Our bodies remember.

One of the crucial aspects of physical activity is recovery.  After we take that 3 mile run or ride our bikes 20 miles on the trail or shake it up in Zumba class; our systems have to go through a process of recovery to allow us to rest, regenerate and recharge.

Then the next time we go out the cells in our muscles activate the memory of what we did in our last session.  Over time this memory is very powerful and sometimes with only minimal mental focus, we can repeat a previous performance.

How can knowing this help to keep you active?  There is a huge psychological benefit to knowing you have muscle memory.

  1. You can approach your workouts with confidence knowing that you can build on what you’ve done before.
  2. Especially when you are stressed and tempted to postpone or skip your workout, you can know that if you just make the effort to show up, your body’s muscle memory will kick in and help you complete the workout.

So the insight here is — ALWAYS SHOW UP!  Your confidence will help you move it to the next level.  And when you’re challenged, your muscle memory will help you stay active and in the game.




All month we’re focused on being active.  It’s part of a smart healthy lifestyle.  So much of the time my clients are focused on food and how to eat for good health.  Being physically active is just as important as the food you eat.  Changing your diet will only take you part of the way down the path to good health and wellness.  The other two components are living an active lifestyle and being spiritually connected to your source.  None of us operate independently no matter how empowered we think we are.  Being mindful and aware of our bodies needs helps us stay in the flow of good health.

Create an activity routine for yourself.  We have routines for other areas of our lives.  Some people routinely check their Facebook account, email, text messages, etc throughout the day.  Here’s an idea!  Check in on your physical movement throughout the day.  When’s the last time you got up to :

  • go to the bathroom!? 😨😳
  • take a walk?
  • work out at the gym?
  • attend a dance class?
  • put in that cardio workout CD?

Be aware of your movement or lack thereof.  It will keep you mindfully connected to your overall health and wellbeing.

SAVE THE DATE – April 2, 2016 – Mainlands Clubhouse in Pinellas Park, FL – 9 to 1

I will be participating in Smart Healthy Living health fair.  If you’re in the area, drop by and talk to me about your health.



Did you know that when you get up and move to improve your life, you are secretly helping others?  People notice when you start going for a walk before or after work; going to the gym; or going to Zumba or line dancing class.

What you do has an effect on others in your life.  Even total strangers take note.  Many times they are inspired to follow in your footsteps.  One of my clients was struggling with massive joint pain, made worse by obesity.  She had trouble just walking down the hall at work.  I believed in her and knew she could lose the weight.  Once she accepted that, she took action and started riding her bike after work.  Traveling miles around the neighborhood got the attention of family and friends.  Before long, her husband joined her.  Then the kids wanted in on the action.  Now the whole family benefits from better health.  Oh and the side benefit, she lost over 30 pounds!!!

Staying active, along with a healthy diet, helps you have a strong immune system.  This is critical in an age of constant flu crises and manmade viruses.  Keep yourself healthy by keeping yourself moving.  Have a regular cardio routine to strengthen your heart, and prevent diabetes and stroke.  Make yourself bullet proof to illness.  Have fun!

Hears to your Lifetime Health!


Appropriate Activity

When I speak of graceful aging, it probably brings up different images for me than it does for you.  Running up a flight of stairs without dying; feeling younger than my age; good health — that means no colds or flu, no constant allergic reactions, no lifelong medications, normal blood sugar and blood pressure, able to chase down the grandkids (if I had any).

What does graceful aging look like to you?  What is appropriate activity for your age or health situation?  I know 90 somethings who can kick my butt in the gym.  And I know 20 somethings who are sick all the time.

Becoming active early in life and staying active is what leads to graceful aging.  The Florida legislature is actually considering a bill to make recess mandatory in all public schools.  WAIT you ask…Don’t we already have recess in schools?  So much about our world has changed and it’s not all progress.

My advice —

Stretch your spine daily.

Walk more stairs instead of taking the elevator.

Find a way to get your heart rate up and exercise that most important muscle at least 5 days a week.

Whether you’re walking on the treadmill or ballroom dancing — have FUN!

Hears to your Lifetime Health!

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