Keep It Simple Sweetie!

Keep It Simple Sweetie Fitness Routine

Keep It Simple Sweetie Fitness Routine

I once heard the saying, “Only in America do we get in our car and drive five miles to the gym to walk a mile on the treadmill.” That’s a funny example of how we tend to make things more complicated than they need to be! I used to see this happen a lot when I was a personal trainer at the health club. The new year would bring throngs of strangers to the club who puffed and panted everyday until they suddenly disappeared a month later.

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Happy New Rear!

Happy New Rear!

Happy New Rear!

I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help myself with the play on words! And, I figured who wouldn’t want a little help with lifting up their bottoms? After all, the ravages of time, gravity and too much sitting can leave them a bit droopy. Have no fear…I’m giving you 3 great exercises for your new rear! ☺

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Heart Skips

Skip to your heart's content!

Skip to your heart’s content!

February is National Heart Month and it’s a good reminder to pay attention to your heart. After all, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States. Do you know what your risk is? You can find out by clicking on the American Heart Association’s Heart Risk Assessment Calculator.

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Hip Hip Hooray!

Stretches to help your hips hooray!

Stretches to help your hips hooray!

My mom is sporting a new hip this week. She had her left hip joint replaced with a new & improved model on Wednesday. Needless to say, she’s a little sore, but excited about being able to move without pain (of course, this is after she recovers from the pain of her muscles, tendons & ligaments being pulled and her femur getting hammered). So, in honor of my mom’s new ball (in old socket), I thought I’d give you an age stronger tip for each hip.

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One Super Stretch

Stretching the Avon Walkers

Stretching the Avon Walkers

This weekend I will be leading the warm-up and stretches for the Avon Walk in San Francisco. It’s a wonderful fundraising event that brings thousands of women together to rally against breast cancer. They walk 39.3 miles over two days—no doubt there will be some sore muscles!

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Traffic Light Triceps

Move your arms when stopped in traffic!

Move your arms when stopped in traffic!

One of the ways to age well is to make the most of every moment.  So, why not take advantage of the dead time when you’re stopped at traffic lights.  Here’s a simple isometric move that will strengthen & tone your arms, and you don’t even have to take your seatbelt off!

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Find Your Front Triangle

Imagine your front triangle reaching upward.

Imagine your front triangle reaching upward.

Stand up straight with shoulders relaxed, knees slightly bent, and feet hip-width apart.

Now, imagine that you have a triangle between your hip bones and belly button.  The bottom of your triangle is the line connecting your hip bones and the top point of your triangle is your belly button.

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Breathe Like a Fish

"Don't forget to breathe!"

“Don’t forget to breathe!”

I don’t know about you, but I tend to take my breathing for granted.  The only time I pay much attention to it is when I meditate or exercise intensely (or eat too much garlic J).  Just think of all those sustaining breaths in between awareness—flowing in and out, unnoticed.  Wow!

This week’s ‘stimulate’ tip will help you pay attention to your breathing and improve your lung capacity too!  All you have to do is breathe like a fish.  What I mean by that is breathing laterally—expanding your ribcage sideways when inhaling and contracting it back toward center when exhaling (another way to visualize this is playing an accordion—out with inhale and in with exhale).

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