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Can you get up off the floor easily? I was with a friend this weekend that set up a birthday party for a 63 year old woman. They planned fun games from their past like Twister. The problem was most of the women could not get up off the floor. Please don’t assume this is part of aging. You need to work on staying strong and flexible!

Get down on the floor and see how easy or difficult it is to get up. Let me know!

I have been working on my flexibility. I want to improve my squat and I am running again! Going slow in my new NB Minimus but I am going.  I am running on soft surfaces, the grass or on the dirt path in the woods. Something I had given up on because of my back. I have been diligently working on strengthening my back with Foundation Training. Since I have discovered Katy Bowman I am also working on my feet. I have been able to get rid of my orthotics and I am wearing a cute minimalism sneaker!! So Far, So Good.

Here is a short video of a movement that I am including in OutdoorFit and in my daily life.  It is another great inspiration from Katy Bowman. #HappyHealthyJoints

What are you doing to feel better this summer? Having Fun? Paddle boarding? Reading?

Here is my summer reading list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Summer!

Take Action! Come try OutdoorFit. You will leave feeling so much better!

Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional! 

Your Choice.

Love,

Mary

Lighten Up

Summer Time. I have been working on lessening the load. I have spent the past two months decluttering, donating, and  throwing out. (More donating than throwing out. ) 

I have been doing exercises to strengthen my feet, hips and back. As you know if you have been following my blog. I love Foundation Training by Dr. Eric Goodman and recently found Nutritious Movement by Katy Bowman. I am going slow. I did buy a new pair of sneakers from Dorian Meyer at Shore Footed NJ. New Balance Minimus which I love how light they are and so cute! This is a huge step for me. No more puffy shoes or orthotics. I am using my body to support itself. Very interesting at 62.  It is so important not to limit your self.

Run Faster Jump Higher:)

After OutdoorFit today, I decided to try running in the Minimus.. I was a competitive runner and I miss it. I know I will not be running 5 miles in 30 minutes.  The competitive fast running was the past. I am working on running a few miles in the woods. Today, I ran 1/4 mile on the grass at the fields. Intermediately afterwards, I did  Foundation Training. The amazing exercises to put you back in place. So far so good!

I have also lighten up with my food. More vegetables, more vegetables, more vegetables. I have cut back on my fruit. I was eating more fruit and I was starting to crave sugar again. Interesting. Everyone is different. It is important to pay attention to your body.   I am also vegetarian most days until dinner. I am embracing the egg. I am drinking more tea and less coffee. Baby Steps.

I am keeping my SHMEC in checked.

SHMEC…Sleep, Hunger, Mood, Energy, Cravings How is your SHMEC?

I have been spending time in my garden. Weeding -Weeding-Weeding. Gardening is also tough on my  body. Here is a quick video of my Post Garden Founder. So Helpful! Give it a try.

Feeling Good in Your Body.

Feeling strong and healthy is a major goal for me.

I have had back issues all of my life. I had orthopedic shoes as a kid. I have worn orthotics since college. I wore puffy shoes!  I was a competitive runner so I placed a lot of stress and impact on my body over the years.

I have been researching and studying natural functional movement. I have incorporated Foundation Training by Dr. Eric Goodman into my daily routine . I have a new best friend Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement. She talks about the importance of incorporating movement into your day. I have taken  their exercises to create strength and  mobility into my body. I  have been focused on my feet, hips and back. I am so excited at 62 because I no longer need my orthotics. The nagging back and pain is gone. If it starts to creep back in I know what to do about it.

Bonus Round… I am able to walk barefoot in my house pain free.

 Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional.

Here is a short video where I demonstrate some of the exercises that I include while working at my kitchen sink.

 

I forgot to mention the half foam roller to stretch your calves.

Happy Healthy Calves

Of course, I take what I learn to the workouts. Click here  for the  OutdoorFit Schedule.

Have a great day! I am off to walk barefoot on the beach. So good for your feet and your sunny disposition!

Love,

Mary

Fit and Fabulous Lovely Elaine!

Elaine Milner, 79 came to my outdoor workouts about 3 months ago. She felt she was beginning to lose her balance and flexibility. Her daughter Jennifer encouraged Elaine to try my program. The first day I was concerned because her balance was off. Elaine kept at it and within 2 weeks she was so much better!

You don’t want to move like an old person. WORK ON YOUR BALANCE!

Here is LOVELY ELAINE…

She also joined my 7 Days…Feel Fabulous Program. I designed the program to help get your hormones in balance so you feel your best. You lose your sugar cravings, sleep through the night and you might just lose the nagging aches and pains.  “I felt so much better within a couple of days. The gas and bloat were gone. ”

It is time to Lighten up in so many ways. It is springtime. Fit and Fabulous Lovely Elaine shows that it is possible and FUN at any age! I am so grateful that she is part of my Program.

Love,

Mary

A Back Tune Up!

I have had issues with my back for a long time. I remember hearing about degenerative L4 and L5 in my twenties. I was a competitive runner and I know years of running wasn’t good for my back. I would walk around with ice packs in my pants to reduce the pain and inflammation.

Fast forward to three years ago. I did something to my SI joint doing nothing of course. It created numbness around my left knee. I was in PAIN, I went to my MD, she gave me drugs. I had chiropractic care, massages, acupuncture, physical therapy. I did it all! I had x-rays at that time and was told that I needed to reduce my workouts.  I didn’t want to accept that answer. I kept searching.

I found Foundation Training by Dr. Eric Goodman. I started to do the exercises.  I went to see Dr. Phil Pritting at Integrative Wellness Group in Belmar because he was a certified foundation training instructor.  I really started to improve and I was so happy take control of my own back problems. Of course, I started to include these amazing simple exercises into my classes.

I have been doing well. I am able to do my workouts. I still have issues with numbness around my knee. I wanted to make sure that my back wasn’t getting worse. So I decided to go back to Integrative Wellness for a tune up to see Dr. Kyle Klim. I had another set of  x-rays taken. I am happy to report no significant changes in my spine 3 years later.

It has been 3 years of fabulous intense workouts of Mountain climbers, Burpees and so much more!

I find this thrilling. I am 62 and I have women 40 – 79  taking my classes. I know it is possible to improve at any age! Just keep at it!

Founder with Dr. Kyle. A band around your knees adds a whole new dimension to the position!

Fit and Fabulous Jane at 73!

Jane Sullivan 73 joined a gym and started working out 8 years ago. I met her  riding the stationery bike. “Come on Jane, join me outside , you can do so much better.” She did!

Sorry about the Wind Noise!

 I love her positive attitude and I am amazed at her fitness level.  She talks about how the outdoor fitness is spiritual for her. It is very empowering for her and all of us! Keep Going Jane!

Do everything you can to bring pleasure into your life right now!!!❤️

Do everything you can to bring pleasure into your life right now!!!❤️

Words of advice from a trusted mentor.  As many of you know, I have been weaning off my bio-identical hormones for the past couple of months.  I have been using a new product, A-ma-ta by Dr. Christiane Northrup to help me with the transition.

I have been doing really well while on vacation, less stress more time to relax etc. I have been totally off the hormones for 2 weeks and I thought I was done. The past week, I haven’t slept well and I am started to forget things etc… I reached out to my friend yesterday who understands this whole hormonal process and her words. “Do everything you can to bring pleasure into your life right now!!!❤️”

Fabulous advice which makes me nervous. I am really good at pushing through. What can I do to bring pleasure?  I took an epsom salt bath last night, I went to OutdoorFit this morning and laughed with my friends while lunging and curling. I have decided to slow down and enjoy the simple things in my life. It doesn’t need to be all done today. What do you like to do for fun and pleasure? I would love to know. I need some ideas:)

Optimal Health= Low-glycemic diet+exercise+high quality supplements+pleasure!

Love,

Mary

PS. I am taking Fit & Fabulous…Aging Optional on the road! Fifty and Fat to Fit and Fabulous!  I will be posting times and places soon.

Ease, Grace, Simplicity

Ease, Grace, Simplicity

It is a new day!

We are back from vacation and tomorrow it will be two months until the Big 60! Now is the time to make a few simple changes so I will be really Fit and Fabulous!!!

We spent the weekend at my sister Patty’s house. She took great care of us which was so nice. I noticed that she calmly makes her meals. I on the other hand feel agitated when cooking and I am eating while I am cooking and cleaning up.

A FEW SIMPLE CHANGES CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE~

  • I am no longer eating while cooking or cleaning up.
  • I am keeping a food journal. I have tried before and quit after a short time. Keeping a journal also prevents you from popping food into your mouth. I will look into apps. Anyone have a suggestion? I am new to apps:)
  • I will be easy on myself. I will continue to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and a glass of wine at night!

This morning, I made scrambled eggs from the farmer’s market with organic mozzarella cheese over a bed of greens. I had a lovely cup of organic coffee with half and half. I took my high quality supplements along with A-ma-ta. (NEWS FLASH! I AM OFF THE BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES! MORE ON THAT IN ANOTHER POST.)

George the dog and I went to the park. We ran/walked and then a 9 minute workout. This is a before shot. We were not quite as pretty when we finished.

MARY AND GEORGE

Optimal Health = Low-glycemic diet + exercise + high quality supplements! EASY PEASY!

Please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you. What changes are you working on?

Do you need a recovery workout?

I woke up feeling a bit stiff and sore. My hips are tight.  It is always good to move, you just don’t want to over do. I decided to walk a mile and do a low-key workout on the dock. We were filming on a windy day so please excuse the excess wind noise. It is all part of the charm:)

I have been enjoying the shorter workouts! They are very effective. It is so important to listen to your body. Today would have been a perfect yoga day. Honestly, I would rather be moving around on the dock.

Here is another fun short workout! ( It is almost always nice to have my pal George the dog along with me. He has started to grow on me. It has taken 3 1/2 years. I think I have survived the puppy years!)

30 seconds each

Total Body Extension

Push-ups

Squat 20/10 (watch video for instructions)

Jumping Jacks

Spiderman Climb

Bicycle