#136 Hamstrings

Hamstrings aren’t just sitting there waiting for dads to pull them while playing touch football at Thanksgiving. They’re one of our biggest muscle groups! Learn how they work, when we use them, why we injure them so often, and what to do to prevent it. Plus, Daphnie gives us her current favorite smoothie recipe in “What Your Trainer Eats”!

Links in this episode: More about hamstrings including some good images, Our episode on headaches with Jan Mundo, Daphnie's current favorite protein/collagen powder.
Form videos: deadlifts, bridges, hamstring curlfoam rolling your hamstrings.

#135 Changing Negative Self-Talk

The way we talk to ourselves matters. Whether it’s about our bodies, our jobs, or our relationships, negative self-talk feels productive but actually keeps us from the things we want out of life. Daphnie brings us tools for changing our negative self-talk into thought patterns that are productive and healthy, while still acknowledging the pain that fuels those harmful thoughts in the first place.  

Links in this episode: Heart and Brain comics, Free meditation app, Jezebel on how to find a therapist, Radiolab episode about VR Freud

#134 Eating Out

Eating out can be fun, relaxing, and exciting. It can also be overwhelming, guilt-inducing, stressful, or boring. We ask Daphnie how she balances thinking about nutrition and eating for pleasure when she’s dining out, and we offer some practical tips for travel, business dinners, office lunches, and fun meals with friends.

Links in this episode: Support us on Patreon! Past episodes we mention in this episode: Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping, Love Your Body with Holly TorontoStay Fit at the Office, Work Meals & Business Travel, Stop Wasting Food with Hannah Jastram Aaberg

#133 Sexual Health with Kim Kaiser, LPN

There’s one thing that affects nearly all of our listeners that we haven’t covered at all: sex! Public health nurse Kim Kaiser, LPN, joins us to talk about how to care for the parts of our bodies that might be involved in sex. We also talk about the most common sexually transmitted infections: how to recognize them, what the tests are like, and how they’re treated. Get the information you need to make informed choices (and laugh a lot, too!)

Links in this episode: Kim's website and Instagram, One Medical info on how soon you can test for STDs, Info on the HPV vaccine, Herpes Handbook, Find a place to get tested near you

 

 

#132 Knees

Knees can seem like the human body’s weak spot, but are they really? If there are activities you’re avoiding because of knee problems (or fear of future knee problems) Daphnie is here to help shift your perspective. She explains what’s behind common knee problems and what you can do to strengthen and support the largest joints in your body.

Links in this episode: Support us on Patreon! Here's a good image of the human knee. Form videos: Glute bridgesquatslungesdeadlifts, lateral lunges

#029RR Top 10 Travel Tips

Planning your summer get away? We’ve got you covered with Daphnie’s Top 10 Travel Tips. How do you enjoy yourself without coming home to a big ol’ pile of guilt? Do you have to work out on vacation? Can you still have that margarita? And how do you make sure you can still...you know...go? We’ve got answers! Plus, Daphnie talks about fasting diets in “This is Crazy, Right?”

Links in this episode: Avocado VineWell blog's article on fasting diets, our Alcohol episode

#131 Quads

Quads are one of the biggest muscle groups in the body, but do you actually know what they do? Daphnie says most of us are quad-dominant, and “not in a good way”. This week, she explains the role our quads play in everyday mobility and suggests some of her favorite exercises to keep our muscles balanced. Plus we give poor Daphnie a heart attack in “This is Crazy, Right?”

Links in this episode: Graphics of the quads, Our past episodes on How to Build Functional Strength, Injuries and Prevention, and Recovering from Injuries. Form videos: leg extensionstanding quad stretch, foam rolling quads

#130 Fitness for All Levels with Colleen Conlon

It’s one thing to say your workout class is for all levels. It’s another to actually make it a place where everyone feels comfortable and can get a great workout, from newbies to professional athletes. Colleen Conlon, Studio Manager of The Sweatshed, walks us through how she does it with Sweatshed’s HIIT workouts, how she trains her instructors, and what we should be doing to take care of ourselves when we take a new class.

Links in this episode: Sign up for our free Listener Meetup Class on June 4th, 2018! Sweatshed, Crunch Gym, Colleen on Instagram, Sweatshed on InstagramHow to be extra in your workout class

#129 Healing Headaches with Jan Mundo

Headaches and migraines aren’t just “in your head”; they can seriously affect your overall health, not to mention happiness. Headache coach Jan Mundo has been treating headache sufferers, including herself, since the 1970s, and her new book, The Headache Healer’s Handbook, offers a holistic, somatic approach to migraine relief and prevention. Jan walks us through how migraineurs can investigate headache triggers and be our own best advocates.  

Links in this episode: Jan’s website, Jan’s book, The Farm, More about Suzuki Roshi and "beginner’s mind"Moving for Life classes

#128 Push Yourself

Anyone who works out knows the feeling of the dreaded plateau: you feel like you’re just going through the motions, you’re bored, and you have a sneaking suspicion that your workouts aren’t actually...doing anything. This can really get in the way of making exercise a regular part of your routine, but motivating yourself to work harder is difficult (for obvious reasons). Daphnie convinces us it’s worth it and helps us figure out how to do it safely.

Links in this episode: Laurie Hernandez "I got this" routine, Making Changes with Dr. Amanda Crowell, Improve Your Form

#127 Wellness for Every Body with Chelsea Burrell

“Wellness spaces” can be less than welcoming, especially if you don’t see other people who look like you in class (or even on the posters). Personal trainer, nutrition coach, and marketing expert Chelsea Burrell of Leah B. Wellness talks with us about her experience as a curvy, multicultural fitness enthusiast and professional, and she offers advice on how we can make the world of wellness open to people of all races, sizes, and life experiences.

Links in this episode: Chelsea’s website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Nutritious Life StudioSplendid Table piece about restaurants and race, The Bradley Method birthing classes

#89RR Weird Diets We've Done

The world of fitness and nutrition is wide, and it is 90% completely insane. Totally rational people do crazy things because they saw them in a magazine or on Pinterest. Joanna and Daphnie are no exception! This week, we talk about the weirdest things we’ve ever done in the name of “health”. Then, we open things up to our listeners and things REALLY get wacky! Plus, Daphnie turns into a Green Goddess in “What Your Trainer Eats”.

Links in this episode: National Eating Disorder HelplineNational Alliance on Mental Illness HelpLine

#126 Triceps

Triceps are the muscle that make Joanna the angriest. What do they do, anyway? Why are they so hard to tone? Can’t we just ignore them and they’ll go away? Turns out the answer is no, and Daphnie explains why with tips for building strength in the most annoying of muscles. Plus, we get some cheddar bay biscuits in “Best Choice”.

Links in this episode: Support us on Patreon, Some good images of tricep anatomy. Form videos: push ups, tricep pushups, tricep dip, tricep kickbacks, tricep extension, tricep pushdown, tricep stretch

#125 Digestion

We talk all the time about what we’re eating, but what happens to our food after we eat it? And why can it make us so (burp!) uncomfortable? Daphnie explains how we can keep our digestive systems running effectively and suggests some easy fixes to common digestive problems like heartburn, gas, and bloating. Plus, Daphnie reveals a secret when we answer our latest Listener Question.

Links in this episode: Become a patron and support the show! Magic School Bus digestive system episode, Info on heartburn from the Mayo Clinic, Our stress episode and inflammation episode, Dr. Satchidananda Panda and circadian rhythms

#124 Love Your Body with Holly Toronto

Everyone says you should “love your body”, but that can feel impossible to a lot of us. Our guest, Health Coach Holly Toronto, has a new way to frame that idea: loving your body is releasing it from the unrealistic expectation that it has to define your worth. Holly shares her journey to body positivity and food neutrality and offers us five steps we can take toward loving our bodies as they are right now.

Links in this episode: Holly's website, Holly's Instagram, Health Coach Institute, Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, Christy Harrison's website, Our episode with Christy, Article on how Weight Watchers is targeting teens, Louise Hay mirror work

#123 Shark Tank

Daphnie loves Shark Tank, the ABC show where small businesses pitch their products to investors. But when a listener sent us a link to a supplement that was one of the most funded in the show’s history, it led us to a place we did NOT expect. Are you ready for Just One More’s biggest twist ever? Plus, we ask Daphnie, “Would You Eat It?”

Links in this episode: Shark TankNIH Fact Sheet on weight loss supplements including Garcinia, Meridia ad from 2001CNBC story about HVMN/Nootrobox study, Washington Post article about nootropicsGreen juice gummy bears

#122 Fitness, Nutrition, and the Brain

We try not to play favorites, but let’s be honest: the brain is the most important organ in the body. So why do we talk so little about how we can take good care of it? Daphnie explains how we can use nutrition and exercise to supercharge our brains for focus, memory, and even happiness. Warning: science ahead!

Links in this episode: More on sugar and the brain from Harvard Medical School, Spark by John J. Ratey MD with Eric HagermanMore on exercise and depression, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Wendy SuzukiHealthy Brain, Happy Life by Wendy Suzuki, PhD  

#027RR Abs

Everyone wants hot abs, and everyone on the internet will tell you how to get them if you hand them $50 and make room in your apartment for some weird metal torture device. In this episode, Daphnie explains what your ab muscles actually are and why they’re so important (they’re not just for looking hot, people). Joanna does a series of ab exercises punctuated by loud groaning. Plus, Daphnie gives us snack advice in What Your Trainer Eats.

Links in this episode: Abdominal muscle anatomy drawingplank formside plank formreverse crunch formfull sit up formSuperman form

#121 Your Gut Microbiome with Dr. Gabi Fragiadakis

We have 10 times more microbial cells in our body than we have human cells. What are they all doing there? Dr. Gabi Fragiadakis, post-doctoral researcher in Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University, sheds some light on what the microbes in our gut are up to, how they might be affecting our health, and what scientists think we should be eating to keep our microbiome happy.

Links in this episode: Diagram of the GI tract, More info on the mouse obesity fecal transplant experimentMore on the microbiome in babies delivered by c-section, Breastfeeding and the microbiomeThe Good Gut book, The Sonnenburg Lab

#120 Flexibility

Flexibility is really valuable in dance and gymnastics, but as you get older it can feel like it’s a consolation prize for women: “She’s not very strong, but she’s flexible.” Daphnie explains why we all should be striving to increase our flexibility regardless of gender or age (and that doesn’t mean being able to touch your toes or doing the splits. Thank goodness.)

Links in this episode: Circus Juventas in Minnesota, Daphnie's foam rolling video from Gothamista, Our episodes on Foam Rolling and Warming Up