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Preventing Injury: Shoulder Stretches for Lots of Time at a Desk

Try out these three moves to help prevent shoulder injury and stretch out the chest from tightness caused by lots of time at a desk, on a computer, driving, or on your phone!

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Live Your BeYOUtiful: Round 2, Starting April 22nd

Join us for an 8-week program of health coaching and training for women. The group is designed to foster a supportive community environment of like-minded ladies to help motivate you towards your goals. We will work together towards achieving health goals found to be unsuccessful in the past by delving into fear, vulnerability, mindset, language, and accountability in the coaching sessions. The physical activity training sessions will put these discussions into action in fun team workouts.

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My Favorite Core Exercise: Core Vacuum for the Transversus Abdominis

Here is a video I posted to Instagram explaining verbally and visually how to properly do the core vacuum exercise to engage the transversus abdominis, the deepest layer of your abdominal muscles. Strengthening this muscle and learning to engage it while breathing, sitting up, standing, moving, and talking allows you to be stronger at engaging it during other core exercises and lifts, allowing your core to be functionally stronger, faster.

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Is the way you sit everyday leading to muscular imbalances?

Cross your legs. Now uncross and re-cross your legs.

Now if you’re sitting in a chair, sit on the floor and cross your legs. Or if you’re sitting on the floor, sit in a chair and cross your legs.

I bet that each time, without even thinking, you crossed your legs the exact same way. Try (both in a chair and on the floor) crossing your legs the opposite of the way you normally do. It feels weird, doesn’t it?

So rather than me trying to tell you to change your entire day from start to finish by brushing your teeth with the opposite hand, driving with the other hand, writing with the other hand, etc., I want you to focus on one simple habit that can make a big difference in imbalances in hip flexibility that can move down the chain into knee and ankle problems or up the chain into back and shoulder pain, imbalances, and tightness.

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Live Your BeYOUtiful

I’m super excited to announce the group I will be starting with Pam Finney in January!!

This group is essentially the intensive version of the free BeYOUtiful You group we have been running every month for 2 years now. We will discuss health, fitness, and wellness from a MENTALLY and EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY perspective and work on a physical activity goal as a community. This group will meet every other week for 90 minutes over a three month period; each week the discussion and exercise portion will build on the last. We will cover topics like self love, body image, and self care. We want to make you fitter on the outside starting with the inside —mindset.

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life is too short to hate your body

What it comes down to is:
Life is too short to hate your body. Life is also too short to not enjoy foods you love.

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Videos on IGTV for those Visual/Auditory Learners

I just wanted to share some links here for videos I have been doing through Instagram TV on my account @eehpuhbuh!

Also, be on the lookout for more information on a Body Image group I will be starting up at acac Albemarle Square in the near future, as well as some changes to my and Pam’s group BeYOUtiful You.

I’m also planning some cool collaborations with other amazing health professionals, so be on the lookout for information on those as I get things set in stone!

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Now Offering: Body-Image-Focused Health Coaching

After getting certified as an ACE Health Coach in February & not really having the breathing room to figure out what I wanted to do with it until now, I’m happy to announce that I will now be offering body-image-focused Health Coaching!

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Updates!

Hello all! This semester of graduate school (I’m working towards my Masters in Nutrition & Physical Activity from JMU) has been absolutely kicking me in the butt! But, it has also been one of the most exciting and interesting semesters of my time thus far in my graduate program (which will soon come to an…
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Flawsome

Neither of these images is more or less valuable. Every part of your body is an integral part of getting you through your day each day. Every part of you is beautiful.  There would have been a time when I would have immediately deleted a photo like the one on the right, where seeing it…
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Aging Gracefully?

I went for a run as the sun rose this morning because I’ve really messed up my sleep cycle this summer by staying up late, and the reset to an earlier bedtime is not going great. On my run, I was thinking a lot about this cultural idea that women lose value as they age,…
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Try Hard Things

Disclaimer: before you say “I could never do that”: I am NOT flexible by nature. I could neverrrr touch my toes as a child. It’s only been within the last year or so that I can touch my toes consistently, and some days it’s still nearly impossible.  Pigeon pose used to be one of those…
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How do we value our bodies?

Neither of these pictures is more valuable or valid than the other. They were taken probably 30 seconds apart, and in both pictures, my legs were equally capable of lifting the same weight on deadlifts & squats, equally capable of walking, hiking, & running the same number of miles, equally capable of doing the things…
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Hello!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook, and you’re feeling like “Ellen, this is great, but I would like to be able to see content on body image, fitness, and health without seeing so many pictures of goats or mirror pictures of your outfits,” here’s the place! I will be linking and reposting…
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Every body is a good body, and my goal is to help you feel your best!