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Shirley Archer, a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center, is an integrative health promoter and advocate, best-selling author of 16 books, award-winning fitness industry leader and health journalist, with over 25 years experience in mind-body holistic health and wellness. She's a former New York City attorney turned full-time integrative health advocate, meditation teacher, public speaker, author and yogini.

Through her live younger blog, over 1,000 magazine articles, books, podcasts and videos, Shirley inspires people worldwide to take personal responsibility for creating optimal health and longevity with simple to apply tips based on Eastern wisdom and evidence-based information.

It's important to Shirley to not only offer the "what to do", but also explain the "why do it" and "why NOW".

Shirley's career as a high-powered attorney in New York City was stalled by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Overcoming illness, burnout and depression, compounded by panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder from a violent assault she survived at 16, she restored her health after conventional doctors gave up and told her she may never feel well again, [Shirley refused to believe that!]. Her challenging personal journey to reclaim her health inspired Shirley to dedicate herself to sharing hard-earned health information with others.

Her self-healing journey from trauma and illness inspired her 15-year Stanford University career at the Health Improvement Program and Health Promotion Resource Center at the Stanford Prevention Research Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She supplemented her legal education with a course at Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and classes toward a Health Psychology Education degree at the Stanford University School of Education, along with countless continuing education courses and formal certifications in mind-body medicine, the MBSR program, mindfulness meditation, yogic meditation, guided visualization, aroma and nature therapy.

Shirley draws on her personal background blending traditional East Asian holistic values from her Japanese mom [augmented by her Master's Degree from Harvard in East Asian Studies and time spent living in Japan] and a love of Western science and logic from her American dad. She's a columnist, features writer and contributing editor for Fitness Journal. She's achieved certification in mindful modalities including yoga, Pilates and meditation. She received the internationally acclaimed IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year award in 2008 for her industry leadership, particularly in promoting an integrative, mindful approach to health and fitness and to welcoming and promoting movement for health for diverse people of all sizes, ages and abilities.

Happily married to a Swiss man and step-mom of 3 beautiful children (now amazing young adults), you can find Shirley hiking with her beloved German Shepherd, Cheyenne, either on beautiful Swiss trails or in sunny California, speaking at conferences worldwide, and being featured in various high-profile media including USA Today, Washington Post, Health, Fitness, Shape and


Shirley Archer is an integrative health champion who offers easy to use tools and information that empower successful women in their mid 30s to mid 50s to optimize health and longevity and to increase personal energy, happiness and beauty. As an online expert, she helps women eliminate overwhelm so they can identify and achieve the optimal health and happiness goals they desire. Her goal is to grow an engaged, mindful community of empowered people that thrive amidst life’s everyday challenges.


Shirley Archer blends traditional Eastern wisdom with the best of Western medical scientific knowledge to change the way hard-working women approach the stresses of daily life, so they can achieve optimal health and longevity. Her approach to meditation, fitness and well-being will inspire her community to live younger from the inside out.  

Why I'm A PAssionate Health Educator: How I stopped being a lawyer and started promoting health

I invite you to take a few minutes and watch the video below.  I tell why it's important to pay attention to your intuition, evidence-based health information and your own body’s wisdom and how I learned this first-hand when re-building my health after chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Visit my YouTube channel for more helpful videos like you've watched and  subscribe to learn more. New videos are added every Monday. 



Shirley is a marvelous proponent of the joys and benefits of fitness. I have witnessed her success as a fitness trainer in the Stanford Health Improvement Program (a program that I founded). Her personal experience has shown her that enhanced physical fitness leads to enhanced “mental” fitness. Considerable past indirect evidence of this link exists. She is a pioneer in leading us to a better understanding of these important “mind-body” connections.
— John W. Farquhar, M.D. Cardiologist, former Professor of Medicine Stanford University School of Medicine Founder, Stanford Prevention Research Center Director, Stanford Wellness Center in Palo Alto, California

As a university educator myself for the last 20 years, I recognize in Ms. Archer three characteristics of the most effective teachers: superior depth and breadth of knowledge about her field; solid, individualized plans for long-term, beneficial behavior change; and a remarkable ability to connect with people personally, to convey the passion she clearly has for her life’s work, and to motivate people to want and to work for the good things she offers. What these characteristics have meant to me in the last 2 years include changes that are easily measured (I’m 20 lbs leaner and at a peak of physical fitness I haven’t seen since college) and those that aren’t so easily measured (these changes are part of my life now, I want to be fit, eat right, be active and engaged in the world, be well). I also see classmates who have been similarly changed, and I see people who are new to the class staying in the class.
— David W. Schaal, Ph.D. Stanford University Department of Neurosurgery

It is truly wonderful to have such esteemed and eloquent leaders represent our fitness community and specifically the American Council on Exercise. Your collective education and experience in our industry has helped to provide positive change to the lives of many.
— Ken Germano President, American Council on Exercise Founder, Operation FitKids

Her presentation was professional, inspirational and informative. Her books were a huge hit with our patrons.
— Annya Rizzo, City of West Palm Beach Public Library

Shirley is a well-known and accomplished writer in the health and fitness field. Her insightful articles appear regularly in industry as well as consumer publications. A great example of a practitioner, who understands the science of her craft, Shirley is actively involved in teaching and training as well as writing about a variety of fitness topics.
— Michael J. Spezzano, National Director of Health & Fitness, YMCA of the USA




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My professional career began as an attorney. I’ve always been a hard worker, graduating from Stanford University with Honors, receiving my Master’s Degree from Harvard, and earning my law degree from Georgetown University. Practicing on Wall Street, my work weeks were stressful, lasting 100 hours or more. My health suffered from bouts of walking pneumonia, severe asthma and pleurisy. The eventual diagnosis was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I was sick for over one year. Half of my hair fell out. I spent weeks in bed and traveled back and forth from the hospital. My health and life needed rebuilding. Like someone new to exercise, I restored my health, one step and one day at a time, through walking, strength training, meditation, nutrition and bodywork. I progressed slowly. Each time I overdid it, I relapsed into sickness.

Through these trials, I learned patience, compassion, and most of all, respect for the needs of my body and spirit. My illness showed me the powerful connection between lifestyle choices and well-being. During this personal crisis, I searched my soul to find my true calling.

I realized that my experience could help others. I dedicated my life to learning and teaching people about the power of wellness. Showing people how to create health through fitness gave me meaning and supported my newly found appreciation for health as a life priority. This passion fuelled my new career in fitness and wellness. My journey as a professional fitness leader had begun. I became ACE Certified in 1990, earned numerous certifications and eventually became a continuing education provider.

I worked with ACE and IDEA to learn everything I could about our fitness industry and to contribute what I could. I’ve always loved writing and journalism. I studied at journalism school and did graduate course work in the Health Psychology Education Program at Stanford. I then began working at the Stanford Prevention Research Centre.

In addition to teaching and training, I began writing magazine articles for fitness trade publications for which I won awards and was honoured as Fitness Author of the Year by the Australian Fitness Network. I co-authored YMCA Water Fitness for Health (Human Kinetics) and wrote The Everything® Weight Training BookThe Everything® Low Cholesterol Book (both Adams Media), The Pilates DeckThe Strength & Toning DeckThe Walking DeckPilates Fusion: Well-Being for Body, Mind, and Spirit, and Fitness 9 to 5: Easy Exercises for the Working Week (all Chronicle Books), and Pilates Mat Training: A Guide for Fitness Professionals (ACE).

I keep following my dream of spreading the word of the power of fitness. My books are sold worldwide and have been translated into several languages. I’m dedicated to presenting proactive programs that make fitness an achievable reality for every body. The goals are: healthy bodies in all shapes and sizes; and, people living longer, happier, more productive lives as the result of self-empowerment. My mission is to empower people of all shapes, sizes, and levels of ability to reach for their personal best and to live fully in body, mind, and spirit.

I spread my all-inclusive message of fitness for health worldwide through public speaking, presenting at resorts and wellness retreats, appearing on radio and TV, and educating the public and fitness professionals. I teach several classes per week and provide personal training. Helping people, especially those who need it most, transform their lives through fitness motivates me. No greater professional joy exists for me than using my talents to empower people to improve their lives and the health of the planet. I intend to keep going as long as I have breath in my body and energy to move.



2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 APEX AWARD WINNER

Shirley was awarded the prestigious APEX Award of Excellence in the category of Health & Medical Writing.
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2014 singer island
best personal fitness training

Shirley received the Best Personal Trainer of Singer Island award, presented by the Singer Island Award Program.


2014 book works author of the week



 IDEA Health & Fitness Association selected Shirley as the international Fitness Instructor of the Year.



Shirley was a Top 3 Finalist for the  American Council on Exercise Group Fitness Instructor Achievement Award.



Shirley Archer won the APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the category of Health, Medical & Technical Writing.
This was Shirley's second time winning this award, as the first was awarded to her in 1999.



Shirley Archer was honored with the Australian Fitness Network’s “Author of the Year” award.