Health & Wellness

Heart Crisis: 4 Yoga Poses to Open Your Heart Chakra

By Ashley Zeller, JCC Wellness School Manager and Yoga Instructor E-RYT® 200 Angie Finds Relief. About a year ago a new student complained of neck and shoulder pain. After a few sessions and conversations, we discovered she had recently switched from working part-time to full-time, significantly increasing the time she spent sitting at a desk in front of a computer. Her …

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Q&A with Javan

Javan Odinga is not just a friendly face in the Mordoh Fitness Center. He is a great resource for answering any JCC member’s question from how to use certain equipment to what kinds of calories help a person maximize their workout. Similar to how a GPS device functions for a car, Javan can provide direction to help a person reach …

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Do I Need a Personal Trainer?

Below are three case studies of JCC members who work with personal trainer, Javan Odinga. They shared with us why they started using a personal trainer and why they keep coming back. Case Study 1: David C After a 15-year hiatus from working out, David C. met with Javan. Based on David’s goals to lose weight and gain muscle, David …

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I Love Goooooooould

Meet Jim Gould and Have Fun with Fitness Even though JCC personal trainer Jim Gould doubted himself when he started a pre-retirement career in fitness (he was the oldest in his class by about 30 years!), he’s found his niche. “I bring energy, wisdom and age and I think people have appreciated that,” he said. “Anybody can get back in …

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Bee Healthy

Bee Pollen is the Only Food You’ll Ever Need It appears that bees know a thing or two bee pollen about producing the perfect food. Bee pollen contains all of the essential minerals required by the body. And, because the pollen is meant for young bees, 40% of it is protein, half in the form of amino acids that are …

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Bodybuilder Lands at JCCindy

18 Years of Personal Training Experience on Three Continents Born and raised in Kenya, Javan Odinga is a Hoosier by marriage. “I was living in Qatar, my wife was in the U.S. and my son in Kenya,” Odinga says. “My favorite activity is spending time with family because we’re now all in the same place.” Once in Indianapolis, Odinga chose …

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A Typical Day at the J

On any given weekday between 8-10 am, you’ll find a group of regulars who came to the JCC for a variety of reasons, but who now say they keep coming back because of the friendship they’ve developed. “We know each other through the stairs (the stair stepping machine),” Sandy Nachlis said. “We didn’t know each other until we met here. …

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Grandma Teddy’s Passover Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe + A Little History

This recipe came straight from my grandmother’s kitchen. They’ve been a staple at my family Passover for as long as I can remember. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies You’ll need: Next: Cream the sugars and butter together. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until well combined. Add Cake Meal and continue …

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7 Tips for Making a Resolution That Sticks

So you’ve made yourself a promise. You told your friends and family, this is the year! You’re going to cut back on sweets, eat more vegetables and work out every day! That mini marathon you just signed up for is just a warm-up for the Tough Mudder, Spartan series race and the USAT Ironman championships in Hawaii you plan to …

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9 Tips for Healthier Holiday Cooking, and Eating!

Fact: The greatest number of heart attacks occurs on the same three days each year. According to a study published in the journal Circulation, you are most likely to die from a heart attack during the winter holidays. Overindulgence is one key factor: over the holidays, we tend to overeat in general, consuming too much unhealthy fats and sodium. How …

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