Local Austin Therapists Honored with Massage Envy Regional Awards

Massage Envy, the leading provider of total body care services, has named Mark Wells, a massage therapist at the Massage Envy Arbor Walk franchised location, Regional Massage Therapist of the Year, and Amanda Orona, an esthetician at the Massage Envy North Round Rock franchised location, Regional Esthetician of the Year.

From a group of more than 25,000 dedicated massage therapists and estheticians collectively employed across the Massage Envy franchise network, 52 winners were recognized for their high levels of professionalism, exceptional client care and devotion to wellness. Mark received the award at Massage Envy’s National Franchise Conference on April 24.

“Mark and Amanda embody the brand’s commitment to helping clients live their best lives and do more of what they love,” said Chris Shonk, owner of the Massage Envy Arbor Walk and North Round Rock franchised locations. “Their approach to client care is gold-standard. They take the time to get to know clients, understand their needs and help them achieve their goals. We couldn’t be prouder to have them on the team.”

About Massage Envy

Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor and, through its franchised locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage and skincare services, and proprietary assisted stretching service, Total Body Stretch. The Massage Envy franchise system is, collectively, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians, with more than 35,000 dedicated wellness professionals that provide best-in-class service to over 1.65 million members. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has more than 1,180 franchised locations in 49 states that have together delivered more than 100 million massages and facials. For more information, visit www.massageenvy.com, or follow us on Twitter @MassageEnvy and Facebook www.facebook.com/MassageEnvy.

Sports Nutritionals 101: What You Should Know About Supplementing Your Workout

Whether you’re an athlete looking for an extra competitive edge or would just like to increase the effectiveness of your daily workout, you have most likely considered adding nutritional supplements to your fitness routine. Diet, exercise and everyday lifestyle are all factors that can help determine the right supplements for you.

“It’s not uncommon for people who’ve never tried nutritional supplements to have some misconceptions about them,” says Don Saladino, a fitness and nutrition expert who trains celebrities and is a brand advocate for Garden of Life(R) SPORT. “People may think supplementation is only for die-hard athletes, but every human being is an athlete. We do things each day like move, carry items and change direction. Carrying a baby, hauling groceries or running across the street — these are the exact same patterns an athlete needs to perform, which is why it’s important to learn about all the options available and how they can help.”

As you’re considering nutritional supplements, keep these important points in mind:

* Power up with protein — Adding a protein-rich sports supplement to your diet provides many benefits. Protein fuels workouts, aids in muscle recovery after exercise and extends energy throughout the day. Supplements can provide needed nutrients that are difficult to get through diet alone. Adding protein powder into a smoothie or snacking on a protein bar can help incorporate necessary nutrients like antioxidants into your daily diet.

* Match your supplement to your objective — An exercise regimen can greatly benefit from a system of supplementation. Various nutrient-rich supplements are designed to be taken before you exercise, and others following exercise. For example, pre-workout supplements such as Garden of Life SPORT ENERGY + Focus incorporate ingredients intended to improve focus, such as organic coffeeberry, and optimize energy production, such as B12. Post-exercise supplements such as SPORT Organic Plant-Based Recovery can help your body recover faster from the rigors of vigorous exercise.

* Pick your best protein — Protein is a key component of sports nutrition, since it helps build muscle mass and supports muscle recovery post-workout. When a supplement contains all nine of the essential amino acids that the body can’t produce on its own, it contains “complete proteins.” You can get these essential amino acids from different protein sources, such as plant-based protein or whey protein. Plant-based proteins are great for people following a vegetarian or vegan diet, and they are especially effective at enhancing post-workout recovery. Whey protein is designed to refuel and repair muscles and can help maximize muscle growth when supplementing with regular exercise.

* Keep it clean — It’s important to be aware of what’s in your supplement. Just as you choose organic foods and beverages for their ingredient transparency, you wouldn’t want a nutritional supplement that’s made up of chemicals. Look for a truly clean sports nutrition system that’s designated with the Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified seals, as well as by Informed-Choice for Sport and NSF(R) Certified For Sport.

“Working out is good for you — whether you choose to supplement or not. But the right nutritional supplement can help maximize the benefits of your exercise regimen and improve how you feel during everyday life activities,” Saladino says.

Nutritional supplements may be the fuel your body needs to reach the next level of performance, whether it’s putting that extra weight into your workout or lifting an extra child at home.

To learn more about clean sport supplements, visit www.gardenoflife.com/sport. (BPT)

IAG Miami Richard Rodriguez Celebrity Trainer Talks About How to Confirm the Validity of a Product You Buy?

​​Richard Rodriguez is an iconic and legendary figure within the fitness community. His companies span all across the globe and have dominated the peptides, transdermal, hormone and contest prep market. He possesses over 25 years of experience in diet plans, contest prep and personal training. He is also an expert in transdermal, peptides and hormone optimization. This is the site for all your transdermal, peptides and contest prep needs.

​When you consider any pharmaceutical preparation, including those obtained from the most reliable sources, it’s pretty much a given that even the most astute consumer has no idea how to confirm the validity of the product in hand. How do you know that what’s stated on the product label is actually in the product you are about to introduce into you body? What assurances do you have that this product you are about to use contains the actual content and dosage strength indicated on the label?

The best and most respected means, among the the medical community at large, to confirm the validity of medications is a testing protocol known as  high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Formerly referred to as high-pressure liquid chromatography, this technique is used in analytical chemistry to separate, identify, and quantify each component in a mixture.  Products that meet the expectations of practitioners have had HPLC testing completed and the results confirm the label claims. Most, if not all, pharmaceutical items available worldwide achieve that standard through HPLC confirmation.

However, in today’s ever evolving global pharmaceutical industry, small “boutique” laboratories are becoming popular among the anti-aging and hormone replacement medical establishment because they can formulate the exact prescription desired by the practitioner without being bound by standard dosing limitations of giant pharmaceutical labs. While a great many of these outlets provide HPLC data for their products, the process can sometimes exceed the financial capabilities of a small independent compounding laboratory. That’s not to say these products aren’t first rate, they very well could, and may times do, contain active ingredients that even exceed the label claim. Unfortunately, as in any industry, there exists the unscrupulous few who will set out to take advantage of the consumer’s ignorance and introduce inferior product into the market. Short of HPLC testing, how can the consumer validate their products?

There are several key factors to look for in the medicines you buy. The first major factor is price. While it’s always attractive to get the best deal possible, products can actually be priced too low. So low in fact, that it would be financially impossible to contain the label claim. The price of raw material varies greatly – several thousand percent – from compound to compound. Any product that carries a price drastically lower than the accepted market norm is probably short on active ingredient, especially those notoriously the most expensive. The price can literally be too good to be true.

The next best means of assessing validity is to look at the overall apparent quality of the product. First and foremost, it should look professionally made and it’s packaging quality appear to be on par with any other commercial pharmaceutical product. For an injectable preparation, presented in a multi use vial, the first place to look is under the crimp ring. The crimping should look like it was done by machine, not by hand with the edge of a spoon. A nice smooth crimp is an indication of automation. Automation indicates a professional operation. Another sign of automation in a liquid preparation is noted in the consistency of the fill volume. This can be checked by lining up a half dozen or so vials of a product and comparing their fill lines. They should be absolutely identical, because they were filled by machine.  While the bottles are lined up, also look at the label application. The labels should all line up and be identically placed on the vial.  This would also indicate the vials are being labeled by machine and not by hand.

The label should also contains several other characteristics that are required in a commercially available pharmaceutical product.  The most apparent: a drug product label must have rounded corners and be made of a specific “glassine” paper with the varnish left off over the section which contains space for the lot number and expiration date.  These data cannot be printed at the same time the label was printed. In order to represent an accurate lot number and date of expiration, this information can only be applied to the label at the time of labeling. Wet your finger and rub it over the lot number and expiration date.  If it was printed at the time of labeling it should smudge.

The label must also contain a “statement of identity” and dosage, a declaration of the “net quantity of contents,” and several other content requirements that, at a minimum, meet European Article Number/Uniform Code Council (EAN.UCC), the Health Industry Business Communications Council (HIBCC) standards, not to mention those contained in the the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Chances are, if your product has made it this far down the list, the rest is probably also on point and you have a legit product.

Do these few characteristics make up for real HPLC testing? of course not, however the chances are that if a lab is paying enough attention to compliance and manufacturing automation then its probably not skimping on active ingredients. Products that appear to have been made in someone’s kitchen are the ones suspect. A well made, standard compliant product should stand right up to an HPLC test and pass with flying colors.

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Simple Ways to Add Physical Fitness to Your Daily Routine

Being resourceful with your daily routine can deliver big payoffs when it comes to increasing your activity level. Incorporating physical fitness into your everyday activities can save you time and also burn calories, and it doesn’t have to take much time or effort.

“For many people, the biggest obstacle to getting more exercise is time,” says Danielle Johnson, physical therapist and wellness physical therapist for the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “People feel stretched between their career, child care demands and family commitments. Thinking of spending an hour extra at the gym may feel overwhelming.”

If you don’t have time to fit in a scheduled workout, try using daily tasks to incorporate fitness, Johnson advises. “You’ll still be able to reap the benefits of exercise by using small bouts of movement throughout the day. Two 10-minute walks, a few sets of stairs and some five-minute intervals of bodyweight squats, lunges or push-ups can add up to big health benefits.”

Here are some tips to get moving throughout the day:

Turn chores into exercise.

  • Mow the lawn or do some gardening. The physical benefit is good for your health, plus gardening can enhance your mood, and the food you grow offers great nutritional benefits.
  • Try bicycling to run errands. Leave the car in the garage and bring out your bike for a quick run to the grocery store.
  • Turn household cleaning into a mini workout. “For example, mopping floors gives your shoulders and back a workout, and can burn more than 100 calories in just 30 minutes,” Johnson says.

Find fitness opportunities with friends.

  • Instead of going out for dinner or drinks with friends, do something physical, like taking a walk, going for a bike ride or engaging in a physical activity like tennis or bowling.
  • Take your dog to the park, or play with them in your own backyard. A game of fetch is not only great exercise for your furry friend — it works your muscles, too.
  • Join or start a sports team with your friends. Whether it’s softball, basketball or soccer, taking part in a sport you enjoy will improve both your physical and mental well-being.

Stay curious and improve upon what you’re already doing.

  • Do you already walk daily? Try walking faster or choose a challenging route with hills.
  • Take up a new summer outdoor sport, such as canoeing, paddle boarding or inline skating.
  • If there’s a cause you feel passionate about, try training to participate in a run or walk to raise funds.
  • If you play golf, walk the course and carry your own clubs instead of using a cart and caddy.

“Every little bit counts,” Johnson says. “Research suggests that as little as 10 minutes of cardiovascular activity can make a big difference in your health and fitness measures. I often equate health to putting away money for retirement. Putting away savings, even in small amounts, will add up big over time. The same can be said for your health. Investing in opportunities to be active, even for short periods of time, adds up. The key is to be consistent.” (BPT)

Feed Your Fitness

Whether you’re a competitive sprinter chasing a new record or an everyday gym hound looking to get the most from your workout, seafood is among the best foods to support an athletic lifestyle. It not only delivers great-tasting nutrition, but also provides one-of-a-kind health benefits.

The combination of lean protein, anti-inflammatory omega-3s and muscle-building nutrients found in Alaska seafood are why it’s a staple for athletes like Ryan and Sara Hall.

“We like to incorporate Alaska seafood in our daily diet because it’s a really high-quality protein that helps to repair our muscles on a daily basis,” said Ryan Hall, a two-time Olympian and holder of the U.S. half-marathon record.

After a run, Sara Hall – a 3,000-meter steeplechase and marathon runner, U.S. national champion and World Team member – relies on seafood as a go-to for low-fat meals with protein and simple-to-digest carbs.

Sample these dishes straight from the Hall kitchen, and find more recipes and nutritional values for your favorite seafood at feedyourfitness.wildalaskaseafood.com. (Family Features)


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Staying Focused On Fitness

Keeping a fitness routine while traveling can be tough, but it all starts with a coordinated effort to pack all the necessary gear, such as running shoes, headphones and chargers for all your devices. Don’t leave out DAILIES TOTAL1 ® contact lenses, which fitness entrepreneur Cassey Ho recommends so you can see the beauty around you while out for a run. The all-day comfort the lenses provide allows you to concentrate on your workout, not your eyes.

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