Is couples counseling possible if only one partner participates?

Romantic relationships nearly always begin well but often end badly. For example, the divorce rate in the U.S. is roughly 40 percent. Even the best of relationships can have serious rough patches.

There comes a point when one if not both partners in a troubled relationship begin to think they may need help. They start having thoughts like, “This is just not working.” “She is always complaining.” “He doesn’t want to spend time with me.” “I don’t know how to fix this.”

Seamless ways to fit exercise into your schedule this spring

Courtesy of Reena Vokoun
According to Passion Fit founder Reena Vokoun, there’s no excuse for skipping workouts, especially given the abundance of exercise apps, at-home equipment and local fitness classes.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, only 21 percent of adults in the U.S. are meeting the weekly guidelines for exercise.

Not only are many people too busy to exercise, but the number is probably even lower in the winter months, when the weather is colder and people fall ill during cold and flu season.

Keeping your love alive after Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day and its celebration of romantic love has come and gone. Now that the flowers are wilting, how do we keep love alive the other 364 days? It’s a fair question, because without regularly investing time and energy into our relationship, we can dig ourselves into a rut.

Here’s a suggestion that many mental health-care professionals recommend: Make and maintain rituals for the two of you. That might sound a bit odd if you think of a ritual like a wedding ceremony. But these rituals are something you choose to do regularly with your partner, for example, a weekly date night or activity.

Where did all of my muscles go?

Courtesy of PhysioFit
TRX, or total resistance exercise, demonstrated above, can help build muscles with this chest-press exercise.

You’ve worked hard to get fit. You love the way your body looks and feels. You’re confident, energized and feeling accomplished.

Then you stop or slow down your routine. Soon you find that you’ve lost that definition. You’re gaining fat and losing muscle. You feel weaker. Your body is changing rapidly, and you’re starting to panic.

Mindfulness class at ECH helps those with stress, pain and illness

Grace Hase / Los Altos Town Crier
Participants in Bob Stahl’s mindfulness-based stress reduction class practice mindful meditation.

Bob Stahl helped El Camino Hospital’s Howard Nudelman, M.D., fulfill his dying wish: establish a mindfulness-based stress reduction class at the hospital.

That was in 1993 – 25 years later, Nudelman’s vision is still thriving.

Debunking the myths about dance workouts

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Alex Johnson / Special to the Town Crier
Columnist Reena Vokoun, above center in orange, teaches a dance class at Passion Fit’s launch event at Athleta in Palo Alto. According to Vokoun, dance not only works the cardiovascular system, but also engages the core, which helps tone and sculpt the body.

Many people are under the misconception that dancing isn’t a very effective workout.

While there may be variances by individual, according to research conducted by the American Council on Exercise, dance classes like Zumba can burn on average between 300 and 400 calories per hour and are considered effective, full-body regimens.

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