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Over the years many studies have shown a massage has amazing benefits to our overall wellness, such as reduced stress, improved range of motion….
So how’s your New Year resolution to fit in fitness and exercise more going?
That good, huh?
Oh, I can relate. I got up on Jan. 1 determined to start running again. Just an easy mile a
day, a nice loop around my neighborhood, with just enough hilly spots to be challenging but not exhausting. I would add a few more steps each day to my run – why, by summer, I should be doing five miles a day at least! I went out every day for a whole week (it helped that the weather has been super nice) and I felt so empowered and resolute.
Then life happened.
A new job. More meetings. A trip out of the country. You know how it goes. But I’m not letting this daunt me. I recognize glitches crop up and you have to be flexible when they do. Once everything calms down, I’ll be back out there. It’ll be spring before you know it, which is even more impetus for me to get out and get moving. Don’t let the stumbling blocks throw you completely off track. Get back up and get on with it. That’s exactly what I did one evening when I tripped on the sidewalk and took a tumble. I didn’t let myself stay down on the ground, wincing in pain. I got right back up and finished my run with a determined dash. I hope when you fall down, you get back up, too, and finish strong.
Here’s to your health,
Jacqueline Kennedy has over twenty-
Kim Wade has been a marketing consultant for more than 20 years specializing in the funeral industry. Currently, she is the Community Relations Director for Milward Funeral Directors, the 37th oldest continuously operated family business in the United States which operates three locations in Lexington including its Celebration of Life center at 1509 Trent Boulevard.
Dr. Barry Lord is a licensed psychotherapist in California who has worked in the field of counseling for over 25 years. He was the Dean at Southern California Seminary. He continues to teach as an adjunct professor in the graduate program at SCS and lectures at national and international seminars, Webinars and radio programs throughout the United States.
Dr. John Patterson is past president of the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians and is board certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. He is on the family practice faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Saybrook University’s School of Mind Body Medicine (San Francisco) and the Center for Mind Body Medicine (Washington, D.C.).
Dr. Brewer completed her Doctor of Audiology degree at the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She is licensed by the state of Kentucky as an audiolo-
Dr. Gerhardstein is a native of Fort Thomas, Ky. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He joined Family Practice Associates of Lexington in 2003. His specialty is family practice. Dr. Gerhardstein shares Nietzsche’s phi-
Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.
Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.
Dr. Graebe received both his B.S degree in Visual Science and Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University. He is a Behavioral Optometrist and learning expert. He has been in private practice here in the Bluegrass area for the past 32 years.
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