Fitness

Tools For Stretching: Try The Stretch Out Strap

Tools For Stretching:  Try The Stretch Out Strap

I discovered the Stretch Out Strap over 15 years ago and yet it still remains one of the best stretching tools that I have found.  Most people need to add more stretching into their day, but don’t know how to squeeze it in. I recommend using breaks while working at your desk or computer.

Sitting (or Standing) At Your Desk All Day Harms Your Health: Why Fitness 9 to 5 Matters

Sitting (or Standing) At Your Desk All Day Harms Your Health: Why Fitness 9 to 5 Matters

Numerous studies show that prolonged sitting (and now standing) is bad for your health.  Many of us, myself included, earn our livelihoods by work done when sitting. The key to overcoming the negative effects of sitting or standing without moving seems to be to move more and to move more often. 

Physical Exercise Boosts Your Brain Power: 2 More Good Reasons to Train

Physical Exercise Boosts Your Brain Power: 2 More Good Reasons to Train

Let’s be totally real: I love exercising to look and feel great, but apart from developing leaner muscles and toning up, one of my biggest motivations is brain training. Seriously. As a writer, I appreciate that maintaining mental sharpness and improving my memory let me enjoy a better quality of life, especially as I get older (Yes, we can say it. It’s happening to all of us every day and we can do it better).

Why this Website, Mindful Happiness & You

Why this Website, Mindful Happiness & You

I created this website as a resource for today's busy woman - you! I know, because I am you. We all hear about the importance of self-care and self love. You know that you 'should' be doing something to take more care of yourself, but because of everything you're juggling — work, family, friends, and community — it feels selfish and impossible.

Walking: Lose Weight & Keep it Off

Walking: Lose Weight & Keep it Off

Walking is one of the best ways to improve health, get in shape, lose weight, keep weight off, and stay in shape. For example, 94% of people in the National Weight Control Registry, which has one of the largest databases regarding individual weight loss, increased physical activity to achieve weight loss and most of these people chose walking to get active.

Quick Tips on How to Increase Your Fitness Motivation

Quick Tips on How to Increase Your Fitness Motivation

The first step? Find your WHY. Figure out why you want to exercise. Connect with your heart. How will your life improve? Will you have more energy, be slimmer, more attractive, or more successful? How will you be different from who you are today? Identify the specific reasons why you want to exercise and visualize yourself as that person.

Upgrading from Trackers to Sensors

Upgrading from Trackers to Sensors

Get ready for the next wave of technology that is transforming training as we know it. While visiting two recent tech events in Southern California, Wearable Tech & IOT and The Luxury Technology Show, I had an opportunity to try out some of training's hottest new devices. While most of you have been working with activity trackers, apps, and smartwatches, this new product wave is all about sensors.

The Real Cost... of Fitness

The Real Cost... of Fitness

When exercise drops off your to-do list, it can be a costly omission. In addition to helping beat stress, “regular exercise strengthens your immune system and boosts your mood, both of which can reduce your risk for colds, flu and more,” says Richard Kratche, MD, medical director for the Cleveland Clinic’s Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center. Even bigger, it can prevent, delay or improve conditions and diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and arthritis. So those treadmill sessions can trim your thighs and your budget—of prescription co-pays, doctor bills and hospital visits. And workouts can help you be a healthier, calmer parent: priceless. Here’s what you can expect to invest in some common fitness options.

Weekly Iyengar Yoga Helps Distressed Women

Weekly Iyengar Yoga Helps Distressed Women

Encouraging Iyengar yoga students to continue attending class at least once weekly may make a significant difference in their stress levels and in their quality of life, according to study findings published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012; doi: 10.1155/2012/408727).

How To Overcome A Fitness ‘Plateau’

How To Overcome A Fitness ‘Plateau’

What do you do when your tried and true workout routine stops working for you?

A fitness plateau can be your body’s signal that it’s time for a change, experts say, or a sign that you’ve been looking for progress in all the wrong places.

“A plateau is a period where you stop making progress,” said Marshall Roy, a New York City-based personal trainer at Equinox, the national chain of fitness centers. “It isn’t a death sentence and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s feedback from your body that what you’re doing has stopped working.”

Wedding Shape Up

Wedding Shape Up

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting ventures in a person’s life. You know that you are preparing for an incredible moment that you will want to cherish forever, cameras will be flashing and the day will pass much too quickly. Wanting to look and feel your best is natural. You will be creating memories that will last for generations to come. Starting your new life together is also a deeply spiritual and transformational event. You are on the verge of beginning a new life and new partnership. To honor this occasion, I recommend a mind-body-spirit approach.