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.
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?”
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 extension, standing quad stretch, foam rolling quads
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.
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.
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.
“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 Studio, Splendid Table piece about restaurants and race, The Bradley Method birthing classes
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 Helpline, National Alliance on Mental Illness HelpLine
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
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
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
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 Tank, NIH Fact Sheet on weight loss supplements including Garcinia, Meridia ad from 2001, CNBC story about HVMN/Nootrobox study, Washington Post article about nootropics, Green juice gummy bears
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 Hagerman, More on exercise and depression, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Wendy Suzuki, Healthy Brain, Happy Life by Wendy Suzuki, PhD
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.
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 experiment, More on the microbiome in babies delivered by c-section, Breastfeeding and the microbiome, The Good Gut book, The Sonnenburg Lab
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.)
“I want to make a change, but I just can’t seem to make it happen.” Sound familiar? We’ve been there, in our work lives and our fitness lives. Dr. Amanda Crowell (cognitive psychologist and change coach) says there are three mindsets that are keeping us from making those changes, and she shares her tools for adjusting those mindsets so that we “normal people” can do the awesome things we want to do.
This President’s Day has us thinking about the Presidential Fitness Test. Do you have terrible memories of trying to do a “flexed arm hang” in front of all of your 7th grade classmates? We do! So we’re scrapping the old test and suggesting a handful of better ways to track your fitness progress. It’s the Just One More Fitness Test! Plus, Daphnie answers a listener question about how to balance evening workouts and trying not to eat late.
It feels harder to work out in the winter. It’s cold (duh), it gets dark early, and no one can see your body under all those sweaters anyway. But in the quest for #NoWinterLayer, Daphnie has some suggestions for how to make the most of winter workouts. We talk about how to create an at-home workout, how to make the dreadmill your friend, and what the heck broomball is. Plus, we discuss dessert in “What Your Trainer Eats”.
Every person you know is too busy, including you. Feeling super busy can be stressful, and it can keep you from putting your energy toward the things that matter the most. We talk about how we got so busy, what we get out of it, and how we can take things down a notch. Plus, Daphnie explains what’s wrong with a Pinterest diet in “This is Crazy, Right?”