That Elusive A-ha Fitness Moment

A very dear friend of mine, Patty Chang Anker, has been training to run a 5K.  She’s been running 2-3 days a week for the last several months.  She also happens to be a blogger and author who is keeping her readers posted on her training progress.  Two weeks ago she described on Facebook that she […]

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 […]

August’s Small Step: Reflect, Revamp & Renew Revisited

There’s still a month left before Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer.  This is a perfect time to reassess your fitness goals and reflect on progress and successes.  Your assignment this month?  Finish the Summer Reflect, Revamp and Renew project.  You can also take this time to catch up if you’ve fallen behind or jump on […]

Workout of the Month: Balance Training for Water Sports

We are heading into the heart of summer and, particularly in places where the water sport season is short, people are itching to turn each sunny day into waterskiing and surfing nirvana. While the first instinct when thinking about strength training for these activities may be lower body, these recreational sports rely specifically upon excellent balance for optimal performance and […]

July’s Small Step: Reflect, Revamp & Renew

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 […]

You Reached Your Goal! Now What?

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I recently completed a weight-loss plan and reached my goal.  While the process of losing weight is difficult, it is a short-term goal with an end point.  I knew I wouldn’t feel as hungry or deprived once the calorie restriction ceased.  Psychologically speaking, it was a powerful motivational tool I had […]

Set the Bar High, You Deserve Nothing Less

It may seem an odd connection – a Navy Seal’s commencement speech and a no-nonsense, no-excuses, kick-in-the-butt column by an acclaimed fitness expert – but, on this Memorial Day, I am making that connection. First, the Navy Seal.  Adm. William McRaven gave the commencement speech at the University of Texas (Austin) last week.  He passed […]

Fitness on a Budget

Despite reports that our economy is in a post-recession, personal finances remain tight.  With lack of affordability being cited by sedentary Americans as a major reason (along with lack of time) for not being able to exercise regularly, the current state of family budgets doesn’t bode well for those wanting to make fitness a priority.  The […]

Workout of the Month: Balance Training for Winter Sports

The winter Olympics has arrived which usually brings a renewed national interest in sports like downhill skiing, snowboarding and figure skating.  I’ve already provided Workouts of the Month to train for downhill skiing and gliding sports like cross-country skiing and ice hockey.  But recreational activities like snowboarding and figure skating rely specifically upon excellent balance for optimal […]