Health

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Swimsuit season pairs nicely with a six-pack

Swimsuit season pairs nicely with a six-pack

As swimsuit season really heats up, that middle section of our body might need a little extra attention. Summer tends to see many of us lean too heavily on the six-pack kept in the cooler, but Navarre’s personal trainers have a few moves that can help you forge that other kind of six-pack. Read the […]

What’s different about functional medicine?

What’s different about functional medicine?

Last week we discussed the rising trend of functional medicine. But what can you expect if you head over to an appointment with a functional medicine practitioner? What makes it different than your average primary care appointment? The experience Dr. Kyle Chavers shared from last week gives a glimpse into what to expect. He went […]

Functional medicine on the rise

Functional medicine on the rise

More than 100 years ago, a prediction from inventor and scientist Thomas Edison was printed in newspapers across the country.  “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease,” Edison said in 1902. […]

Dad bod is pretty great

Dad bod is pretty great

A while back my husband asked me if he had “dad bod.” What? Of course, my instinct was to say no because he’s in pretty good shape and, well, that kind of sounded like the male equivalent of the question “Does this dress make me look fat?” Come to find out, dad bod isn’t as […]

Sun’s out, guns out

Sun’s out, guns out

The sun is officially shining down on us. And if the sun is out, the guns are out! When we talk about guns—also known as our arms — we are primarily looking at those biceps. The biceps are made up of a short head and long head, thus the prefix “bi.” When you see someone […]

Virtual Dementia Tour provides better understanding for caregivers

Virtual Dementia Tour provides better understanding for caregivers

Dementia affects nearly 50 million people around the world — that number is expected to rise to 75 million by 2030 — and the unforgiving disease can take its toll on the caregivers of those battling the disease as much as it can on the people living with it. It’s not easy to watch a […]

Should you get a prostate screening test?

Should you get a prostate screening test?

Prostate cancer, which affects 11.6 percent of men in the United States at some point in their lives, has actually shown a drop in the number of cases by an average of 5.8 percent each year over the last 10 years. Death rates also have been falling, 3.4 percent on average each year, according to […]

Five things to consider about your protein shake

Five things to consider about your protein shake

Protein, protein, protein! Increased health awareness and a general upward trend in fitness across America is catapulting the nutritional supplement business, protein shakes included, to an estimated $8.8 billion industry by the year 2020. Protein shakes, born in the 1950s, were once strictly for bodybuilders, but they’re now available at the local gas station. Read […]

Pesky bloodsuckers on the prowl

Pesky bloodsuckers on the prowl

They prey on the blood of humans, coming out by the light of the moon to hunt for sleeping victims. They can be found anywhere in the world, and they seek out the scent of their prey. They can be difficult to see and even more difficult to kill. These are no fictitious vampires. These […]

Santa Rosa County hits lucky number 7

Santa Rosa County hits lucky number 7

Santa Rosa County ranked number 7 out of 67 counties in Florida when it comes to health, according to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin. The study looked at policies, programs and other factors to predict health outcomes, and thereby rank counties throughout the country. So what made Santa Rosa rank so high? […]

Gardening cultivates young minds

Gardening cultivates young minds

Eva Anderson teaches the Voluntary PreSchool Program at the YMCA. Anderson, who has been teaching for 17 years, built her third school garden this spring with the 2016-2017 VPK class. “It was a fun job to do. I know the children are excited about it,” Anderson said. “Gardens in schools can teach children a lot. […]

Step by step: Meal Prepping

Step by step: Meal Prepping

For some, meal prepping is a big, hairy, scary thing that does not seem possible. For others, it’s just a part of the routine. I’d submit to you that meal prepping is human nature. Let’s check back in with cavemen! They killed an animal and then “prepped it” to have for the days and weeks […]

Andrews Institute celebrates 10 years of sports medicine success

Andrews Institute celebrates 10 years of sports medicine success

Fate has a funny way of working out sometimes. An interesting twist of it is the reason the world-renowned Andrews Institute celebrated its 10-year anniversary last Wednesday in Gulf Breeze. A second meeting with Dr. James Andrews had been scheduled in Birmingham to talk further about building a sports medicine and research facility in Florida. […]

Trainer faves: Sexy shoulders

Trainer faves: Sexy shoulders

It’s time to trade long sleeves for tank tops, dresses and sleeveless shirts! How amazing would your strong, sexy shoulders look in those new clothing items? Awesome is the answer, of course! Your local trainers have come up with their favorite moves to help round out those shoulders! Read the full article in the April […]

How do your running shoes stack up to your needs?

How do your running shoes stack up to your needs?

There are many struggles people face when it comes to getting ready to run but one of the most common is shoes. Whether it’s what type of brand, what support level, where to buy them or when to replace them, there are a lot of questions surrounding the running shoe. Read the full article in […]

New games come to town

New games come to town

Are you ready for an entirely different type of fitness competition? The group fitness business that’s grown quite a bit since opening just a year and a half ago, Delta Life Fitness, will be offering a fun competition for women this weekend. A step up from your average 5K, the Delta Life Games will be […]

5 ways to naturally combat osteoporosis

5 ways to naturally combat osteoporosis

More than half of the folks in America over the age of 50 suffer with either osteoporosis or low bone mass. That is not good news. The worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 310 percent and 240 percent in women by the year 2050 according to the International Osteoporosis […]

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