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Goals – Consider making them about more than just how you look

February is almost gone!  Our resolutions are almost two months old.  Did you make any resolutions? How are you doing with your goals?  Perhaps you vowed to lose weight? Maybe you feel you should increase the amount of exercise? Eat healthier anyone? Organization, in some form, probably made the list?  All of the above?  Sign me up!

Here’s the thing – intentions are good, goals great but  we would all probably say we could eat better, lose weight (even if it’s 5 lbs.), be more organized, etc. Perhaps you are finding it difficult to make the changes you’d like? I’d like to ask yourself this question, “What would I like my body to be able to do?” Continue reading Goals – Consider making them about more than just how you look

Shovel snow without hurting your back!

It’s a beautiful day today but I hear snow and possibly LOTS of it, is headed our way! Before the storm hits, here are some tips to save your back and shoulders. Generally the reason for low back pain is improper use of your body to remove heavy snow.  The repetitive lifting can put a strain on the muscles, ligaments and discs of the lower back and shoulders. Using improper body mechanics while shoveling snow can cause significant stress to the body, leading to a muscle strain or even worse…a bulging disc, shoulder injuries and sore necks. Here are a few tips on how to protect & use your body more efficiently while shoveling 🙂 Continue reading Shovel snow without hurting your back!

Am I too old to begin Pilates?

Age certainly does not preclude you from beginning Pilates!  Here is why I can answer this question so emphatically.

  •  Pilates movements are performed on equipment.  The equipment provides support and alignment for your body.
  • The exercises are endlessly customize-able allowing the instructor to make the work more or less difficult depending on your ability.
  • If you have some pre-existing injury or weakness, the exercises chosen for you can work around the injury or target the weakness.
  • If you are concerned that your balance is not as strong as it had been, Pilates can help.  Over time you can regain balance and prevent falling.

Continue reading Am I too old to begin Pilates?

Creating a Better To Do list

Thinking we all make To Do lists – in our head, on paper, on many papers perhaps.  Do you include exercise on your ‘to do’ list?  Sometimes I do.  I hear people declare that they will work out a certain number of days or some may say certain days.  My tip for you this week, if you are finding that you squeeze a workout in at the end of the day or are ending the week not having worked out as much as you intended, Continue reading Creating a Better To Do list

Take action!

So you have your goal in mind, now what?

First thing I suggest your doing is take inventory of what has worked and what has not in the past.  Have you tried to lose those 30 lbs. in 2 weeks by not eating a single thing?  We all know how that story goes ….  By setting a measurable, realistic goal, you have taken a big first step in the right direction.  In the past, were you successful toward a goal for a day or two, or ’til the weekend and then did you get off track?  Take a look at what worked, if anything, and then try to figure out why, so you can replicate that action.  What did not work?  Take the same inventory of what didn’t work – it is important too. Continue reading Take action!

Setting a goal …

Happy Spring!  The snow piles and cold temps don’t seem to be shouting that Spring is actually here and warmer weather will be here before we know it but it IS coming.  Believe it or not, this is a great time to set a, or some, goals for yourself.  Would you like to wear tank tops this summer, do more biking, feel stronger so you are able to take advantage of the nice weather in whatever way that may be?  After the winter we’ve had, you deserve to do that, whatever ‘that’ may be, for you! This is just the time to start or continue working toward a goal. How do you start or continue with this?  Read on! Continue reading Setting a goal …

Are you a Habit Hater?

I’ve been thinking about all of the things that we talk about in the studio and that I’ve been talking about in this blog. Many of our discussions are on adding more exercise into our lives, eating in a healthier way, feeling better & stronger. As I thought, I realized that all the ideas and changes to behavior have to do with creating healthier habits. If you hate habits, I’m sorry for this bad news! If you already know that creating habits are necessary and can make your life easier, read on!  If you hate habits, read on anyway – you might find you like them afterall?  Let’s take a step back and look at how we successfully create new habits. Creating new habits can apply to any/every facet of our lives – so this can be BIG! Continue reading Are you a Habit Hater?

Super Bowl workout :)

Are you planning to watch the Super Bowl today?  Go Pats!  So I’m thinking about the snacks and all the great food & drinks that are always part of the watching.  For some reason it brought me back to college days and the games that we played … and I wondered if someone might have come up with a fun way to integrate exercise while watching the Super Bowl.  Guess what??  They have!!!  So here you go, here’s a fun game to play while you watch the game! Continue reading Super Bowl workout 🙂

Creating a Healthier You – Tip #3

January is almost done. I’m wondering how you are doing with creating a healthier you?

My new tip for you is to strive for consistency.  Does that mean you have to workout 7 days a week, never eat a grain of sugar again or have a glass of wine for the rest of your life?  Probably not….  Be realistic in setting your schedule.  Just getting back to exercise?  Maybe you will decide that one day per week is all you can handle for now.  That’s a good start.  Pick your day/time & stick with it.

I met with a new client this week who is returning to Pilates and will be starting with 30 minute sessions two times per week.  That is what she feels her body can handle.  Eventually we will increase the length of her sessions but for now, that’s how she’s starting.  Continue reading Creating a Healthier You – Tip #3

I just didn’t have time to exercise ….

How did you do fitting your workouts in last week?  If you are like many people, you may feel you don’t have time….  Is this you?  Perhaps last Sunday you set out to fit in at least 3 workouts for the week, only to find at the end of the week that you didn’t make it.  Things come up.  Life gets in the way.  I understand!

My tips this week have to do with making the time to exercise. First, re-commit to making exercise a priority in your life.  Period. Once you reaffirm that exercise is deserving of you time, let’s set out to make that time.  Think about what worked last week?  Do you need to schedule your workout before work- which days worked and why?  Which days did you end up skipping, why?  Modify your plan from there.  Keep what worked and amend what didn’t. Continue reading I just didn’t have time to exercise ….