Health Tip: Something's fishy

We should all try to limit the amount of fat in our diet, but did you know that certain types of fatty acids are not only beneficial for your body but contribute to a well-balanced diet? The fatty acid commonly referred to as Omega-3 Fatty Acid is found in many foods such as fish and soybeans, as well as canola, walnut, and flaxseed oil. In studies reported by the American Heart Association Omega-3 benefits everyone, those with healthy hearts as well as those who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Getting tired of chicken and beef for every meal? Substitute some salmon, tuna, or tofu and get your daily dose of Omega-3!

Try Bootcamp (and other classes) for free!

Think spring! Think sun! Think beach! Think bikini!

If that last part had you quaking in your boots then join us for a free preview of Recess' Beach Body Bootcamp. We are also opening up a few other classes to the public, click on the links to RSVP.

Event name

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Beach Body Bootcamp Preview FREE
April 7 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2007

email to RSVP

Recess Beach Body Bootcamp
Tu/Th/Sat April 14 - June 14, 2007
more here

Yoga for all levels (#7220)
W/F April 4-June 8
from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Six Steps to Better Health! (#8006)
W/F April 18-May 4
from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Attack of the 2000 Calorie Burrito! FREE Wed. April 25
from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Earth Day at the Gerding Theater
FREE Sun. April 22
from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Call 503.274.0007 for tickets

Oregon Dental Convention
FREE Health and wellness area
Th/Fr/Sat April 12-14

Click to register (ODA members only)

Our Super Secret Yogis are back at it in a beautiful location on the Portland waterfront. If you live in Portland and are interested in stretching to the sound of water lapping against the shore as the sun sets to the West, then email with "Super Secret Yoga Society" in the subject line.

Once weather permits we will begin emailing you the super secret locations so that you, too, can join in the fun.

When: Wed. nights 6:00-7:30 p.m., or, Saturdays (indoor) 11-12 p.m. as soon as it gets warm enough.

How much: Classes are $10, or 3 for $24.

For the love of, well, love.

On February 14 we did a fun event with partner yoga, candlelight, and delicious food. Most who came had never tried partner yoga. Everyone had a great time. Here's what they said:

"I told my friends the event was mind blowing!! and that they should all treat themselves so well."

"It was a lovely event. Well planned, very well executed. Met some neat people and the partner yoga part was very fun."

"SO much fun and delicious food. A great way to spend an evening together and something we would do again!"

"We had a taste of the good life and it tastes delicious!"

Healthy lifestyle D.I.Y. - Geek Aerobics

Join the club! Or, not!

So we'll be honest, we are not so encouraged by statistics that show about 60% of Americans are not getting the Surgeon General's minimum recommendation of physical activity and about 25% engage in little or no physical activity at all.

At the same time, according to a study commissioned by Gold's Gym, 88% of the American population do not belong to a gym.

So what do these two statistics have to do with each other? In our practice we see that they have quite a bit to do with one another. Many people love gyms for the large number of services and equipment all under one roof. At the same time, going to a gym is not everyone's cup of tea.

And that's o-kay. Many of our clients say that they don't have time to put in another hour of their day at the gym. Others prefer being able to get healthy in the privacy of their own home or in the company of their friends, neighbors or coworkers.

Fidget your way to good health.

Study after study after study shows the huge benefits of physical activity in preventing disease and helping manage weight. And the news just keeps getting better. Did you know that regular, aerobic activity can be broken into 10 minute segments and is cumulative? Did you know that there's a big metabolic impact to your health and waistline when you do lots of little activities throughout the day?

The key is that small things done with discipline and regularity yield a much bigger payback than heroic efforts on the treadmill for a week or two after the new year. Consider this:

According to the US Surgeon General, "Many of the beneficial effects of exercise training - from both endurance and resistance activities - diminish within 2 weeks if physical activity is substantially reduced, and effects disappear within 2 to 8 months if physical activity is not resumed."

According to Recess clients, "Working out is boring."

According to The MayoClinic's NEAT lab, you don't necessarily have to "work out" to achieve a healthy body weight and a turbo charged metabolism.

Whatever works.

Recess is agnostic about the place, time of day and mode of your physical activity. If you love gyms - great! If you hate gyms - great! The good news is that regardless of your preference creativity is the one thing that everyone should learn to apply when it comes to keeping physical activity fun, keeping it frequent, keeping it ongoing.

Does dancing in your underwear count?

You bet.

Even if you cringe at the sight of an elliptical stepper, you can and should get your daily dose of physical activity every day by fitting in regular and small intervals.

Stand, walk, fidget, and move from time to time - every day, all day long.

Find ways to sneak in stretching, aerobic and strength exercises throughout your day so that you don't feel sunk at the idea of a solid block of jogging around a track in spandex leggings. Try several different exercise modalities: swimming, biking to work, walking to the store, Tai Chi, yoga, Pilates, martial arts, jumping rope, basketball, kickball, dancing in your underwear, you name it.

And remember it doesn't have to be boring or fit with what you typically consider "fitness" either. Here are some of our favorite stories from real people about their most-loved physical activities:

"A few years ago my friend and I used to do "Geek Aerobics," where we would just have to come up with a move on the spot (set to music) and the other person would have to repeat the move with us however many times we'd suggest. Things like 'The Cool Dude Point and Wink,' and 'Make Your Butt a Shelf.' It was the most fun exercise I've ever done by far."

"Ever since I saw the Recess Six Steps to Better Health series I have to admit that I have been cranking up my stereo and just jumping around the house in my peejays, slippers, work clothes, whatever. I do it almost every day. Of course, I also close the blinds."

"I walk everywhere. It clears my mind and I feel refreshed. I can wear my street clothes and listen to music on my ipod. It is a great way for me to get some peace and quiet."

"I love biking because you can do it anytime, anywhere, you can go fast or slow, it's easy on the knees and I get to see new parts of the city. The best part is when I go to run errands I am also getting a workout."

"Taking the dog for a long walk is the best. It doesn't feel like exercise at all with the added bonus that my dog is a puppy so he's all tuckered out by the time we get home!"

"When I was nanny I used to organize games in the park, the yard, anywhere with a big open field. The kids could scream, run, cry, tag, flail their arms. I got a great workout because I was always running down some straggler and they loved it because they didn't have to worry about breaking anything or getting in trouble."

Interested in learning about still more off-the-wall or creative ways to stay fit? Then listen to or attend LiveWire on OPB on June 22, where Recess will be infantilizing the concept of "fitness" by using children’s games as a way to get adults thinking about how they can make healthy movement the highlight of their day.

If you have a health topic that interests you and you would like to see it in the next D.I.Y. Healthy Lifestyle then write to with your request.