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How Often Do You Brush…

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Your body? What? Never heard of body brushing? It’s one of the easiest, quickest, (cheapest), most underrated things you can do to improve your immune system among a host of other fantastic benefits! Why, you ask? It’s detoxifying. Our body releases about a pound of waste from our skin daily; if the skin is clogged from dead skin cells, the toxins that are trying to make their way out of you end up being reabsorbed instead. Dry brushing removes these dead cells, and as a result, stimulates the immune system, better enabling it to do ... Read More »

Are You Really Hungry?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Have you ever eaten after you have just finished eating something? Have you ever been chewing, not even tasting your food, while perusing through your pantry for more? Have you ever celebrated with food? Punished yourself with food? Rewarded yourself with food? Eaten out of boredom? Eaten because it tasted good? Because you didn’t want it to go to waste? If any of the above apply to you, then you are not alone; even I have succumbed to many (if not all) of the aforementioned at some time in my life. I remember so clearly ... Read More »

How Healthy is Your Skin?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Quick, check yourself out in the mirror. Take a good look at your face, neck and décolleté area. Do a once-over on your arms and hands as well. What do you see? Smooth skin or rough and patchy? Hydrated or dry? Clear or blemished? What about your hair? Is it thick, lustrous and shiny, or limp, lackluster and full of dandruff? What you look like on the outside is a direct reflection of what’s going on on the inside. Now, I’m not talking about aging — we’re all on the same boat heading in the ... Read More »

Happy Daddy’s Day!


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres With the arrival of Father’s Day, it got me reminiscing about the recent Mother’s Day that just passed — my first with my son Elijah. I remember last year at that time going to “see” him for my last 3D/4D ultrasound for my birthday and how precious that time was. Flash forward to now, and I have a budding toddler in my arms who at ten months started walking, waving hi and bye, signing the word milk, loves to laugh, dance and get into everything! He loves giving me hugs and kisses (sometimes with teeth—his ... Read More »

Do You Suffer From Sugar Hangovers?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres With the holidays behind and in front of us, I’m sure we have thrown our willpower to the wind on one occasion or the other. Whether it was Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduations, Memorial Day, or the upcoming Father’s Day, most of us have succumbed to evil spell of sugar. If you eat clean the majority of the time and can have one cheat treat and get back on the wagon, then this message is most likely not as crucial as it is for the occasional binge eater – you know the type: where one ... Read More »

Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres I know many people who suffer from the occasional Charlie horse and assume that they must be magnesium deficient; I just love it when we diagnose ourselves based on our savvy Google searches! While those pesky cramps can be indicative of a deficiency, it is by no means a tell-all (as other factors such as dehydration or hormones could be to blame as well). Some symptoms of magnesium deficiency are as follows: • Abnormal heart rhythms • Loss of appetite • Cramps • Nausea • Tingling • Weakness • Numbness • Fatigue The National Institute ... Read More »

Are You Overdoing It?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Have you noticed the busy Marco streets lately? No, I’m not talking about the traffic, I’m talking about the sidewalks! Due to season and an exceptionally ill-fated winter up north, our tiny island has swollen like a sponge taking on water with seasonal residents and vacationers alike. The verdict is clear—these people want sunshine and plenty of it! They are biking, walking, rollerblading, golfing and more… only to wake up with tired, lethargic bodies that have been hibernating all winter long. I have client after client come in with some sort of ache, pain or ... Read More »

Are You a Sugar Addict?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Do you crave chocolate or sweets on a regular basis? Do you reach for an afternoon carb-rich pick-me-up? Do you drown your sorrows in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s? Do you just enjoy sugar in any shape or form? Then we need to have a little talk! Not only is sugar in the most obvious places, but it also lurks in some lesser-known areas as well such as salad dressings, bread, yogurt, barbecue sauces and ketchup, baked beans, smoothies and basically most processed foods in one way or another. Is all sugar bad and ... Read More »

Do You Baby Your Back?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Many of the clients I see on a regular basis come to me because they have injured something or something is bothering them. The majority of the time it is related to a joint: the neck, back, shoulders, hips, knees—you get the picture. One of the most frustrating areas for people is the burden of back pain. From stiffness to stenosis, or even scoliosis, the general consensus is—it’s uncomfortable! Whether it’s the desk potato or the seasoned athlete, we’ve all been there (or will most likely arrive there someday). So what can you do about it? ... Read More »

Is Your Diet Aging You?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres It very well could be! I could literally spin this multiple ways, but I’ll just focus on one direction — alkalinity versus acidity. Unlike the multiple diets out there, this one is actually geared more towards health (surprise!) and less about weight loss. Now, before you write it off because I didn’t say you’d shed weight like a Biggest Loser contestant, hear me out. Many diets promise quick fixes, lasting results, flatter abs or saving the planet one animal at a time — and to each their own. If you adopt this style of eating, ... Read More »

Make Juice, Not War


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Now that we are into full-fledged New Year’s mode, no doubt your gym is overridden with sweatband-sporting enthusiasts, and your local grocery store is jam-packed tighter than a woman in Spanx. What you may also be taking notice of is an ever-increasing interest in juicing. Many things probably come to mind whenever you think of juicing: cleanses, powders, fad diets, weight-loss, detox and health, of course. Juicing does represent all of these ideas to a degree. Let’s break it down to see what is worth trying and what is worth skipping. Bear in mind that this ... Read More »

Act Like a Kid Again


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Are you stuck? Stuck in a workout rut or stuck behind a desk at work, or even stuck at the same weight that you keep trying to get off? Why not break out of the box and try something different? Watch little kids play; they are exercising without even knowing it. Why? Because they are having fun. Remember when you were a small child? I’ll bet some of your fondest memories are playing tag, hide-and-seek or simply running around the playground. Instead of working out indoors, take advantage of the cooler weather and take your ... Read More »

Prevent Breast Cancer with Exercise!


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres You’ve heard time and time again that exercise is good for you, but did you know that it is so good for you that it could help ward off breast cancer? Studies have shown promising results. According to, “Exercising four or more hours a week may decrease hormone levels and help lower breast cancer risk. The effect of exercise on breast cancer risk may be greatest in premenopausal woman of normal or low weight.” They also note that whenever adolescent girls workout regularly, it provides an equally effective protection. The best case scenario would be ... Read More »

Prevent Cancer with Your Fork!


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Can you really prevent the big C by following a clean diet and creating healthy lifestyle choices? Many experts believe the foods you eat (and don’t eat) play a bigger role than you may realize. Although many professionals differ in their opinion on the best path to a guaranteed cancer-free life, there are a few biggies that most experts agree can certainly decrease your chances of having to face off against it. These are the top tips that appear to be unanimous across the board: 1. Avoid smoking at all costs! A no-brainer for sure, but ... Read More »

Fitness OnLive!


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres With school starting just around the corner and the season quickly approaching, many of you are running around like crazy trying to get things organized. If you don’t have kids, you may be throwing yourself into your work and neglecting your workouts. So many people cram their day full of business that they don’t leave themselves time to work out. I especially see a lot of SAHM (stay at home moms) and dads that cannot leave the house, which makes it near impossible to squeeze in a workout. This is where OnLive Training comes to the ... Read More »

Welcome to the World Elijah Manjarres


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres This is is part two of my labor and delivery story; I last left off with my body getting ready to push… My body wants to push, the only problem is that no amount of pushing yields any results. I can feel my energy flagging due to extreme nausea from the pain. I could only manage a couple of bites of watermelon and some coconut water. The extra carbs I had eaten earlier had already been burned through and just as an athlete needs to refuel during a grueling race, I needed to do the same ... Read More »

Welcome to the World: Part 1


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres This post is all about the birth of my first child. Many of my articles have been leading up to this point and many are curious as to how my labor and delivery went. It all began Friday evening whenever I started to have a feeling of heaviness in my lower abdomen; I didn’t give it much thought despite not having a comfortable night’s sleep because of it. The mild cramping was still there when I woke up in the morning and on my way to the studio my husband suggested that it was contractions; I ... Read More »

He’s Almost Here!


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres A lot happened at my last prenatal appointment: I got to pick the birthing room that I wanted for baby’s birth day, I gained another three pounds (although I did eat a big lunch right before stepping on the scale!), baby boy turned, and we did a private birth prep session with a doula. Where I’m giving birth, they have two beautiful birthing suites: a garden room and a beach room. Tough choice! I ultimately decided to go with the garden suite since it has quaint little windows and a bigger tub for a water birth. ... Read More »

Two Weeks and Counting!


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Hello Marco Island! Baby and I are going strong! As of me penning this article, we have fifteen days left until our “guess” date! Can you believe how quickly the time has flown? I simply cannot! There are still so many loose ends to tie up! Here’s a brief update: baby is in the perfect position for birth, our blood pressure continues to rock, and I only gained one pound. I spent the weekend celebrating at our beautiful baby shower thrown by one of my dear friends/client who has been with us almost seven years. ... Read More »

Hypnobabies and Trivia!


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres It’s coming down to the wire ladies and gents! I had my labor and delivery class last week and will be starting my childbirth course this coming week. My husband and I have chosen the Hypnobabies method that we are super excited about. If you’ve never heard of it, it is pretty amazing. The way I interpret Hypnobabies is that you train your mind and body over the course of six weeks to be able to relax during labor as well as to embrace it in a positive light. You mentally prepare yourself for childbirth ... Read More »