My Pair of Sneakers and FREE Heart Health Please!

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National Start Walking Day is Wednesday, April 6 and always the first Wednesday in April. The time is now to get moving.  I couldn't think of a better place to start than with a nice walk. Will you walk? Can you get your office motivated to take a walk during lunch? What about a planned walk with your family or loved one after dinner? Perhaps someone you know could use a nice walk. … [Read more...]

The Better The Form, The Better The Results

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When was the last time you filled out a form? Think about when you fill out a medical form, a form for school, an insurance form etc. What happens when we make a mistake on it? It gets lost in the shuffle or it gets put to the bottom of the pile. The bottom line: You don’t get the results in the time frame that you were looking for. At the gym, I’ve noticed more and more people … [Read more...]

Unnecessary Death? Preventable Death?

Probably and Perhaps. Another High School athlete passed away in what appears to be another case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The initial autopsy revealed an enlarged heart. Click Here To Read Full Article What we do know is that a routine screening of this athlete may vary well have shown his enlarged heart and flagged his potential risk of SCA.  An echocardiogram (Sonar) and/or … [Read more...]

But I’m Not Old

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I’ve recently taken a few classes at the gym to mix up my workout routine such as Zumba, BodyPump, and Spin. While waiting for one of the classes to start I was able to observe a Silver & Fit class in progress. This class is designed for seniors to enhance their flexibility, weight resistance training and mobility and get some cardio in. They used stretch bands, light-weight medicine … [Read more...]

Curves Gets Heart Healthy

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Today I was invited and spoke to women at a local Curves Fitness Studio on Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas.  My friend Marilyn from Mended Hearts and The American Heart Association arranged the presentation. I was able to speak about Heart Disease and Obesity and share some tips on weight loss and fitness. Every couple of months they invite speakers and have a heart healthy lunch for their … [Read more...]

Zumba Moved My Boomda and My Cha, Cha, Cha

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I decided to try something different for cardio today.  I went to my first Zumba class. I first saw Zumba being taught as a breakout session at one of my speaking engagements and knew it was something I wanted to try. When we take a class for the first time we always worry about how stupid we may look or be afraid of not keeping up.  These are natural feelings.  Zumba is a great class for all … [Read more...]

It’s Not Christmas

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Have you heard the saying, “Don’t be so concerned about overeating between Christmas and New Years but rather be more concerned about overeating between New Years and Christmas?” This saying makes perfect sense. Well, it’s not Christmas so I guess now’s a great opportunity to seize the moment. Just think of the possibilities and what you can accomplish in just 3 short months. Summer is around … [Read more...]

Jumping Jacks In Heaven

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On Sunday, America and the world lost a health and fitness icon. Jack LaLanne, The Godfather of Fitness, passed away at the age of 96. I’m having trouble finding anyone that compared to LaLanne.  He was the original, the first, and the leader of the modern fitness movement. LaLanne influenced and inspired more people to get fit and live a healthier life than anyone I can think of. When I look … [Read more...]

Rooting For Your Own Team?

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A team can’t win without scoring. Neither can we. Think of any team sport that you like and how a team scores.  Is it a touchdown, a basket, a run, a goal, a point, or something else? Teams get excited and have momentum when they score. So do we when we’re trying to lose weight or increasing our fitness level. We need to score and have the “little wins” in order to feel good and stay … [Read more...]

Balancing Resolutions:) What Limits You?

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We call things that hamper us from reaching our health goals “Limiting Factors”. Typically there are 3 limiting factors that are real when it comes to achieving our overall health success and well-being. 1. Genetics 2. Physical Activity 3. Nutritional Habits We need to be aware of all 3 but we need to concentrate mainly on 2 of them. Typically our genetics, although it’s something we can’t … [Read more...]

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