The list of emotional and physical symptoms of stress goes on and on. Stress affects everyone differently, but at the end of the day, stress is harmful to our mental health, our relationships, and our wellbeing. Because it’s National Stress Awareness Month, the Pinnacle crew got together to share their favorite ways to reduce stress. Meditate -Meditating for as little as five minutes can actually reduce your stress levels. Start small, focus on your breathing, and be in the moment. Take a Stroll Around the Block -Short walks during the work day can help you focus, clear your mind, and boost creativity. Snuggle an Animal -Just do it. It’s great. Spend Time in Nature -Simply spending a little time outdoors can help reduce...

Remember a month ago when it was -15°? A month ago! Now we’re seeing temps in the 40s-70s. Needless to say, spring has sprung! We all went through a pretty harsh winter, but now it’s time to get back outside. Get some sun, fresh air, and join your Omaha fitness community again in the outdoors.   PFC Run Club This club is for runners of all levels. We will run outside unless the weather is extreme. The Wednesday run will be shorter and speed focused (if desired), and the Sunday run will be longer and endurance focused. Walk/Runners are also welcome to join the club! We meet Sundays at 8am and Wednesdays at 6:45pm.   Heartland Bcycle Have you seen these solar powered stations popping up all over town? They...

Labels can be misleading. Corporate agendas can push misinformation. It can be hard to know when you’re making the right choices for you and your family’s dietary needs. Here are a few simple nutrition facts that we believe will help you build a knowledge base around good nutrition.   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned trans fats as of June 18, 2018, though products manufactured before this date can still be distributed until 2020.   Around 1980 we saw a drastic increase in obesity, type 2 diabetes, and the myriad of health issues that come along with them. The simultaneous rise in the production of foods that include trans fats has lead the FDA to ban these life suckers! Stick with foods that offer healthy fats...

National Heart Health Month: Let's talk about hypertension Although we’re snowed in and our bodies haven’t seen the sun in four months, one great thing about February is that it’s National Heart Health Month. This is our yearly chance to focus on our heart health and reengage with healthy habits. Last year we celebrated National Heart Health Month by sharing some easy to incorporate tips and changes in our everyday lives. You can revisit those here. This year we want to dive into a specific topic in heart health, hypertension. Hypertension is simply abnormally high blood pressure. Left unchecked, hypertension can lead to severe complications and it increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and death. The American Heart Association offers a very simple, helpful chart to help us...