30 03, 2021

How does social integration support health?

2021-03-30T14:05:01-07:00March 30, 2021|

Over the last year, as a village, we’ve banded together to navigate the strange and ever-turning tides of the pandemic. We’ve grappled with routine changes, what to prioritize even though we are totally OUT of our routines and generally focused on how to make it THROUGH. […]

14 01, 2021

Tools of the great

2021-01-14T13:28:32-07:00January 14, 2021|

I bounce back and forth between books and podcasts when I drive. Last year, around this time I talked about the Libby app and how it helped me devour more books than I ever have in a single year. After a while, the books tend to overlap. A lot. So this year I have switched back to podcasts for the most part and am enjoying listening to amazing people tell amazing stories, with a real focus on systems and leadership. […]

3 01, 2021

A Better Way to Better Nutrition

2021-01-03T14:49:34-07:00January 3, 2021|

In the early days of dating my husband, we engaged in all sorts of question-asking to get to know one another better. As we walked along our university’s campus holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes, I will never know what prompted my twenty-year-old brain to ask him what fruits and vegetables he liked to eat. No matter how strange the question, I will forever remember his reply. […]

7 10, 2020

#2020

2020-10-08T13:32:22-07:00October 7, 2020|

At this point, nothing is unexpected from 2020. In what feels like countless ways, 2020 keeps piling it on. Some of the affronts are expected or at the very least, anticipated. But other things seem to be a collection of the most unexpected happenings. […]

3 10, 2020

When this is all over…

2020-09-30T12:39:00-07:00October 3, 2020|

When this is all over, what will be the most important thing to you? […]

23 09, 2020

We believe in Mondays

2020-11-24T12:50:41-07:00September 23, 2020|

We believe in Mondays. But right now? We especially believe in their power. Why? […]

22 09, 2020

Exercise and the Brain Part 2: Growth

2020-11-25T12:08:33-07:00September 22, 2020|

We learn in order to move, and moving increases our capacity to learn. It’s a cycle that helped our species survive until we no longer needed to move as much just to find food. But our learning is still tied to movement. As is our brain health. Aerobic exercise stimulates the growth of brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor (BDNF) which in turn stimulates the growth of new neurons. Dysregulation of BDNF is linked to a great number of brain-based issues. If this was the only benefit of exercise to the brain, it would be enough reason for doctors to recommend it for brain health. The great news is exercise does so much more. […]

27 08, 2020

Exercise is medicine

2020-08-27T11:47:14-07:00August 27, 2020|

The community of members and trainers at Hyatt training are diverse in age, backgrounds, goals. But there is a unifying thread that runs through each and everyone one of us: the desire to improve our health on a deep level. […]

26 08, 2020

Exercise and the Brain Part 1: Introduction and Overview

2020-11-25T12:17:29-07:00August 26, 2020|

The first book recommended to me after I became a personal trainer was “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.” Written by John J Ratey, MD and Eric Hagerman, “Spark” argues that exercise helps produce “Miracle-Gro for the brain.” Most of the evidence supporting this argument was drawn from the previous decade of studies on learning capacity, cognitive decline, and brain health. The book is now seven years old, making some of that evidence almost old enough to vote. […]

15 05, 2020

Hydration in practice

2020-05-16T13:27:37-07:00May 15, 2020|

The importance of hydration is something I have always struggled with as a trainer, and it’s something that certainly not everyone agrees on 100%. I have, admittedly, been all over the board from drinking tons of water to not really worrying about it at all. It is something, however, that has seemed to make a dramatic impact on physical health for me over the past 6 months, so as we lean into the conversation of hydration this week I invite you to be open minded, to try some new strategies and to find out where your optimal level lies. […]

29 04, 2020

How to get your best sleep

2021-03-17T11:10:49-07:00April 29, 2020|

Do you ever wonder how to get your best sleep? Why do young children wake up at the same time every morning, yet adults struggle to achieve that natural regulation (hello, snooze button!)? What factors and lifestyle choices affect our sleep as we age, and what adjustments can we make to increase our sleep quality? We all know sleep is important, but why is it important? What does getting “good sleep” look like? Join us as we dive into some excellent resources to answer these questions, and find yourself on the path to better sleep…and health! […]

22 04, 2020

Walk the walk

2020-04-26T08:34:37-07:00April 22, 2020|

In normal life, one of my very favorite parts of each day is walking the kids to school. Both the time spent with them, grounding, preparing, anticipating. And also the walk home by myself, savoring “the space”. The unfilled space, where I think, create, process. Along the way we see neighbors and schoolmates. Are greeted by our crossing-guard-turned-friend. […]

15 04, 2020

Ease stress with structure

2020-04-22T11:48:46-07:00April 15, 2020|

Aside from awareness of micro-stressors and modifying them appropriately to account for our daily dose of inherent stress, one of the biggest stress management tools I’ve been using lately is to create as much structure for myself as possible. Here are some of the things that have been helpful for me in these weird days of COVID-19. […]

12 04, 2020

What’s stress got to do with it?

2020-04-22T11:49:11-07:00April 12, 2020|

I’m a big fan of stress… In the right amounts. And I’m not talking about road rage and work deadline stress, although those can be tell us a lot about ourselves. I’m talking about properly dosed micro-stressors with the intention of building strength and resiliency. Exercise is the easiest example here, we stress the muscles, damage them in the process, and they repair themselves stronger. Awesome. But what else can we / should we be doing to provide appropriate stress to our systems? Here’s a quick list of some things I regularly do and how I am modifying during these more stressful times. […]

8 04, 2020

Desk mobility: Feel your best while working from home

2020-04-08T09:34:44-07:00April 8, 2020|

Personal trainer, Will Johnston, leads us through a 10-minute mobility routine of stretches and release techniques that will help us feel great after sitting for extra hours at our desks. Included in this post you’ll find a video presentation and additional Hyatt Training resources for anyone who wants to feel and move a little better after so much sitting! […]

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