertility Insight Groups (being held on behalf of one of our sponsors) will be held on Thursday, March 12th at the following times:

12 Noon Eastern Standard Time
4pm EST
6pm EST
9pm EST

Each session will last one hour and participants will need to call in to a conference call and be online during that time. All participants will receive a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate.

We are looking for women who:
* Have explored fertility treatment options
* Stay current on fertility news and treatment options.
* Are active contributors to online health communities.

If you’re interested in participating, the link below will take you to a quick survey to see if you’ll be a good fit for the group.

Fertility Insight Group Survey

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at services@wegohealth.com or leave me a comment here!

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Motivation to exercise

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Working at WEGO Health has given me the opportunity to meet new people and really see where my health interests lie. It’s also recently given me a kick in the pants to start working out again! Shannan recently created a new Fit Group and I jumped right in. She has been motivating all of the ladies in the group (no guys yet!) to get up and get moving. Her recent post about What motivates you to exercise was incredibly insightful and I wanted to share it with you!

Last week I worked out three times – alternating walking and jogging, and it’s doing me some good already! I’ll share part of my comment here, too, since it’s general fitness stuff about me.

I have been exercising mainly to keep my body loose and limber. Dealing with chronic pain daily my doctors told me that even walking everyday would help me relieve some of the constant pain. I did it religiously over the summertime (sunshine!) but once winter hit, I slipped up and stopped. Now I’m back to three days a week (whee!) and I’ve been sleeping better and not hurting as much, so something is working.

I know, in the near future, my mindset is going to change from doing it to relieve the pain to doing it because I crave it. That’s how I’ve been before and know/hope it’ll be again.

I took your advice from the group and started out slow. I walked and did a little running last week and while I was sore, I don’t feel like I pushed myself too hard. I am going to be trying the Jillian Michael’s Shred DVD this week and know that it’s going to kick my butt, but all my friends are doing it, so I want to, now, too.

I think ya’ll should go check out Shannan’s blog Living a Whole Life and tell her why you’re exercising! I think ya’ll should ALSO join WEGO Health and jump into the Fit group to meet some amazing women who will motivate you to get moving!

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I’m not dead …

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… but my laptop was for a few days. I ended up having to reinstall my operating system so everything is essentially gone from the computer. I’ll get it back on and get back to really writing some quality women’s health stuff soon! I promise!

If there’s anything you want to read about, please do let me know! I’ll probably delve into a holiday theme because of the month, but we’ll see what comes out!

Stick with me, it’ll be worth it!

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November Theme

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November brings a themed month to Women’s Health. What theme would you like to see me write about? ( polls) 

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Migraines & endometriosis

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My pal Ellen posted a fantastic blog entry about the massive connections between women with migraines and women with endometriosis. As a woman with migraines and part of a family of women who live with endometriosis, the blog post both scared and enlightened me. I suggest you check it out! 

Another blog entry I also recommend is Dancing Around Endometriosis, talking about the Dancing with the Stars contestant Julianne Hough who recently left the show due to an ruptured ovarian cyst because of endometriosis.

With Ellen’s encouragement, I put together some links for endometriosis resources as well. See them here!

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