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Health Coach Tips: How Stress in the Workplace Can Affect Your Wellness

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Every other month this year, I’ve appeared as a health coach on Morning Express with Robin Meade on CNN to discuss health and wellness topics.

Overall, health and wellness and stress reduction are key to my work as a health coach and weight loss coach. Stress, chronic pain, and injuries often prevent women from making the best choices in their daily lives.

In one of my latest segments, Robin and I talked about how to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome–a condition that can add to your stress levels, interfere with feelings of wellbeing, and hinder your ability to workout consistently.

The exercises I demonstrate in this video can help you either prevent carpal tunnel syndrome or feel better. You’ll want to watch if you sit at a desk all day, pick up your kids with your hands, or feel pain in your wrists and bottom side of your arms.

Aside from assigning specific exercises to fix specific problems, I also work as a corporate wellness consultant and with my private weight loss coaching clients on how to reduce the effects of work-related stressors. Here are a few more tips:

  • When you leave the office (or if you’re at home with kids or in a stressful situation), think about cutting the energy off between you and that location. Physically think of using scissors and cutting the cord that connects you to that chaotic and stressful environment.
  • Pump up the jams: Turn on music in your car or put headphones in to refocus your mind with new sounds and noise that you enjoy.
  • Drink a glass of water or put a fresh piece of gum in your mouth to signal that it’s time to transition to a new line of thinking.

And if you’re looking for even more ways to relieve stress at work, check out this video for stretching exercises (and find more workplace wellness tips here):


 

Do You Work Out on Vacation in Chicago?

Find out what random visitors to Chicago do while here – do they work out and look forward to running along Lake Michigan? Or do they have a totally different mindset about health & fitness while they’re away from home?

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How To Make Moving a Workout

I’m Stepping It Up and moving to a new luxurious apartment downtown! If you’ve ever moved before, you know that moving can cause many injuries and back pain. But in this video, I’m going to show you how random Chicagoans are turning moving into a workout!

What Does Chicago Eat For Lunch?

Watch as I Take It To the Streets to see what random Chicagoans are eating for lunch on Fridays! They’ve all got one thing on common – it’s considered a “cheat” day…

You know how much I despise labeling days like this! So make sure that just because it’s Friday, you are still making your food choices independent of each other, and totally dependent upon what you want and how your food will make you feel! 🙂

Elevator Stretches

Elevator Stretches

What happens when a good-looking guy walks into my elevator? I start to show him some elevator stretches! Watch this quick video to see what stretches you can do next time you’re in an elevator, without anyone even noticing!

The Taxi Cab Crunch

Check out how a random taxi cab driver and truck driver do the Taxi Cab Crunch with me. And, I even speak to drivers in two languages!

Taking It To the…Escalators

Do the escalators count as a form of exercise? Do you normally just stand there and ride up/down, or do you climb up two steps at a time and then jog down? Find out what random Chicagoans have to say about escalators and exercise!