Falling Forward

Falling Forward

Wow! I can’t believe Fall has arrived and my kids are heading back to school! It’s amazing how quickly the summer has flown by! We’ve had a wonderful time camping, spending time with friends, and enjoying the outdoors. However, we are all looking forward to the routine that comes with school starting. Our schedule changes dramatically this time of year and I find myself setting new goals and deciding how I will spend my time with the Holidays approaching. I also reflect on the activities of my life to decide what will remain in my schedule, what will be removed, and what will be added. Read More

Do It Anyway!

Do It Anyway

No one wants to work out all the time. “I’m too tired. I forgot my shoes. I have family coming to visit. I am too busy”. . . Is this you? Do you dread heading to the gym? Do you wonder if you are the only one who doesn’t want to be there?

Trust me. You are not alone.  Even the Olympic athlete, the fanatical cross-fitter, the marathon runner dreads training—at least some of the time.

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Summer Tips

It’s summer . . . Finally! WooHoo! Time to pack up and head to the cabin; soak up the sun at the lake; camp with the family; and take the kids to swimming lessons, ball camp, and soccer. Oh wait! It’s also time to mow the lawn; plant the garden; Read More

Take the “Do I Need a Trainer?” Quiz!

do i need a trainer

You probably ask yourself constantly, “Do I need a trainer?” Everyone is different when it comes to developing a fitness routine and some people really need one to stay motivated and accomplish their goals. However, there are some people who do not. If you want help in deciding the answer to the question for yourself, take this quiz.

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Bring on Spring!

Ahhh . . .. The birds are chirping, the grass is green, and the snow is gone! It’s now time to start exercising outdoors and maybe even participate in a few local 5Ks. You may think, Ah! I can ditch that gym membership and exercise outdoors! Well, I agree . . .  kind-of. Get outside, but don’t quit strength training. The exercises you do at a gym are important!  Read More

The “Julia” Challenge

I don’t know about you, but this time of year is hard in Minnesota. We’ve hibernated for six months and are itching to see the sunshine, bask in it, and throw our coats in the storage bin! With this comes the rolling of emotions: the “I don’t care about my food intake” mentality, and a Bah-humbug attitude. Don’t get caught up with this depressive mentality! We are Minnesotans! We are tough! The sun is rising earlier than before, and we ARE seeing glimpses of warm weather! We should work toward removing that belly bulge that’s been hiding under those sweatshirts!   Read More

Are Your Muscles Broken? Part 2

PART 2

In my last article, I shared my story about how I came across MAT (Muscle Activation Technique), a revolutionary approach to assess a client’s muscular system to determine what muscles are not working correctly and fix the problem. I have completed my course and am officially certified as an MAT lower body specialist! I am now able to help correct many of the painful issues many individuals experience: IT band syndrome, runner’s knee, repetitive ankle sprains, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, patella femoral syndrome, knee issues, hip issues, bursitis, etc. How is this possible? Let me explain:   Read More

Are Your Muscles Broken? Part 1

For years, people have been coming to me to work out because I know how to guide them through a workout that produces results without causing further injury. I know what exercises you should do and shouldn’t do if you have problems with your knee, shoulder, hip, etc. Upon watching people working out with these injuries, I see many interesting movement patterns. For example, if someone has a knee injury, they might limp; one hip might hike up higher than the other; the foot might point in; or the torso might twist incorrectly.   Read More

Is Body Fat OK?

Did you know it’s ok to have some fat on those bones? Your body was designed to carry a bit around your muscles and organs. It is beneficial for energy storage; keeping us warm; protecting us from trauma; delivering nutrients to the body; for skin, hair, and nail health; fertility; and mental health. While fat has its benefits, most of our population needs to lose fat, not increase fat.Read More

Peace or Chaos for the Holidays

I don’t know about you, but this time of year is crazy! So many parties, get-togethers, shopping trips, and concerts! Life is usually full without these events—now we need to add more? Yikes! It’s easy to get caught up in the madness. We over-extend, over-commit, and over-eat! We want to go to all the events, help those in need, and enjoy the scrumptious treats. We say, Love . . joy. . . peace to all, but do we really experience this in our personal life? Or do we allow ourselves to become angry, discontent, and annoyed along the way.    Read More