Choosing a rebounder

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I’m long overdue for writing the last post in my 3-part rebounding series. After covering why I love rebounding, some of the health benefits, and how it plays a role in my overall Crohn’s management, I now want to talk about how to choose the right rebounder for you. With so many choices on the market and the wide range of prices, it might be hard to pick one. Below are some of the factors that helped me make my decision and some tips and things to consider when shopping for your own. Continue reading “Choosing a rebounder”

Episode 20: Anthoney Q interviews Stephanie Gish on the Total Human Performance Podcast

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It’s the 20th episode of the Crohn’s Fitness Food podcast and just one day after World IBD Day. So, today I wanted to share an interview I did recently on the Anthoney Q Total Human Performance podcast. Continue reading “Episode 20: Anthoney Q interviews Stephanie Gish on the Total Human Performance Podcast”

Rebounding and digestive health

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In my last post on rebounding, I shared some of the reasons why I love using a mini-trampoline as part of my daily workout and how it makes fitness fun. Today, I want to share why I love it for digestive health. Whether you have Crohn’s Disease or just suffer from occasional bloating, cramping, and other digestive issues, there are a few additional benefits that a rebounder can provide. It’s not an instant cure-all, but it is one more tool in the tool box! Continue reading “Rebounding and digestive health”

Exercise, Gut Health, and IBD

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For a long time, I’ve noticed that I feel stronger, have more energy, and enjoy better overall health when my workouts are consistent–and at least moderately intense (gotta get a sweat going!). I’ve also noticed that I have better management of my Crohn’s symptoms when my exercise program is on point.

Earlier this week, I was talking with Samantha Rynearson (@crohnicallyfabulous) for an upcoming Crohn’s Fitness Food podcast episode and one of the things we talked about was that she also feels better when incorporating some form of activity and exercise into her life. As we were talking, I said I didn’t actually know the mechanisms or why exercise helped my Crohn’s symptoms, and then I made a mental note to look into the reasoning further.

Then, as if right on cue, the very next day I stumbled upon a two-year old podcast episode, “Hormone to Gut Connection,” on Couch Talk with Dr. Anna Cabeca. In this episode, she interviewed Dr. Michael Ruscio, a functional medicine practitioner and author of Healthy Gut, Healthy You. Near the end of the interview, I found my golden nugget of information when they discussed exercise and why it most likely improves gut health as well as both IBD and IBS symptoms. Continue reading “Exercise, Gut Health, and IBD”

Part 2: Workout Motivation, Tips & Tricks

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PART TWO: Home Workouts and Equipment

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There are things I love about both and reasons why I still do both. From privacy to commute, consider what obstacles are killing your motivation. If you dread a long drive to the gym, you’ll make more excuses not to go. If you’re embarrassed about working out in front of other people, you’ll probably cut your workout short and go home. So pick a time and place that you can feel comfortable and then choose your activities around that. Continue reading “Part 2: Workout Motivation, Tips & Tricks”

Part 1: Workout Motivation, Tips, & Tricks

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NOTE: Once I start writing, the words just keep coming. I don’t usually talk much in person–I’m better at listening–so perhaps that’s why I have so many extra words swirling around in my head and ready to spill out onto the page (or keyboard). With that said, I’ve decided to break this post into four parts that will be easier to digest and keep you moving 😉

PART ONE: Getting Motivated (this post)
PART TWO: Home Workouts and Equipment
PART THREE: Reasons to Choose a Gym
PART FOUR: Get Moving

PART ONE: Getting Motivated

Up until a year ago, I’ve been dragging myself out of bed before the sun rises (somewhere between 4:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.) since 1999 to do an early-morning workout. You’d think that after that much time, getting up would be easy…it’s not; at least not for me. Actually, it’s gotten harder. Quite often you’ll hear people saying that it takes only 21 days to build a habit, well 19 years later, I’m still fighting this one. To the outside world, it may look like I have no trouble being motivated since I’ve been dedicated to fitness for so many years and have made it an important part of my life, but I still struggle. So, today I’m sharing some of the tips, tricks, and workouts that have helped me to stay fit and exercise consistently for almost 20 years. Continue reading “Part 1: Workout Motivation, Tips, & Tricks”