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…

Delicious Homemade Farm Bread

Delicious Homemade Farm Bread

When my kids were growing up, I took my eldest son to a Summer Camp at Frying Pan Park, here in Virginia.  It was close to our house and a lovely place with farm animals, fields, and more.  So many things to do.  He was probably about 4 years old at the time.  One day he…

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…

Springerles have Sprung: German Christmas Cookies

Springerles have Sprung: German Christmas Cookies

Growing up, my Mom made lots of cookies at Christmastime.  Being of German descent, with many Ackermans and Hoeferkamps lurking in our heritage, she made several German delicacies.  Included in the Christmas line-up were the ever notable Springerle cookie with it’s delicious, black licorice-laced flavor.  I adore the taste of black licorice, like my Mother…

Opa! Low-fat Creamy Pastitsio

Opa! Low-fat Creamy Pastitsio

I am not Greek, not even a smidgen.  Neither is my dear, Irish friend; however, she married into a lovely Greek family and we have been friends for over 20 years.  Way back when we met and our kids were small, we decided we would have dinner together weekly.  She would cook one week and I…

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….

In a Pickle with the Last of the Summer Veggies

In a Pickle with the Last of the Summer Veggies

I love pickled things.  They can be sweet, or tart and tangy, it is a wonderful way to enjoy your veggies.  Once, when I was driving north on Route 15 to New Jersey to see my sister-in-law, and I stopped by a roadside vegetable stand.  It was near Catoctin somewhere.  I purchased a jar of…

Music and the Happiness Quotient

Music and the Happiness Quotient

As a Group Fitness Instructor, music is literally the cornerstone of my classes.  The music I use must be of excellent quality and evoke a physically motivational response in my students.  But what appeals to one person may not appeal to another.   The key is to try to find music that is either universally appealing…

It’s Apple Season! Let’s Make Apple Praline Pie

It’s Apple Season!  Let’s Make  Apple Praline Pie

This time of year, when apples are fresh and abundant, is the best for baking apple goodies.  I have so many recipes I want to share with you, in general, and especially when it comes to apples; one of my favorite fruits to eat, bake, and cook! Our family and friends make an annual trip out…

Elbow Plank vs Full Plank: The Rundown

Elbow Plank vs Full Plank:  The Rundown

I realize I have written about planks before; however, recently, I have been discussing the differences between these two types of planks among my fitness colleagues.  Some say the elbow plank requires more muscle recruitment, others say the opposite.  So what is the low down on this and does it even matter? To begin, doing any type…