I’ve heard it all during my time in the fitness industry. “Women can’t lift weights” or even “ladies SHOULDN’T lift weights.” And when I finally saw people grow more accepting of ladies who lift, I started to hear things like, “women cannot consume too much protein – it makes them fat!” Rest assured, each of these silly myths have me rolling my eyes! While certain comments and myths have certainly discouraged me in the past, I’m taking this opportunity to bust five common misconceptions made about women and exercise.Read More
After first working with stability balls seventeen years ago, I started incorporating them into my warm up before exercising. The ball is excellent for both stretching and stabilizing the back which is a must for me. I used resistance bands in physical therapy for a shoulder injury but never really considered them an alternative to weights. It was wrong of me to think this combo could not provide me with a tough, challenging workout because they can!Read More
When I go on vacation I like to exercise. If I’m away for a week I’ll aim for two or three times during the vacation. I think it’s important for women over fifty not to totally lose sight of their fitness goals but at the same time I do think it’s okay to take it down a notch. It might seem like an impossible task but working out on vacation shouldn’t be complicated. Here are my suggestions on how to keep up with your fitness when you are traveling.Read More
We’ve all been there before: a special occasion is fast approaching, we try on an outfit and YIKES! The zipper doesn’t go up! Whether a fancy dress or a pair of jeans here are 5 tips for getting yourself event ready in one week.Read More
Are you able to set a goal for yourself and stick to it? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. In fact, according to The Washington Post, one-third of Americans say they lack the self-control they need to accomplish their goals. About one-fourth attribute trouble sticking to a diet to a personal character defect such as laziness.” How can you combat these overwhelming statistics? For me, the answer has always been very simple. I’ve found that setting and living by healthy morning and evening routines has made me far more dedicated, energized and driven.
The result? I’m unstoppable!Read More
When the days start getting shorter it’s time to start thinking about the holidays. Every middle-aged woman I know wants to look great when celebrating. To ensure you won’t wake up on the day of the party with nothing to wear, it’s a good idea to drop a few pounds now. I always pre-plan, whether for a special event or the holiday season. I decide on my end goal (firm up a particular body part, fit into a special dress, or lose five pounds). Then I make a plan.Read More
Hell hath no fury like a woman not seeing results from her workouts! There’s nothing more frustrating than spending hours exercising and getting nothing in return. The reality is that there are multiple factors that can greatly impact the overall experience and effectiveness of your workout. To get the best results possible, there is work to be done both inside and outside of the gym.Read More
It’s time to go outside into this crisp, autumn air and have some fall fitness fun with Phyllis! Let’s use the season’s bounty instead of traditional weights to exercise. My big pumpkin weighs about fifteen pounds, the small acorns are about four pounds, and the goose neck squashes are about ten pounds each. I take my exercise routine seriously but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to have fun. It’s good to mix things up and what better way then to go outside and workout. This fall fitness routine engages your entire body so even though it may look a little silly it will get the job done!Read More
How often are you getting cardio activity in? Better yet, are you engaging and activating as many areas and muscles as you possibly can? While cardio is a necessary component to any workout routine, few know how to make the most of the intense exercise.
Ladies, don’t fall into a cardio rut! Here are three sure ways to get an efficient, full-body workout in during your cardio sessions:
Belonging to a gym can be a great thing! I love the social aspect of it and there’s nothing quite like being inspired by the woman next to you who’s rocking her workout. But I have my days where I love nothing more than to work out in the comfort of my own home! Having a designated space in my house helps keep me accountable when I don’t feel up to getting myself to the gym. It also enables me to get a quick workout in when I’m crunched for time.Read More