Honestly… I’m scared. Of what?  Well…the more I thought about it, the more I discovered how complicated and layered the answer was.  What if the surgery doesn’t work? What if he doesn’t fix all the issues and a new one starts? How much pain am I going to experience? How am I going to function using only my left arm when I’m right-handed? How long until I can exercise a little? If I exercise will I compromise my healing progress? How am I going to manage my weight without being able to move much? (yes that sounds selfish, but it’s …

An Uncertain Road Ahead

It was the summer of 1990.  I just finished my freshman year at University of Michigan.  I moved back into my parent’s house and started my journey towards becoming a professional dancer.  I dreamed of being a part of a Chicago dance company that I had grown up watching on the big stages of the city.  I loved their choreography, the dancers, the vibe of the company.  I auditioned to become a summer student apprentice to train with the members and observe their rehearsals.  What an opportunity!!! I was accepted!  I was officially on the path I wanted in order …

Hip Health

The Best Exercises for Hip Pain If you experience chronic hip pain, you’re not alone. Problems stemming around the pelvic area are more common a complaint than you might think, especially among older adults and senior citizens. The most common cause of long-term hip pain in adults is osteoarthritis, though discomfort in the region can also be the result of accidents or injuries, bone fractures, infections, and more. Not only will working out once or twice a day help to alleviate painful symptoms in the pelvic area, but it can also reduce the risk of future problems. In a 2013 study published …

Seniors and Exercise: Where and How?

I was approached by a woman who wanted to get the word out there to the Senior Population on ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Sally is a former nutritionist and gym instructor.  She recently had an experience with her mother and how she could manage her persistent problems with her blood pressure.  She found that this issue continued to worsen with age, a common circumstance with this condition.  Together with her doctors she devised a simple diet and exercise routine which helped keep her blood pressure under control.  She wanted to share her research with the general …

Move of the Week — CORE 6

High plank continues this week incorporating moves with your lower body to challenge your core. All these additions are great ways to take a simple move and make it worth your time. The options continue for a couple more weeks. In the meantime, add this to your list of abdominal exercises that rock!

Move of the Week — CORE 5

High Plank! Know it? Love it? Do it! Here I demonstrate how to get into the proper form and how to make it create results you are looking for! Be sure to breathe and elongate your body to engage all the muscle groups in your middle and your chest and back will benefit too!  

Move of the Week — CORE 4

Transitioning to the high plank is a great way to increase the challenge of this simple yet effective core toning exercise. This MOW goes from high plank to low plank to give you the idea of what you need to engage to utilize this new position as a core strengthening exercise.

Move of the Week — CORE 3

Grab your LARGE STABILITY BALL for the Move of the Week this week!  It’s core + big tools = major toning!  You will feel the burn immediately after using this ball with the plank format.  When you challenge the body this way you should feel stronger instantly.  

Move of the Week — CORE 2

Continue to use the plank and increase the difficulty by adding in some simple tools.  Using a soft small ball or yoga block will force your body to engage multiple muscle groups and increase the toning potential of your plank.  Be sure to breathe throughout and repeat the plank increasing holding duration each time.  

EveryBody Fitness — Move of the Week RETURNS!!! — CORE 1

Move of the Week Returns with a Long series of Core Plank exercises for the next several weeks. This video begins with the basics and every week I will be increasing options and difficulty to challenge and tone your core!      

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