Hop To It!

Think...Feel...Be....BodyWise!

As a personal trainer, I’m often reminding my clients of the importance and value of continued resistance training through their 6th, 7th and 8th decades. For those folks who run into these later decades, leg strength and power can be maintained and even increased with regular weight training and agility exercises. This fact has been examined and proven over and again in many controlled scientific studies with aging athletes.

It’s a running fact of life: Runners get slower as they get older. But a new report suggests that strengthening the ankles and calves could help aging runners stave off the slowdown. (Runner’s World)

I like to keep things simple for my clients because they have busy lives, and adding a heavy physical training schedule to their to-list is not an effective way for them to maintain their physical fitness. This is why I am a BIG fan of incorporating…

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To the Full

Think...Feel...Be....BodyWise!

Have you ever noticed how the universe has a way of getting our attention when it’s time for us to learn a life lesson? How it seems like every other conversation we have, or book we read, or music we hear, or sermon we attend, or movie we watch, there is a recurring theme or word or message seemingly designed solely for us; if only we have ears to hear, eyes to see, and a will to put into action.

My most recent message from the universe has provoked a question, an intrigue, an examining: What does living life ‘To the Full’ look like? on the outside? on the inside? How can I know if I’m living my life to the full?

But then I wonder, is it even possible, to live life each and every day, with such focus, verve, and single-minded application? Conceptually I embrace this maxim one hundred percent! To the full ~ full steam ahead! But in…

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The Lenten Season – Day 9

In honor of this season, I will be posting inspiring music for most of the next 40 days. I hope you’ll use this music as an opportunity to quiet and settle yourself; for contemplation, preparation, and thanksgiving. May you be encouraged and realize the felt presence of Peace and Love as you hear the music; may you hear the message meant for you in each of the musical offerings. Wishing you peace and every good!


Exercise Challenge: Week 9 – 2-22

Dumbbell Wood Chop

Challenge: perform as many repetitions as possible (maintaining good form) for at least five days of the week. Keep track of your repetitions on your calendar or journal. Which day did you perform the greatest number of repetitions? Celebrate your improving strength and share your outcome with a friend or training partner.


Exercise Challenge: Week 2-2022

Challenge: perform as many repetitions as possible (maintaining good form) for at least five days of the week. Keep track of your repetitions on your calendar or journal. Which day did you perform the greatest number of repetitions? Celebrate your improving strength and share your outcome with a friend or training partner.

Stand, with tall posture, facing the back of a chair, holding the back of the chair for balance. • Keep abs tight and slowly raise one leg slightly backward, keeping your knee straight until your foot is 3 to 4 inches off the floor. • Repeat 10 to 12 times with each leg.



Seated Leg Extension

This is an effective exercise to strengthen the leg muscles on the front (anterior) of the leg.

Sit toward the front of your chair with knees bent and feet flat, holding on to the sides for balance.

Keeping your left foot planted and upper body still, straighten your right knee until your leg is parallel with the floor. Hold for 2 counts, making sure the front of your thigh is engaged, and then lower it back to the floor. Do 5 reps on the right, then repeat on the left.




Quadruped Torso Rotation Exercise

This spinal rotation exercise and stretch will wake up the muscles in your obliques and upper back.

Start on all fours with your hands below your shoulders and your knees below your hips. Place your right hand behind your head and then rotate your torso to point your right elbow toward the ceiling, as far as is comfortable. Pause, then slowly lower back down, pointing your right elbow to the floor.
Do 5 reps, then repeat on the other side.

Cautionary note: If you have osteoporosis, twisting and bending moves may not be right for you. Talk to your doctor about safe exercise.