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  • Make a habit of happiness.

    “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln I want to talk about happiness. By definition happiness is a state of mind where our thinking is pleasant. When we are happy, everything is in life better. Our thoughts, our performance, even the function of our organs, our memory, and our senses (sight, touch, smell, feel, taste). There have even been studies that showed happy optimistic businessmen to be more successful than their pessimistic counterparts. All this to say that a state of happiness is something we all should strive for if we wish to lead healthy, successful lives. The problem lies in the fact that most of us are seeking ....

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  • Member Challenge: Find your focus

    Written by Elise Matthews The new year gives us all an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and reset our focus for the next 12 months. A lot of you are probably thinking in terms of a resolution. Like I wrote last week, resolutions are too finite and restrictive. Instead think of creating a way to improve upon some aspect of of your life in a way that is adaptable to what 2019 throws your way. With that being said, here’s your challenge for the month: Step 1: Take some time to think about what you want to focus on this year, this should be a focus to make a significant impact on one aspect of your life that you are particularly passionate about improving. ....

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  • Make an impact in 2019

    Written by Elise Matthews With the end of 2018 comes a lot of pressure to create resolutions that will help us improve some aspect of our life in the upcoming year. The statistics of success with resolutions are pretty grim which begs the question, what if we tried a different approach to this resolution thing? I don’t love the idea of making a resolution for two reasons:
    The effort towards achieving the resolution seems to peter out in a span of a couple of weeks, leaving yet another year of broken resolutions.
    If you actually achieve the resolution and then flounder from there because you’ve hit your goal giving your subconscious free range to take a pass on ....

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  • A Kaizen approach to overall wellness -Member of the Month -Eme C's Story.

    A Kaizen approach to overall wellness -Member of the Month -Eme C's Story. Written By Elise Matthews. Wiki describes Kaizen as the following: The Japanese word kaizen means "change for better", with inherent meaning of either "continuous" or "philosophy". The word refers to any improvement, one-time or continuous, large or small, but in English is typically applied to measures for implementing continuous improvement . Eme is one of those people who truly always has a smile on her face. No matter the challenge, she is up for it and even if her smile turns into a grimace from the effort of the challenge, she is possibly one of the most positive people I have ever had ....

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  • Connecting at the Holiday Table: How to navigate difficult conversations

    Connecting at the Holiday Table Written by Kristen Simon Whether you’re traveling to visit family or hosting at your home, manage the stress that often surrounds such gatherings by taking some time to think through and prepare for some potentially awkward or tricky conversations. What to say, what to say… Feeling concerned about what to discuss with family and friends at your next holiday gathering? Or perhaps you have a holiday party to attend where you don’t know many folks. Take a minute to think about the last time you were in a situation like that - how did you cope? More than likely, you spent a lot of time hovering around the buffet table or ....

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  • Your holiday survival guide

    It’s that time of year again… the Holiday Season from November to New Years Day. This is a busy time of year that leaves you focusing on everyone and everything… except for yourself. No one is perfect. We are all human and not robots. It would be crazy to expect to stay on autopilot through the holiday season and not even sneak one glass of eggnog. Cut yourself some slack…. This is the first and critical key to success over the holidays included in our holiday survival guide. Click here to download! ....

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  • 1 Week Sugar Challenge

    The Holidays are here and with them come a lot of sweets in your house, in your office, at the various parties you will attend, etc! It is now believed that processed sugar rich foods are the leading cause of many of our society’s most common degenerative diseases, including obesity in children and adults, type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammation and even cancer. The bottom line is that we need to get it out of our lives, or at least find effective strategies to consume significantly less. Our December challenge help to kick start this transition and give you an excuse to pass on the sweets for the week! Sugar Challenge options: Level 1 : This is for those who are ....

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  • Personal Training in Columbia - K.O.R.E. Wellness - Change your path and change your fate:  This is Jeanie's Member of the Month Story

    Change your path and change your fate: This is Jeanie's Member of the Month Story

    Getting stronger to avoid hip replacement: Written By Elise Matthews. What Elise has to say about Jeanie: Jeanie came to us on the wonderful recommendation of two of our current members, Carol and Maggie, who are amazingly loyal and vocal KORE supporters. Jeanie was and still is an avid tennis player but she was starting to experience some pain in a variety of areas and had a suspicion that she needed to do more in order to avoid the fate of her mother and Aunt who had both needed hip replacements. While Jeanie was fit from tennis, years of playing a very one-sided sport had taken its toll on her body. She was experiencing neck and shoulder pain, low back pain, as well as leg ....

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  • Let's put the thanks back in Thanksgiving

    Let's put the Thanks back in Thanksgiving. It always saddens me that Thanksgiving seems to have become this speed bump in the road on the way to Black Friday and the retail driven Christmas hustle and bustle. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it encompasses all of my favorite things in this world: family, spending time together, cooking, good food, and time to pause to recognize how much we have to be thankful for. Photo credit: Lorien Owens Now, with Black Friday scratching and clawing its way into Thanksgiving, it seems like it's more of a rush to finish the meal so we can get out and score the big deals. This Thanksgiving, I challenge this: Put forth ....

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  • The 5 step KISS Method to quality sleep

    The 5 step KISS Method to quality sleep Written By Elise Matthews. Whether or not you decided to join in on this month's challenge. We could always use some tips and strategies for getting a better night's sleep. So without getting too bogged down into the details there are a 5 simple strategies that you can follow that have been scientifically proven to make for a better night of sleep. When testing out which sleep ritual works best for you keep it simple, DON'T try to incorporate all of these habits. The goal is to get the best quality of sleep with the least amount of effort. If you are struggling or need a kick off point, try this:
    No intense exercise at least 2 hours before bed
    No ....

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