2017 Fitness trends

2017 Fitness trends

The fitness world saw massive growth in 2017 with some trends exploding on the scene while others just grew in popularity. Which did you participate in? Which do you think have staying power for 2018? Fit tech Technology that tracks your fitness was already popular, but it exploded in 2017. The ability to track your […]

Managing youth sports

Managing youth sports

When I moved to Navarre, I was amazed to hear how popular and wide-ranging youth sports are in this area. Having young kids, I had not yet been exposed to the sports mom life. Here, our children play sports year-round. Often, that’s the same sport throughout the year. It requires a lot of time, travel, […]

Pressure cooker takes off

Pressure cooker takes off

The Instant Pot was one of the biggest stars to shine during Black Friday after topping the lists of sales at a variety of stores including Amazon, Target and Kohls. Although it’s a new sensation, the idea of a pressure cooker is not new. Modern versions, however, also double as a Crock-Pot and a rice […]

4 ways to rebound after the holidays

4 ways to rebound after the holidays

Holidays are awesome for connecting with loved ones, but we often find ourselves veering from our normal routines that keep us feeling healthy and energetic. Here are some tips on rebounding into healthful living after the holidays. First, don’t fret We often make a big deal out of the indulgence the holidays bring. Instead, own […]

Medicine goes old school

Medicine goes old school

These days it seems that everything is retro. Or vintage. Or old school. We are inspired by days past and it hits every part of the market: fashion, entertainment, automobiles. Even Miller Lite saw its sales skyrocket and market share grow when it went back to the 1970s can logo. The latest thing to go […]

Veteran Profile: Ryan Neville

Veteran Profile: Ryan Neville

They started as pen pals. Ryan and Alexa Neville began exchanging letters while Ryan was deployed to Iraq with Alexa’s brother-in-law Caleb. “We got to know each other a lot better by writing each other,” Ryan said of their pen pal courtship. “You can just be completely honest and actually get to know somebody.” Seven […]

Growing gardens and healthy living skills

Growing gardens and healthy living skills

Snack time and lunch are always exciting parts of the day for kids at school. Would it be shocking to hear that students at our schools are choosing salad for their lunch? Would it be even crazier to hear they are eating salad made from plants they had planted and harvested themselves? That’s exactly what […]

Veteran Profile: Kamyla Felder

Veteran Profile: Kamyla Felder

Staff Sgt. Kamyla Felder took a roundabout path to get to where she is now. After spending two years at Emory University in Atlanta studying international relations and Arabic, she decided she wanted something else. “I ended up enlisting. Even though it wasn’t something I always planned on doing, I absolutely love it,” Felder said. […]

Healthy home, healthy life

Healthy home, healthy life

Having a clean and uncluttered home is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and science can prove it. A study conducted at Cornell University found that cluttered kitchens create caloric chaos. Women were asked to wait for another person in either a messy, noisy kitchen or a clean and tidy kitchen. Both kitchens had […]

Veteran Profile: Tracy Bennett

Veteran Profile: Tracy Bennett

MSgt Tracy Bennett has had four jobs in her 21 year career in the Air Force. Beginning in medical administration, Bennett also worked in personnel and manpower. Her career has taken her all over the world including Texas, Korea, Florida and Hawaii. Now back in Florida, Bennett has completed her fourth mini-career in the Air […]

Fighting like a girl pays off

Fighting like a girl pays off

Participants at this year’s Fight Like a Girl Fireman challenge had some serious reasons for fighting. Danielle Johnson, for example, was fighting for her 88-year-old grandmother who survived a mastectomy. Without such serious motivation, Johnson might not have made it through a grueling course that required dragging a fire hose, spraying a cone, pounding a […]

Dad manages household as spouse launches Air Force career

Dad manages household as spouse launches Air Force career

On the eight-hour drive home from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Alaska, Julie and Kelly Kessler made a decision. They would become farmers in Tennessee. They were going to move there and raise cows after Kelly retired from the military in 2016. That’s when Julie received a phone call that changed their trajectory completely. After 10 years […]

Trainer faves: Magic moves

Trainer faves: Magic moves

Every personal trainer has “magic” moves. These moves are their signature moves that you’ll find their clients doing over and over again. They don’t just use these moves because they work, they use them because they are their favorites! From a trainer’s perspective, these moves work magic for their clients in that they are efficient, […]

136-pound transformation

136-pound transformation

“If you would’ve asked me five years ago if this would be possible, I never would’ve thought it was,” Keshia Perry says of her amazing 136-pound transformation. For the last year and a half, Perry has been diligently plugging away at making progress on her goal, outlining a very inspiring story along the way. It […]

The lowdown on probiotics

The lowdown on probiotics

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the term “probiotics.” But what are they? Do we really need them or are they just another trendy buzzword? And if we do need them, what’s the best way to get them? To set the scene, it’s important, and kind of creepy, to acknowledge that […]

Living the Pink Pirate way

Living the Pink Pirate way

Tomorrow is Pink Day! The Pink Pirates of Navarre have celebrated Pink Day for the last three years with the help of county commissioners and other local support. The mission of the pirates is to encourage women to get mammograms. As part of that goal, each year they celebrate Pinktoberfest and host a 5K run, […]

Just one thing

Just one thing

If you could change one thing about your nutrition that would make a big difference it could be simply to add more raw food. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” is a quote widely attributed to Hippocrates who is often called the father of medicine (i.e., Hippocratic Oath). Whether or not […]

Kids as chefs

Kids as chefs

Now that school has started why not take the time to not only empower your kiddos but also ensure they’re getting great nutrition? Building lunches for kids isn’t as complicated as it seems. And helping them learn to do it themselves is a bit of a time investment for you, but it will pay dividends […]

Trainer faves: Beginner moves

Trainer faves: Beginner moves

Everyone starts somewhere. It doesn’t matter how fit or strong someone is, they all started somewhere. For those who are just beginning to work out, it can take a while to develop good form along with good conditioning. With that in mind, Navarre’s trainers have brought you their favorite moves for beginners. When at the […]

Local racers go ultra

Local racers go ultra

In case marathons aren’t enough of a challenge for those who love such a thing, ultramarathons are climbing in popularity in today’s fitness world. While marathons challenge the runner to trek an amazing 26 miles, ultramarathons are defined as anything that goes beyond that. Fifty miles is the most common distance, while other races cover […]

Pickleball surges in Navarre

Pickleball surges in Navarre

Terry Gaston had been working out and watching folks play pickleball for a while when his friend invited him to play. Four years later, he is competing with his wife and friends in local tournaments. In fact, several Navarre residents traveled to Destin to compete in the Emerald Coast Pickleball Championships (ECPC) last week. Pickleball […]

Food pantry shelves running low

Food pantry shelves running low

Along State Road 87 is a food pantry that’s been serving the community for 18 years. Recently, however, things changed significantly for ACTS Ministries when they dropped USDA due to certain stipulations the organization holds. “We’re a church, we’re a ministry. We couldn’t pray with people, we couldn’t minister to them,” said Pastor Doug Barber […]

Handsome hamstrings

Handsome hamstrings

Let’s cut right to the chase: hamstrings are what hold your butt up. Okay, more specifically, these are the muscles that run down the back of your leg from your booty/hips to your knees. They are responsible for bending your knees and moving hips and thighs backward. Hamstrings are also typically the most underdeveloped muscle […]

YMCA sees leadership shake up

YMCA sees leadership shake up

After a high staff turnover summer, the Pullum Family YMCA started this week with a new executive director. Bill Seedes, executive director of the Bear Levin Studer YMCA branch in Pensacola, has taken over as interim executive director for the Navarre branch as of Monday. “Michael Bodenhausen is our CEO and he made the decision […]

Why pregnancy is a superpower, not a handicap

Why pregnancy is a superpower, not a handicap

All of your senses are heightened during pregnancy. You know who else has heightened senses? Spiderman! Does that mean being pregnant is like being a superhero? “It’s the most fantastic way to think of it,” said Dr. Erika Schneider, OB/GYN physician at Baptist Health Group in Pensacola. “It’s essentially a living foreign body inside of […]

Andy Velo debuts first music video at Juana’s

Andy Velo debuts first music video at Juana’s

A few months after filming his first music video at Juana’s with the locals, Andy Velo returned to Navarre Aug. 11 to host a free concert and unveil that video. Nearly 1,500 people were on the property for the live concert on the beach that preceded the video debut. “We don’t get to play on […]

Navarre powerlifting gains

Navarre powerlifting gains

Avalon Cummings got into powerlifting after hurting herself lifting with co-workers at the fire department. “I didn’t know proper form. So, I was doing heavy all the time. I was getting strong, but I hurt myself in the process,” Cummings recalled. From there, Cummings moved to cardio until she noticed other women at her gym […]

Getting fit in the water

Getting fit in the water

Drive by the YMCA anytime this summer, especially in the morning, and you’ll see a plethora of people using the pool to get fit. The YMCA hosts the local swim team, of course, but there’s much more going on beyond that competitive sport. Water aerobics classes are held daily, sometimes twice a day. Lap swimmers […]

Meeting the challenge at 73

Meeting the challenge at 73

Glenn Marr is 73 and works out two hours a day, five days a week. That’s intense, even for those who hit the gym frequently. “As long as I can do it, I’m going to do it,” Marr said of his routine. “We don’t last forever. Whatever I want to do, I am able to […]