8 Tips for Hydration

Stay Cool this Summer!

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Water is essential to survival.  Proper hydration promotes healthy digestion/appetite, energy/performance, and body temperature stability, among many things. H2O carries and assimilates vital nutrients and oxygen to cells throughout the body.  It lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste.  Water helps maintain blood pressure and lubricates joints.  The list goes on…

5 Summer Must Reads

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“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”-Joseph Addison

Reading can help to improve memory, reduce stress (we all have stress, right?), and stimulate your mind. It’s also a resounding feeling of accomplishment when you finish a novel. 

Am I right? 😉

Exercise your mind this summer with one, any, or all of the books in my Summer Reading List - Top 5. It is an eclectic mix of books that each offer something different; history, comedy, drama, mystery or love. 

Four Exercises for the 4th

Celebrate the 4th of July in Fitness Style

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The 4thof July always holds a special place in my heart. It’s one of my absolute favorite holidays, uniting Americans across the nation in celebration of the day we chose freedom. While there will always be areas of improvement, I absolutely love this country and what we stand for: freedom of speech, travel, government, choice, etc. We are a nation of strong-willed individuals who should be proud of what we have accomplished, and what we CAN accomplish together in the future. With that said, I also always start my 4thof July off with a workout. It gets me in the necessary frame of mind to honor the day, while also burning off some calories prior to a day spent sunbathing, drinking and eating. I put together my 4 favorite exercises in honor of this day, so if you aren’t able to find a Kaia near you, then feel free to incorporate these 4 exercises into your day!

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

Tips to stay on track during pregnancy

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Fitness and nutrition impact the health of a baby tremendously! The health, well-being, and happiness of the mother greatly impacts the health of the fetus. The fetus relies on the mother for everything – for nutrients, for safety, and for love. Women that focus on their own fitness and nutrition during pregnancy, not only have healthier babies, but experience a number of added benefitsincluding shorter labors, faster recovery, and mitigation some of the common pregnancy side effects.

            I have found this to be very true of my own pregnancy journey. I am currently 36 weeks pregnant and expecting my first in mid-July! Fortunately, I have been an active person for many years, a coach for the last 6 years, and a holistic nutritionist for the last 2 years. So, I began my pregnancy journey from a very “healthy” standpoint. However, that does not mean that I didn’t deal with some of the most common pitfalls and side effects of pregnancy. Let me share with you some of my experience and how I was able to continue to show up to the gym and in the kitchen while also listening to my body (and my baby!) 

Beat the Heat

Summer Hairstyles to Keep You Cool

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Ok, none of us show up at the gym to look cute.  We’re here to WORK.  We want strong, lean muscles, a healthy body fat percentage, and the ability to keep our bodies mobile and capable for the activities we love – like running around with our kids, paddle boarding, mountain biking, and all the other fun stuff! Buuuuuut, it’s not like we’re opposed to looking cute while we’re doing it.  Keeping your hair out of the way while you’re jumping around, sweating buckets, and burning calories doesn’t have to be boring.  You can be cute AND sweaty with these ideas!  Plus, when your hair isn’t flopping in your face, it’s easier to concentrate on getting the most out of your workout time.