Category Archives: General

PERMINOPAUSE BITES

I have entered the phase of ridiculous hormone changes! Before I go any further, let me say . . . everything you hear is TRUE! Seriously, the horror stories, the hot flashes, the weight gain, the crazed mood swings . . . it’s all true! I understand that NOT everything pertains to everyone and everyone […]

The Power of Other Sweaty Bodies

If you’ve recently started a new exercise class/adventure or are continuing one, you’ve most likely met some new people, even made some new friends. At the very least, you see similar faces in your classes – faces you can count on to be there every time you are. I can tell you that the group dynamic […]

Benefits of the Get up. The what? The Get up!

A few of my class got to experience the baby get-up in the past few weeks. It sounds easy right? “Baby get-up”. If you did it, you know it wasn’t easy. The baby get-up isolates your oblique muscles. They are the muscles responsible for rotating the body and preventing rotation of the body, which is […]

YOU BOUGHT ME A PAIR OF JEANS?

I was doing laundry and noticing that I have an array of sizes in my drawers. No lie – I have a SMALL, MEDIUM, and a LARGE in my workout pants and shirts! How can one body, the same body, fit into all three sizes? I wonder that often myself! That’s why it’s impossible for […]

BMI vs BODY FAT

Body mass index (BMI) and body fat are very different measures of obesity/health.  Unfortunately they are all too often used interchangeably. Last year my Doctor told me I was borderline Overweight (based on BMI).  Based on height and weight measures, I do weigh “too much” for my 5’2″ stature.  BUT, I’m not fat nor am I unhealthy. […]

BODY DIVERSITY

I learned a new word recently, body diversity. BODY DIVERSITY.  Think about it for a minute. Body diversity. That’s a great word! That wording promotes acceptance of differences in bodies! While the media embraces individual differences in many realms, body diversity is NOT there yet. According to the media, all female bodies should be Victoria […]

PLAYING TO YOUR STRENGHTS

Each of us has strengths and weaknesses in our personality, and our bodies. Unfortunately, most the time it is our weaknesses that we talk about. Why? Why only talk about our weaknesses, the things we’re not so proud of or the things we want to improve? Not in a boastful or conceited way, our strengths […]

IDEAL POSTURE, WHAT IS IT?

Last week I talked about bracing. Bracing aligns your body properly. Thus, bracing is a part of maintaining good posture. Most of the time we don’t think about our posture until we hear someone say “stand up straight” or “pull your shoulders back”. I do this often. 🙂 Good posture is important: You feel more […]

WHY I TELL YOU TO SQUEEZE YOUR GLUTES

The rear-end is one of the areas of the body that people typically want “harder”, “more toned”, or “tighter”.  Why not? Who doesn’t want a butt that’s high enough to NOT hit the back of your legs? Or to not crease when you squeeze into a pair of jeans? Yeah, you get the picture! Looking […]

PAIN IN YOUR HEELS?

Heel pain? Bottom of your foot pain? Pain in arch of foot when walking? You might have plantar fascitis! Plantar fascitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia (as the name suggests). The plantar fascia is the thick tissue that connects the toes and middle of the foot to the heel and supports the arch of […]