Alternatives for Dumbbells and Where to Buy Cheap Equipment

October 18, 2018

If you really want to make changes in your body and make your future body less susceptible to pain, injury and just feeling crappy, weight training is a must. Adding lean muscle tissue bumps up your metabolism, strengthens your bones, muscles and connective tissue and it makes you feel good… Read more

10 Things to Do To Reduce Stress Right Now

October 15, 2018

Times are stressful these days. We have a constant stream of information in our faces, ears, eyes…everywhere. We’re getting older, we’re gaining weight and there are a lot of problems in the world that we have no idea how to solve. Here’s the thing though: Stress is killing us. It’s making… Read more

Eating – Are You Doing it Wrong? It’s Not Your Fault

October 5, 2018

Oh my gosh – nutrition and diet info is everywhere! And each expert and association tries to lead you in their direction because they know best and their advice is going to help you. Right? Well, maybe… Everyone has heard (and maybe lived through) the intense focus on how much… Read more

Power, Core and Strength Workout

October 5, 2018

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You’re Always Under Construction

September 14, 2018

Two things happened recently that reminded me of this: We can’t always be moving forward. What reminded me of this was, first, a neighbor of mine was frustrated because she was only able to do 15-minute workouts. Her house was under construction, her kids were going back to school and… Read more

Burn More Calories During Your Walks

August 22, 2018

Walking is a great exercise – You can do it pretty much anywhere, you get to be outside and you don’t need any special skills to do it. That’s all well and good, but it’s also easy to turn your exercise walk into more of a stroll. That’s fine if… Read more

The 3 Phases of Overwhelm and How to Deal

August 16, 2018

I was thinking about a recent FB post I made to my group about getting up on the wrong side of the bed. But it was more than that, I just didn’t realize it at the time. It wasn’t just a bad mood, it was something else…something I couldn’t quite… Read more

Intermittent Fasting – Does it Work?

July 18, 2018

There are all kinds of diet trends out there – Low carb, the Keto diet, the Mediterranean diet – but the latest trend? Intermittent Fasting Now, this has been around for awhile, but like everything, it’s experienced a resurgence and there are some studies showing that it can actually help you… Read more

Exercise of the Week: Wall Sits

July 11, 2018

Squats and lunges aren’t for everyone, especially if you have knee problems. But one way to work the lower body without the up and down motion of squats is with the Wall Sit. A Wall Sit is almost like a supported squat, but it’s a static move. That means you’re holding… Read more

Tools That Can Help You Control Your Portions

May 22, 2018

Portion Control. The scariest words out there, right next to, “Honey? We need to talk.” The bad thing about portion control is that you have to actually pay attention to what you’re eating. The good thing? We live in a time where there are tons of great tools that make… Read more

It’s Time for A Challenge!

May 1, 2018

There are times in your life when you’re in sort of exercise hibernation mode. Like you have to approach your workouts like a scared kitten you’re coaxing out from under the bed… “Come here little guy…I won’t hurt you if you won’t hurt me…” Then there are times when you… Read more

Weird and Interesting Fitness Trends for 2018

March 13, 2018

There’s nothing Americans love more than creating trends. Because I’m old, I think about the things I begged my mom to get me – Parachute pants, Tretorn shoes, the Barbie Dream House…or, remember the Easy Bake Oven? I had one and, thinking about it, I probably baked more when I… Read more

Need Some Stress Management? It’s Time to Take a Walk

March 5, 2018

If you’re stressed out, there’s a very good chance you’re a living, breathing human being. I emphasize the ‘human’ part of the equation because I see my cats and they are so not stressed that they actually sleep for 23 hours a day. There are all kinds of stress and… Read more

New Exercises to Try – Crossover Lunges

January 30, 2018

Lunges are never far from any personal trainer’s mind and never are we more excited than when we learn a new one. Today’s version is kind of like a curtsy lunge, which involves stepping back and across into the lunge. In this version, you’re actually crossing over in the front,… Read more

Mixed Interval Treadmill Workout

January 10, 2018

Do you ever get on the treadmill at home or at the gym and throw a towel over the display so that you can’t see how much longer you have to go? And then you lift the towel and go, “I’ve been on this thing for 3 MINUTES?!” Yeah. The… Read more

Having Trouble Working Out? Maybe You Haven’t Figured Out How Exercise is Valuable In Your Life

January 8, 2018

The other morning, I rolled out of bed, put on my workout clothes and looked in the mirror where I said, “Let’s crush this workout!” Okay, not really. What I actually did was put on my workout clothes and then proceed to NOT actually workout. We all know the hardest… Read more

(Mostly) Healthy Holiday Cocktails That Won’t Blow Your Diet

December 18, 2017

Because it’s the holidays, I have to post something about healthy holiday alternatives to the usual calorie-laden fare. I’m pretty sure this is actually part of the Personal Trainer Constitution and I’ll be kicked out if I don’t. I’ve decided to focus my efforts on the one area I love the… Read more

3-Minute Total Body Relaxation

December 18, 2017

I know that all these new-fangled electronics are supposed to make life easier, but I think it makes us all just a little bit crazier, too. How many times do you automatically reach for your phone to check for messages or emails? If I counted how many times my husband… Read more

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Fitness Gifts That (Hopefully) Don’t Suck

December 6, 2017

This time of year, there is an infinite number of holiday gift guides out there and I swear I’ve looked at all of them to try and find ideas for the hard-to-buy people in my life (ahem, husband). And now I have another list to add to the lists. My… Read more

I Know How to Get You to Workout Over the Holidays…

November 16, 2017

I know, that’s a bold statement but stay with me. In my latest article, 2 Reasons Exercise May Just Save Your Sanity, I present to you your very own Fairy Godmother. I know…you didn’t know you had one, did you? Well, you do and she isn’t anything like you thought.… Read more

Low Impact Exercise of the Week: Goblet Squat with Rotation

November 15, 2017

We often think that the only way to get the heart rate up is with high impact exercises – Jumping jacks, jump roping, squat jumps, etc. Those are great exercises, but not everyone’s joints are thrilled with all that pounding, making it tough to find moves that really challenge you.… Read more