Get Stronger Part 3: The Anti-Sit Up

Many people interested in strengthening their abdominals turn to sit-ups. And they do not do just a few sit-ups but rather, hundreds of them. Yet this methodology rarely builds strong abdominal muscles. Why? If you have done a sit-up lately (or were traumatized by them in your past), you may have noticed that traditional sit-upsContinue reading “Get Stronger Part 3: The Anti-Sit Up”

Get Stronger Part 2: The Plank

You know what you need to feel strong, have stamina, and go the distance? A strong core. Yup. They call it “the core” for a reason, and it’s so important to your whole body! As a matter of fact, the core comprises more of your body than you may realize. It’s not just your abs,Continue reading “Get Stronger Part 2: The Plank”

Happy Memorial Day

I am always somewhat uncomfortable saying “Happy Memorial Day”. Memorial Day is dedicated to soldiers who left for battle and never came back, which is not something to be especially happy about. However, those brave men and women fought for the freedoms we have today, and of course, that is something to celebrate. As I am ponderingContinue reading “Happy Memorial Day”

A Different Approach to Running

Ladies who ran track or cross country in high school and have participated in my programs have mentioned that my approach to running is completely different that what they learned from their high school coaches. For me, running is about wonder, gratitude, and self-acceptance.   While I participate in many official races (or at leastContinue reading “A Different Approach to Running”

Goldilocks’s Running Shoes

Remember Goldilocks? She broke into the Bear Family’s house, ate their breakfasts, sat in their chairs and then tried out their beds. The first bed was too hard, the second bed was too soft, and the third bed was….well…you know… How are your shoes? Are they just right, or not really? Too hard? Too soft?Continue reading “Goldilocks’s Running Shoes”

5 Lessons to Learn from Fitness Failure

Fitness journeys are almost never linear.  Ups and downs in a fitness journey are as predictable as ups and downs in life. Instead of thinking of fitness backslides as failures, consider them building blocks for the healthy habits that will help you be even more successful in your lifelong fitness journey. Below are five lessonsContinue reading “5 Lessons to Learn from Fitness Failure”

5 Tips for Better Sleep Quality

How have you been sleeping lately? I have been feeling more tired than usual lately. So, I have been thinking a lot about how to get not only more hours of sleep, but how to get more quality sleep. My trusty Garmin watch not only tracks my workouts, it also tracks my sleep patterns. ButContinue reading “5 Tips for Better Sleep Quality”

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung! The weather is getting warmer…and you know what that means! Summer is just around the corner. Really. It is! It’s coming!  And that means it is time to start thinking about carrying a water bottle when you go out for even a short walk or run. But how much should you drink?Continue reading “Spring Has Sprung”

Reaching Goals & Having Fun

On February 28th, the Finding Joy in Motion celebrated another graduation! Nine ladies finished the program and five of them were able to come to Healdsburg to celebrate. While public, in-person racing still has not returned to California, we were able to do our own, socially distanced walk through the vineyards of the Dry CreekContinue reading “Reaching Goals & Having Fun”

Lean In

Did you know that leaning from your ankles into your walk or run can make it feel easier? Why? Because you are using gravity to help move you forward. Don’t believe me? Give it a try: Stand with your posture aligned by making sure you head is directly over your shoulders, your shoulders are directlyContinue reading “Lean In”