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Seniors or Anyone–Tai Chi May be for YOU!

Another wonderful article by Sally Writes informing you of the many benefits of Tai Chi! I could use a little Tai Chi myself…Thanks Sally!¬† Will give it a try too ūüôā Tai Chi: The Ideal Exercise For The Aging Body Research has proven time and again how beneficial Tai Chi is to the aging body. As people grow older, the body becomes more susceptible to age-related conditions, such as loss of balance, mobility, and flexibility. It is for this reason that health organizations and agencies always¬†encourage seniors to engage in physical activity¬†– to prevent muscles from being stiff and tight. …

Where am I??

Word has been trickling down in my direction that many people who regularly attended my class have been asking,¬†“Where is Dana?”¬† “Is she coming back?”¬† “What’s taking so long?”¬† “Why can’t she just come teach and not DO the class?”¬† “Why isn’t she back at the gym by now?” First,¬†I’d like to apologize for not returning to work yet.¬† Please¬†know I am not being lazy, selfish or insensitive to your requests to have me back at the gym.¬† I’m flattered that the sentiment is that I am missed but the conclusions many people are drawing from my absence are simply …

Honestly…

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 …

Move of the Week — Part 2 Triceps Tone Up

This is a great combination that will target your triceps, oliques and lower body. ¬†It consists of 3 separate moves using an elastic tubing and performing them forwards then in reverse order to complete 1 set. ¬†Your heart rate will elevate and your triceps will surely burn. What else will be sore??? ¬†Aim for 3 rounds each side!! Move of the Week — Part 2 Triceps Tone Up

Move of the Week — Shoulders, Upper Back, & Hips

This Move of the Week gives you 3 simple exercises to combine together to create an effective and challenging ¬†sequence that will work your hips, upper back, and shoulders. ¬†Your core is engaged throughout to help stablize your body as you focus on the major muscle group intentded, so the series is beneficial for multiple parts! ¬†Bonus! ¬†So, grab a mat, towel and a light set of weights and get ready to sweat through this unique combination of moves! Move of the Week — Upper Back, Hips & Shoulders

Our Longest Relationship

Over your lifetime, you will have friends, lovers and acquaintances that come and go. Some of them will know you a little, some of them will know your deepest secrets. ¬†As the years pass by, I have come to really understand how no one will ever know me as well as I know myself. I’ve had instances where I knew something was wrong with me, health-wise, and had to do some serious convincing to a medical professional to dig deeper–just to confirm I was correct. ¬†I’ve gone through infertility and frightening preterm labor complications. ¬†I’ve had physical injuries and know …

10 Tips for a Fit Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving and all it brings…family togetherness, fun in the kitchen, and eating. ūüôā ¬†Yes! ¬†I love eating! ¬†I think it’s important to enjoy the Holiday traditions, but try not to regret the entire day after it’s over. Here are 10 tips for you to include in your celebrations that may help you make it through with a bit of fun and a bit of restraint. 1. ¬†Plan your workouts for the days prior to the Holiday and stick to the program. ¬†On the “day of”–check the special program of classes at your gym. ¬†Every gym offers a variety …

Move of the Week 11.13.13

Whittle your middle combining these 3 moves using a stability ball. These 3 dynamic exercises will tone and strengthen your entire abdominal wall efficiently and will leave you feeling confident! Simply click on the link below to watch a video demonstration. Move of the Week 11.13.13

Move of the Week 10.23.13

Here is a simple exercise that you can do with your stability ball and a set of medium to heavy weights. ¬†Your core, legs, biceps and shoulders will benefit from this dynamic exercise. Move of the Week 10.23.13 Take your stability ball and a set of medium-heavy weights to an open section of a wall–no pictures, windows or mirrors. ¬†With weights in hands, place the ball between your lower back and the wall. ¬†Lean into the ball and walk your feet into the center of the room, a little wider than hip width apart. As you bend your knees, put …

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