One of my favorite things to do to wake up my deep core muscles, improve balance, the brain-body connection and feel the independent movement of my hips and shoulders is to do a quick 5-15 minute foam roller warm-up before a workout.
Whether I’m going to do Pilates equipment work, Pilates Mat work, go out for a walk or run, lift weights, play racquetball…any activity… using a foam roller can be a quick and easy way to ensure you’ve got the right things turned on to support your body and train healthy movement habits.
Harnessing Your Inner Power for Strength, Flexibility & Fitness
Discover new levels of personal power to improve your strength, flexibility, and fitness in the Pulse Power Online Workshop. Incorporate these easy and effective Pulse-Power exercises into your workouts and you will rapidly improve core support, balance, and body control. This simple training technique and targeted exercise system will “electrify” your workouts!
As a BONUS: This fitness webinar includes the e-book The Daily Dozen 10 Minute Pulse-Power Workout Plan (an $8 value) to help you get started enjoying the benefits of better health with Pulse-Power training.
Pulse-Power is an effective daily workout or warm-up before more intense exercise. If you run, walk, dance, do Pilates, lift weights, or any other sport or activity…Pulse-Power Training can help you stay healthy, active and injury-free.
Use Spine Twisting To Improve Your Walking & Running Technique
There are lots of things you can pay attention to when you walk and run that can improve your pace, stride, form and function. A great arm swing is one of the key factors in not only freeing the arms and shoulders, but also strengthening your core support and reducing stress and tension in through your whole spine.
If your back hurts after a long walk or run or you notice more tension in your neck and shoulders before, during or after getting your miles in, there’s a good chance you’re missing out on the important “spiral effect” of the spine while you’re swinging your arms.
It’s interesting to observe bodies in motion. And sometimes, seeing what to look for, can make it easier to feel in your own body exactly what your movement habits are.
Are you ready to get your body in shape? Are you looking for fun new core exercises to help build strength and improve your fitness? Tired of doing the same old crunches?
Pulse your way to a tighter, stronger mid-section and better whole-body health with just 10 minutes of Pulse Power training.
Check out this Pulse Power workout core exercise video for the first 4 abdominal exercises in the book. This video will get you revved up to learn the next 8 exercises.
You will be amazed that such “little” pulses in your Pulse Power Workout
can produce such a BIG burn.
Pulse Power fitness is a fast and effective targeted training program to keep your body strong, fit, flexible and injury-free. A Pulse Power workout is perfect first thing in the morning, or as a warm-up before a more intense cardio or weight-training workout.
This newly-released Kindle e-book is fully illustrated with easy to follow exercise descriptions for your at home workouts. The targeted Pulse Power fitness training exercises are designed to improve your body awareness and increase your deep muscle support to improve posture, strength, and flexibility for better balance and body control.
Improve your whole-body health, look good and feel great with the twelve simple exercises in the 10-Minute Pulse Power Daily Dozen. These exercises are easy to do at home, at the gym, or on the road if you travel.
The Pulse Power Daily Dozen e-book is currently available for Kindle.
Discover Ways to Creatively “Work Out” Around Your Limitations to Stay On Track for a Healthy, Active Life
It’s much nicer when we are able to stay healthy, active and fit. But sometimes whether it’s a medical health issue, surgery, accident or over-training injury we find ourselves hurt… Out of commission, unable to do even simple daily chores much less a vigorous heart-pounding workout. The pain and frustration of NOT being able to do what we want can send your training program into a tailspin. When we are young it seems easy to just grin and bear it, pretend like the pain isn’t really there and keep on keeping on. But with age comes wisdom (well, sometimes…) and, if we are smart, we figure out better strategies to rest, recover and get back in action.
Centerworks® “Secret” Training Tips for Mobilizing the Ribcage
Part One: Spine Flexion
When we bend into forward flexion for Pilates exercises like the Hundred, Roll Up or Teaser every segment of the spine has to move individually to open the back ribs and bend the spine.
In the front of the body, the ribs are attached to the breastbone (which is a solid piece) so the same bending can’t occur. The breast bone must “slide down the front of the body” to bring the front ribs closer together.
I’m very excited to announce the release of my new book Pulse Power, which is available now in the Kindle Store.
Pulse Power fitness is a fast and effective targeted training program to keep your body strong, fit, flexible and injury-free. This Kindle ebook is fully illustrated with easy-to-follow exercise descriptions for your at-home workouts.
This workout routine is for anyone that wants to improve their health and fitness with a quick and easy 10 minute daily training plan that you can do first thing in the morning, or as a warm-up for a more intense workout.
Enhancing the Learning Curve: The Power of Journaling for Independent Pilates Workouts
I saw a comment and question on a post for an article I wrote recently asking me, “if I say that I learn something new every day, what did I learn today?” And while I haven’t started tracking this yet for truly acknowledging every single one of my daily Ah-ha moments, it’s got me thinking about how powerful paying attention to this can be as a tool for exercise tracking and our wellness success.
Learning something new can apply to more than just Pilates training. But Pilates is a great place to connect-the-dots and tap into the power of awareness for the brain-body connection of realizing that we’ve learned something new.
This knee strength and stability exercise is the third exercise in the “TV Knee Series.” It’s a great exercise to help develop the support and stability of your inner & outer thighs for healthy, pain-free knees.
ALL of the leg muscles are important to stretch and strengthen for healthy knees. This simple “TV Knee Series” exercise with an open and close of the leg helps to strengthen the whole thigh, with a little extra emphasis on the Inner thighs (Adductors) and Outer thighs (Abductors) that help provide leg strength and knee stability.
Typically when we think about leg exercises the focus is on Quadriceps and Hamstring to strengthen the front and back of your legs. The knee joint is designed to straighten and bend the leg in a forward and back direction, not sideways. You may notice that sometimes when you stand, walk, sit down and get up, or climb stairs, that your knees wobble with a little side-to-side movement at the knee joint. It’s the strength and support of the inner and outer thigh muscles that help control this “wobble.” If your inner & outer thighs are not strong enough to support the knees and hold the legs in good alignment, you will have problems getting the knee joints to track properly and this can be a contributing factor to knee pain.
Chronic knee pain can put a quick halt to your active life. Depending on the issues surgery or joint replacement might be the most viable solution. But even with knee surgery, you can potentially be left with a whole new set of knee problems, or issues with other body parts and joints. Keeping our body healthy and doing the right exercises to stay strong, fit, and flexible is an important part of a weekly wellness program.
But it can be a challenge to keep moving if your knees hurt. (or any other body part – for that matter…) And if you do too much, or just ignore the pain and “push through it” you can potentially create a host of even more serious problems.
Here are seven tips to consider to help alleviate knee pain problems.