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Why Mood is Affected by Less Sunlight & What to do About it

Even though spring is on the way, we are still dealing with our shorter, darker winter days. More darkness. Less sunlight.  Although I don’t mind winter, the turning inward, the quiet, the darkness, around this time every year my body and mood start responding to the long winter. Even if my introvert self likes the season, my body is ready for the sun. Ready to…

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Why Strength Training is Better than Cardio

You’ve heard it time and time again: “Exercise is good for you!” “You have to exercise to stay healthy.” And although any exercise is better than no exercise, it is becoming more and more clear every day that strength training is more beneficial with a greater range of benefits than cardio. What is strength training? Strength training, also known as resistance training is using some…

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What’s the Deal with Winter Blues?

Portland, Oregon is a city that has many things going for it. Amazing community. A thriving farm to table food scene. Easy access to both the mountains and the ocean. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars that I stumbled into living here. But nothing’s perfect in paradise! True to its reputation, we get rain in Portland. Lots of it.…

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Strength training: a key to feeling strong and healthy (Guest Post)

Jeremy and I have been working together off and on for decades. He’s a rockstar personal trainer here in PDX and truly knows his stuff. I asked him to put together a short post with some ideas about home strength training. It turned out he already had a few downloadable cut sheets so we just linked them here! Each exercise includes a modification but please,…

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Movement Helps You Learn

Just the other day, I remembered a “technique” I had in my first year of medical school. In order to memorize long lists of information, I would make myself flash cards and test myself on long walks. (Yup, I was the strange girl walking down the street with flashcards…) I don’t know when I first had this idea, but I’m guessing that I was just…

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The Secret to Good Health: Exercise.

I just watched a twenty-minute YouTube video about the single most important thing we can do for our health. Exercise. There are 1,440 minutes in every day. Can you schedule 30 of them for physical activity?

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