A Beginners Guide to Yoga

Beginners Guide Yoga

Guest blogger, Faye Annis from GTS Clothing shares some tips on getting started with yoga.  Interested in starting yoga, but not quite sure about it? Alright, take a deep breath in through the nose… and a deep breath out through the mouth. See you’ve already started! Seeing experienced yogi’s on the cover of Yoga Journal doing poses that seem almost impossible can be intimidating. However, starting a routine yoga practice isn’t about that, it’s about making your practice your own. {Read More}

Blast Your Body Fat – 5 Important Reasons Women Should Lift Weights

Reasons Women Should Lift Weights

Enter any gym and you will typically see ninety percent of clients (most women) are working their butts off on some sort of cardio machine…or are they?  Did you know that adults who do not weight train lose 5-7 pounds of muscle every decade?  Once we lose muscle mass we slow our resting metabolism making it harder and harder to lose that stubborn body fat.  So why are so many women scared to strength train? In my experience, many women are {Read More}

Moments that Make You Remember to Embrace the Mundane

Embrace the Mundane

Driving my newly turned six year old boy to school in the morning is not a task I have encouraged or welcomed. Why add an extra 10 to 20 minutes to my all ready hectic morning when he could easily hop on a bus and be whisked off to school safely. Lately though I have been more open to doing things a little differently. The freezing cold temperatures and the extra ten minutes to stay snuggled in our nice warm {Read More}

Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

Warm up with this delicious and hearty sweet potato quinoa chili!  Not only is this recipe really easy, it tastes great and was a dish my whole family enjoyed.  Quinoa is an excellent source of protein and fiber.  I used red quinoa in this recipe, but use whatever you have!  As far as rinsing goes, it is a good practice to rinse your quinoa first to rid it of its natural bitter coating of saponins.  Enjoy! Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili Prep time: {Read More}

If Your Child Has a Peanut Allergy You Should Read This If Your Child Does Not, You Should Read This Too!

Peanut Allergy and Kids

I have had a few friends call me to check about treats to serve at parties or in their child’s classrooms.  I thought this would be a good post to share as a reminder for how careful we must be to ensure the safety of all children when it comes to food allergies! Recently there was a tragic incident involving a young girl and a homemade rice krispies treat; it resulted in her death. Shocking, confusing, heartbreaking, and for parents {Read More}

Quick and Dirty: The 10 Minute Tantrum

The 10 Minute Tantrum

I asked my trainer Dave from Contemporary Athlete to come up with a workout that can be done in about 10 minutes.  His response was The 10 Minute Tantrum.  This is hard, I mean, really hard, but you’ll get a super intense burn and it’s over before Dora the Explorer crosses volcano mountain!  Think naptime, early morning, post kid-bedtime, or in-between-times. — Quick and dirty is the name of this game. With the ever-increasing desire for workouts that take less time {Read More}

All About: Karna Fitness of the Capital Region

All About Karna Fitness

With 2014 right around the corner, most of us have goals and resolutions which might include eating healthier or starting an exercise program.  Lucky for us, we have tons of local options and resources to help achieve our goals.  I’ve known trainer Britta Hogue for a while now, and have taken several classes from her.  I was really excited to hear that she had launched a new fitness program for women called Karna Fitness. What is Karna Fitness? Karna Fitness {Read More}

4 Ways to Implement Ayurveda – A Guest Post from Amber at Truly Thriving

All About Ayurveda

Amber from Truly Thriving shares her knowledge and experience with the healing science known as Ayurveda.  Before reading, you might want to check out Part 1 in our Ayurveda series.   As I mentioned in my previous post, Ayurveda can be a lot to digest and is best approached gradually.  I don’t know about you but when I’ve gone all gung ho with something new and different I tend to get overwhelmed and frustrated if I don’t stay exactly on track {Read More}

All About Ayurveda A Guest Post from Amber at Truly Thriving

All About Ayurveda

Amber from Truly Thriving shares her knowledge and experience with the healing science known as Ayurveda. Measuring brown rice and black beans, eating every 2-3 hours, writing everything I’ve eaten down in a notebook, tallying calories, not eating when hungry, eating when I wasn’t hungry, eating only protein and vegetables, eliminating meat, eliminating dairy and eliminating gluten.  These are just some of the things I’ve done over the course of my adult life in an effort to achieve a certain level {Read More}

Halloween Candy…Yum or Yikes!


Avoiding Halloween candy is hard…okay confession, REAL hard.  As a fitness professional I want to make sure you have all the tools needed to avoid any Halloween weight gain so I have compiled 5 sure ways to avoid  all the sugary sweets and prevent you from waking up the next morning feeling like Frankenstein! 1.  Procrastinate! Procrastinating is not usually a good trait but in this case wait until last minute to buy any Halloween candy and make sure to {Read More}