Health Habits

Dealing with Anxiety: 5 Simple Tips to Help You Relax

Feeling a little anxious these days? Us too. It seems like no matter how hard you try, it’s very easy to find yourself consumed by the coronavirus and the “what happens next?” scenarios. Pamela Smith, LPC, CEAP, is a licensed professional…

5 Ways to Stay Active in the Summer

The hot summer days are upon us, and it can be tempting to put workouts on the backburner and stay in the AC. This summer, don’t let the heat keep you down. Here are five fun ways to get up,…

Avoiding Injury During Fitness Training

Congratulations: you’ve decided to make spring training a part of your lifestyle to get healthy. You’re ready to hit the track, the trails or the open road on foot. But forget about ‘no pain, no gain.’ As you strive to…

4 Holistic Ways to Care for Your Body

Working out, eating healthy, getting the right amount of sleep and stretching regularly are all important ways of taking care of yourself. But what happens if you experience pain or discomfort even though you’re doing all of those things right?…

Gluten-Free Bakeries in Hampton Roads

The first time I ever had a bona fide vegan treat was at Roast Rider in Virginia Beach. (Read more about them here). It was a melt-in-your-mouth delicious carrot muffin made by a bakery called My Vegan Sweet Tooth. Who…

8 Awesome Side Effects Experienced by Weightlifting Women

Weightlifting provides a multitude of health benefits for women, like building lean muscle, burning calories, strengthening your bones and improving cardiovascular health. For some reason, there’s a stigma surrounding weightlifting that prevents some women from getting into it—specifically, the idea…

Avoiding the Plateau Pitfall

Between watching extreme weight loss shows on TV, following extremely fit athletes on Instagram and reading inspirational stories of fitness progress, our society puts a lot of expectation on us when it comes to achieving fitness and weight loss goals.…

Find your Fitness Fit, Part 2

In Part 2 of the Find Your Fitness Fit series, we explore several unique fitness ideas for you to experience in Coastal Virginia. We understand that one person’s idea of a great workout is another person’s worst nightmare. Getting adequate…

Find your Fitness Fit: Part 1

Not all exercise programs are created equal. That’s actually the beauty of fitness. There’s something for everyone out there. Excuses like  “exercise is boring” or “I’m just not a fan of working out” border on absurdity these days, with exercise…

5 Simple Rules for Gym Etiquette

Sometimes the gym kind of resembles a jungle: a bunch of sweaty creatures running around, picking up heavy objects, throwing things, dousing themselves in water. Perfectly normal people walk in in suits and dresses and leave in soaking wet spandex.…

The Fittest Deals

We’ve rung in the new year, and now it’s time to get a running start on those resolutions. If a healthier lifestyle is on your list, you’re in luck! Coastal Virginia has a huge selection of health and fitness centers,…

Coastal Virginia's Local Healthy Gift Guide, Part I

Having trouble picking gifts for your loved ones this season? If you’re looking for great gift ideas that will help your family and friends stay healthy, while also giving back to local small business owners, look no further. Here’s your…

Unhealthy Beauty Trends to Avoid

1. The thigh gap. While not a new trend in the modeling world, the idea of a thigh gap (visible space between a woman’s upper thighs when she is standing straight) has recently slunk its way into our social media news…

Back to Basics

A few days ago I had an hour to myself and decided to take a yoga class. It was the middle of the day, and when I got to the studio I realized the only class being offered at that…

5 Tips for Eating Healthy at Restaurants

It’s not impossible to eat healthy when you go out, but it is a great deal harder than stopping at your favorite burger joint and ordering a No. 5 with extra mayo. Eating healthy at a restaurant requires some dedication.…

10 Tips for De-Stressing Your Life

It’s a busy time of year for a lot of us. If you were enjoying summer vacation, you’re probably now in the process of getting back into the swing of things. If you have kids, you might still be scrambling…

Back to School Healthy Eating Solutions

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again. No, not Christmas or some other holiday—you’re thinking small. It’s back to school time. Soon those little goblins that used to be your children before summer transformed them will be back…

4 Ways to Kick Your Summer Slump

Many of us put a lot of work into getting into shape for summer, only to have our healthy efforts thwarted by all the temptations the season has to offer. Between the backyard barbecues, vacation splurges and those irresistible ice-blended…

Eat More to Lose More

Now that it’s officially beach season, some of us are thinking it’s time to quickly lose some weight. If you read enough fashion magazines or watch enough reality TV shows, you might think the first step to doing that is…

Easy Steps for a Healthy, Hydrated Summer

Summer is officially here in Coastal Virginia, and like always, it’s bringing the heat. If you’re outside for more than a few minutes, you probably notice yourself needing to hydrate. Unfortunately, the defining attributes of summertime—hot temperatures, humidity and direct…