Heart Rate Variability: What It Is and Why It’s Important

When a doctor measures your heart rate, he or she will usually give you a number, typically between 60 and 90 beats per minute. Yet your heart does not beat like an unchanging metronome, i.e., the intervals vary between one heartbeat and the next. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is the beat-to-beat … [Read more...]

Why High-Intensity Burst Exercise May Be Better For Your Brain

I’m a runner and have always enjoyed the “high” I get from it. I first ran after my freshmen year of college, determined to drop the freshman 15. Then I ran in medical school because it was so efficient and helped me problem solve. Then I ran as a young mother who didn’t have much time to exercise — a … [Read more...]

Why I Love the Dailey Method Spin Class

Spin class may not be the first place you think of when it comes to alignment and strengthening your pelvic floor. Until now. Recently I tried the Dailey Cycle spin classes, part of the Dailey Method barre class franchise, and was delighted by what I found. If you’ve heard of Tabata, it’s another version … [Read more...]

Dr. Sara Grades Different Forms of Exercise for Women: Tabata Gets ??

You may think that you can’t get something for nothing, but when it comes to exercise, that may not be entirely true.  Imagine an exercise routine that could give you that toned, lean body you always wanted, but in less than a quarter of the time. That’s the promise of the Tabata Protocol, a form of High … [Read more...]

To Run or Not to Run? Dr. Sara’s Report Card: Running Earns …

Oh, the love-hate relationship with running. On the one hand, you get to exercise outdoors, up close with the trees or on the beach while burning calories and increasing cardiovascular fitness, unless you’re confined to a treadmill in your garage or gym. Running is efficient, which became increasingly … [Read more...]

Dr. Sara’s Exercise Report Card: ChiWalking and ChiRunning Earn …

Do you remember when all you had to do was grab your running shoes and head out the door you went for a four-mile run? Does just the thought of this make your knees hurt? Maybe you used to look forward to your regular runs, but now you either struggle through them (watching the clock constantly, eager … [Read more...]

Dr. Sara’s Exercise Report Card: Chronic Cardio Gets a “C”

It is no mystery that working out is vital to a healthy, happy body and mind. However, when it comes to physical activity, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Recent data shows not only do you not have to spend countless hours at the gym to benefit from exercise, but also that may be … [Read more...]