There are a myriad of factors that affect heart health. From regular exercise to smoking cessation to eating a nutritious diet, there are a number of things you can do to strengthen your heart. But did you know that the mind-body connection can also... Read more
Everyone's holding their wallets and purse strings a little tighter these days. But that doesn't mean that you have to give up on getting fit just because times are tight. Exercise can be easy to fit into your day, just as it can be inexpensi... Read more
When I tell people that I'm a master Pilates trainer, I get a lot of interesting reactions. People who practice and love Pilates are quick to ask their burning questions or express their envy at my "dream" job. But many people who are l... Read more
As a fitness instructor, I get a lot of questions about Pilates, from what it is to how it benefits the body. I too was skeptical about how this "gentle" form of exercise—which, to me, looked a lot like lying on the floor—could... Read more
If you've ever stretched or exercised on a hardwood floor, you know just how uncomfortable it can be when sitting, kneeling, or trying yoga and Pilates exercises. For these activities, an exercise mat will offer support and traction, but not all... Read more
Good Thursday Sparkpeeps & of course, Happy Thanksgiving! I would like to take this time to thank you all, my good friends, for never ceasing to put a smile on my face every day! I hope I can return the favor someday! :)... Read more
Wow that milkshake sure sounds good about now but of course I am at work and the mike shake ingredients are at home so I have to wait. lol. My grandson is stable for now they are monitoring his brain activity as it is important for that to be stable.... Read more
Everyone's different, of course...but generally a minimum of 1200 per day is the standard at Spark. That said, in terms of healthy snacks, I go for anything that has fiber, protein, or sometimes both. Can't go wrong with fruit/veggies.... Read more
I must admit that I was a little surprised to see a bikini-clad Chelsea Handler on this month's cover of SHAPE magazine. Don't get me wrong—I have always thought that she looks great! But based on the jokes on her TV show, "Chelsea... Read more
When I recently posted about the SparkPeople Fitness Starter Kit, I was surprised to see how many people already owned all (or most) of the equipment in the Kit. That got me wondering: What types of equipment do you have at home? Even though I have a... Read more
Over the holidays, I decided that I'd like to go to more scheduled classes at my gym. Today was my first attempt and I went to a Pilates class. It was tough and the time flew. I will definitely feel the strain tomorrow, all in all, not a bad start.... Read more
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