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Most Comfortable Women’s Walking Shoes: Find Your Sole Mate

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Most Comfortable Women’s Walking Shoes: Find Your Sole Mate

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Finally, nice weather is here, making it time to head outdoors for fresh air and exercise!  Just don’t let a bad shoe choice keep you from reaching your goals.  If you’ve never treated yourself the right pair of walking/running shoes after doing some research, it’s high time!  Choosing the right shoes will make all the difference in your performance, the distance you’re able to go and can even help prevent injury.  Whereas, the wrong pair of shoes can ruin your workout and maybe even your whole day.

I did a little research for you and would love to share with you 5 of the most comfortable women’s walking shoes that I found.  I confirmed all my picks with what the expert testers at Runner’s World had to say about each. Continue reading

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Yoga Download: Website Review

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Yoga Download:  Website Review

Website: YogaDownload.com

Cost:  Join for $10/month with unlimited access to 1000’s+ downloads.

Instructors:  There are at least 100 different instructors that offer classes or video downloads

Owner:  Founded by Jamie Kent, 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified Power Yoga instructor

 

How I found Yoga Download

I had a huge surprise the other day when I opened my Yoga Guru FREE app on my phone and found that the weight loss practice I had been doing 3 times a week was no longer available.  Even though I had it stored in my memory and could have practiced without it, I was saddened at this discovery; I had come love the instructor’s gentle voice and the soft music playing in the background. After the disappointment wore off, I started a search for a new program to try out…one that wouldn’t disappear on me. Continue reading

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10 Things I’d Like To Tell My Younger Self

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10 Things I’d Like To Tell My Younger Self

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Yea, yea, there’s something to be said for experiencing life on your own and learning from ALL those mistakes along the way.  I know I’ve said it hundreds of times, “I’ve learned something from all my mistakes and they have made me who I am today”.  But still, there’s a part of me that would love to have a conversation with my younger self that might send her off in a different trajectory.  And, it’s not all about the mistakes I’ve made; no, it’s mostly about having confidence, trusting in myself and living a spiritual life that I wish I had started practicing in a much earlier part of my life.  These are the things I’d like to tell my younger self.

Now that I’m 50-something, I feel like I see things so much more clearly than I did when I was 20 or even 30.  There’s much to be said for being a  50 year old woman.  With age comes wisdom, and so, we’ve all been told.   Just in case, some day, we have the know how to travel back in time, I’ve narrowed it down to 10 things I’d like to tell my younger self…maybe start her off knowing she is loved.  And, who knows, maybe some sweet 20 year old girl will read  this and it will change her path just enough to get her to 50 a little less broken. Continue reading

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How Stress Effects The Body

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How Stress Effects The Body

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Understanding the mechanics of stress gives you the advantage of being more aware of and sensitive to your own level of stress and knowing when and how to take proactive steps. This increased awareness also helps you to better care for your family, friends and colleagues. Here are a few stress facts that many people are unaware of:

Stress Facts

Fact #1:Your body doesn’t care if it’s a big stress or a little one.

The human body doesn’t discriminate between a BIG stress or a little one. Regardless of the significance, stress affects the body in predictable ways. A typical stress reaction, which most of us experience dozens of times each day, begins with a cascade of 1,400 biochemical events in your body. If these reactions are left unchecked we age prematurely, our cognitive function is impaired, our energy is drained, and we are robbed of our effectiveness and clarity. Continue reading

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How To Improve Your Health And Wellness

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How To Improve Your Health And Wellness

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Over the last couple months I’ve had a surprisingly large number of people ask me what my secret is.  Asking me things like…are you a vampire?  Have you discovered the fountain of youth?  Are you lying about your age? …and the biggy…how did you lose weight?  So now, I’m going to share what I’ve learned and what works for me in how to improve your health and wellness!

Obviously, those people have not been following my website!  Ha!  Ha!  But, seriously, I am flattered and a little embarrassed, but I guess this is the whole reason I started this website in the first place.  That is to help others realize their full potential by honoring their minds, bodies and spirits by living full and healthy lives. Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Sex: Sex During Menopause

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Let’s Talk About Sex:  Sex During Menopause

Sex is a natural and, usually, an enjoyable part of life.  It starts at puberty and never really totally becomes a nonexistent subject of interest until you die.  And, whether you are through menopause, in the thick of it, or just experiencing some signs that you’re approaching perimenopause, I’m sure you’ve wondered a time or two what will happen to your sex life during “The Change”.  So, let’s get into it, let’s talk about sex during menopause. Continue reading

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Crashing Fatigue During Menopause

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Crashing Fatigue During Menopause

Many women experience crashing fatigue during menopause and spend wasted time in trying to battle it, before they know the cause behind it.  When you know what’s causing your fatigue, you have a better understanding in how to address it.  We’re going to break it up into 2 categories for easier focus and understanding in the cause (s) of your fatigue before, during and after menopause:  that being the  physical and psychological origins of fatigue.

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Yoga For Chronic Back Pain

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Yoga For Chronic Back Pain

Millions of people live with chronic back pain.  Millions!  Arthritis of the neck and back are probably the most common causes.  Some of the other more common causes come from  fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, trauma  and cancer.  I have been suffering  from chronic back pain, now, for close to 20 years from arthritis and an old tail bone fracture.  My pain ranged from moderate to quite incapacitating, leaving me unable to enjoy many activities that I had always loved.   I’ve tried a myriad of anti inflammatories and anti depressants, physical therapy and chiropractic therapy.   All provided limited and very temporary relief.  The meds had  too many side effects that weren’t worth what little relief I was getting, so I usually stuck with over the counter meds like Aleve.  Up until a couple years ago, I had never really considered yoga for my chronic back pain.

About 15 years ago I saw a chiropractor.  At first, I experienced huge relief and fairly quickly.  Then, after several months, it seemed like the treatments just weren’t helping anymore and, in fact, seemed to make it worse.  I sort of gave up and started accepting the idea that living in pain was just the way it was going to be.   Continue reading

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Sexy Over 50: How To Naturally Look And Feel Your Best

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Sexy Over 50:  How To Naturally Look And Feel Your Best

This being Valentine’s Day, I really wanted to talk about being sexy over 50 and loving yourself.  First thing’s first, if you want to feel and be sexy over 50 (or any age), you should do it for YOU and nobody else.  Whether you’re married or single, looking your best should be something you work to achieve for your own gratification and well being.  Nothing makes you feel better than seeing a healthy and attractive reflection in the mirror.  But the truth is actually the opposite, because when you feel good you look good.  Nutrition and exercise are the key.  So, the first things we’re going to take a look at is healthy eating and proper amount of exercise so you can naturally look and feel your best. Continue reading

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Yoga Neck Pain Relief: Practices For Home Or Office

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Yoga Neck Pain Relief:  Practices For Home Or Office

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In today’s world, our neck muscles are constantly under stress and tension causing pain and limited range of motion, and even headaches.  We sit hunched over a computer keyboard most of the day, drive in crazy traffic to and from work only to get home to do household chores.

There’s no time to unwind and relax…remember the old “Calgon, take me away” commercials?  No time for that anymore.  Wouldn’t it be great to have an easy exercise, like yoga for neck pain relief, that you could do at home or the office?  

Even when we think we’re relaxing and watching some T.V., we’re never really fully relaxed.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t just sit and watch T.V. without knitting, mending something, or searching for coupons. All, with my head tilted down, causing more and more tension in those neck muscles.   When, what I should be doing, is a yoga for neck pain relief practice while I’m sitting in front of the tube.  And then, I finally found the perfect yoga practice for neck pain relief that I can do virtually anywhere!  Continue reading

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What Are Planks

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What Are Planks?

The plank is an isometric core strengthening exercise that involves maintaining the position for as long as possible.  When you have core strength you decrease the chance of back injuries and improves your posture. Beginners and intermediate levels can perform modified versions of the exercise and slowly progress to full plank, while adding time to the hold.  

The world record for planking while resting on the elbows is 4 hours and 28 minutes  by Danish fitness instructor, Tom Hoel.  If you’ve never done a this exercise, you won’t fully appreciate that record until you’ve given it a whirl.  I recommend starting out at 20-30 seconds, and increase by 10 seconds each day.  Or, see the challenge at the end of this post.   Continue reading

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Bellabeat Leaf VS Fitbit Surge: Product Review And Comparison

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Bellabeat VS Fitbit: Product Review And Comparison

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE technology and cool gadgets.  I especially love cool gadgets that help me organize my life, all the while looking pretty and acting as my fitness coach.  Today I’m going to introduce you to 2 super cool gadgets, both are wearable health tracking devices. Continue reading

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How to Prevent Osteoporosis Naturally

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How to Prevent Osteoporosis Naturally

I’ve been 5’9″ my whole adult life, since age 18, at least.  It says so on my drivers license.  When asked, “how tall are you?”, my response is always, “5’9″”.  So, needless to say I was shocked a few years ago when the MA at my doctor’s office told me I measured at 5’7″.  I, naturally, assumed she didn’t know what she was doing and took my measurement incorrectly.  I continued on with the notion that I was 5’9″; I’d always been 5’9″.  Well, when I returned to the doctor’s office for a follow up visit, I was escorted back by a different MA who also measured me at 5’7″.  What the…!  Was it possible that two different MA’s from the same office didn’t know how to measure a human being?  Doubtful.  Two inches!   Somewhere, somehow, I had lost two whole inches!  This was an early sign of bone loss, or osteopenia, which is can lead to osteoporosis.  I knew I needed to take action immediately, and I needed to find out HOW TO PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS NATURALLY. Continue reading

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Doga: Yoga For You And Your Dog Book Review

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Doga:  Yoga For You And Your Dog

Doga Yoga for you and your dog

Dogs and Yoga, two of my favorite things!  However, I must admit when I first saw the title of this book, Doga:  Yoga for You and Your Dog, my initial thought was, “seriously?”.  Yet, I was intrigued enough to start reading and was instantly hooked.  Today, I’m going to offer a brief review of this fascinating book and concept, that has been around since the 50’s.  With today’s technology, however, it is just now getting some somewhat controversial attention.  So, pay attention and form your own opinion… Continue reading

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