Is Self-Care a Good Motivator?

Is Self-Care a Good Motivator?

Often when we think of self-care, we conjure up a vision of taking a break, hanging out in nature, or even going to a mindfulness meditation class.  Those are some of the ways you can go in for self-care.  But there is much more to it than that.     In…

Top Blogs of 2021
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Top Blogs of 2021

This past year has been a tough one, upending many of our lives and habits.  We have had to cope with lots of changes, lots of anxiety, and have had to come up with creative ways to keep our heads above water.  Along the way, perhaps we were buoyed up…

Are Running, Walking, or Climbing Stairs Bad for Your Knees?

Are Running, Walking, or Climbing Stairs Bad for Your Knees?

Bad knees are something that happens to many of us (50% at least, at some point in our lives).  I don’t need to tell you that it can be a game-changer, stopping many of us from getting around the way we would like to.  Thank goodness for the fact that…

What If You Hate To Exercise (or know someone who does)?

What If You Hate To Exercise (or know someone who does)?

Before we get going, this blog also applies to those of you who exercise regularly, but may have those days when you just don’t have the mojo for it or are having a serious bout of wanting to sit around.  You may want to let time drift by as you…

Are There Non-Responders and High Responders to Exercise?

Are There Non-Responders and High Responders to Exercise?

Yes, it’s thing.  Some people respond very quickly to both strength training and cardio, and others literally remain the same.  There is actually a whole range of responses.  You could think of it as a bell curve, where the ones at one end will struggle to make headway, and the…

The Surprising Blood Pressure/Stretching Connection

The Surprising Blood Pressure/Stretching Connection

First, Let’s Talk About Blood Pressure Today the latest edition of the AARP Bulletin (affectionately known by us as “the rag”) arrived in our mailbox.  One of the articles mentioned that nearly half of all adult Americans and 3 out of 4 people over 60 have high blood pressure (hypertension)….

What? Metabolism Doesn’t Slow with Age?

What? Metabolism Doesn’t Slow with Age?

WARNING!  This blog is a LITTLE snarky at times!  Many of us have noticed that our bodies seem to go slower as we get older. And it seems more difficult to keep extra weight off.  But now there is some shocking new research.   Perhaps you have seen the headlines.  Something…

Finding the Self-Control to Eat Less
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Finding the Self-Control to Eat Less

Often when someone decides it is time to lose weight, they are focused on wondering if they have the motivation and willpower to finally stick with it.  “I just need to find my motivation” is the oft-expressed refrain. The assumption is that to lose weight, one has to restrict eating,…

Fast or Slow Exercise?
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Fast or Slow Exercise?

For those of us who are just starting out or getting back into doing some exercise, the question of whether to go fast or slow may seem moot.  Just getting going can be a challenge.  Likewise, even for regular exercisers, “go big or go home” may seem out of the…

How to Eliminate the Stress of Dieting
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How to Eliminate the Stress of Dieting

Anyone on a diet can tell you it isn’t fun.  It’s ironic.  Following a diet is supposed to take the guesswork out of what to eat.  Simple and easy, right? But, easier said than done.  The whole experience can end up being a litany of deprivation, too much change at…