November Health & Fitness Tips

By: Nicole Wheeler

november_healthParent: "I keep hearing how Yoga is beneficial to your body but every time I do it, I feel like I'm in more pain than when I started. How do I know if I'm doing something wrong?"

Matt: Yes yoga may not always be the answer just like lifting weights isn't always the answer to our problems. You may have an inflamed muscle and the muscle tissue must be broken down to mend properly. Yoga is stretching intensive so if there is a knot in the muscle you are stretching, you may be making that knot tighter in the muscle. This will causing continue irritation to that certain muscle. I recommend myofascial release or trigger point therapy. I will link a video that demonstrates how to apply to the most aggravated spots Myofascial Release


Parent: "Should I encourage my child to clean his plate at a meal? I've heard that this could make him overweight but I also want to make sure he eats enough! What should I do?"

Matt: My recommendation is if your child has barely touched there food then it is important to encourage them to eat more to help build our muscles nice and strong. Connect eating with a benefit but I would not necessarily recommend to clean your plate because this can be come a habit with your child and whether it is healthy or not they will think that they must always clean their plate. So when there is healthy food on their plate encourage them to eat for their growth rather then eat to clean their plate.


Parent: "Is there a breakfast smoothie recipe you recommend that is healthy and will keep me full for the morning?"


Berry Vanilla Sensation
Fat-free Greek yogurt sweetens this tangy fruit smoothie.verry-berry-shake
1/2c ice
½ c frozen unsweetened raspberries
½ c frozen unsweetened strawberries
¾ c unsweetened pineapple
1 c (8 oz) fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
COMBINE the raspberries, strawberries, and pineapple. Add the Greek yogurt. Blend until smooth.
NUTRITION (per serving) 192 cals, 0.5 g fat, 0.1 g sat fat, 86.5 mg sodium, 31 g carbs, 35 g sugars, 7 g fiber, 23 g protein


About the Writer

matt-skellyMatt Skelly, Owner of Grow To Health, grew up as an obese child and it caused a lot of unnecessary struggles for him throughout his life. In high school, he decided to turn his life around for the better. He lost weight, gained confidence and felt like a whole new person. He has now dedicated his life to helping children and families develop healthy habits that work for them and their lifestyle. Visit Grow To Health for all the programs he offers for you and your family! There is always a way to better your health and Matt can get you there!

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