Core Strength Values

Core Strength Values

I have written other blogs about this but always feel that more can be added to the topic.  You would be surprised how many benefits there are to keeping your core muscles strong.  According to Harvard Health Publishing, everything we do each day is supported by our core.  From vacuuming, to picking things up off…

When, How and Why Do We Stretch?

When, How and Why Do We Stretch?

I have been in the fitness industry for 23 years and I have taught all manner of class formats including yoga, cycle, water aerobics, STEP, and many more.  One thing we instructors have always included in our classes is some type of stretching.  Over the years, and with the increase of new information, we have…

Updated A1C Report: Gummy Addiction Apocalypse Avoided

Updated A1C Report: Gummy Addiction Apocalypse Avoided

It has been a busy summer and so you have heard little from this blogger.  I hope you haven’t missed me too terribly!  But I digress, here is what has been on my mind as of late. It was back in January that I tested, for the second time, pre-diabetic on my A1C scores.  I…

How Much Protein Do We Really Need?

How Much Protein Do We Really Need?

I get this question a lot and I decided it was time to provide a good answer.  As we age, our caloric needs unfortunately begin to dwindle.  For example, according to Livestrong.com: “As you age, the approximate proportions of different macronutrients (definition: Nutrition; any of the nutritional components of the diet that are required in…

Weight Lifting and Aging

Weight Lifting and Aging

Recently, one of my students approached me and asked if she should continue to lifts weights as she aged.  She specifically asked about lifting weights after the age of 70 as she had read (she did not recall where) that it was not encouraged.  I have not read anything to indicate that but decided to do…

Gummy Vites: Should We Bite?

Gummy Vites:  Should We Bite?

Confession;  I love gummy bears.  The end.  Well, maybe not the end.  I do love them and I cannot keep them in my house.  When I do, I am consistently 3 to 5 pounds heavier. I do not have the ability to resist them; therefore, they are not in my house (except on special occasions).  But then I discovered…

Tick Tock: It is Always Prevention Time

Tick Tock:  It is Always Prevention Time

Previously, I blogged about Lyme disease; but, considering the warm winter, I feel it’s important to state a few facts.  Ticks can indeed be active in winter.  According to Terminix: “Depending on the species – and stage in their life cycle – ticks survive the winter months by going dormant or latching onto a host. Ticks hide…

Stretching Out the Aging Process

Stretching Out the Aging Process

Why is it important that we stretch?  I have previously written about the benefits of yoga which, of course, includes stretching.  Recent research mostly supports the concept that stretching is generally beneficial to all ages. Throughout life we are told to stretch.  Growing up, if you played sports or danced, you always had a few minutes…

Resolution Revamp

Resolution Revamp

New Year’s resolutions are often a great way to start a year.  New year, new you!  How often, however, do we keep them?  According to Statisticbrain.com, those who felt they were successful in achieving their resolutions amounted to 9.2 %.  Not only that, 42.2% of those who make resolutions never succeed and fail on their resolution each…

Staying Active: You’ve Got to Move it, Move it!

Staying Active:  You’ve Got to Move it, Move it!

Truthfully, all of us, at every age, need to keep active to stay both mentally and physically healthy.  But it is even more important to do so as we age.  It isn’t just that we lose muscle mass at faster rate, which is called Sarcopenia, but keeping fit also helps our brains stay younger, so to speak….