Health & Fitness

06/16/2017 - 11:12am
“And please remember to bring a fecal sample.” Whenever a client schedules a wellness or sick pet visit, our front staff requests they bring a fresh stool sample. We are not fascinated by your pet’s poop, per se, but are concerned about your pet’s well-being and the potential for transmission of parasites to people. That being said, we are routinely amused by the containers in which people bring us their sample.  What do we look for in a fecal sample? Mainly... >>more
06/16/2017 - 10:03am
There’s no lack of choice when it comes to exercising on the Hill. Big box gyms offer variety, but can be intimidating. Small boutique studios offer comfort and intimacy, but your exercise routine may be limited by the lack of class choices. Two new fitness studios have created very different ways to work out, yet have designed programs similar in concept – work hard at your own unique pace, be safe and have fun. They focus on variety, intensity and individual coaching within a... >>more
06/16/2017 - 9:12am
Interested in a workout location that offers a balance of exercise, nourishment, and connection? The community at Barre3 Union Station is built on these three pillars, nourishing the whole body while maintaining balance day in and day out. Upon walking into the clean, crisp studio space, I was greeted with welcoming and friendly smiles by the front-desk personnel, instructors, and classmates. Having never engaged in a Barre3 class, I was taking on something new and different from my regular... >>more
05/20/2017 - 10:22am
On two mornings a month this spring, a group of seven has gotten together in the home of Patrick McClintock and Marilyn Goldberg to talk about what sadness, heartache, or sorrow they feel is keeping them from living life to the fullest. “It’s a safe, nonjudgmental place where you can unpack all your grief and loss,” explained McClintock. He and his wife Marilyn are holding the first living-room healing circle on the Hill. “I am amazed at how therapeutic it is to be able... >>more
04/15/2017 - 10:12am
Walls have been torn down, work stations have been erected, new floors have been laid and new equipment fills the rooms at the Sport & Health Club on G Street SE. “We’ve improved the cardio room, created a beautiful and large mind/body studio, designed a new functional training space and a multi-station functional training cage, and enlarged our weight room on the third floor,” said Chang Yi, general manager. “We’ve also installed new flooring and a mural in... >>more
04/15/2017 - 9:12am
Looking for a boutique boxing gym that is friendly and not intimidating? Are you interested in a motivating and fun place to call home for your weekly workouts? Nuboxx Fitness, Capitol Hill’s new boxing gym, offers a wide range of boxing classes for individuals of all levels and ages. You’ll receive your individualized, heart-pounding workout while focusing on technically sound boxing and training techniques that help you keep in shape and reach your personal health goals. I had the... >>more
03/18/2017 - 11:21am
Are you looking for some stress relief? Maybe you would like to incorporate more physical activity into your regimen? At Samurai Training Academy you can reap the benefits of both stress relief and physical activity, getting two birds with one stone. Learning and improving your martial arts skills in karate, jujitsu, and sword can help enhance your physical strength and your mental focus and calmness too. The Samurai Training Academy’s dojo is located in the heart of Capitol Hill on the... >>more
03/18/2017 - 10:12am
Eleven years ago I wrote about the newly opened Bikram Yoga Studio on H Street NE. Bikram Yoga was the latest craze that migrated here from the west coast. The classes were hot (105 degrees) and crowded with sparsely-clad yogis. I struggled throughthe 26 Hatha yoga postures and two breathing exercises feeling elated that I completed the class without passing out. No matter which class one attended participants were guaranteed to get the same postures in the same order every time. These days you... >>more
03/17/2017 - 11:12am
As mammals we all pee. Urine, produced by the kidneys, is an essential part of physiology: it eliminates excess water, helps electrolyte balances, rids the body of toxic metabolites and waste products and drugs, and helps maintain acid-base balance within the bloodstream. Therefore, it is essential to maintain proper kidney and urinary health.  Let’s start with drinking sufficient amounts of water. Always keep your pet’s water bowl full with fresh water. Change it daily and be... >>more