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Hi! I’m Injury- 5 Top Tips for Reducing Injury Risk and Improving Outcomes

Hi! I’m Injury. I hope you’re not well. I know you weren’t expecting me, but do you mind if I stop by for a few weeks, or maybe months.. oh…what the heck… while I’m asking…maybe a year? This is the conversation I have been mulling around in my head for several weeks as I contemplated writing this blog. Injuries never ask if it’s OK if they pop in. Sometimes they are unexpected and shocking, but other times we create them ourselves with poor training, no exercise or risk taking behaviors.  Injuries can last days, weeks, months, or, if not taken care of properly…years. Yes, injuries can lurk in the background as small annoyances for years, IF you don’t take care […]

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Are you getting the most out of your fitness tracker?

Fitness trackers, also known as activity monitors, are here to stay. Everyone from professional athletes to grandmas are wearing them, all in an effort to improve health and fitness. But, the big question for the average exerciser is, do they actually do that? Is your health and fitness improved by using a fitness tracker? I would imagine that the answers are as varied as the users, but I have a feeling that there are more people who wear one and pay little attention to the tracker’s data, than those who actually pay attention and then make changes to their activity or nutrition. If my hypothesis is true, maybe this means we need to look at activity trackers as more than […]

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How to Improve Your Balance- Part 1

Many of my new clients come to me expressing concerns about falling and frequent injuries with statements like: “I have weak ankles, I need to strengthen them.” “I should do squats on a Bosu ball. That will help my balance.” “My balance is fine, I just keep hurting my knee.” “I twisted my ankle years ago, but it’s OK now.” Any of these statements sound familiar? Are you plagued by slips and falls, knee injuries, ankle injuries? If so, do you know the best way to improve balance for life, sports and reduction of injury risk? Maybe not. Balance is an often misunderstood physical attribute. Many fitness enthusiasts have old preconceived notions about how to improve their balance.  As we […]

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Join Us for our Today’s Superwoman book reading at Tatnuck Bookseller

Ahhhhhh…… the fresh crisp air, the start of school, a re-dedication to learning and improving yourself, preparing for the challenges of the holidays…. these are all signs that fall is here. Like you, I had a summer of sun and fun, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to do so. But, seasons change, just like the ebb and flow of our lives, and it’s time to get back on track with our self care and commitment to mindfulness. So, do you have a plan of action for your re-dedication to self care? Are you using mindfulness techniques to stay present with your goals and commitments? How do you navigate the challenges of creating positive changes for your […]

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Try This! Plank Variations for Everyone

When it comes to anterior core strengthening, fancy and complicated exercises may not be the way to go, especially if you can’t rock more basic ( but often more effective) exercises like the plank. Yes, I know what you are thinking. Planks….boring, ho hum. You are not alone. Lots of people get bored with planks and instead do acrobatic and complicated anterior core exercises without attention to detail, posture, or even whether it is the right exercise for them. Unfortunately, I have found that some of these same people have trouble with basic planking variations, where it’s all about stability and stiffness.  Core stability and stiffness are a necessary precursor to more advanced multi planar or stability challenge exercises, so […]

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Superwoman Flying

Exciting News! Today’s Superwoman book is coming soon!

EXCITING NEWS! Spring is Coming & So is Our New Book! Spring is in the air, can you feel it yet? The sun is higher and we have even experienced its warmth in the past few days. Let the count down begin! March 13th, we turn the clocks ahead, enjoy more daylight and increased energy. March 21st spring arrives and brings with it a sense of new beginnings and possibilities. Before you know it, nature will awaken with buds and blossoms. It’s a time of rebirth. Most of us tend to go through our days running hither and yon from one thing to the next. We constantly comment about how fast time flies by, yet we just keep letting it […]

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Breaking Bad Habits….. understanding how to create change

It’s a New Year. New goals! New habits! A New You. If it were only that easy. We wake up on New Year’s Day overfed and hung-over, and vow to change. We make resolutions under duress and then think they will stick around all year. And if you’re like most of us, they usually don’t. This is often because we don’t take into consideration the strength of our negative habits, and the challenge of changing them. In reality, simple habits drive most of our behaviors, especially around food. We eat the same things most every day. We go to the same coffee shop. We drive the same route to work. We do all this without any thought that these are […]

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Counting My Blessings

As I count my blessings today, I include all of you at the top of my list. I have the greatest job in the world, and I owe it all to you, my friends and clients. It is a gift to work with people who always continue to strive to be healthier and happier. You have always taught me more than anything I could ever teach you. And for that, I am grateful. I hope you find quiet time over the holidays to count your blessings and to love the most important person in your life….. YOU.

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27 Observations from 27 Years in the Fitness Industry

1988…..leg warmers, thong leotards and the first real aerobics shoe, a Reebok high top “instructor” model. Those were the good ole days when aerobics was on top of the fitness world, nautilus machines were the way to get strong, and joining a big box gym was your only choice. 1988 was also the year I began to teach aerobics, the beginning of a long career in fitness. It’s hard to describe to young fitness enthusiasts what those days were like, but, needless to say, we thought we knew everything about fitness. Fast forward 27 years, and I realize we knew nothing (or very little) about fitness. Exercise science was in its infancy. Core conditioning was an unknown. Rolling around on […]

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Foam Rolling 101- Self Myofascial Release Techniques for Pain Relief

Of all the new fitness techniques and trends that have come across my doorstep over the past 30 years, there is only ONE which I am positive is here to stay. No, it’s not spinning, stepping, Zumba-ing or TRXing. This trend has made a huge difference in my life; reducing chronic pain and stiffness, improving my daily movement, workout recovery and sports performance. I wouldn’t work out without doing it. And yet, when I mention this fitness technique to friends and acquaintances, most people look at me with a blank stare. They’ve never heard of it! Many big box gyms don’t even have the equipment to allow their members to do it. Many of my clients know they should do […]

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