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July 29, 2021

What if you could do something good for health and save lives at the same time? Count me in as I like being effective with my time and resources. Every day, about 44,000 units of blood are used to save lives across the United States. This blood is vital for cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, and victims of accidents. Although 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent does so each year. Studies reveal many possible benefits of regular blood donation.

Not sure how YOU like to give back. Personally, I only have so much energy to go around for workouts 6 days a week, healthy nutrition and numerous self-care habits, be involved in my kids life and tote them to different life enriching activities and doctors appointments, household activities, be a good spouse and run a business. I am so appreciative of the many people that volunteer their time and efforts for different organizations, it is a gift of service. This said, I would rather give blood than spend more of my energies volunteering and it makes me feel good that I might be saving 3 lives. Donating blood, especially on a regular basis, can be similar to volunteer work. You give of your time (and your literal blood) to help strangers in need.

An average adult has between 9 and 12 pints of blood in their bodyThe volume in a person’s body will vary according to their size and other factors, but the average quantities are as follows: An average-sized woman has about 9 pints. An average-sized man has about 12 pints.

How much do the blood donor
centers draw
from you? 

1 Pint

Enjoy these benefits from giving blood:

  • Prior to the blood draw it’s like getting a mini-physical in which someone will check your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, hemoglobin (iron count) and more. You might even find out your iron levels are too low and you need a supplement. I don’t eat meat and I was anemic during pregnancies so I always take an iron supplement.
  • Giving blood can reduce harmful iron stores – most people don’t even know they have Hemochromatosis which is a disease that causes iron overload. This can develop early in life or at age 40 or 50.  Too much iron can be damaging to blood vessels, and a regular decrease of iron-rich blood and subsequent replenishment due to blood donation can lead to a more beneficial lower iron level. I know 2 clients that routinely have to give blood aka: blood letting.
  • Phlebotomy (the process of drawing blood) was found to be an iron-reduction method that is associated with lower cancer risk and mortality.
  • Donating blood can help your liver stay healthy
  • Giving blood can be good for your mental state as it takes you out of the ME..ME..ME mindset and helps you focus on what you can do to help others. Volunteering has positive effects on happiness.
  • Find out what your blood type is so can try one of my favorite types of diet. The Blood Type Diet is very intuitive and can make a lot of sense or radically change some of your nutrition habits to help you lose weight, have more energy, sleep better or have less digestive issues.

So maybe you are one of those peeps that need to be motivated by fear or the away from something bad to take action.

Here’s What You Want to Avoid!

According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, 88% of blood donors are less likely to suffer a heart attack. With heart attacks to hold the record for most deaths in the US why not try and edge that one down on your list. Numbers aren’t out yet on if Coronavirus is going to be atop of this list at least for 2020. What we do know is that 80% of corona cases don’t become serious, it’s the underlying health causes that add a compound ill health risk and effect.

If you don’t give blood then you may not be giving your body that extra help with blood flow, giving it a lower viscosity (resistance) and thus making it less damaging to blood vessels.

Did you know that men tend to store more iron in their body than women?












On a lighter note, I remember my mother giving blood often when I was a kid. She said they loved seeing her and she felt appreciated for giving. If we don’t hear others encouraging us to give blood then most people simply won’t do it or think that someone else will. Consider this post a means of highly encouraging you to make an appointment to give blood. Side note…I was motivated by the Taco Tuesday T-Shirt email. They give gift cards too sometimes and you get points for every donation you give. 800 points each time which you can redeem for prizes or gift cards. Different collectors have different age requirements. South Carolina minimum is age 16 and the upper age limit in some countries is age 65.

The average adult has approximately 10 pints, or 8% of body weight, and it takes a number of weeks to replenish those stores (this is why donors must wait 8 weeks between donations).

Tips  & prior to giving! 

  • hydrate with water and or electrolytes (I pop a nunn electrolyte tab in some water)
  • Fuel up before you go & afterwards! Yesterday there was a woman that said she didn’t eat before giving and they pulled out a cold pack for her neck/chest, plugged in a fan and gave her sodium laced crackers and a sugary drink. With my diet, there’s no way I’m gonna eat crappy processed peanut butter crackers and a soda. Although last time I was served some veggie straws (gluten and dairy free…wohoo!). I usually time it to eat a salted brown rice cake with sunflower nut or cashew nut butter an hour before giving and then have an Aloha protein bar afterwards and water.
  • do your exercise several hours prior to donating
  • bring a jacket or long pants. they may or may not have warm blankets for you.
  • you might feel tired for 2 days post donation.
  • no strenuous activity immediately following – take it easy for 2 days (I lifted and ran on day 2 but easier effort)
  • you might feel lightheaded the day of and for up to 48 hours

I’ll leave you with this a a few pics from yesterday @thebloodconnection in Greenville, SC.

What’s not pictured is the yelp I let out when I get stuck with needles. I mean who loves them right, unless your a junkie and at that point you have bigger problems.

Bloodletting is one of the humanity’s oldest medical practices, dating back thousands of years and linked to many ancient cultures, including the Mayans, Aztecs, Egyptians and Mesopotamians. The typical purpose was to cure a person suffering from some kind of infirmity (leprosy, plague, pneumonia, stroke, inflammation, herpes, acne – pretty much anything). The patient was pierced or cut and then drained of several ounces of blood until they fainted.”

I didn’t know until my son (age 15) pointed out that the bag that your blood goes in is slowing swinging back and forth during the process. Cool, it keeps it from clotting. They keep it out of sight, thank goodness as I always look away when they stick me.





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Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1
Energy Fitness
Owner/Dir. of Training

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February 12, 2021

We love some Diana Sullivan, a healing arts practitioner that we were blessed to have at Energy Fitness in Memphis. We made a few videos a while back so I thought it was time to share this one about essential oils. This post was also inspired by my pop in to a guest speaker at massage school a couple of weeks ago on this topic. Did you know that there are several essential oils that are toxic and must have carrier oils. You don’t simply put the oils on your skin directly almost 99% of the time and some are very toxic if you put on then go into the sun (phytosensative).

Here’s a few with a video from Diana (dee-ah-na) that you may wish to add to your collection. By all means find pure or organic. Where? Well…that would be a whole different post. I have used now sports essential oils many times and liked. Don’t forget they have a shelf life as well and should be kept out of sun or high heat environments.

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September 18, 2020

Have you heard the buzz the last few years about the benefits of infrared saunas? They are so popular that there are increasingly more options available to the public. Boutique day sauna’s are now available and sessions can be purchased individually, packages or monthly unlimited memberships. The main types are wood burning, electrically heated, infrared and steam room.

Spas are of special interest to me as my hometown is Hot Springs, Arkansas which is home of BathHouse Row as well as Mountain Valley mineral water. Buckstaff Baths is still in operation today. I recommend the Whirlpool mineral Bath package for a mere $38 which includes: Whirlpool Mineral Bath(20-minute tub bath with whirlpool at a maximum temperature of 102 degrees).This bath package includes, hot packs, sitz bath, vapor cabinet (pic below where just your head sticks out-awesome and so old school), needle shower (doesn’t hurt), and whirlpool turned on in your tub.

Sorry, I was getting carried away with memories of my past bath experiences at Buckstaff.

The focus of this article is mainly to bring to your attention the benefits of an infrared sauna and the options available for infrared saunas at home (portable units). Portable Infrared Saunas are becoming alarmingly alluring to the public – and, for a good reason. They offer an array of healing benefits for both the mind and the body. Sweating has long been used as therapy. The Mayans use sweat houses 3000 years ago. In Finland, saunas have been used for thousands of years, and 1 in 3 Finns still use them. In the United States (U.S.), there are thought to be over a million saunas. A regular dry heat sauna is typically a room heated to between 158° to 212° Fahrenheit.Traditional Finnish saunas usually use dry heat, with a relative humidity that is often between 10 and 20 percent. In other sauna types, the moisture is higher. Turkish-style saunas, for example, involve a greater level of humidity.

Is this a fad or will it stay around for a bit? Who knows as many people thought spinning was going to be a fad and almost 25 years later it’s still around, In fact, the demand of the Peleton bike is such that customers often wait 6 weeks for delivery or more.

Then of course you have some businesses take it to the next level and offer 24 hours a day access and/or combine exercise in the infrared saunas via virtual instruction like weight exercises, body weight exercises, band exercises, core, barre, treadmill, kickboxing, cycling, rowing, or yoga. Me, no way I would want to exercise in this environment! The selling point for the exercise infrared saunas is that the you receive the benefits of infrared heat absorption, while completing a 30-minute isometric (yoga / pilates) workout or 15-min High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session for some businesses or a 30 minute circuit for other business models and some with heart rate monitoring. As the infrared heat penetrates your body causing you to sweat, the isometric postures further accelerate detoxification by physically removing the toxins from your organs through muscle contraction. By the way massage and exercise not in a heated room also has the ability to detoxify your body via sweat and muscle pumping contraction.

The main benefits for infrared saunas are as follows:

  • Increases in cellular metabolism, blood circulation, tissue oxygenation and collagen production
  • Production of inflammatory mediators that reduce cellular inflammation
  • Production of growth factors that assist cellular regeneration
  • Increased cellular and tissue growth
  • Activation of anti-aging systems (when we repair both the DNA architecture and the gene transcription systems, we are restoring the optimal Epigenetic state of the cell. When we test clients biomarkers with our BIA (bioelectrical impedance analysis) machine I am often telling client that the machine also measures Phase Angle which is the overall health of the cells. We want our cells to be like grapes not raisins!
  • Other more laymen terms for results are relaxation, stress relief, anxiety and depression relief, better sleep, detoxification

KEEP IN MIND……………A sauna may not be suitable for everyone. Check contraindications before using.

What is the Ideal For Infrared Sauna Temperature?

An ideal temperature is between 110-130 degrees. However, it depends on what you want to accomplish. In an infrared sauna, you will have a better detoxification at lower temperatures and you will sweat more at higher settings.

Remember that infrared is what heals, not sweating (which is what marketing sells). What is important is getting as much infrared as possible.

According to one blog post I read as part of my research for this post, ‘If you set your control panel at too low of a temperature and wait to enter until it has reached the desired reading, the heaters will short cycle off and on and you do not fully benefit from the infrared. This is one of the most misunderstood aspects of infrared sauna use”.

You want the heating elements to be on and delivering infrared the entire time, regardless of the temperature setting. So ideally you want to set the temperature at a higher level around 140. Then you can enter the sauna when it reaches 110 or 115.

Using an infrared sauna at the lower temperatures of 110-125 degrees results in a sticker, more fat-laden sweat and less electrolyte loss. In fact the sweat from an infrared sauna session is comprised of up to 20% toxins compared to only 3% toxins in the sweat produced in a high temp steam unit. This is a main reason it is the better choice for detox purposes.Some users report beginning the session at a low 110-125 degrees for the first 20 minutes and then raising the desired temperature to around 135 to produce a more profuse sweat for the final 10 minutes.

So What’s Best Temp for an Infrared Sauna?

According to someone praising the benefits of the brand Heavenly Heath if you are a beginner or not in great health then 100 degrees or less until you get use to the heat. For most others set the control panel to at least 130 degrees. A setting above 140 is even better. Begin your session when it is between 100-115 degrees. This brand has a ceiling vent.

Should I invest in one for my home?

One of our clients which is totally immersed into holistic and natural care in so many areas of her life showed me her infrared sauna in which she keeps in her walk in attic.

Here’s what she had to say about her “I have not been sick, it relieves stress and detoxes the body really well!” Kathy Y. She has the Luminati Sauna model from (It’s an investment for sure and it has a Lifetime warranty!) They have payment plans available as well.

Another client Energy Fitness has trained for many years is a nurse and mother of two grade school children. She recently shared that her new guilty pleasure is a membership to Hot Works and sometimes she goes twice a week. It makes her feel calmer and more zen. She does some Yoga but many times just lays down and soaks up the heat and rays. This is a great mind calmer for those with overactive brains and thought patterns.

Here’s an image from website.










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Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)
ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), Rock Tape Blades & Blades Advanced
FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

Massage services resumed June 1, 2020 and we have new guidelines that will be followed such as staff will be wearing face coverings as well as clients for massage. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc. All clients onsite must sign Covid form, successfully answer health Covid questions and socially distance.

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June 20, 2020

As an athlete for over 33 years and a fitness professional in the field of personal training and nutrition coaching for over 28 years I am often asked for my professional opinion. This ranges from the latest or trendy new fitness equipment, diets, supplements and all to do with health and wellness.

The questions I have been peppered with most often lately are about
Peloton Bikes, Intermittent fasting and Online Training.

No one is really reinventing the wheel or the knife, they are just sharpening the tool and making it more efficient and user friendly. Aside from electric cars like the Tesla and the invention of computers and smart phones really big ideas don’t come around that often. Think how fashion goes in cycles.

The online training question makes me think of the late and great Jack Lalane aka “The Godfather of Modern Fitness” for introducing weight training and nutrition to the masses. He was the first in America to have follow along fitness classes on….remember it was black and white television. I would call that a version of online fitness classes and he was ahead of his time. He wasn’t able to customize each persons workout considering their range of motion but it was a great start to getting people moving and holding them accountable for their health and fitness goals or even talk to them about setting some goals.

CAUTION…SELF PROMOTING…Energy Fitness does onsite personal training as well as virtual personal training. Lately lots of clients love the virtual training and actually want to continue as many clients have said “I like this online training because I can just roll out of bed and get the workout done without having to waste drive time.” This doesn’t work for everyone as some people like machines that are available in the studios and gyms and they like the social component.

Let’s fast forward from black and white television fitness workouts to fitness gyms or studios with this blog post sharing options with you for stationary bikes. Let’s be honest, most people don’t love waking up in the early hours to travel to the gym, may not have early morning childcare or find it frustrating trying to find a spin class that has room for them. Enter the at-home spin bike. Several big names in the fitness world have gym-quality spin bikes that can fit perfectly into your spare bedroom, basement, or other workout-friendly room of the house. You can opt for an entry-level model and save a ton of cash, or splurge and get access to streaming workouts and other great features.

Let’s put the cost of the Peloton in perspective with a backstory.

I first arrived in Memphis as the Physical Director at the Downtown Memphis YMCA just out of Graduate School in 1997. Within 6 months they had purchased spin bikes.The Keiser bikes were $700 each I recall and they chose to buy 11 of them to see how popular the classes would be. Purchasing those 11 bikes was an investment of about $9,000 (including tax & shipping) that 10 members and 1 instructor would utilize. The idea with a spin bike for group classes is that the instructor is your motivation, other participants may be inspiration and just being in a group feeling the collective energy of everyone wanted to get a good burn can help hold you accountable and mixing up your workouts which is the idea of the newest bikes on market giving you the ability to be called out by instructor in live classes or your bike personal trainer on demand.

When you think of the Peloton craze of late, think back to weight watchers and beach body workouts with their big support groups and nutrition coaching as well. People love being part of a group and bragging about their results. Beach body company even had contests to keep people engaged and it stroked the competitive edge for lots of people.

Accountability is the one of the biggest reasons for people getting results and not just doing the same old tired workouts over and over again as you don’t know any different or just get into mundane habits.

If you are someone that needs the stats, calories, motivation, competition, ease of use, and convenience of having a bike at home then you have options that suits your personality depending on your budget. Every dollar has a job. What do you want those dollars help you achieve.

Having a workout buddy or a personal trainer or coach has been
proven to be 7 x more effective than working out alone or without a support group.

Let’s talk investment in yourself. 

If you went to spin classes 3 x per week onsite at average across the country of let’s say $28 per session that’s $336 per month. Calculate your time to book the class you want, the fuel and time to get to and from the class and that’s the true value of is it worth it to you.

Have a bike and will just ride outside? What about when it’s windy, wet, too cold, too hot or you don’t have time to go for a ride with possibility of having a flat and not making it back on time for a much needed task or call. What if you have kids and need to get it in when they are napping?

That said here’s the numbers of some popular spin bikes with the electronic console people are getting excited about on the market at the time of this article.

KEEP IN MIND… that people hire marketing companies to get their product out there. How many times have you been suckered with marketing and the product didn’t deliver or that you bought an off brand that was actually as good or better than the marketing hype from the popular brand.


  • $3k+ budget: Peleton Bike is advertised on their website as a financing “starting at” $58 per month for 39 months. That’s $2262 and that probably doesn’t included initial tax or shipping. You will also need shoes to clip in for more efficiency and likely you will want the membership option which is over $250 annually. So expect to pay close to $3k if you actually get the options you want. It has a user friendly console with lots of options and you can easily geek on out on your performance stats like cadence, calories and take live classes or do terrains from all around the world I believe.You can even hook up with your friend while riding which can give you that social component to keep you motivated and more accountable.
  • $2k+ budget: Nordic Track Commercial S22i Studio Cycle is $1,999 plus $468 ifit membership included for 1st year). On their website financing is $78 per month. You can access thousands of on demand studio cycle workouts with elite ifit trainers who LIVE control your cycles incline, decline and resistance. You can cycle around the world with great scenery and the instructors can still control your workouts as well in this mode. Plus, with cross-training options like yoga or strength training, you have everything you need right at your fingertips.
  • $1,299-$1,499 budget: Nordic Track Grand Tour series.
  • $700-$1500 anything from the Schwinn IC4 to Sole B900 or Zwift recommended wahoo trainer and lots in between for a spin bike with the capacity to connect via bluetooth.
  • is an app with a $14.99 monthly subscription fee and has the ability to work with your current indoor trainer as well. You can race, train or just ride or get the pod for you running shoes and get those stats and visual stimulation as well. I likely am not doing this app that best justice it deserves so you should just check out the website. One of our clients that cycles a lot recommended it to me.

Want a less expensive version?

  • Bike Indoor Trainer (I am self motivated so just do this to music or watch something on smart device). Set up pic below. Most trainers set up your back tire to the resistance device and you use your gears to change resistance. You can get a fluid or magnetic one. A fluid trainer produces less noise which may be important if you live with someone below you. I opted for the less expensive route as I didn’t know any better at the time that the fluid one would have only been $100 more. I bought a Cycle Ops one 14 years ago for only $150 on ebay brand new and I still have it and use frequently. In doing a little research for this post I discovered I can upgrade my CycleOps trainer to include speed and cadence sensors for only $60 if I choose.Here’s the link for that: CycleOps upgrade just so you can see.

  • Below is what you need for basic set up if you just choose to do the zwift app and use your road or other hybrid bike. I believe you could even use a mountain bike for an indoor trainer. I have the $30 front bike tire climbing riser instead of a book and love it because I do a lot of faux climbing hills. The fan in the garage is a must in the south for those hot days if you are set up in a garage. If you have tri bars you can put ipad on them.

Will the Peleton or other smart bike with a console be the magic bullet you need to reach your goals? Maybe…You still have to do the work and actually get on the bike and start moving. Don’t get it and let it be an expensive clothes hanger like a lot of equipment many clients have told me these home fitness options have become.


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Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)
ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), Rock Tape Blades & Blades Advanced
FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

The services below resumed June 1, 2020 and we have new guidelines that will be followed such as staff will be wearing face coverings as well as clients for massage. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc.

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May 17, 2020

Everyone deals with stress differently and we all have different levels at different times in our lives. Instead of the usual no good outcome on the other side ways of dealing with it like drinking, eating, shopping and other coping mechanisms that are just short lived why not try a few of these suggestions.

  1. Think back to when you had the feelings of being happy. Remembering good times, such as a trip to Disneyland, the Beach or the Mountains can cut someone’s stress response by 85 per cent, firing up the reward centers in the brain. It works better than simply distracting yourself, the evidence suggests, visualizing positive things or dreaming about a happy future

2) Listen to the sound of flowing water: The gentle burbling of a brook, or the sound of the wind in the trees can physically change our mind and bodily systems, helping us to relax.

3) Music around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronize with the beat causing alpha brainwaves (frequencies from 8 – 14 hertz or cycles per second).
Here’s a few examples: 60 bpm. My GirlOtis Redding • Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (Collector’s Edition) Love is AllThe Tallest Man On Earth. Landslide • Fleetwood Mac. Here’s a site that shows you several songs that you may wish to consider: Tempo 60 bpm

There are tons of tips out there on how to reduce stress. From meditation to exercise to a daily glass of wine, but perhaps the simplest one and arguably most effective one has been around since humans came into existence. Letting out a loud and long primal scream may be the way to reduce stress, according to research.

1,000 randomly selected adults for a survey 19% of the fans indicated they ‘always’ yell at the TV when watching sports. One respondent said “yelling can seem absolutely ridiculous. But in the moment, it feels so right. It makes everything feel better.” The survey also found that women outnumbered men (62% versus 56%) when it came to “sometimes” yelling at sports on TV. You can also add a pounding fist if you want or maybe just throw your arms up in the air.

Whatever your method just know that you can’t be your healthiest self when you are running in high throttle so why not try some of the above suggestions.


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ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), Rock Tape Blades & Blades Advanced
FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT


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