Optimum health: It’s easier than you think

Fitness expert Richelle Melde

Fitness expert Richelle Melde
(Photo courtesy of Hollye Schumacher Photography)


Finally, we reach exercise. It’s a key component to optimum health; however, it’s not that complicated. Here’s what you need to feel energetic and happy.

Do not overtrain. Remember, the key is to work smarter, not harder. Avoid long durations of exercise at high exertion or high intensity.

The biggest culprit that creates excessive levels of cortisol is cardio.

• Hot or Bikram yoga
• Long cardio workouts, such as running, cycling and swimming

• Rest
• Stretch, foam roll and trigger point
• Treat yourself to a massage regularly.

Richelle Melde is the Fitness Expert for News Channel 12 EVB Live show (Phoenix, Ariz.) and has been seen on Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC, as well as in the AZ Republic and Business Journal. She has a B.S. in Psychology, Sociology and Women’s Studies and is a CHEK Practitioner and Holistic Life Coach.

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