September 19, 2014

The Feel Good Report

The latest in health, fitness and beauty.

TONE UP WITH THE BALLET BARRE WORKOUT

You’d be hard-pressed to find a body better than that of a dancer. Long, lean and lithe, ballet dancers are capable of amazing acts of strength while remaining delicate and graceful. In short, we should all look so good. But now, even though our parents refuse to leave their golf course retirement communities to drive us to ballet lessons, we can still get in ballerina shape without the embarrassment of tutu envy.

Pure Barre, a boutique chain of fitness studios dedicated to sculpting women’s bodies through small isometric movements centered around a ballet barre, has recently opened at Goodlette Corners, 1410 Pine Ridge Road in Naples. “The ballet barre workout has exploded in popularity in recent years and with good reason—it works and is accessible to every age and every fitness level (because you can always hold onto the barre),” says co-owner Olga Metzler. “Any person can do this exercise.”

Your thighs, derriere and even your upper body will get toned without having to perform in The Nutcracker. purebarre.com/fl-naples

HIGH WEIGHTS A study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that obesity rates dropped at higher altitudes. (We still prefer the beach.)

 

ONE-STOP SHOPPING FOR A HEALTHIER YOU

Dr. Kriston J. Kent knows what it takes to get a body looking great on the outside. After all, he’s been a respected Naples plastic surgeon for the past 25 years. But four years ago he decided to get his master’s in public health in lifestyle medicine, and it spurred an interest in making people gorgeous from the inside out. To that end, he recently opened the Kent Center for Life at 870 111th Ave. N. in Naples.

He partnered with a nutritionist, a physical therapist and a health behavior specialist to create a new model of health care. Under one roof, there’s everything you need to be the best possible you. In addition to generating a new plant-based diet for clients, Kent’s team helps patients develop strong mental health, focus on quality sleep, avoid stress and adopt a lifetime of fitness. “We’ll assess your greatest risk in the next 10 or 15 years,” Kent says. “We personalize it to you. … If you did all the lifestyle stuff right (eating and exercising), you’d look 20 years younger.”

And if you don’t, he still does the plastic surgery. tkclife.com

 

BY THE NUMBERS Top plastic surgery procedure on men in 2011 (the most recent statistics available): nose reshaping, with 62,000 procedures. Top for women: breast augmentation, at 307,000 procedures

 

IRON TRIBE FITNESS

An alternative to CrossFit is finally here. And if you thought people involved in that popular workout concept were enthusiastic, wait till you check out Iron Tribe Fitness, 6315 Naples Blvd., Naples, owned and operated by Dr. T. Bryant. Limited to just 300 memberships, the facility guarantees an intimate sweat session with an added twist—you’ll be competing against other class members to finish your workout faster.

Initially, you might think that’s a bad idea, but when you are competing and working harder and faster, results can be dramatic. In addition, each of your individual workouts is timed, meaning you’re also competing against yourself in hopes of reducing your personal best times. (Like CrossFit, all workouts have set requirements and are named to differentiate one from another.) The duration of the Iron Tribe 101 introduction class lasts about a month, and during that time you’ll get lots of individual attention from full-time coaches, working on technique, as well as kinesiology, nutrition and the philosophy of the program. 513-9005.

 

TECH WATCH Looking cool: The Pearl Izumi Fly In-R-Cool SS shirt features advanced fabric that deflects heat and reacts with sweat to actually lower your body temperature by 5 percent. ($55, pearlizumi.com)

 

HANDS-ON PAIN RELIEF

Even if they didn’t manufacture our favorite Apple products, the Chinese could be applauded for many worthwhile things: huge walls, fireworks, stir-fry (the list goes on and on). But their crowning achievement might be their needlework. Over thousands of years, they perfected acupuncture, and with it discovered the body’s sensitive pressure points, which can help alleviate everything from fatigue to irritable bowel syndrome (so we’re told).

But its most regular usage is for headache pain. In fact, applying pressure to a small spot between the thumb and forefinger is an acupuncturist’s go-to technique in almost all pain-related treatments. Now, a California company called Aculief Inc. is marketing a $30 plastic clip that applies constant pressure to that spot (the LI4 acupressure meridian) for times you need some relief. Customers say it works. We wonder why the Chinese didn’t think of this on their own. aculief.com

 

TROPIC SPA HOME MIST TANNING SYSTEM

A revolutionary way of achieving that salon spray tan at home is now available and can turn any room of your house into a spray tan booth. The Tropic Spa Home Mist Tanning System uses the same basic premise as the booth at your local spray tan shop. The height-adjustable unit, which you hang over a door, contains seven aerosol cans of spray tan. With the push of a button, the unit sprays a fine mist of tanning solution while you do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around. The entire process takes just a matter of seconds, leaving you misted, moist and tan (in five to eight hours).

The kit, which retails for approximately $300, includes everything you need to achieve 10 full-body tans. All from the comfort of your home without an appointment. Paris Hilton probably has 20 of these things. And now, so can you. tropicspatan.com

 

THE FOUR-MINUTE WORKOUT

If you’re one of those people who say they just don’t have time to exercise, we’ve got some bad news for you: It seems like you might. In the time it’s taken you to read this column (reading comprehension may vary), you could have wrapped up all the exercise you need to improve your overall health and fitness.

Researchers in Canada determined that 10 one-minute intervals of intense exercise separated by one-minute rest periods caused the same changes in muscle cells as did 90 minutes of moderate bike riding. But the Norwegians apparently don’t even have 10 minutes. Their researchers found that just a four-minute run at 90 percent of a person’s maximum heart rate three times a week for 10 weeks not only improved the runner’s maximum oxygen uptake by an average of 10 percent (the same as people who ran at the same energy level but three times more), but also helped control blood sugar and blood pressure.

Though researchers stress this is not a recipe for weight loss, it is a positive step toward a healthier lifestyle—in just four minutes.

 

BY THE NUMBERS 100: the number of calories burned in 10 minutes of jogging at 5 mph

 

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