It’s All about the Feet

How is 2021 going for you so far? I hope it’s off to a great start! I know a lot of you have set step goals for yourselves this year. That is fantastic in any year, but even more important this year since many of us are still sheltering in place and gyms are stillContinue reading “It’s All about the Feet”

I’ve Got Your Back!

Your lower back is part of your body’s core.  Contrary to what many people think, your core includes your entire trunk, not only your abdominal muscles. All the muscles from your shoulders down to your hips help you to stand upright and maintain balance while not only walking, running, hiking, but also while sitting andContinue reading “I’ve Got Your Back!”

Mindful Walking

Walking is my favorite form of exercise because, well, it’s easy! We all know how to do it. And better still, the benefits of walking are well-documented. Walking can improve your cardiovascular fitness, reduce your risk of heart disease, help you lose weight and improve your overall health.  Mindfulness—which is often described as the practiceContinue reading “Mindful Walking”

Ring in the New Year

Welcome to 2021! Here’s hoping that this year brings you only the best! However, as much as we complain about 2020, some good things happened in the past year. The thing I am most grateful for is this community, which started the first weekend of 2020. Thank you so much for being a part ofContinue reading “Ring in the New Year”

Happy Holidays!

I want to wish you a very happy new year! Good riddance to 2020….bring on 2021! I hope you have been enjoying the holiday season whether you celebrate Christmas, Channukah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Festivus for the Rest of Us, or nothing at all. Hopefully you were able to make the most of it despite everything elseContinue reading “Happy Holidays!”

Winterize Your Workout

I lived in Seattle for six years and can tell you from personal experience that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is REAL. Even here in California, many of us feel a little down on rainy days. Fortunately for our depression (but unfortunately for our water supply), the rain here does not usually last more than aContinue reading “Winterize Your Workout”

Paleo, Keto, Whole30, oh my!

There are so many diets out there, that it is hard to keep them all straight. Today I am going to talk about three very popular ones and the pros and cons of each: The Paleo Diet While I personally see absolutely no reason to live like a caveman (they don’t sleep on nice comfyContinue reading “Paleo, Keto, Whole30, oh my!”

Reaching the Finish Line

You are probably thinking this is going to be about the election, but it is not. This is about a different kind of finish line. Yesterday, members of the Finding Joy in Motion program reached their finish line: the culmination of 24 weeks of learning, training, and dedication.  Finding Joy in Motion is for everyone.Continue reading “Reaching the Finish Line”

Reducing Inflammation

Last week, I talked about shoes and how increasing the size of your running shoes (compared to the size of your dress shoes) can help reduce discomfort when your feet inevitably swell from continued pounding against the pavement or trail. This week, I am going to talk more about that swelling, why it happens, andContinue reading “Reducing Inflammation”

If the Shoe Fits

You may be wondering what type of shoes are best for running, walking, and hiking. Every foot (or set of feet) is different, so there are no absolute rules about shoes. I highly recommend shopping in person at a specialized running or outdoor adventure store where the sales people are trained in fitting you for shoes. These trained professionals can help you find the best shoe for your particular feet and needs. However, there are a few generalized tips I would like to share: