People often use mobility and flexibility interchangeably, but they’re not the same thing. If you understand the difference you could be preventing injury down the road. Do I have your attention now? What’s the difference? Flexibility is a muscle’s ability to lengthen on its own. It’s a passive movement. In other words, how bendy you […]
What’s the Big Deal with 10,000 Steps Anyway?
Walking Series #5 My son got himself a fitness tracker recently and he and I like to challenge each other to see who gets more steps each day. Our routine sounds a little like this: Son: “How many steps did you get today, Mom?” Me: “A lot! Like almost 10,000. I was all over the […]
Walk this Weigh
Walking Series #4 If I haven’t convinced you yet, walking can be a game changer. Just ask anyone who claims that walking has saved their lives. During my research, I came across stories of people whose depression lifted, whose anxiety waned, whose cardiovascular problems disappeared and many who lost a lot of weight too. And […]
I “heart” Walking
Walking Series #3 Did you know every 40 seconds someone has a heart attack in the United? And the American Heart Association (AHA) reports that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States every year: in 2017 alone, more than 850,000 people died of coronary related illnesses and the numbers continue to rise. If you could decrease your […]
Walk the Walk (and a call to action)
Walking Series #2 Walking is the oldest, easiest and most accessible way to keep healthy. Period. So why do we still drive to the grocery store, to see our friends and to the gym (well, we used to)? I get that unless you live in a city or super close to a town, things are […]
The Talk on Walking and Why You Should Do it Too.
Walking Series #1 My 98-year old grandmother takes daily walks. I think these walks are one of the primary reasons she’s still so engaged and vibrant at this advanced age. She’ll go in most kinds of weather and for the past five years she has used a walker at a very slow pace, but she […]
Cancer Prevention: Move More and Ditch Drinking
We haven’t heard much about health and medicine these days except for all things virus, but the American Cancer Society (ACS) just made its most recent recommendations for cancer prevention. And here’s what you should know. Maintain a Healthy Weight My sister, weight loss expert and registered dietician, Amy Mackenzie, likes to quip, “You can’t […]
Group Exercise- What’s a Gym Rat to Do Now?
Almost everything about our daily lives has changed this spring. As we tentatively begin to resume our some of our routine, what’s the latest with exercising in groups and what’s a gym rat to do? The Good and the Bad Data suggests working out with others increases camaraderie, motivation, achievement of goals, and consistency. But […]
Neck and Shoulder Pain? Check in on your Sleep Position.
I totally get it. Not a lot of us are sleeping that well these days. My neck and shoulders have been aching from weeks of looking into my computer while teaching my virtual Pilates sessions. While I’m loving the interaction and new platform for reaching across streets and states to old and new friends and […]
Exercising in Captivity – A Call to Action
I am a huge fan of online streaming… I am currently midway through Little Fires Everywhere and The Crown, in fact … but if ever there was a time for getting off the couch and moving your body, it is now. As we are quarantined, while we are certainly not all held against our will […]