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Vacation: Why We Should All Take Time Away to Disconnect from the Screens

I did not realize until I went away to college how lucky I was to grow up in a family that took vacations. They were not always fancy or super expensive. Our hotel was usually at a camp ground in our tent trailer. We took many weekend trips with family friends and a couple times

Three Lessons From Snowzilla.

In February of 2010 when Snowmageddon came through I still sat at a desk for the majority of my day. Let’s face it; I sat most of the day. In the car, at my desk, on the couch… I was training clients a couple hours each day and getting my own work outs in, however,

Eighty Percent Mind, Twenty Percent Movement.

I was out for a 9 mile run earlier this week. Before I even got out the door, I was thinking; is it too humid, can I make it 9 this morning, maybe I should have started earlier, I could do it tomorrow, I have 3 more weeks before my 20k (12.4 miles), there is

Welcome to the Mid-year Resolution Review.

We are officially halfway through the year. How are those New Year’s Resolutions working out? According to the University of Scranton and Journal of Clinical Psychology, 46% of you are still going strong with those resolutions. Are you in the 46%? Or do you need a hand to climb back up onto the wagon? Or

Start Before You Are Ready

As I sat down to write this blog I googled the title. The result was 844,000,000 in 43 seconds. I guess lots of people are talking about this, so there must be something to it. The basic summary of the top line items was that successful people start before they feel completely ready. As Richard Branson put

Find Your Inner Olympian

It seems everywhere I look the 2014 Winter Olympic Games are featured. The Biggest Loser contestants were at the US Olympic Training Center in Utah a couple of weeks ago. Most magazines about fitness, yoga or Pilates have one or more articles about Olympians and their workout regimes. Local gyms are holding “Olympic” competitions within

Resolution Re-do.

I have a confession. I love reading all the year-ahead horoscopes at the beginning of every year. It is a total guilty pleasure. I do not rule my life by it, but I do like to randomly see how things line up at the close of a challenging day. I do mean all, astrological horoscopes,

Eighty Years Young

“The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” Kenneth H. Cooper One of my first blogs talked about the things that hold us back from achieving our goals and reaching beyond what we may think is possible. (If you missed it, check it out here What Holds You Back?) Today I’m

Exercise, Problem Solving and a Sunny Disposition

With the onset of December we could all use a little more sun in our lives. Right? I know I can. I remember a time when I commuted in the dark on my way to work, lived in cube land without easy access to natural light for most of my day, and then commuted home…

My Motivation Matrix (Part 5 of 5) – Be Kind to Yourself.

So over the last several weeks I have laid out my 5 part motivation matrix. These are the tools I use to keep myself moving. Set a goal – Goals give us a deadline, something to work toward and an event to hold ourselves accountable to. Get in gear – Having dedicated attire helps to

Why I do what I do.

Habits are invisible. Movement just happens. You don't actively think about how to stand up and walk across a room. Right?? Unless a foot or knee or hip are not working as they should then it can be tough or downright painful.

The human body is an amazing instrument and everyone’s is different. Some people have long limbs and short torsos, some have long torsos and short limbs, some are lean and naturally muscular, others work hard to build strength and even harder to gain and maintain flexibility, while more still have such flexibility in their elbows, knees, shoulders and hips that the muscles need to work overtime to protect them from injury. Or more commonly learn how to recover.

Pilates and Yoga Therapy are tools I have used to rehab injuries for myself and post-rehab with my clients. I know what it is like to work through an injury. It is extremely rewarding to guide my clients on their path to strengthen, re-balance, and improve their overall functional fitness.

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