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How To Get On and Off The Floor

Does the idea of being on the floor give you cause for concern?

This subject has been coming up a lot over the last few months. Barring an injury, most people should be able to get down onto the floor and back up without needing someone else to help. Often, as we age, we lose some mobility and this is a big one for me. I have heard many times, “Why would I need to get on the floor at my age?” Or simply, “I haven’t gotten down on the floor since my kids were little”. Or a little more on the joking side, “There’s nothing down there that interests me."

 

Why Would You Want To Get On and Off the Floor?

 

All joking aside, even if you don’t want to watch TV sitting on the floor like the good ol’ days, and there are no children or pets that require you to get down to their level, being able to get down and back up again without assistance is REALLY important. There are several steps that can be taken to prevent falls, but...

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The Balancing Act

I recently saw an Instagram post that was tremendously popular. 

It involved a young woman who took her two sons with her to pick up a few things at Walmart. The store clerk complimented the mother on how well dressed and well behaved the two boys were. The mother laughed, thanked the clerk for the kind words and left the store. She continued her post saying that her appearance of having it all together was just that – an appearance. The mother then detailed her private dealings with depression and anxiety that were invisible to the well-meaning store clerk and many of those around her.

 

That post reminded me of what I encounter on a daily basis at the studio, running errands with my daughter or at school drop-off:  Women working so hard trying to achieve a level of perfection in every facet of their lives.

 

 

Motherhood can be a grind. Throw in a professional career and a satisfying relationship with your spouse, and it’s a wonder...

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Know Yourself, To Better Know Others

I can definitely see why Joseph Pilates said “It’s the mind itself which shapes the body.”

As a Physical Therapist and Pilates instructor, I’ve observed how people’s thought processes can affect developing their health goals, their physical performance, and their approach to movement and rehabilitation.

 

As a Pilates instructor, I’ve seen the mindfulness and awareness that Pilates is able to bring to people. When we are practicing Pilates instructors and participants, we are given a new way to feel ourselves move, a fresh way to imagine the movement, a challenge for our minds and bodies, and a generally increased awareness of our bodies.

 

As participants of such mindfulness-based exercise practices for our bodies, it seems only fitting that we would remain pretty mindful about our personalities, strengths, thought processes, and communication styles as well. We already take time to feed ourselves, to exercise, to work hard, and to...

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Let’s Do (Something) Better!

Many of you know I am mostly vegan and always encouraging others to make the switch.

Since I’ve changed my diet I feel so much better, lost some weight, have more energy, sleep better, and have less skin breakouts.

 

I recently watched a TED talk where the speaker worked for an environmental preservation company and was explaining the strong urge he felt to become vegan because of all the environment benefits to the planet. Yet, year after year he couldn’t quite get himself to make the switch. He realized he couldn’t go from the standard american diet (SAD) with lots of meat and cheese to a vegan diet with no animal products whatsoever. He couldn’t bear the thought of never having a burger again so he continued his diet as normal. Then one day he had a revelation, that he didn’t have to go from one extreme to the other, from the standard american diet to veganism, but instead he could go part way. He started by incorporating “Meatless...

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10 Daily Habits for Happiness

Remember that song, “Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend”?

After a long week packed with work, errands, appointments, etc. the weekend offers a much needed physical and mental break. On the weekend I find time to do some of the simple things that make me happy. I sit down to drink my morning cup of coffee, usually outside where I can listen to the birds and breathe in some fresh air, I read a book, organize my house, exercise, meet up with friends and family, and journal my ideas and goals. These simple things feed my soul and bring me a sense of peace and happiness.  Then I realized, I don’t want to go through life workin’ for the weekend, especially since those weekend days are few and far between. I wanted each day to be enjoyable, so I came up with some daily habits for happiness. It has made such a difference in my life and I want to share it with you in hopes that it will do the same for you. Here are my simple daily habits for...

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When My Life Changed

I am thankful, grateful, and blessed to have an amazing life.

I was born into a phenomenal family, who showered me with love and support. While my parents never had “tons” of money, they made sure that my life was always comfortable, which made for a fantastic childhood. I had all the things I needed and most of the things I wanted. I was spoiled with love and attention from my parents, grandparents, and other family members. I received a wonderful education from preschool all the way through grad school. I had lots of friends throughout all phases of life. I moved to Miami, continued to have amazing friends in my life, I had a blossoming career as a physical therapist. I bought a condo in Brickell and a new car. I had everything!

 

BUT. I wasn’t satisfied. Something was missing.

 

I was introduced to spirituality a few years ago, which was helpful. I began to meditate, I got to know myself better, I felt as though my eyes were much more open. Most...

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The Power of Now

family motivation Aug 03, 2015

I’m currently reading Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” and there are so many wonderful, practical messages about how to live a better life and be more present that I wanted to share it with you.

 Even before reading this book, one of my many mini New Years resolutions was to be more present. I would find myself driving to the grocery store on a Sunday thinking about a million things and before I new it I was actually driving to work. My brain had gone into autopilot and I had completely lost focus on the present. For another example of not living in the moment I’m going to call out a friend- you know who you are.  I have a great friend who whenever we got out to lunch is always on the phone- planning her schedule, checking Instagram, texting a friend, etc. – and it drives me crazy. To be honest, I am also guilty of this sometimes, especially with the Instagram… But recognizing the problem is the first step to recovery...

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The early bird gets the workout

exercise family Jul 14, 2014

No time for exercise? Here’s a no excuse way to fit in a workout everyday.

Simple math is all it takes to schedule exercise time: cut out one hour of evening TV and set your alarm to wake up 30 min earlier. Presto! You’ve just accomplished two great things for your body; 30 minutes more sleep and 30 minutes available for morning exercise. If you don’t need more sleep you can just adjust the formula. Voila! You now have a full hour to exercise.  But why exercise in the A.M?

 

“Top Ten Reasons” for getting up with the early birds to get moving:

 

  1. Exercising early in the morning “jump starts” your metabolism, keeping it elevated for hours, sometimes for up to 24 hours! As a result, you’ll be burning more calories all day long—just because you exercised in the morning.
  2. Exercising in the morning energizes you for the day—not to mention that gratifying feeling of virtue you have knowing you’ve done...
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