Get Ready for Ski Season: Conditioning for All Levels

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A Whole9 guest post by Eva T., two time Olympian in Alpine Skiing and a 12 year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team The majority of seasonal skiers I speak to do nothing to prepare for the ski season. They simply hope it won't be their year for a tweak or an injury. Then, there is the other population who want to make it to the next level in their skiing and prep for the season, but they are missing specific components to their program. Finally, there is the skier who is totally on it and is … [Read more...]

Good Stress vs. Bad Stress

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A Whole9 guest post by Dr Sult, medical doctor, medical educator, inspirational speaker & the author of Just Be Well: A Book For Seekers of Vibrant Health. How to Make Stress Work for You Have you ever had a project to do with plenty of time to get it done, yet you just couldn't bring yourself to get around to doing it? Until, of course, the deadline was upon you. Though you may have broken into a sweat of anxiety, you finally buckled down and focused, and knocked the project out of the … [Read more...]

Training Guidelines Throughout Aging

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A Whole9 guest post by Skyler Tanner,  fitness and nutrition coach with 15 years of experience. I like helping people to avoid the medical machine as long as possible. That said, I’m often asked this: What does a 30-something year old guy know about what it’s like to be 60/70/80 years old? My response: “Does an oncologist need to have survived cancer to earn the right to treat cancer?” The simple fact of the matter is that humans, as unique beautiful flowers as we seem believe ourselves … [Read more...]

Kettlebell Training for Beginners

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This is a Whole9 guest post by Peter Hirsh, a nationally certified personal trainer and kettlebell instructor who has been teaching and training with kettlebells for over ten years. Last month, I posted an article with kettlebell basic movements to help people understand what kettlebell training is all about. In the post, we taught deadlifts, and the three primary kettlebell lifts, the swing, the clean&press, and the snatch. Today, I am going to dive further into the art of kettlebell … [Read more...]

4 Benefits of Green Exercise

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A Whole9 guest post by James Murphy, a self-described nature-loving-hippie currently living in New Zealand who loves to play outside. When I step outside into nature, it's as though I'm stepping into a world that was designed for me to play and move in. There are trees that seem made for climbing, taunting me with their low-hanging branches. Rocks that have been set up with the perfect jumping distance between them daring me to give it a go. Fascinating trail heads that pique my curiosity … [Read more...]

9 Things We’ve Learned Since Starting Whole9

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We founded Whole9 in 2009 and created the 9 factors as a way to incorporate a holistic approach into our lifestyle consulting practice. Since then, the Whole30 and Whole9 communities have grown by leaps and bounds. Our New York Times bestselling book It Starts With Food, has been translated into Czech and Lithuanian and we're currently working on the audiobook, hoping a Spanish version isn't far behind. There are lots of exciting projects on the horizon. We wanted to share this list of things … [Read more...]

Preconception Health: Exercise, Sleep & Stress

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A Whole9 guest post from a mother-daughter duo who are passionate about prenatal nutrition. Emily Rydbom CN, LE and Dr. Leslie Stone are founders of  GrowBaby®. So far, we’ve covered what to avoid for preconception health, and what to nutritionally include for preconception health, but what about the rest of lifestyle management for preconception health? Does it really make a difference for your reproductive health if you exercise, sleep well, and manage your stress? Yes, and here’s one of … [Read more...]

5 Things You Can Do After Lunch to Improve Sleep Quality

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by Jamie Scott, of Whole9 South Pacific , who lives at 43 degrees south in New Zealand and wakes up to a light alarm. Last time we looked at the importance of sleep to overall health and touched on three pre-lunch strategies to help your body prepare for the coming night's sleep. Today we'll be taking about after-lunch strategies to improve sleep quality. If you incorporate these things during the day, it will improve your sleep quality at night. First, we have to acknowledge that … [Read more...]

Bringing Mindfulness to the Office

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A Whole9 guest post by Mary Beth LaRue, who is a lover of avocados, homemade chai tea, hip hop and her lovable English bulldog, Rosy. The transition from writing for the local newspaper, slinging drinks and riding my bike absolutely everywhere to sitting behind a desk nine hours a day was a tough one. I'd just graduated college and was headed to Washington DC to work for a prestigious travel magazine. I started to suffer from some major slumpage, pains in my low back and shoulders and … [Read more...]

4 Basic Movements for Kettlebell Workouts

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This is a Whole9 guest post by Peter Hirsh, a nationally certified personal trainer and kettlebell instructor who has been teaching and training with kettlebells for over ten years. The first time I ever picked up a kettlebell was about ten years ago. At the time they were almost unheard of in the US and proper instruction was very hard to find. I read books by Pavel, and studied the different philosophies of Anthony Dilluglio, Valerie Fedorenko and Steve Cotter. I also practiced everything … [Read more...]