Do you remember the early 80s boy band Menudo? If you’re a member of Generation X, it was probably the first time you saw Ricky Martin. Did you know the band was alive and kicking well into the 90s? But not with Ricky Martin because he aged out of the band in 1987. With the promise of perpetual youth, Menudo made no apologies for saying good bye to band members when they reached a certain age. At 17, Ricky Martin was too old for the band.Fitness is a little like pop music. Fads, fresh faces and young bodies are front and center while experience and time-tested basics often take a back seat. At 43, I feel at the top of my game and (most days) love how my body looks and feels. Until I go to a fitness conference, see a list of the top fitness accounts to follow on Instagram or even sometimes when I read a fitness magazine. Then I feel the sting of ageism and the lack of body respect in the fitness industry.Recently, watching a video from the GirlsGoneStrong team, I was challenged to do a Google search for “fit woman” and look at the images. I’ll ask you to open a new browser and do the same. Take in those images for a few minutes and come back to me.read more
You joined the gym and signed up for a meal delivery service to lose weight. You wanted to feel better, but you wanted to look better too. You had hilly hiking trails and summer dresses firmly on your mind as you got back on the elliptical machine.You also decided to be done with diets. You resolved to pursue healthy striving instead of perfection. Then a strange and wonderful thing happened. When you treated your body kindly, it was kind back. When you feed your body better foods and listened to it when it was hungry or tired, you felt better. When you moved in a challenging but fun way, your mood changed along with your body. Slowly but surely you came to understand the value of body respect.read more
Maybe you’ve always had an active life filled with morning swims and weekends tennis dates. Perhaps you’ve even been a casual runner most of your life, logging 10 or 15 miles a week on a semi-regular basis. You feel healthy, but one day you’re surprised to find out all that cardio wasn’t enough.It could be a bone density scan that says you have the first signs of osteoporosis. Or it might be something more subtle, like needing help to get up off the floor or losing your balance getting off the boat at the lake. Stronger bones and better balance are just two of the reasons why women should lift weights.read more
As a kid, you didn’t understand the big deal about oatmeal. You would chuckle at those Wilfred Brimley “eat your oatmeal” commercials, preferring Golden Grahams for breakfast. When you got old enough to be in charge of your own meals, you started skipping breakfast altogether most days. You’re reasonably certain your coffee for breakfast habit began with 8 a.m. classes in college. Now you know why oatmeal is “the right thing to do”. Morning oatmeal, hot from the microwave while you check your email, makes a perfect breakfast. It is easy and it keeps your digestive system in good working order. It tastes pretty good too, especially the maple and brown sugar flavor. Your co-workers turn up their noses at all those carbs, but you know how much more energy you have in the morning after a warm bowl of oatmeal.
It’s a great start but what if I told you how to make oatmeal even more satisfying?
Spring is slowly blooming around you. A little more daylight and a few tentative buds on the trees are drawing you into a new connection with the world around you. Watching the world wake up makes you feel like you’re coming out of hibernation too. You want to shake off the winter blues and deepen your relationship with the earth and your body.A great way to reconnect with the earth and your body is adopting a practice of eating seasonally. Eating seasonally doesn’t mean giving up all the things you love ten months out of the year. Instead, it means mindfully choosing foods that are in tune with the seasons and what mother nature has to offer.read more
That chirping sound isn’t your alarm. It’s the first of many text messages you get each day. Always being available isn’t helping your sleep, your workouts or your attitude. Digital distraction and being “on call” leaves you little time for yourself. It leaves you unable to focus, come up with new ideas or plan for the next chapter. Instead of making space to dream about what a new career path or the possibilities of empty nest life, you’re jumping from daily fire to daily fire without ever knowing what you did or what you want. If your days are too tasked-oriented and lack space for creative idea-oriented thoughts, you need to meet Riley for a visit to Juliet’s School of Possibilities.read more
Your cautiously curated Instagram feed of French bulldogs, travel photography and tea has an intruder. The tempting message to abandon your sensible fitness goals has infiltrated your consciousness via your favorite health beverage. Some of the tea brands and bloggers you love are promoting the myth of detoxing your body with tea.You’ve skeptical of the claims but still slightly curious. You know all the health benefits of tea. Could there be any truth to the detox claims?read more
Spring cleaning isn’t just about tidying up your bedroom and the kitchen. It’s a good idea to take a fresh look at your fitness routine and health goals regularly. Milestones like daylight savings time or the first day of spring are great reminders to review, revise and reset your healthy habits.If you feel frustrated by your progress or you can’t even remember what goals you set in January, it’s time to take a moment for honest reflection. If you don’t see the results you want it doesn’t make sense to keep going down the same path. Even if what you’re doing worked for you before it doesn’t mean it will work now. Taking time to reset your healthy habits means letting go of what was, connecting to what is and understanding what you want for the future.
I have four questions that I ask clients when they start working with me. These four questions are designed to help us both get a clear sense of what they want for themselves and how I can help motivate them to get there.
The healthiest thing about traveling to London and Paris for our anniversary had nothing to do with the delicious vegan food or the almost 20,000 steps I walked each day. The best thing about our visit to Europe was my intention to let go of digital distraction.
I made a conscious decision before we left not to get an international phone plan. I knew we would have wifi at each hotel and Bri’s plan comes with international access at no charge. As a wise former client told me before my first trip abroad, “there is probably not going to be a personal training emergency”. There was no logical reason to stay constantly connected while on vacation.
Did you decide to plan a getaway to chase away the post-holiday slump? Or maybe February brings a rush of work travel now that the holiday breaks are behind us. Either way, you want a way to stay committed to your healthy striving goals with a good workout on the...read more