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YOGA as Medicine

Yoga has taken the western world by storm. In a 2012 “Yoga in America” survey by Yoga Journal, it was estimated that over 20 million Americans regularly practice yoga. Now that number is estimated to be over 37 million. The first U.S. yoga studio opened in California in 1947. Now Yoga studios are popping up in all communities. In the US, you can perform yoga in heat, with rock music, and even in the company of pets, goats, or children. Westerners, however, still regard the practice of yoga as an alternative form of exercise.  Initially, they are drawn to the physical attributes of the practice, yet with time they recognize the mind-body benefits that go well beyond physical fitness. There is a lengthy menu of yoga...

Why Strength Work Needs to Be a Priority at Every Age

By: Nancy Palermo “Every day is another chance to get stronger, to eat better, to live healthier, and to be the best version of you.” In 2020 the Baltimore Sun did an article on an 84-year-old grandmother, mother, and retired secretary, Ernestine Shepherd, who won the Guinness World record for the oldest female competitive bodybuilder in the world. This record won her the title of “6-pack Granny” What makes Ernestine’s story so amazing is she did not start working toward this goal until her mid-50s after the death of her sister. Prior to that she rarely visited a gym. Ernestine’s story is a great reminder that it is never too late to get in shape, and you are never too old to build muscle. There are many reasons we want...

3 Benefits of Strength Training for Women Over 50

You probably know some of the benefits of strength training, such as how it increases your physical strength and helps you lose weight faster. What you might not know is that those benefits increase as you age. In fact, strength training can help women over 50 improve their metabolism, fight muscle deterioration, and maintain good bone health. Let’s discuss the health benefits as well as how to get started with a strength training routine.   Improve Your Metabolism   The higher your muscle mass, the faster your metabolism will be. One of the best ways to increase your muscle mass, and thus speed up your metabolism, is strength training. Good metabolic health is crucial to a number of health functions, most famously maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight....

Fitness Instructor Spotlight: Sara Cain-da Costa

Sara, originally from New Hampshire teaches  Yoga, Meditation, and specialty workshops at Thrive and we're excited to have her. Learn more about Sara, her style and book a class below! What's your name? Sara Cain-da Costa What is your superpower at Thrive? Yoga, Meditation, & Health Coaching What's so special about Thrive? The amazing health care and fitness/yoga professionals and staff. There's nothing like it in Charlotte. Where did you grow up? Hooksett, New Hampshire Any Activities/Hobbies outside of Thrive? Hiking, biking, cooking, traveling, enjoying time with family, friends, and my 3 rescue dogs. What is your definition of Functional Medicine? Functional Medicine is getting to the root cause of issues, not just placing a "band-aid" on a concern. Going deep to heal. What's on your Netflix Que? Well, it's December so I'm deep into Christmas classic movies, Red...

Exercise and Brain Health

[caption id="attachment_4816" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Amy Fletcher[/caption] As we age maintaining a sharp mind gains increasing priority. We devote a lot of time focusing on optimal nutrition, gut health, immune support, and chronic disease prevention. Over the past several decades, our understanding of the brain and neurocognitive health has dramatically expanded. We are becoming more aware of the key factors that help determine the health of the brain. One of the most important factors for optimal brain health is a compound known as BDNF. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, is a primary brain protein or neurotrophin that directly influences brain function as well as peripheral nerve function and mental health. One way to think about BDNF is as a “brain fertilizer”. It helps to optimize how your brain works...

Simple Springtime Qi Gong

This Springtime Qi Gong method aids in clearing the liver and gall bladder meridian/channel. [embed]https://vimeo.com/544028628[/embed] This is a great and fast way you can help clear any stagnation stuck in the liver. Take a few minutes each day if you can and add this to your daily routine and receive the benefits that can help some of the issues of an unhealthy liver. Remember, the best health care is self-care. Some symptoms of unhealthy functioning of Liver Qi include: muscle tension and cramps; headaches and migraine; eye problems (dry, gritty eyes/blurred vision); mood swings; irregular menstruation; waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep; anger and frustration; aches and pains in the sides of the body. Starting in June, Dr. Greenapple...