Emergence

As I write this, parts of the USA are coming out of various states of lockdown, and a 17-year cicada swarm is about to hatch in the summer warmth. Two very different species are emerging from conditions of rest, isolation, and protection, into the less-safe, less-confining world around us. Practical note: if you’ve never experienced…

Changing how we see

The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what is in Fortune’s control and abandoning what lies in yours.”  – Seneca I was thinking about this quote from Seneca, and because I’m me, I applied it to the process of becoming a more self-aware, self-kind person…

A little spring stress clearing

Quick tip: look at the brain and the other organs of the body as a single team. Once you’ve gotten yourself used to the idea that the brain and all the other wiring and squishy things inside you work TOGETHER, it starts to get easier to understand the impact of stress on exercise, appetite, mood,…

Happy May!

Time to start getting serious about summertime. No, I’m not talking about beach bodies, either. I’m talking about the stressors that make summertime exercise outdoors more challenging. The best way I’ve found to do that is to start preparing in May, and I’m usually pretty ready for anything once June & July hit. (By August,…

Breaking down a sports-specific workout: Stand-Up Paddleboarding

OK! I’ve been checking out the workout from REI.com for paddleboarding & I’m making some tweaks to make it appropriate for Mom. I thought you might enjoy a glimpse of how a trainer thinks about her client going through a workout & what changes would be made for the client’s specific needs. [There’s a disclaimer…

Don’t accept the status quo

Just read one of those lists that’s practically cobbled together for Facebook. You know the type: “10 things baby boomers wish millennials knew about back pain”, etc. Here’s a little experiment:1. Read this list.2. Read what’s below the list.3. Read the list again. 24 SURPRISING WAYS TO INJURE YOURSELF WHEN YOU’RE OVER 50LIZ ALTERMAN (McSweeneys) 1….