Start Off on the Right Foot: New Year Fitness Tips

Happy new decade! Fitness tends to be a hot topic during this time of year. Did you know that the two most popular New Year’s resolutions are to exercise and lose weight? People who exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight are at far less of a risk for developing chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Here are a few tips from our in-house Exercise Physiologist for achieving your fitness goals this year:

‘Ekahi Corner- Meditation and Your Health

Adapted from Ornish Living Magazine, Available online at

We all know that regular exercise and a healthy diet can lower our risk for chronic health conditions, but we often ignore the importance of emotional well-being and relaxation. When we’re faced with a tough situation, our body releases a surge of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These stress hormones are part of our “fight-or-flight” response – a complex mechanism designed to help prepare us for impending danger.

Tai-Chi, Qigong, Yoga, and Your Heart

Tai-Chi, Qigong, and yoga are all ancient approaches to improving our general health and well-being, each dating back thousands of years. They’ve permeated nearly every aspect of Chinese and Indian society: Tai-Chi and Qigong within the fields of traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts, Yoga within India as an integral meditative practice within Hinduism and Buddhism.

Exercise Your Way to a Healthier Future

Wellness Tips Adapted from Ornish Living Magazine

Everyone wants to get healthy, but keeping a regular fitness regime can be tough. When you have family, a professional career, or busy tasks throughout the day, hitting the gym might be the last thing on your mind. Recent research even shows that some of us are predisposed to not enjoy exercise! So, if you haven’t been keeping up with your fitness routine lately, don’t be so hard on yourself. We’ve created some helpful tips to help you ease back into regular physical activity without overworking your body.

Stress and Your Heart

In uncertain times, it’s hard to feel grounded. For many of us living in Hawaii, the recent missile attack scare re-ignited fear and uncertainty about our safety and the state of our country. And while there is little we can do to affect what is happening around us, we can try to change the way we react to emotionally trying situations.

Exercise For the New Year: What’s fact, and what’s fiction?

If your New Year’s resolution for 2018 is to lose weight, you’re not alone! Losing weight was the #1 New Year’s resolution in 2017. In second place came life improvement, in third came better financial decisions, and in fourth: quit smoking. Believe it or not, three out of these four big New Year’s goals can be accomplished with exercise. Sadly, exercise is not believed to help you make better financial decisions.

An Exercise Plan for the Office

“The more we move, the more we improve.” Research over the last decade has shown time and time again that lack of physical activity can correlate with disease. But that doesn’t mean an hour of hard exercise at the gym is all you need. A recent report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that sedentary behavior may diminish or eliminate the benefits we get from an hour a day of exercise. But by changing our daily behavior to incorporate regular movement, we can lower our risk of cardiac disease and improve our physical fitness.

Four Tips to Fuel Your Workout

by Sabra Leomo, RD

Making the right choices to fuel your body doesn’t have to be difficult. There is an abundance of information available about what, when, and how to eat to fuel your workouts. While athletes such as marathon runners have more specific guidelines to follow, these 4 tips will help fuel the “everyday athlete”.