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SPONSORED BY ELEMENTS MASSAGE Stress often comes in waves, ebbing and flowing throughout our lives. Whether it’s a tough day at work, a bad interaction with a friend or an everyday hassle, stress can creep into your daily routine. Nobody really lives a stress-free life, but there are ways to help combat stress. Here are …

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SPONSORED BY ELEMENTS MASSAGE Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain. It effects people, mainly runners, between the ages of 40 and 60 and is due to an overuse and strain of certain tissue and muscles in feet. According to the Mayo Clinic, plantar fasciitis is defined as the inflammation …

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When you read the title of this piece, you probably forced yourself to sit up a little straighter or stand a little taller, knowing that you need to work on this more often. I get it, and you are not alone. Poor posture is a problem for most of us and it’s really important but …

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SeniorLiving.org A new study by SeniorLiving.org, a website that offers research-based rankings and ratings for housing, safety, healthcare and money resources, finds that Tennessee is the No. 19 most dangerous state to live for senior citizens. The ranking is based on the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on fatal and non-fatal injuries …

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You know the old saying “perspective is everything”? Well, I believe fully in this and always try to go back to it when I am struggling with something, either physically or emotionally. This theory was proven to me once again this past weekend. I just returned from Parris Island, South Carolina, where I was privileged …

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By ALEXANDRA MATZKO Even though 60-70% of overweight Americans are able to lose the weight, 95% of them end up regaining all the weight they lost and then some. In two previous articles, I discussed why that is and the habits of the 5% of successful diet maintainers. Today, I’m going to explain how to …

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A REFLECTION ON FATHER’S DAY By JC BOWMAN Children do not come with an instruction guide; it would be much easier if they did. So much time and effort go into child-rearing, it is beyond a full-time job. Let’s be honest, being a dad is actual work — it is difficult yet rewarding work. Too …

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By ALEXANDRA MATZKO Research shows that 60-70% of overweight people can successfully lose the weight. However, 95% of people will gain that weight back and then some. In my previous article, I discussed just how our bodies make us so vulnerable to fat gain after weight loss. Because, in case you didn’t know, there are …

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Buying gifts for dad is usually rather simple: new tools, grilling supplies, or tickets to see their favorite sports team play. However, there is one thing dads never get enough of: pure, intentional relaxation. At Elements Massage, licensed massage therapists are ready to create the perfect, tranquil space for all fathers this Father’s Day. From …

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By ALEXANDRA MATZKO Research shows that 60-70% of overweight people can successfully lose the weight. However, 95% of people will gain that weight back and then some. In my previous article, I discussed just how our bodies make us so vulnerable to fat gain after weight loss. Because, in case you didn’t know, there are …

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One of the most loved events of the summer is here… It’s time for the Nashville Scene’s Movies in the Park. Tonight, Thursday, June 6, the event will kick off with a showing of Black Panther at Elmington Park. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with food trucks, vendors, games and giveaways. The movie will …

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By ALEXANDRA MATZKO According to research, 60-70% of overweight Americans will successfully be able to lose the weight. However, 95% of diets fail. How is that possible? Well, 95% of people who lose weight will gain it all back and then some. Why? And how? And again why? Is Mother Nature against our best efforts …

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SPONSORED BY ELEMENTS MASSAGE Most go to get a massage due to tight or sore muscles, aches, pains and tension. Sometimes, however, after your massage it may feel like you just ran a marathon or climbed a mountain. Your muscles may feel sore or tender. Before you reach for the phone to give your massage …

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So many times when people seek me out for training, they have been through different cycles of exercising, then not exercising. Dieting, then overeating and making poor choices. They have oscillated between a mindset of motivation and then one where they struggle to make themselves exercise. I used to cycle through the same things. One …

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ABOVE: Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee’s second location is housed at Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center at 4588 Carothers Parkway in Franklin. // FILE PHOTO   100+ Women Who Care of Williamson County, one of Middle Tennessee’s newest philanthropic organizations, boasts a unique giving model: 100+ women come together quarterly for one hour. They spend this …

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I just had my 45th birthday which solidly places me in the “middle aged” category. I also work with many other women in this age range. For those of us that fall in this category, it means that around this time, doctors begin testing our bone density to screen for a condition called Osteoporosis. If …

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Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift year after year can sometimes feel impossible. The standard bouquet of flowers or sweet treat just doesn’t quite express appreciation the way that moms deserve. With summer right around the corner and kids out of school, moms have their work cut out for them. That’s why it’s important to …

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Recently I have made a lot of changes in my business life. I have worked to eliminate the things in my schedule that take up too much head space with little or no return. For me personally, that is not necessarily about money. My work is all about helping people and if I am not …

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THE SENIOR LIST A new study found Tennessee was the No. 47 state for finding love after 50. Baby boomers are retiring in record numbers, and at the same time, the divorce rate for Americans 50 and older has roughly doubled since the 1990’s. This ideally means that more seniors are single and ready to mingle, but the …

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By ALEXANDRA MATZKO So, you’ve had the healthy eating game on lock recently. You’re eating less and the food you are eating is whole and unprocessed. You’re consistent. You’re cooking delicious, healthy food, and you’re even enjoying it. Your appetite is regulated, and you don’t feel the urge to overeat. Then, it strikes. The event. …

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SPONSORED BY ELEMENTS MASSAGE With the change in weather, staying indoors can feel near impossible. Spring sunshine is shining, flowers are blooming and the warm breeze is blowing. On this Earth Day, Elements Massage experts have come up with a few ways to appreciate this beautiful planet. Happy Earth Day! It feels good. And it’s …

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I use many different exercise strategies when training clients, and for my own workouts. Often times we all get fixated on the amount of reps set out for us or that we think we should do. Also, all too often, what gets lost in that is the quality of the repetitions in any movement we …

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SPONSORED BY ELEMENTS MASSAGE Being told to “make the most of your life” can seem overwhelming and near impossible when you’re trying to balance work, school, friends, family, and more. Sometimes it seems like time is running out. That’s why it’s important to reframe the way you “make the most” of it; try making smaller …

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SPONSORED BY ELEMENTS MASSAGE Since the new year began, stress for many has started to build as the responsibilities kick into high gear in work and home life. The tension of day to day tasks mixed with future goals can be detrimental to your health. It’s important that you remember to take a moment for …

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By LendEDU How much money do you need to make to be considered “wealthy?” A recent survey of millenials (those born between 1981 and 1996) published Tuesday morning by the financial web site LendEDU, revealed that 31% said they believe that it takes an individual income between $101,000 and $250,000 to be wealthy, while another …

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From time to time for my day job, I attend a management seminar or class. They are infrequent, and are entered on my calendar a couple of months or more in advance. I don’t give it much thought until the day before, when I will often try to think of a way I can get out …

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From time to time for my day job, I attend a management seminar or class. They are infrequent, and are entered on my calendar a couple of months or more in advance. I don’t give it much thought until the day before, when I will often try to think of a way I can get out …

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TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH There’s good news and bad news this National Nutrition Month in Tennessee. The bad is that Tennessee had the 15th highest adult obesity rate in the U.S. in 2017 at 32.8 percent, up from 20.9 percent in 2000. Data from that 2017 show 39 percent of Tennessee high school students were overweight …

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So this year with started a bang. You set a resolution and made a commitment to yourself to make better choices for your health and, over the last few months, you have really hit your stride with exercising and healthy eating. Then comes Spring Break. A week away from your regular routine may have meant …

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It’s that season again when I consider giving something up between now and Easter. What will I fast from for the next forty days? Even if you’re not religious, fasting in anticipation of the full swing of spring is a healthy practice that has been followed throughout human history. Abstaining from food, however, isn’t the only …

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ABOVE: // Leggings by Hylete.com   As a trainer, I spend most days in leggings. Usually, this involves two different pairs between my workouts and my work day. This means I that I shop for leggings for multiple purposes and seem to be on the never ending search for the ultimate pair. I am also frugal so …

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Brentwood entrepreneur Sharon Reynolds models clothes from her new company Bryla J Couture, named for her granddaughter. // Photo courtesy of Sharon Reynolds By MATT BLOIS Sharon Reynolds started Bryla J Couture — her fourth business — last year after her granddaughter Bryla was born prematurely. She wanted to leave a legacy for her granddaughter, and …

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Just like everyone is different in how much food their body needs, everyone is also different in how much exercise is right for them. For some, exercise has always been a part of who they are. From the time they were old enough to walk, they were in some sort of sport. They grew up exercising and …

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In a recent scientific poll that I completely made up, “I love you” has been overtaken as the most frequently used three-word phrase in America by another three-word phrase — “Where’s my phone?” Actually, according to a recent Washington Post article we shouldn’t be surprised that “I love you” has been toppled from the top spot. Author, Lisa …

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I have written multiple articles before about our cultural obsession with the scale. If you know me, then you know how passionate I am about the subject because of my own experience with this. Recently, however, I had an encounter that has prompted me to write on the subject again. A few weeks ago I was approached …

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By ALEXANDRA MATZKO So, I’ve been steadily gaining weight for, oh, the past five years straight. After two bouts of successful weight loss, I’ve gained it all back and then some. I’ve tried to lose the weight with CrossFit, running, walking, weight lifting, interval training, intermittent fasting, calorie counting, paleo/whole 30 diets. Almost everything. I’ve burnt out on …

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Once upon a time there was a man who was hired as a professional football coach even though he had never played football and had absolutely no coaching experience. However, many of the team’s fans liked his swagger and the way he mocked the previous coach and insulted all the other current candidates for the job. He promised to …

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Shoes can be your best friend or your worst enemy. All too often we focus on how cute or cool our shoes are and never think too much about how they are really affecting the overall health of our body and how we feel. The reality is that type of shoes we wear, both in and out …

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It appears we all survived the great winter storm of 2019 that came through last week. Oh, but that’s right, it didn’t come through after all, did it? The panicked visits to Kroger and Publix were not necessary after all. Well, that was on Monday, when all the snow was supposed to have hit that night …

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It appears we all survived the great winter storm of 2019 that came through last week. Oh, but that’s right, it didn’t come through after all, did it? The panicked visits to Kroger and Publix were not necessary after all. Well, that was on Monday, when all the snow was supposed to have hit that night …

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Grocery stores overlook no space that can be used for product placement. This is why when you walk into the Kroger foyer, before you even work to wrench your stuck cart from the train, you see multiple displays of high-carb sugary foods. This is to stop the shopper in her tracks to say, “Well, I certainly didn’t have …

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SPONSORED BY ELEMENTS MASSAGE Whether you’re stressed from work, sore from exercise, or feeling fatigued from the cold weather, you can count on an aromatherapy massage to relieve your tensions and relax your body and mind. Doesn’t that sound nice? Elements Massage introduced their AromaRitual massage services a while back, offering many wonderful essential oil options to …

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Here we are nearing the end of January. How are your New Years goals coming? Often times when we reach this point, that fierce determination and hope we had a few weeks ago begins to fade. Add to that cold and dreary weather and It’s difficult to keep going. It’s difficult to maintain what you started. This is …

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Last August 4, when Emma Sanning stuck her toes in the Atlantic Ocean in Baltimore, she knew she was a different person from the one who had started a cross-country journey 49 days earlier in San Francisco. While her body reflected the physical indications of almost daily aerobic exercise, what had happened on the inside was even more …

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Last August 4, when Emma Sanning stuck her toes in the Atlantic Ocean in Baltimore, she knew she was a different person from the one who had started a cross-country journey 49 days earlier in San Francisco. While her body reflected the physical indications of almost daily aerobic exercise, what had happened on the inside was even more …

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By Mary Michelle Gillum Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee As tax season steadily approaches, many taxpayers will decide that they need to seek out professional tax advice. The tax-preparation industry is mostly made up of honest individuals and companies that have the knowledge to assist you. You may have already seen commercials for them on …

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Inspired by the experience of one of its congregation members who lost a son to a drug overdose, St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Franklin will hold a community event focusing on the opioid crisis at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Titled “Addiction and the Opioid Crisis: Community Education Panel,” the event will offer residents of Williamson …

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It occurs to me that the English language and close relationships have something in common. Both feature inconsistencies and occurrences that make absolutely no sense. Have you ever been in a relationship where it feels like the rules keep changing, where the expectations are an ever-moving target? What was understood yesterday and what was true last week is …