Women's Health And Wellness

Let’s face it: It can be challenging to find the time to exercise and eat healthy in today’s go-go-go world. With a little bit of planning, the road to good health isn’t as intimidating as it may seem. Read ahead to find a balance between health and fitness, beauty and wellness.


No beauty regimen would be complete without diet and exercise. Regular workouts will not only help you look better, but feel better, too. Working out makes your heart stronger, helps prevent osteoporosis and high blood pressure, lowers the risk of diabetes and some cancers, relieves stress, depression, and some symptoms of PMS, increases your metabolism, and reduces some effects of aging.

At Steele Fitness, with locations in Wayzata, Edina, St. Paul, and mobile services, living healthy can start in your metro-area home or office, an empty studio, or a room full of machines. Whether your goal is to lose weight, tone up, or increase your strength and endurance, personal trainers at Steele Fitness can help you achieve results built around your life. You can schedule your trainer at the times and days you want — guaranteed.

“It’s not the hour you spend working out that makes the difference, it’s the other 23, and we’re here to support you all the way,” says Steele Fitness Owner Steele Smiley.

Not only do they provide amazing one-on-one total body workout training (complete with a variety of options like a training session outside or a “boot camp” to switch things up), but also carry great apparel lines and products like lululemon athletica, Margarita and Zobha.

Purchase a training package and receive a companion package for free throughout the end of October 2010.

Call 763-233-5800 or visit steelefitness.com for more information.

Weight training is the fountain of youth, according to Judy Beyers, former holder of the North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation title and owner of PowerSource Personal Training in Edina. The key to changing your body is follow-through, consistency, and commitment, Beyers says.

PowerSource trainers not only teach clients exercises and maneuvers so they can eventually work independently, they also inform clients about nutrition so they can be knowledgeable about what, exactly, they’re eating.

Aging, Beyers says, is a loss of muscle tissue. “We lose a percentage of muscle each year, but it can be completely rebuilt by strength training and nutrition,” she says. Sessions range from $35 to $70. When 10 sessions are purchased, receive $50 off; first-time clients can receive two free sessions with a purchase of 20 sessions. Workouts are tailored to the clients’ specific needs and goals. For more information, visit powersourcepersonaltraining.com.


For over 10 years, the talented team at Midwest Weight Control has successfully treated over 2,500 patients and given people the gift of health (one major benefit? Not having to take blood pressure and type II diabetes medication anymore).

“We focus on providing personalized programs for rapid weight loss,” says Natalie Spiczka, clinic director.

Weight loss of two to five pounds a week can be expected through different medically-supervised very low calorie diet programs offered for those who want to shed pounds.

“It’s not a commercial weight loss clinic. It’s not a franchise. Midwest Weight Control is an independently owned center. This is not just a job for us. We want to support our clients in the biggest journey of their life,” says Spiczka.

Visit midwestweightcontrol.com or call any one of the clinics located in St. Cloud, Maple Grove, or Woodbury for more information or to set up a free consultation.

Good health isn’t possible without good healthcare, including regular visits to the doctor. Women of all ages in all stages of life are able to maintain and improve their health by scheduling regular checkups with obstetricians and gynecologists.

The doctors at OBGYN West, with locations in Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, specialize in the newest advancements in obstetrics and gynecology, including the latest minimally-invasive procedures.

The conditions (including, but not limited to, cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding) are different and the procedures may vary, but the goal is always the same: providing treatment with smaller (or no) incisions. With help from the da Vinci Surgical System, major surgeries have been done with less discomfort, fewer restrictions, greater precision and control, faster results, and a quicker return to day-to-day life.

“OBGYN West has really been on the forefront of these procedures in the Twin Cities,” says Dr. Eric Heegaard. In fact, “we were asked by da Vinci to be the first group at Fairview Southdale to be trained in this. There aren’t that many people who do it.”

OBGYN West also offers care and treatment for annual exams, mammograms, osteoporosis, colon screening, birth control, pregnancy, infertility, and menopause. Whether it is your teen’s first annual exam, there is a new baby on the way, or you are facing the special challenges of middle age, OBGYN West is with you every step of the way.

For more information, visit obgynwest.net.