wellness

Healthy Snacking with Honest Junk

Okay, confession: I never got the gummy bear trend. I am painfully conscious of all these sugary sweet snacks filled with so much sucrose that I’ve only tried it when Honest Junk came along. And even at first I was skeptical.

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Honest Junk aims to make snacking more fun with their tasty and healthy offerings. I’ve tried their gummy bears and homemade cookies and so far I am loving the flavors and the sweet prices (read: cheap!).

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After a two-year hiatus, I’m finally back to Barre3

It’s a little TMI but when my personal life went disarray early this year, I decided that the only way I’d distract myself and feel better was to work out. I was getting bored of just using Youtube as my exercise guru (my yoga mat at home was not very inspiring) and the treadmill was boring the hell out of me, so the obvious choice was to go back to Barre3 which I’ve tried 2 years prior.

What is Barre3?

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The short answer is: it’s a fitness program that combines ballet, yoga, and Pilates. Barre3 makes use of pulses or isometric movements to wake the muscles and fire them up. I’ll be upfront, it’s not particularly easy especially if you’ve been sedentary like me. But the graceful “ballet” part of it attracted me the most, as I was a frustrated ballet dancer growing up.

It’s said that the combination of all three programs help lengthen the muscles, target more muscle groups at once (we’re advised to tighten the core while doing legwork or push-ups on the barre), plus help improve mind-body connection (more focus means we get to hold a certain position longer, it’s all in the mind).

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Dry Needling at Polarity Physiotherapy

No matter how much we try to keep our health in check, there are some things that will eventually lead to aches and pains. Aging is one of them (ouch!) but lifestyle also contributes a huge part to our body pains. Like for example: I found out during my first Myofascial Release session that because I’ve been carrying my bag on my left shoulder for decades, my posture is leaning towards the right. Additionally, I found out I have a lot of knots around my neck area, my hip is misaligned, and I have pelvis dysfunction.

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While regular monthly sessions at Polarity Physiotherapy have greatly eased my neck pains, alleviated the taut muscles in my glutes, and improved my posture, there are times when the pain is so great or the lactic acid has collected over a couple of weeks that we need more “intensive” measures. This is where the Dry Needling comes in.

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