March 29, 2012

Local fitness: Pure Barre Saginaw - Pilates

Have you ever wanted to try Pilates? Meet Kristine Schaeffer, a Pilates teacher at Pure Barre Saginaw and learn more about the many benefits of Pilates!

Kristine trained under Jennifer Kries, and is a third generation Joseph Pilates certified teacher.

"Both women and men can benefit, Pilates is something people can do at any age... you can do this until you are 110!" Kristine said. "Pilates lengthens the muscles, tones and trims and gives you a really strong core which supports the back."

Kristine demonstrates exercises on the reformer, one of Joseph Pilates' signature apparatuses, with the help of Pure Barre Saginaw owner Ann Marie Goidosik.

"All exercises are tailored specifically for everybody's body," Kristine says.

30 N Center Road, Saginaw, MI
(located in Blocks Plaza)
Pilates teacher: Kristine Schaeffer

Pilates class schedule:
Monday         5:30 pm
Tuesday        9:30 am
Wednesday   8:00 am
Thursday       9:30 am & 7:05 pm

Pilates mat classes are $12 per class, or 10 sessions for $100
Private, semi private and group reformer sessions are also available.

March 26, 2012

What's wrong with our food system

Birke Baehr, age 11, speaks at TED about a major source of our food -- far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms -- and the destructiveness of the industrialized food system.

Thank you Michele for sharing this inspiring video with us!

March 21, 2012

Fitness Inspiration

For the March New Month's Resolution we're encouraging people to try a new workout each week to switch up their workout routine and get motivated!

To help drive your inspiration set aside a jar and put one dollar in it every time you work out. Every three months use the money to treat yourself. Whether it is a nice steak dinner, new workout clothes or a massage, this will be a continuous incentive to work out.   

Be sure to share what you treated yourself to at Kehres Health's Facebook page
Another way to burst out of your workout rut is to switch up your normal fitness routine! Sign up for a 5k , try a new class or find a workout buddy.   

Learn more about local fitness facilities below, I encourage you to visit them if you are in the Great Lakes Bay Region:

March 18, 2012

Local fitness: Saginaw Valley Sports Performance

If you are looking for an efficient, challenging work out I encourage you to visit Tim Daly at Saginaw Valley Sports Performance. 

Located at 1800 South River Road in Shields, Michigan, Tim offers group classes and personal training sessions. In business since 2003, Tim also completed the Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certification.

"So many people I meet say they don’t have the time to go to a gym, there is no place for them to work out,” Tim said. “With the portability of a kettlebell, there is no excuse not to work out.”

“We have fun here, we’re shaking some fire hoses and getting down doing bear crawls," Tim says. 

Saginaw Valley Sports Performance
1800 South River Road, Shields, MI
Owner: Tim Daly

Class schedule:
Monday: 6:30 pm kettlebell class
Tuesday: 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm group fitness class
Wednesday: 6:30 pm kettlebell class 
Thursday: 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm group fitness class
Sunday: 4:00 pm group fitness

All classes are $10. 
Personal training is available by appointment and is $50 per hour session. 

Try a class at Saginaw Valley Sports Performance for our March New Month's Resolution! Learn more about local health resources in Saginaw.

March 16, 2012

All-natural, homemade face wash

olive oil castor oil natural face wash
olive oil & castor oil
We all know that it is important to eat right and exercise, but did you know that chemicals also play a major role in your health? Creating a healthy home by reducing the toxins we use is a priority for my wife and I.

For the past few years, we've been using up the products we have and replacing them with less toxic alternatives. Typically, we use Burt's Bees face wash, a brand known for being all-natural. But after trying oil as face wash for the past six weeks, it is all we use now.
Most people are surprised to learn that I wash my face with oil, especially since people usually want to reduce oily skin. But it isn't the oil that causes breakouts; hormones, stress and the foods you eat cause pimples. When your skin is too dry, it will produce more oil overcompensating and causing breakouts. Washing your face with oil protects your body's natural oil restoring balance to your skin.
Oil face wash
To make: determine what ratio is best for you, as shown below, of castor oil and extra-virgin olive oil (evoo) which can be found at your local grocery store or health food store. Castor oil helps clean your skin and olive oil is a great moisturizer and is very nourishing for your skin. oil face wash ratios - 
  • For dry skin, use one part castor oil to three parts evoo
  • For normal skin, use two parts castor oil and one part evoo 
  • For combination skin, use two parts castor oil and one part evoo 
  • For acne-prone or oily skin, use three parts castor oil to one part evoo

I mix enough to fill a 3 oz. squeeze bottle and shake it before I use it.

To use: Gently rub in and massage approximately a quarter-size amount of face wash on dry skin. You can steam your skin by placing a warm, damp washcloth over your face for about a minute.
Rinse out your washcloth, gently wipe the oil off and rinse your face a few times.

I only wash my face at night, and just rinse my face in the morning if I need to. Both Jen and I have noticed a difference in our skin and don't need to use moisturizer anymore.

We are also saving money as Burt's Bees face wash cost $2.00 per ounce and the oil face wash costs approximately $.68 per ounce.

Improve your health and your skin by switching out your face wash for this affordable and all-natural face wash!

Learn more about creating a healthy home here.

Have you tried this oil facewash?

March 13, 2012

Winner of the Saginaw Athletic Club training session

Congratulations to Michele who won a person training session at the Saginaw Athletic Club!

"They have done an incredible renovation of this facility ...haven't had a chance to try it out yet," Michele said. She entered to win by commenting on the Kehres Health Facebook page

Stay tuned for more giveaways and fitness tips for the March New Month's Resolution!
Meet Ryan McGraw, owner of the Saginaw Athletic Club.

Recipe: Fried Bananas with Honey

A fun, sweet treat, fried bananas are a great dessert for kids or adults!

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • Coconut oil 
  • Honey (raw, local honey is best)
Peel the bananas and slice into 1/4 inch slices.

Beat the egg and dip banana slices in the egg.

Put banana slices and almond flour in a glass container with a lid, shake to coat the banana.

Heat the pan to medium and put a generous amount of coconut oil in bottom.

Cook the bananas in the pan until they are browned on each side, one to two minutes total.

Drizzle over the bananas and enjoy this healthy gluten-free treat!

*This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free

What fruit is your favorite dessert?

March 6, 2012

Local Fitness: Saginaw Athletic Club

Something I cannot encourage you to do enough is to switch up your workouts. From tennis to cardio and weights to indoor turf, the Saginaw Athletic Club offers something for everyone.

Located at 6125 Gratiot Road in Saginaw, owner Ryan McGraw talks to us about what makes the SAC unique and what the club has to offer.

Comment on the Kehres Heath Facebook page to enter to win a free personal training session at the SAC!

"Most people know how to keep themselves busy doing cardio, but it is important for them to learn resistance training as well," Ryan said. "We acclimate and teach people how to use everything. We show them how to use the equipment and teach them why."
For our March New Month's Resolution we're encouraging you to try a new workout each week! Be sure to check out the Saginaw Athletic Club for a group class, personal training session, join an athletic training program or take a tennis lesson!

Saginaw Athletic Club
6125 Gratiot Road, Saginaw, MI
Owner: Ryan McGraw

Mon -Thur: 5 am - 10 pm
Friday: 5 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 6 am - 7 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 7 pm

March 4, 2012

Winner of the free race registration!

Congratulations Amy who said she is going to do the "MCVI Run for You Heart 10K! I'm sure there will be others but this is one of my favorites!" She entered to win by commenting on the Kehres Health Facebook page.

Kehres Health & Chiropractic will be paying for your race registration fee. 

Thank you to everyone who entered and good luck in your races this year!

Stay tuned for more giveaways throughout the month for our March New Month's Resolution!

Recipe: Sweet Potato Scramble

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 6 heads of broccoli
  • 8 eggs
  • Coconut oil
Peel and grate the sweet potatoes into a large fry pan and cook on medium in coconut oil until browned on each side for 35 to 40 minutes. Try not to flip too often as it can make the potatoes mushy.

Chop off the broccoli florets and put in a pan filled with water. Boil water with broccoli in it until soft.

Once the potatoes are done frying and the broccoli is soft, drain the broccoli and throw it on top of the sweet potatoes in the large frying pan.

Beat the eggs and mix into to the broccoli and sweet potatoes, mix on medium heat until the eggs are cooked, which is typically only two to three minutes.

I love to put Sriracha hot sauce on top of it, but it is also great as is!


*This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free

March 1, 2012

New Month's Resolution: March

Try a new workout each week

Whether you are getting ready for spring break or need to revamp your New Year’s Resolution (learn why I prefer monthly resolutions) – this is a good time of year to switch up your workout routine, or start one.

This month, I challenge you to try a new workout each week. For those of you in the Great Lakes Bay Region, be sure to stay tuned throughout the month as I will feature local places including free passes and prizes.

If you currently have a workout routine, you may wonder why you should mess with a good thing?

Because there is always an opportunity to get better.

Here are some other reasons to try new workouts:
  • Avoid plateaus. Why are there people who run marathons that are still overweight? 26.2 miles is an amazing accomplishment. Your body is smart, it adapts to its conditions. So if you continue with the same exercise, whether it is running ten miles at a time or spending an hour on the elliptical, you will stop seeing changes in your body. Surprise your body by varying your workouts and boosting your metabolism. It is time to burst out of your workout rut!
  • Make exercise fun. Yoga today, swimming tomorrow, Kettlebells the next day… how could you get bored? Try new workouts to challenge yourself and continue to get inspired by the experts of the exercises around you. 
  • Let your body rest. If I only did bicep curls every day, imagine how worn out my arms would be, how underdeveloped my other muscles would be and how ridiculous I would look if biceps were the only muscles I had. By varying your workouts, you will naturally prevent yourself from being over trained and decrease the risk of injury.
If you are already set in a regular workout routine, great job, and get ready to take your fitness to the next level! If you don’t currently workout, this is the month to start!

Learn more:

In 2012, I challenge you to do a new month’s resolution instead of a new year’s resolution. This year, let’s celebrate accomplishments and re-focus on new goals each month.

On the first of every month, a new month’s resolution will be posted on Share your updates in the comments below or on the Kehres Health Facebook page. Articles and tips will be posted with each resolution.

Make your health a priority throughout the year!