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  • Group Fitness Classes or DVD's at Home?

    01.04.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer (ACE); IBNFC Certified Nutrition Coach

    The reality is, taking group fitness classes at a gym or following workout DVDs at home are both great options to enhance your current level of fitness. The key to ensuring long term success however, is to determine which option best suits your needs, goals, and lifestyle, as well as identifying which will provide you with the most effective, safe and quality workout. 

    Since I’m training most of the day, I rarely am able to take classes. But when I do I always enjoy it because I have someone ... Read More

  • 5 Tips for times you realize you've gone too far into the cookie jar!

    01.02.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LD; Washington Redskins Team Dietitian

    Some of you may remember this famous phrase from the 1970’s CLIO Hall of Fame TV commercial for Alka- Seltzer.  It is a phrase that many of us have expressed this holiday season, even with our best efforts not to over indulge.  The following strategies will keep these moments of overeating in perspective!

    5 tips for times you realize you’ve gone too far into the cookie jar:

    Stop beating yourself up. The definition of normal eating includes the fact that at times we over eat.  The healthiest eaters ... Read More

  • Commonwealth Orthopaedics: Torn Achilles Tendon

    12.28.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    The Redskins were left without one of their top offensive weapons for the season after tight end Fred Davis suffered a season-ending Achilles injury at the end of October. Davis suffered the injury in the first quarter while running a route in the end zone on the Redskins’ first drive of the game vs. the New York Giants. Commonwealth Orthopaedics reveals more information on torn Achilles injuries below.

    You know you have injured your Achilles tendon if you experience some of the following symptoms:

    • Pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon in the morning
    • Pain along the tendon ... Read More

  • Yoga...Just say Om!

    12.27.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer (ACE); IBNFC Certified Nutrition Coach

    Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years, so one would assume it must provide some great benefits, right? Over the last decade as the interest and demand for mind-body programming has continued to increase, so has the number of research studies conducted to examine the specific benefits that yoga has to offer.

    Yoga does a body good.

    Studies have shown that regular yoga practice can improve muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and balance, which are often overlooked aspects of fitness. Yoga has also been shown to decrease ... Read More

  • Commonwealth Orthopaedics: LCL Sprain

    12.19.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, suffered a Grade I LCL sprain during the Redskins-Ravens game on December 9th. The experts at Commonwealth Orthopaedics explain what a LCL Sprain is, break down three different grades of sprains and tells us how to treat them.

    A lateral collateral ligament (LCL) sprain is an injury to the ligament on the outer surface of the knee joint.

    The LCL connects the femur (thighbone) and the tibia, the outer bone of the two shinbones. It is a strong narrow rope of fibers that supports the outside of the knee, limiting sideways movement and keeping the ... Read More

  • When Life Gives You Lemons (or Oranges, Grapefruit, etc.)

    12.17.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN; Washington Redskins Team Dietitian

    The smell of a freshly cut grapefruit immediately takes me back to cold winter mornings growing up. My parents shared a grapefruit every morning with their breakfast. I realize now why “winter” is the season of this memory; winter is when citrus fruit is at its peak season.

    Citrus as a winter fruit is another example of Mother Nature’s perfect timing! 

    Citrus fruit provides us many of the nutrients needed to fend off colds, flu and other germs we are susceptible to at this time of year.

    When it ... Read More

  • Commonwealth Orthopaedics: ACL Injuries in Females

    12.15.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    Jordan Bernstine, Brandon Meriweather, and Chris Neild have all been recovering from season-ending ACL injuries. But, did you know that women are at a greater risk for ACL injuries compared to men? Check out the article below from Commonwealth Orthopaedics to learn more.

    ACL injuries are approximately 4-6 times greater in females compared to males. The female soccer player has the highest risk for ACL injury. With the increase in the understanding as to why the female athlete is at greater risk, prevention programs have been developed to help prevent ACL injury in the female athlete.

    Assessment of jump mechanics ... Read More

  • 2012 Lunge Challenge

    12.11.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer (ACE); IBNFC Certified Nutrition Coach

    We’ve all heard the statistics about holiday weight gain.  Americans can gain between 5-7 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Years.  During this time of year, I tell my clients to try to maintain their weight and fitness level.  No extreme dieting or marathon workouts.  As the saying goes,  “You can’t out exercise a bad diet”.  As our schedules get busy and our family obligations take over our lives, I thought I’d offer you an option to squeeze in some exercise.  It’s called the 2012 LUNGE CHALLENGE ... Read More

  • Commonwealth Orthopaedics: Pectoralis Muscle

    12.06.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    To the dismay of many, Brian Orakpo has been recovering from a torn pectoral muscle for much of the 2012 season. The Redskins star outside linebacker tore his left pectoral during a game against the St. Louis Rams in Week 2 of the regular season. Orakpo's 2011 season was cut short with a similar injury as well. 

    Pectoralis Muscles
    The pectoralis (pec) muscles are large, highly visible muscles located on each side of the chest. The pectoralis major is a thick, fan-shaped muscle, situated at the chest (anterior) of the human body. It makes up the bulk of the ... Read More

  • How to Navigate the Season of Sweets!

    12.04.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN; Washington Redskins Team Dietitian

    I met with an athlete this week who leans heavily on sugar for boosts of energy throughout the day. It made me think about how in this season of sweet treats, many of us experience the same roller coaster highs and lows due to the abundance of confectioneries we are exposed to with holiday parties, baked good gifts, cookie baking marathons and candy canes at every turn.

    If you go through the next 6 weeks unconsciously picking up every cookie, candy and piece of pie that lands in your path ... Read More

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