Author Archives: Annika Voelpel

About Annika Voelpel

* former director of health & fitness programs at the sutton place hotel * former head therapist of duquette strength clinic * entering 10th year as a professional trainer * registered kinesiologist and active-rehabilitation specialist * level 1 track & field, gymnastics, dance, and aquatics coach * certified in the postural reprogramming system (PRS) * certified pilates instructor and acupressure massage practitioner * sports nutrition and healthy-cooking expert * seminar speaker and former presenter at the global youth assembly * former national level gymnast and competitive dancer * former varsity track and field competitor * experienced fitness model

understanding millennials and the damaging affects of social media and smart phones

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what makes muscles grow?

Muscles are the body’s health engines. Sarcopenia is the gradual loss of muscle mass that can affect people in their 30s and beyond. The main symptoms of sarcopenia are decreased muscle mass and strength. As a result, other symptoms and … Continue reading

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improve your mood by training in the morning

I love kettlebell or medicine ball training in the morning. It wakes me up and improves my mood by stimulating the release of endorphins, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. (Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception … Continue reading

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what do you eat on a < 20 gram carbohydrate diet for diabetes?

Sample Low Carb High Fat Diabetes Treatment Diet Plan by Dr. Eric Westman, MD, MHS EAT AS MUCH AS YOU WISH OF THE FOLLOWING FOODS: Meat: beef, lamb, veal, pork, ham, bacon or any game meat (rabbit, moose, venison) Poultry: … Continue reading

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the science behind the low carb high fat treatment of diabetes

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surfing icon laird hamilton shares his 10-point plan to live forever

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-0521-laird-hamilton-20160521-snap-story.html

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open heart, open mind by clara hughes

I just finished reading Canadian Olympian speed skater and cyclist Clara Hughes’ memoir Open Heart, Open Mind. I was impressed with her detailed memories and ability to articulate herself. Her personal struggles as a female athlete were all too familiar. Another reader’s … Continue reading

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how politeness conditioning can lead to confusion about sexual assults

Is there a way to undo the conditioning that compels women to “be nice” at all costs? After all, minimizing doesn’t protect sexual assault survivors from experiencing long-term trauma. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relationships/how-politeness-conditioning-can-lead-to-confusion-about-sexual-assults/article29294471/

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man or woman? who’s to say | soapboxing

A humorous video on dichotomy challenging us to think differently about our differences. Alok Vaid-Menon is a trans/national South Asian writer, performer, and solidarity activist. Alok has organized with racial, economic, and gender justice movements across the world. Their creative and political … Continue reading

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leigh wall, heavy duty mechanic

I’m so proud of my friend Leigh. Check out this interview she did with Left Field about becoming a Heavy Duty Mechanic. She followed her heart and is proof that women can do anything they put their minds to. http://www.leftfieldnotes.com/interviews/2016/3/20/batter-up-leigh-wall-heavy-duty-mechanic

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