The Front Desk

This 73-Year-Old Instagram Fitness Influencer Is The Motivation We All Need
Joan MacDonald, or @trainwithjoan on Instagram, is a 73-year-old fitness influencer who is living proof that it’s never too late to start your fitness journey. MacDonald started weight training and counting macros in January 2017.
July 9, 2020
The Ultimate Exercise Sequence To Eliminate Lower Back Pain
Unfortunately, many of us are familiar with the perils of lower back pain. Research suggests that at least 80% of working-age people will encounter non specific lower back pain at least once in their lives. Individuals with a sedentary lifestyle are especially at risk, as continuous pressure on the area and weakened lumbar muscles take their toll.
July 7, 2020
Exercising With A Face Mask Is Necessary. Here’s How To Make It Less Annoying.
‍Summer is officially here, and in many places, so is the summertime heat. We can be honest: wearing a mask in public spaces was already a mild annoyance, and the summer heat only makes it more burdensome—but we can’t stop now. The Center for Disease Control still recommends wearing a mask to avoid spreading COVID-19 through the air, and during exercise we release even more respiratory droplets than we normally would. This means that we should be wearing a mask in the parks, paths, sidewalks, and especially if we’re back at a shared indoor gym.
June 29, 2020
How To Trick Your Brain Into Accomplishing Your Future Goals
Feeling stuck in a 2020 rut? Maybe it’s time to trick your brain into getting back on track. This week we’re discussing how to plan for the future, despite an uncertain present.
June 22, 2020
How To Maintain A Healthy Relationship With Food, Despite All The Stress
One in 10 Americans struggle with disordered eating, and the erratic nature of the last several months has created new obstacles when it comes to maintaining a healthy routine. The New York Times reported that the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) received a whopping 78% more messages sent to their help line this March and April compared to last year. From more time spent at home next to a fully stocked fridge, to coping with stress by overeating, to persistent worry about gaining weight—the increased anxiety around food is not necessarily surprising.
June 11, 2020
A Statement For Members of the Zeamo Community During This Difficult Time
Members of the Zeamo community, ‍ As we struggle to process what is happening in our communities at this time, we find ourselves filled with sorrow, grief, and outrage. The senseless and avoidable deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others have left us feeling wary of what the future holds, especially at a time when so much else is uncertain. While the focus of our blog is usually health, fitness, and wellness—the grief that we feel is simply unavoidable. With this in mind, the mental health of our community members is a serious priority.
June 3, 2020
Rethinking What “Self-Care” Means, Because Men Need Self-Care Too
“Self-care” is not just bubble baths and face masks, it’s about how we treat our bodies every day. We’re discussing the seven pillars of daily self-care, and the positive influence that rethinking self-care could have on men’s health globally.
May 27, 2020
Lacking Motivation To Exercise? Research Suggests HIIT Workouts Can Fix That
Research shows that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are more enjoyable than moderate continuous aerobic exercise. A workout that is more fun means you’re more likely to stick with it—it’s science.
May 21, 2020
What Is “Exercise Identity,” And How Does It Impact Your Workouts?
A brand new study published in the Journal of Humans in Computer Behavior analyzed the relationship between physical activity, fitness apps, and exercise identity. Researchers discovered that individuals who have fitness apps on their phone worked out more often and more vigorously, but exercise identity plays a key role in determining that relationship.
May 18, 2020
An Expert’s Guide to Nutrition for a Thriving Immune System
Just like social distancing, hand-washing, and staying home as much as possible, taking care of your immune system is extra important right now. Although there is a wealth of research showing that proper nutrition supports immune system functioning, many diets still fall short when it comes to getting the right amount of nutrients.
May 6, 2020
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