Self-Care 101: 7 Simple Steps to Get You Started

self-care 101 Sep 21, 2018

SELF-CARE 101:  7 Simple Steps to Get You Started

What is it that flight attendants say about oxygen masks: If you’re traveling with someone who needs assistance put your own mask on first and then help others. You probably know the logic behind this counterintuitive instruction – if you don’t help yourself, then you can't help anyone else.

The idea of helping yourself – Self-Care – includes anything that rebalances, recharges, refuels or nurtures your body, mind or spirit. Self-care might seem like an option, an elective or something you can tend to when you’ve cleared your calendar. But the truth is, if you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be able to manage any of your obligations.

Here are some simple steps to get you started.

Step 1: Learn

Take time to educate yourself about self-care, since the more you know about it the more likely you are to pursue it. When you make self-care a priority – when you show...

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7 Benefits of Meditation

meditation Aug 16, 2018

7 Benefits of Meditation

You’re stressed. You’re tired. You’re anxious and sleepless because everything you wanted to say but didn’t think of in time, and everything you wanted to do but didn’t get done, is swirling around your brain and you can’t make it stop. The more you can’t sleep, the more anxious you get, and the more anxious you get, the more you can’t sleep. What to do? How to free yourself from this grind?

Have you lost count of how many times you’ve been urged to take up meditation? Maybe now's the time to accept the challenge.

Meditation can:

  • Reduce stress

You’re stressed? No wonder: take care of the kids, take care of the pets, the spouse, the home, the job, the hurdles that pop up like the weeds in the garden, which also have to be tended to. And let’s not even mention the Broncos, the Lakers, the Rangers, the Sox (White and Red), the Mets or the Jets. While you’re meditating for ten to twenty...

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10 Building Blocks of Pilates: A Path to Strength and Flexibility

exercise fitness pilates Jul 29, 2018

10 Building Blocks of Pilates:  A Path to Strength and Flexibility

My neck aches. My back aches.  My knees hurt me all the time. I don’t want to live with this pain anymore! I need to build some flexibility and strength. Help! What can I do?

Does this sound like you?  Well, you’re not alone -- many clients and patients come to me for these exact same reasons.  A lot of them have coped with similar issues for years. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to put up with these aches and pains anymore.

The answer?  Pilates!  Pilates has helped me, and my clients and patients, tremendously.  Pilates was created in the early 1900s by Joseph Pilates, who'd been a sickly child growing up in Germany. Determined to overcome his weakness, he designed a fitness program to help build core strength. He also invented spring-resistance machines that could be used to perform the exercises. Pilates exercises build muscular strength, in...

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Barre Workout: Is Barre for You?

Barre Workout:  Is Barre for You?

Ever thought about taking a barre class?  Or even wondered, what is barre? If so, read on. 

I fell in love with barre a few years ago, but not while participating in group barre classes. I truly fell in love with barre during Balanced Body Barre ® instructor training.  Group barre classes were fun, but as I looked around the room I noticed a lot of people whose form wasn't quite right.  I decided to train as a barre instructor to help people feel better, feel stronger, and exercise safely.  

What is Barre?

Barre is a full-body workout using a combination of movements inspired by ballet and other disciplines like Pilates and yoga.  Barre workouts incorporate the use of a ballet barre for balance and to perform certain exercises, but if you're working out at home you can use a chair instead of a ballet barre.  Other props may include light weights and resistance bands for strength conditioning or mini...

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7 + Ways to Incorporate Exercise Into Your Daily Routine

exercise fitness pilates Feb 20, 2018

7 + Ways to Incorporate Exercise into Your Daily Routine

Have you ever felt like there’s simply never enough time in the day? Or that you need to put others first before yourself? Or that you are just too tired to exercise?

Well, you’re not alone.

Unfortunately, many of us feel like we are constantly burning the candle at both ends. We feel like we never have the time to put ourselves first, especially when it comes to making exercise part of our daily routine. Years ago, when I was a nurse, I used to think this way all the time. I loved to take care of others so much, but I didn’t leave any time to take care of myself, let alone allow time to exercise. It took me a long time to realize that I needed to devote time to taking care of myself and my body, and that in order to do that, I had to change my daily routine.

It wasn’t easy, but I’m here to tell you that it’s worth it, and you can do it, too. You can make time for yourself and incorporate...

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7 Reasons To Try Pilates

exercise fitness pilates Feb 18, 2018

7 Reasons To Try Pilates

I was first introduced to Pilates back in 2000, when I took my first private Pilates session to see what it was all about. That first experience was okay, but just okay. To be honest, I didn’t feel like I got anything out of it. Because of this experience, I knew how important and vital it is for people to make sure they find a good instructor who gives clear and precise cues, especially for those who are just starting a Pilates practice. 

Nine years later, I rediscovered Pilates after accidentally falling and injuring my ribs. My injury, coupled with the stress of worrying about how I was going to help take care of my parents who lived out of state and happened to be ill at the same time, meant that it was a very trying period of my life. In fact, my stress began to manifest itself in physical symptoms. As a result, I felt vulnerable, deconditioned, and had constant upper back pain from the fall. It literally felt like a knife was lodged between...

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