Tag Archives: Mat Pilates

My Pilates Reformer Encounter

Thanks to a gift from a relative, I just completed the final session of a set of three private Pilates reformer lessons.  If you’ve ever thought about taking a class or wondered what it’s like, here’s my take. What is Pilates? Perhaps the better question is “who” is Pilates?  In fact, the reason the word […]

June’s Small Step: +1

This month’s Small Step is as simple, in theory, as it sounds: add just one thing to your weekly routine.  You need only 30 minutes a week to do it and you don’t need any special equipment.  And, it can be done while other things are happening around you: while baking something in the oven, listening […]

When (Not) to Exercise on the Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

  Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer.  The long, hot, humid dog days are fast approaching, if they haven’t already arrived where you live.  The perfect time to review the dos and don’ts of hot weather exercise. The Human HVAC System 101: The human body is often compared to an efficient machine. When talking […]

Gift Ideas for the Fit-Minded

Tis the season for gift giving!  If you have a loved one who is a fitness enthusiast – whether she’s a full-fledged athlete or a workout newbie trudging her way to a weight-loss goal – don’t discount the idea of a fitness related gift.  Think about it, she has proven her commitment to health and […]

Workout of the Month: Dancing in the Streets

Many in the Millennial Generation may be under the impression that dance-inspired fitness is the latest and greatest thing in exercise.  But, those of us who have been around a few more decades know better. The following is a non-exhaustive, semi-chronological list of the last 40+ years of dance-inspired fitness: Fat-turned-fit Richard Simmons introduced “Sweatin’ to […]

October’s Small Step: Be Flexible

My Small Step Philosophy: A fit life is attained by making small, realistic and sustainable changes in food consumption and exercise over time.  This allows a person time to create and hone new, fit habits that then become adopted and integrated into her everyday life.  The result is a person who is living a fit lifestyle […]

The Personal Trainer’s Real Workout

Every Thursday, the Personal Journal section of The Wall Street Journal is geared to health and fitness.  I look forward to reading it and often articles in it inspire my blog posts.  One recurring article is “The (Fill in Blank) Workout” where an “average” person is selected and we get a sneak peek into that person’s exercise […]