Monday, January 5, 2015

Stop Flailing around and CONCENTRATE!

I know, doing resistance exercise can be pretty boring.  If you're like me,  it's occasionally all about "just get it over with!"  Not a good idea.  To get the most out of your time you need to concentrate and think about what you're doing.   Mind-body.  It's critical.  The more you concentrate on the muscles, the more you actively contract them as you do the movement, the more muscle fiber you'll recruit. Being more mindful of what you're doing also decreases the probability of using momentum to complete the movement.  SO, take a deep breath and FOCUS!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

18 days into your resolution and.....

you're beginning to  falter. If you're one of many whose New Year's resolution was to "get healthy" now may be the time you're weakening.   This feeling is just a small roadblock that you can move past.  Here's some suggestion on how to get past this hurdle and move ahead:
   1) Make better health a social event. (No, I'm not suggesting you meet a friend for a few cocktails).
       How about scheduling  a walking date with coffee as your reward; have a contest to see who can
       find the most flavorful heart healthy recipe; what is the most outlandish outfit you can put
       together for your next workout.
   2) You DID  make one  resolution, yes?  Trying to make many lifestyles change at once sets you
       up for failure.  Reevaluate.  What is the most important change, stop smoking, becoming more
       active, losing weight.  They're  doable, but not all at once.  Pick one.
   3)Willpower. We all have it but sometimes we must give it some wiggle room.  Don't make
       sweeping statements, "I'm not going to eat any food with the letter 'C'."  Sounds good, but, how
       about making the goal more manageable, "No cookies Monday-Saturday, just on Sunday."
Finally, share your resolution with some one.  It's harder to give up if others know about it. 


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Barefoot Running

Oh, the looks I get when wearing my minimalist shoes.  People’s comments range from “OH! How cute!”  to  “Those are the ugliest things I have ever seen.”  I’d been reading about the new minimal shoes, the ones that mimic going barefoot.  The theory makes sense, allowing the foot to do its job by adapting to changes in the environment.   You can find this type of shoe with or without separate toe sleeves.  The pair I purchased, Vibrum, has individual toe sleeves.  The first time I put them on my poor small toe protested! It was not happy being straightened out.  After a few days though, the toe adapted. What a surprise, even an old foot like mine was able to re-train.  What is even more surprising is how my chronic plantar fasciitis  has lessened. 
You’ll need to transition into wearing the shoes slowly.  I began by going barefoot in the house; then wore the shoes for short periods of time.  It took about a week, maybe a week and a half, before I wore them full-time while working with clients.  At the same time I used a golf ball for self myofascial release of the plantar fascia, and did strengthening exercises for the foot.  Have to admit, my feet feel really good.  Now, if only the minimalist shoes could be cuter!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cross Training

Ok, so you have made the commitment to train for a marathon. Your fund raising letters have been sent, you are getting positive support from all your friends and family. Your body has said “YES! We can do this! NO PROBLEM!” Have you gotten discouraged at this point? A little bored with your training? Are you developing some nagging little injuries that just won’t seem to go away? There is a solution….Cross Training.

Cross training is an easy way to mix up your exercise program while keeping the intensity high, and keep you on course for your goal of completing the marathon. With cross training you will be able to vary the aerobic routine and incorporate the necessary strengthening and flexibility training.

Some of the benefits of cross training are:

• Injury prevention - The risk of injury is lessened because you are not using the muscles, joints and bones the same way day after day. The stresses to the body change. If you do sustain a minor injury cross training becomes your rehab.
• Variety - How many times have you gotten up to do your work out and have lain in bed whining “I don’t want to do this today!” The more interesting and varied your workouts are, the more likely you will be to do them.
• Rest – Your body was not designed to do the same workout day after day at the same intensity. Participating in a different sport allows your body to rest and recover from the pounding it gets when running while maintain your endurance.

So now you’re psyched. The next question is “How can I implement this wonderful concept of cross training?” It’s simple; just vary the activity you are doing. Walk one day, swim one day, bike another day. You can also alternate these activities within one workout. There’s no rule that says you have to spend 30 minutes walking. Why not try 10 minutes biking, move on to 10 minutes running, back to 10 minutes on the bike. You can also vary the intensity of the workout by adding intervals. If you are on a bike, mix 30 seconds of high intensity with 30 seconds of moderate activity. Repeat the intervals for 10 minutes. Play with the numbers, but gradually increase the time spent in the more intense interval.

Best of luck and, KEEP MOVING!

Monday, April 12, 2010


This is directed to those who REFUSE to eat breakfast! You will not lose weight by eliminating those calories, in fact, you will probably consume more calories during subsequent meals. People who skip breakfast may have higher fasting LDL levels and a decrease in insulin sensitivity. Why is that a problem? Decreased insulin sensitivity may contribute to hypertension and stroke; high LDL levels increase the risk of heart attacks. WOW! All this from missing breakfast. So, go make an egg white omelet, have a slice of toasted whole wheat bread with almond butter. Breakfast doesn't have to be elaborate, just be sure it contains a protein, a little good fat, and carbs. Bon appetit!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

bored bored bored and eating

Another Sunday afternoon, perfect temperatures, great sunshine and I am stuck on the computer completing online CEC's. The worse part, these cec's deal with fitness, health and nutrition. Too bad I'm not following what I "preach"....this has been the WORSE day as far a mindless eating goes. I've consumed everything but the picnic table in the back yard.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day and I'll get back on track then. :-)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Do you HATE to exercise?

Being a mildly obsessive woman of "years" I feel I've reached the point in my life where I can admit stuff: I LOVE CHOCOLATE and possibly eat too much of it :-( ; I hate running the vacuum (the noise makes me crazy); and sometimes I hate to exercise.

So, what can I do to stay motivated? Keep posting what I do on a calendar? Reward myself with chocolate? Give myself permission to take one day off for every 5 that I work out? Now THAT seems like a good idea.

Creating a reward system can work. Just try to stay away from food as the reward. (Don't know about you, but if I so much as TASTE sweets, my body craves them for the next 24 hours). Instead, focus on some other form of "feel" good reward: massage, facial, a LONG uninterrupted bubble bath, whatever makes you feel special.

So, this week, I get to take Friday off from exercising, that's my reward for working out 5 days in a row. HOORAY!