Health & Fitness

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
02/17/2017 - 11:12am
It is recommended that we humans see the dentist at least once per year. The same can be said for your dog and cat. Dental health is an important aspect of your pet’s overall well-being. We brush several times per day, decreasing the amount of plaque that builds up on our teeth. Our dogs and cats do not have this capability. Ancestral dogs and cats used to have a rougher diet, leading to less build-up, but even they had dental disease. While your pet should be examined by a veterinarian... >>more
02/17/2017 - 10:07am
If you were violently attacked, how would you respond? This question was asked at a class I attended at District Combatives located in District Crossfit on Half Street SW. I thought to myself, “Well, I know I’m in good physical shape, but I also know that’s not enough.” My answer quickly became, “I don’t feel I would be able to get myself out of a sticky situation.” This got me thinking I need to do something about it. Maybe you have been in a violent... >>more
02/16/2017 - 11:15am
Yesterday you had a great workout. You pressed and pulled more weight with perfect form than you ever had on the circuit machines. In fact, you’ve been consistent in getting in your gym workouts all month. However, when you got home that evening you reached into the closet to get a box down. Now your neck hurts. How could that happen? You’re probably not doing enough of the type of exercises that prepare your body to perform your daily activities with ease and efficiency. You’... >>more