Pain In The Female Calf Muscle, Pain Area Of Red Color

My Perspective on Pain

America is in pain. Chronic pain, migraine pain, arthritis pain, mental pain, emotional pain, financial pain, stress pain, joint pain, abdominal pain. You name it, we’re in deep. Proof: 1 in 5 Americans use opiates regularly for pain. (Congratulations to the marketing departments at Big Pharma!) 1 in 5 Americans have serious anxiety or other mental health issues. We are not dealing well with our pain. Pain is a hot topic right now. Between the opiate epidemic, the aging of a generation of baby boomers, and the mis-management of athletic injuries, not a day goes by without a significant research study or news story about our pain. You’d think we could manage better with all of this information? But our […]

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5 Lessons I Learned from My Month as a Couch Potato

Trainers can never truly understand the barriers their clients may be facing when trying to adhere to an exercise program. We trainers tend to eat well and exercise a lot, so these habits are ingrained in us. That’s the main reason we do what we do for work… we love to exercise and eat well. But not everyone else does, and many of our clients are among this group when they first come to us for help. Of course, the only way a trainer can fully understand the challenges that non-exercisers have is if the trainer happens to have experienced it as well.  Lucky me! I recently had a month of couch potato-ism and wanted to share my learnings and […]

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Diet Decision

The Top 5 Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight Faster

Not a day goes by that I am not asked this question by a friend, an acquaintance or a client (and I even sometimes ask myself this question in my own head!) Why can’t I lose weight faster? We see ads, infomercials and testimonials that claim to have the secret to losing 15-30 pounds quick and easy. Whether it’s Medi-fast, Nutrisystem and Marie Osmond, the Hollywood diet, or some silly cleanse, they all purport to “melt fat without deprivation or exercise”. It’s easy to get lulled in to their BS. But, it’s just that. BS. There is no such thing as quick and easy weight loss ( ie fat loss). There may be quick ways, but they ain’t easy. There […]

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Healthy diet, protein shakes, sport

The Importance of Gut Health

Today I have a guest post from nutritionist Samantha Olivier of While the subject of digestion, aka “Gut Health”, may not be on your “Top Ten Interests” list, it should be. There is a direct connection between your digestive tract and your physical and mental health. We have all known people whose digestive system wreaks havoc when they are under stress.  Not to mention those horrible digestive conditions….. constipation…. diarrhea…. abdominal pain…. bloating. These conditions can affect all of us. And with more and more research demonstrating how a healthy gut corresponds to your overall health, it’s time to clean up our eating.  If You are what you eat, what are YOU? Yes, you are what you eat. Over […]

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Balancing young woman.  or dodge falling woman. Rear view people

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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Heart Rate Monitor

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 2- Your Exercises

2 weeks ago I slipped on black ice. Ironically, the paint markings on a handicap parking spot were icy as heck, and as I stepped over it from my car….boom….. I went down hard. I twisted my knee underneath me, but besides some swelling and mild pain, no other injuries.  I feel very lucky. I have 2 other friends who fell this month and got seriously hurt. One broke her arm, the other broke her hip. These kinds of accidents are just that…an accident… but I wonder whether my good balance, flexibility and strength helped me and whether a lack of balance, strength and flexibility hurts others? The topic of balance becomes more and more important as we age. Now […]

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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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Avoiding Weight Gain On Vacation- It Is Possible!

For some inexplicable reason, maybe a weird bit of good karma, or maybe God’s intervention, I went on vacation this summer and did not gain weight. Yes, I ate pasta and bread, drank wine ( I ate salads every day too!) and had dessert and still did not gain weight. I don’t really know why. I am speculating that I actually had a higher activity level than I believed I could get while on a 380 foot tall ship, so this may have helped keep my energy expenditure up a bit. But I also think that eating freshly made food, no fast food, no processed food and small portions played a role too. Or was it that I was less […]

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