Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Creating Your Exercise Plan

February 21, 2017

Mistake #1: Setting an unrealistic exercise schedule Your enthusiasm to get quick results can be a double-edged sword when you are new to exercise or after returning from a long hiatus. Excited, your mind commits to your goal. Your mind’s eye sees the results. Your internal voice says, “This time, I will succeed.” After a […]

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Resolved to Exercise? A Big-Box Gym May Not Help

February 8, 2017

Are you newly determined to get more exercise this year? You may think joining a gym is just what you need. But consider whether a “big-box” gym is the best choice for you.   Big-box gym attendance: dismal In January 2012, 80% of people who joined a gym stopped attending within 5 months. Year long […]

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Decrease Your Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease by Increasing Your Exercise Effort

December 2, 2016

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a scary prospect. We can’t cure AD but prevention is possible. A recent UCLA landmark study showed increasing physical activity increases the size (or gray matter volume) of key brain regions. Increasing physical activity improved regions related to memory, hearing, sensory integration, problem solving, judgement, language and emotions. Study participants experiencing […]

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Can exercise and healthful eating replace drugs and surgery?

April 22, 2016

As a professional in the healthcare world, I often hear about people choosing drugs and surgery over exercise and proper nutrition, even when exercise and healthful eating could solve the problem. I believe surgery and drugs have their place, but according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) “The causes (risk factors) of chronic diseases […]

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Six Quick Ways to Diffuse an Argument

March 14, 2016

Cool Off: People’s higher reasoning abilites shut off when they are angry. If your stomach knots and you know the argument is escalating or you hear yourself shouting, STOP. Call for a time out, remove yourself from the physical situation. Let your partner know you will be back when you have calmed down. Report with […]

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What if you could exercise in your street clothes?

March 6, 2016

Exercising in your street clothes suggests an easy walk around the block, at most climbing three flights of stairs. Better than nothing, but less than what you truly want out of your exercise program. You’d like all the benefits of regular exercise and finding the time is the biggest hurdle. And maybe all those hyper-trim […]

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Is Shame Part of Managing Your Life?

February 3, 2016

So how many years has it been that “lose weight”, “make more money”, “have a better relationship with ______”, “start exercising” have been on your goal list? 5, 10, 30? I can feel you cringing. Why? Because I have items on my list of goals just like that and I’m cringing. Things I keep saying […]

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Is Coloring Just for Children?

January 15, 2016

I was given a coloring book for Christmas. You might be thinking “aren’t you a little old for coloring books?” I was overjoyed to get a present like this. I have secretly wanted to color in coloring books since I was six when I had stopped coloring in part due to the boring pictures in […]

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Healthy In Less Time

January 7, 2016

We are featuring a post by Andy Adams who has a WordPress consultancy business and happens to have tried out slow-motion strength training (he calls it high intensity training which is another name for what we do). He wrote a whole blog about his experience and his story supports the stories we’ve had from our […]

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5 Reasons New Year’s Resolutions Remain Wishes

December 29, 2015

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about what we want to change in the new year, and we typically make New Year’s Resolutions. Somehow, mysteriously, many of our resolutions falter and fail to materialize. If you’ve ever wondered why, many of us blame it on our lack of  “willpower” and beat ourselves […]

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Can Exercise Be A Meditation?

December 16, 2015

Absolutely! Since I love talking about slow-motion strength training in general and Alive! Fitness Studio in particular, let’s talk about how 20 minutes of slow motion exercise can also be 20 minutes of meditation. Meditation is simply fully attending to what you have chosen to focus on. Your breathing, the movement of your body, the […]

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I’m Yawning! Am I bored?

December 6, 2015

Yawning. Is it useful or just a function of our bodies? According to Andrew Newberg, MD, a leading Neuroscientist and co-author with Mark Robert Waldman of ”How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings From a Leading Neuroscientist”, the fifth best way to exercise your brain is by yawning. Yes, they said “yawning” and go on […]

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What Can I Say…Or Do?

December 1, 2015

During the holidays, there are many of us who are experiencing grief or deep sadness: for loved ones who have died, for traumatic experiences from our past, for situations we are in, for family we wish we had. I want to share with you something that has helped me, from my wonderful friend Chandrama Anderson. […]

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A “Magic Pill” for Improving Health

November 23, 2015

(I know you want one!) Imagine a drug decreasing by almost half the amount of healthcare utilization (clinical, imaging, lab, procedures) an average person does in a year. Wouldn’t that be worth giving to everyone? I use the “pill” and it has been a life saver I use the “pill” to lower my blood pressure, […]

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Do You Just Want to Live Longer?

November 10, 2015

Or do you want to live longer AND healthier AND happier? In 1965, Lester Breslow, M.D. completed a research project in Alameda County, California, that examined a group of 6,928 respondents (including approximately 500 women aged 65 years and older) to find out what makes people healthy and live a long and happy life. They […]

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