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I previously wrote a blog about High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT workouts. The exercises that I highlighted in that blog are more intense than some individuals may be ready for, so I wanted to come back to this topic and outline some more HIIT exercises that are appropriate for older adults or anyone that may be injured and looking for an effective but low-impact workout.  As a review of my previous blog, HIIT workouts consist of periods of higher-intensity… Continue reading »

High Intensity Interval Training, otherwise known as HIIT, has become increasingly trendy lately. The good news is that this trend is actually backed by science. HIIT workouts are made up of short periods of high intensity exercise, followed by short periods of active recovery or rest. This style of workout has been shown to increase cardiovascular fitness, as well as improve blood pressure, insulin sensitivity, and cholesterol levels.  HIIT workouts can be modified for any number of exercise styles and… Continue reading »

Exercising at home has been a struggle during COVID especially amidst gym closures. I am an avid gym-goer…or I was pre-COVID. In fact, most of my free time was spent in a gym as I have been a part-time certified personal trainer for 8 years. Most of my clients used to come to me, not because they don’t know what to do in the gym, but because they needed accountability, a plan, and motivation. Many of my clients love at-home workouts,… Continue reading »

Happy Fall! I love this time of year because I enjoy one of my favorite activities, hiking, even more in the fall and winter than I do in the summer. Don’t get me wrong, summer hikes are still great, but I have to go early or in the evening to avoid the oppressive heat. Personally, I am more physically active in the outdoors during the fall and winter months than I am during the summer months. Some of my favorite… Continue reading »

I do not know about you, but I constantly find myself physically or mentally on the go all day long; thinking about the next project, and how I can get two things done at once. I have always found traditional yoga classes extremely relaxing and so worth the hour session, but my most stressful days usually do not allow for an hour of peace and quiet. Creating time, even if it is only a few minutes, for reflection and mindfulness… Continue reading »

I have a love/hate relationship with my foam roller but I consider it an essential fitness tool. My husband often asks why I use my Foam Roller. “You purposefully roll it on the parts of your body that are tight. You look so unhappy when you do it. Our dog checks on you to make sure you are ok. This can’t be good for you.” I laugh every time he says it. He is right. It is not comfortable to… Continue reading »

There is a silver lining to our new normal!  As we are all staying safe at home these days with less commitments and social engagements, we have more time to be active!  We also have more time to be focused or re-focus on the things that are really important to us like taking care of our health by getting physical activity and practicing mindfulness.  There are a variety of ways to be active at home, from simple strength training exercises to online workout… Continue reading »

During the winter months I tend to lose interest in going to the gym. I don’t want to de-ice my windshield at 5am for an early morning workout and in the evenings I’m either busy with other activities or I just want to be home and out of traffic. This is always the perfect time for me to pick up at-home workouts. Just because the weather outside is frightful does not mean you can’t be active. Every week I think… Continue reading »

I get a daily newsletter from the New York Times and shortly after January 1st I saw a section about strength training. I think their article is really nice because it has pictures and videos of how to do the exercises as well as modifications and challenges. I also really like their recommendations because this is the type of exercise routine that can be completed in the comfort of your home. No gym membership required. [If you can’t access the New York… Continue reading »

I keep hearing about pickleball and have wondered why it is getting so popular. I recently got the opportunity to try it out and I can see why people like it so much! If you have played any sort of paddle or racquet sport (tennis, badminton, ping pong) the basics are pretty easy to pick up. If you have never played a racquet sport it’s ok. There aren’t too many complicated rules and you can start playing pretty quickly.  The… Continue reading »