Walking into the Slot Canyon in Valley of Fire

Walking in the Valley of Fire

Hello fellow walkers! Walking is about the ONLY exercise I have engaged in since California’s Stay-At-Home order on Friday, March 20. Believe me, I am happy and grateful to walk outside in my neighborhood, and my dogs never complain, but why does it feel like it’s been longer than 9 days? Thankfully, we can ride …

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck – Perspectives on Fitness (2014) by Terri Webster Schrandt

Huge thank-you to blogger Sally Cronin for graciously re-publishing this "oldie-but-goodie" fitness post from my archives! Photo by RUN 4 FFWPU on Pexels.com "As an avid fitness fanatic at midlife, not only am I constantly seeking out fitness opportunities for myself, I am also enjoying seeing others jump on the fitness bandwagon!" This post written …

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No Excuses Fitness: Exercising with a Cast

As I continue to write my book No Excuses Fitness, I have included my experience with exercise and recovery from injury and surgery in this post. Two years ago, while out walking my dogs, I fell and fractured my right hand. I was lucky only to have to wear a wrist brace so I could …

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No Excuses #Fitness for Extreme Weather

There is no excuse more prevalent than dealing with extreme weather conditions to thwart your plans for physical activity. “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Henry David Thoreau “But it’s too HOT to exercise!” Everyone In the northern hemisphere, today marks the summer solstice, the first day of summer. Here in …

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Finding Your Fitness

Fitness is Still Where You Find It

January is the time of year when folks think and do something about their fitness and exercise regimens. It is very easy to give up on attempts at exercise when the weather is freezing cold or you and everyone around you are dealing with illnesses and colds. Even I have to force myself to get …

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Four New Year's Resolutions to Forget

Four New Years’ Resolutions to Forget

  How are your New Year's Resolutions going? That's what I thought...or perhaps you didn't make any. I don't blame you. But in the interest of focusing on health and wellness by way of better fitness, I've dug out a few old posts I wrote about fitness and will share these each Sunday over the …

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How far will walking take you?

How Far Will Walking Take You?

In the world of physical activity and exercise, how far will walking take you? This quote by Ellen DeGeneres, all kidding aside, implies people who walk daily will reap a host of health benefits. Sources agree that walking boosts memory and battles obesity. In addition, walking helps address other health concerns like diabetes, high blood …

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Three Ways I Right-sized in Retirement

Three Ways I Rightsized in Semi-Retirement

We read a lot about downsizing these days as Baby Boomers are actively pursuing new ways of life as they consider retirement. "Rightsizing" is a process that implies a less than cutthroat approach to restructuring than downsizing. I have been following Kathy's blog SMARTLiving365.com and recently had the opportunity to write this guest post while she was enjoying some travel. Kathy and I …

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The Fitness Cliff: 5 Fixes to save your workouts

The Dreaded Fitness Cliff: Five Fixes To Save Your Workouts

  February is already here and you have been working diligently the whole month of January to achieve your fitness goals. Perhaps you have been swimming, strength training, taking yoga classes, or just walking or jogging in the fresh air. How are you feeling? Do you feel like you are accomplishing your goals? Or have …

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Leisurely Thursdays: Winter Cycling Tips

As winter draws near in the Northern Hemisphere, avid cyclists and even recreational bicyclists still enjoy their rides, whether for fitness, fun, or transportation. For my Leisurely Thursday post, I share tips to help you with your fall and winter cycling experience. In temperate climates like California or Florida, where cycling can be enjoyed almost year …

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Seven Summer Fitness Strategies

It is no secret that being physically fit prevents illness, keeps or gets us lean, and is ideal for overall health. Everyone has their own definition of fitness. Although May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, fitness should be an attainable goal all year long. The trouble with summer fitness is…it’s hot outside! Heat for …

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Keeping Track of Your Fitness Progress

Now that you have committed to improving your fitness, what is keeping you motivated? Many companies and organizations are invested in the health and wellness of their employees. It is a fact that healthy employees who engage in fitness and other wellness activities perform better in the workplace. The Institute for Healthcare Consumerism states: “For …

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Review: FitBit Charge HR

Many thanks to Mary Katherine at Musings of an Average Millennial for her review of the Fit it Charge HR. If you are looking to bump up your fitness and exercise routine, a fitness tracker is a great way to keep you motivated.

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The sister and I both purchased the FitBit Charge HR and we were both really excited to track all our steps and breaths and sleeping and eating and heartrates. In the spirit of full disclosure, I had suggested that we purchase the JawBone Up3, because it seemed like a better tracker, but they kept delaying the release date and so we ended up going for the FitBit Charge HR. Abby and I have completely different types of days. She is a stay-at-home mom and I work from 9-5. She is in the 5am workout club, and I work out on my lunch break. Our workouts also differ.

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Just FYI: the FitBit Charge HR comes with the FitBit, a USB charger, and a Doggle (for syncing to your computer via Bluetooth)…

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Five February Fitness Fixes

February is already here and you have been working diligently the whole month of January to achieve your fitness goals. Perhaps you have been swimming, lifting weights, taking a yoga class, or just taking walks in the fresh air. How are you feeling? Do you feel like you are accomplishing your goals? Have you gotten …

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