As we seasoned ladies advance in age, let’s not lead a sedentary lifestyle which can lead to obesity. It’s a new year and an excellent time for a new you in 2017. Do you have health or wellness goals? Are you actively inspired? Then you need to discover the chic activewear at Chadwicks of Boston.
As I shared in my post last week, I prefer to utilize a vision board versus annual resolutions. I find this relatively new practice helps me to stay focused as well as accomplish my short and long-term goals.
My wellness goals still include doing at least 10,000 steps daily. However, this year, I plan to incorporate more cardio activity into my exercise program explicitly. You know, with simple tasks like taking the stairs and parking farther from the store while running errands.
Many people resolved to improve their health at the start of the new year and exercise is the number one way to achieve measurable results.
I made the decision to exercise consistently when I was diagnosed with borderline high blood pressure. I challenged myself to do and be better. In 2012, I walked my first half-marathon. Two years later, in June, I bought a Fitbit to help me stay on track, encouraging to me exercise with measurable goals.
2015 marks nearly 18 years working in the pharmaceutical industry. During that nearly 20 year span of time, I developed a vested interest in the healthcare especially as it pertains to women.
By now you know that I am all about steps especially as it pertains to being fit. Studies show consistent exercise helps to ward off some chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. However, today I would like focus on how to take the steps for stroke prevention by knowing the risks.
I am not a licensed medical professional but my tenure in the healthcare industry has afforded me knowledge. This consciousness encourages my own awareness of illnesses that can besiege one as they age. One great way I share these realizations is though the national health calendar.
Every year I hope to get to Washington, D. C. to be among the many tourists to see the nation’s largest collection of cherry blossom trees. Well, April 28, 2013, I was pumped for spring to be in the nation’s capital for my first Nike Women’s Half-Marathon. Not exactly how I planned to view the over 30,000 pink trees.
Pumped for Spring; Wearing NYDJ faux leather linen moto jacket with J. Crew gingham blouse, Stella and Dot necklace, Marisa Baratelli Thai silk long skirt and Manolo Blahnik pumps
We have all heard about or participated in campaigns. Campaign for this, for that, get involved, make a difference campaigns. Capital campaigns to raise funds, political ones to elect public officials and not to be left out, the health industry awareness campaigns. Just one week into March, I am urging you like the American Dietetic Association’s to kick start your spring with healthy eating habits.
The late Charles Schultz Peanuts comic strip character, Snoopy is not the only famous and beloved beagle. The top dog, Miss P won best in show at the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The 15-inch beagle reached the pinnacle of the dog world as the second beagle to take to win the prestigious dog show recently held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Wearing H & M Scuba-look stripe top over Lafayette 148 grey wool dress, Seychelles suede shoes. Jewelry: Daivid Yurman charm bracelet/cable bracelets and Stella and Dot silver lariat necklace.
Did you know there are health benefits to owning a pet? The American Heart Association has linked the ownership of pets, especially dogs with a reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity.
You can always tell when it’s the beginning of a new year. The endless television commercials for weight loss, gym memberships and new ways to tackle and keep resolutions. I gave up doing New Year’s resolutions years ago, I found better success utilizing vision boards. Check out my story, I am answering the question, Can fitness be fun?
Yes, fitness can be fun, if you make it enjoyable. First, one must make the commitment to stay and be healthy with some type of consistent exercise. Then find what works for you. What I found is, easy ways to keep moving and stay motivated as a priority by doing the basics in exercise. I keep reminding you how I use the Fitbit Flex, a modern day pedometer to track my 10,000 steps per day. In addition, I like my weighted hula hoop and hand weights. I have a stationary bike that I used when I trained for the Nike half-marathon. The steps are important since I sit in my company car driving all day. I turn every step into my daily exercise.
My fitness equipment: water bottle, 3-lb dumb bells, weighted arm hula hoops, weighted hula hoop, Mizuno Running Wave Rider 16 sneakers, Beats By Dre ear buds, exercise ball and Gold’s Gym Cycle Trainer Recumbent exercise bike.
June 2014, I started following the National Institute of Health recommendation of ten thousand steps per day to maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of heart attack. That’s when I purchased my Fitbit Flex wrist band. It’s all about the app that helps me track my daily steps. Generally, I average about 4,500 steps by parking far from the front door and taking the steps instead of the elevator, By now, I formulated my plan of attack to get in the ten thousand daily steps. On a nice day, I take a walk around the block. When it is polar vortex cold or inclement weather, I just step in place in the comforts of my warm home with my James Brown iTunes playlist until I reach my goal.
Fall into good health this season. During the summer warmer months, it’s easy to stay motivated to walk, run or exercise outside. As the days grow shorter and the grey months arrive–perhaps it’s the lack of sunlight--one may lose the motivation to stay focused on fitness and weight management.
Earlier this year, I invested in a FitBit wrist band to help me stay on track not just during the summer months but all year long. I use the FitBit to track steps taken, distance covered, and calories burned during the day – plus track my sleep cycle at night. We all tend to hibernate during the colder months, but we must set up ourselves up for success by planning ahead to exercise and eat healthy.
On the Upper East side in NYC.
You knew it had to happen. It’s been nearly eight years since the passing of iconic “Godfather of Soul” singer performer James Brown. The first-ever feature film, Get On Up pays tribute to the singer. Get On Up recently premiered at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City. It’s hard to believe Brown’s career spanned six decades. The film takes us down memory land reminding viewers of his larger than life performances, his showmanship, intricate dance steps, even his pompadour hairstyles and my favorite: his regal cape routine.
“Please, Please, Please” performance wearing cape. photo credit: David L Segal photo
I forgot when I completed my first Nike Half-Marathon last year that music was what helped keep me motivated and cross the finish line to obtain my Tiffany necklace. However, little did I realize that my signature play list or um, soundtrack included any and all James Brown music from the iTunes James Brown radio station. The James Brown station features other artists big during the seventies music referred to as funk music. This is the music that helps motivate me to start and finish one hour nearly every day on my stationery bike.