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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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The Importance of Gut Health

Today I have a guest post from nutritionist Samantha Olivier of ripped.me. 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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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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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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