Fitness, Health, Wellness

Bank on Your Health


We all know the basics of banking; you cannot withdraw money you don’t have in your account.  What if we looked at our bodies as bank accounts and the healthy choices we make as money deposited into our account?  Every time you exercised, ate healthy meals, slept well and had a positive mental attitude you’d receive more cash flow!  But all the unhealthy choices, like smoking, excessive drinking, too much stress and lack of sleep would be withdrawals that may result in poor health, depression or injuries.

There will always be times in life when we are unexpectedly hit with a curve ball and we’ll have too much stress, miss a night of good sleep, indulge in junk food, or have one too many glasses of wine.  After those occasions we feel a little less perky, more sluggish and even run-down.  Our body functions at a lower vibrational frequency and if we make yet another withdrawal on the body bank account we risk becoming overdrawn.  Injuries and illnesses are more likely to occur when our immune systems have been compromised.  In our twenties or thirties, we may have been able to get away with a few too many drinks and lack of sleep from partying but eventually, our bodies will rebel in the form of a cold, headache or something worse.

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Fitness, Health

Work Out

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An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.Henry David Thoreau

Getting regular exercise doesn’t mean you have to work out an hour or more a day. Who has time for that? Short bursts of strength-training moves and at least two days of cardiovascular exercise weekly can help you keep fit.

Many of us use the lack of time as an excuse to not exercise. If I’m not teaching a fitness class, I can come up with more excuses than anybody about why I’m too busy to exercise. Laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc.—life gets in the way, right? Wrong!

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Health, Meditation, Mindset, Wellness

Be Still


I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing.T. S. Eliot

Close your eyes, put your hand on your chest, and feel your heartbeat. Focus on slowing down your breath and relaxing every part of your body, beginning at your head, down through your jaw, shoulders, chest, arms, legs, and toes. Imagine that every cell in your body is operating at its utmost potential. Envision every muscle and bone healthy and strong. Bring your awareness to your breath. Pretend you’re breathing through a straw slowly. Inhale to the count of ten and exhale even more slowly. Try to slow your heartbeat.

Studies show that we can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and diminish anxiety just by being still and calming our bodies and minds. Meditation helps the mind find a happy ground where it’s not working so hard and spinning out of control. It helps control anxious and negative thoughts.

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Health, Wellness

Become a Sleuth for Health


Have you been ignoring minor or major aches and pains? Is your body trying to tell you something? Unfortunately, I didn’t listen to my body and became deathly ill.

I have been a group fitness instructor since 1980. I’ve appeared in exercise videos and cable TV shows. I know my body, and I know when something doesn’t feel right. Around 2002, I began to have flu-like symptoms and debilitating migraines. I knew something was wrong. I went to several doctors. One of them told me I might be too healthy and I should try eating at McDonalds!

I was constantly tired and hadn’t had a good night’s sleep in years. Ten minutes into the exercise classes I was instructing, I couldn’t get enough air, and I was scared. I knew something was terribly wrong but I couldn’t figure it out.

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The Next Greatest Social Media App


If you haven’t already heard about Periscope, it’s not too late to join the fun! Periscope is a live-streaming video chat with anyone who has the guts enough to broadcast live – like me.  It is a great opportunity to communicate with people who want to hear your message, get breaking news, or just see beautiful places all over the world.  I’m addicted!  Teachers share their ideas for education via Periscope. Scientists and astronauts share live videos about cutting-edge developments in their fields.  And of course, celebrities get in on the fun showing what it’s like to live in their shoes: Where they eat, work and play.  Fitness enthusiasts show live workout videos (I did an archery circuit training workout!).

There are ‘Scopes about how to clean out closets, how to decorate, how to play instruments, travel and everything and anything in between.  Periscope can be used for business too.  There are entertaining ‘Scopes and motivational ‘Scopes.  Mine focus on healthy living, parenting, and how to be the best you can be.

Periscope is the one and only place you can ask someone a question and potentially get an immediate answer.  I say potentially, because the ‘Scoper doesn’t always interact with viewers.  I do, and I love to see the same people tuning in day after day.  On one Periscope I did, one of the viewers had just lost her sister.  My followers and I prayed for her at that moment.  You just never know what will happen.  But everyone ‘Scopes differently.  Some people don’t interact as much, and that’s cool too.  I always ask where the viewers are from — it’s so cool to see people from all over the U.S. joining in.

What you need to know:

*Download the Periscope app.

*You must have a good cell signal to view ‘Scopes and to broadcast.

*Find people you want to watch and click the Follow button.  You will be notified via Twitter when that person goes live.  (I also send out a Tweet 5-15 minutes before my broadcasts so you’re not surprised).

*During the broadcast, you can send Hearts by tapping anywhere on the screen. While hearts are based on popularity, it also shows the broadcaster that what they’re saying resonates with you.  It gives them encouragement to continue and keep talking.  Sometimes I like to see hearts because that lets me know that my broadcast can be seen and heard.  I’ve had a couple of ‘scopes that cut out because of a bad cell signal. So, tap away!

*You can share live broadcasts with others by swiping right on iOS and up on Android and tapping Share.

Once a broadcast is done, it is only available for 24 hours.  After that, it disappears, along with that stray sock in our dryers. Periscopes can be saved to your camera roll, and one other website called

*Check out all my previous scopes at

Hope to see YOU on Periscope!

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Fitness, Health

Which Workout Is Right For You?


As a fitness professional for more than 30 years, I have seen a lot of exercise programs come and go. More have gone than stayed. It can be difficult to determine which new trend is best for you and your lifestyle.

In the 1980’s I started teaching high impact aerobics where a good class was measured by the number of people who dropped out — or the number of people who could not keep up.  Aerobics instructors in the ‘80s would typically do can cans for a minimum of 10 minutes straight. For those of you who don’t know, that’s jumping on one leg doing a knee lift, jumping again and doing a kick. That was a trend that didn’t stick around.

In the 1990s, I owned my own aerobics studio and taught everything from step, to slide, to Spinning, and trained with the creator of that program, Johnny G.  I was teaching what is now called Soul Cycle decades ago. It was fabulous and I got really familiar with a bike seat, but how much can you do on an indoor bicycle?

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Happiness, Inspiration, Mindset

Smile More

Smile. It will either warm their hearts or piss them off. Either way you win! —Author Unknown

guitar_pic_whitebackgroundWhen I was working at a radio station in Detroit as the traffic reporter, a coworker seemed to snarl at me whenever we crossed paths. One day, I finally asked her if I’d done anything to upset her. “I just have a problem with people who walk around smiling for no reason,” she said.

Well, I have good reason to smile. I’m truly grateful for my blessings and choose to be happy more than I’m sad. It’s what I want out of life. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all walked around smiling and content?

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Health, Nutrition, Wellness

5 Steps to Stop Sugar Addiction


Let food be thy medicine; thy medicine shall be thy food. —Hippocrates

Calling sugar the devil might be a little drastic, but the graphic above gets your attention, doesn’t it? Sugar lurks in many foods and is labeled as sucrose, fructose, and other natural-sounding ingredients, but it contributes to weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and many health problems.  Sadly, my friends, sugar is the new tobacco.  It can even be more addictive than cocaine.

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Inspiration, Mindset

Being Mindful


When you bring up the topic of being mindful, you can instantly tell who is open to a discussion that might be considered new-agey. To me, being mindful is about living in the moment and slowing down. When you are 100% engaged in an activity and immerse all of your senses in whatever it is that you are doing, the quality of that experience is heightened.

To teach is to learn, and that is what I do here on these blogs, on this website, and all other social media activities. (I just started Periscope!). I write, talk and teach about topics I need to work on – from fitness to spirituality. We are all constantly learning and evolving.  I am NOT the same person I was ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. And the more I evolve, the more I realize I not only need to stop and smell the roses — I want to!

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Inspiration, Mindset

Fear and Obstacles

2012 Tour

2012 Tour

Many of us would like to change certain things in our lives, but when it comes to making tough decisions, we freeze and run the other way.  Why? When we should be our own best friends and cheerleaders we often sabotage our confidence with obstacles like negative self-talk. How can we rise above our fears and obstacles to live a life we’ve always dreamed?

We all march to the beat of our own internal drummer, which is what makes each one of us unique.  With outside influences from the media to the people around us, it can be difficult to trust the God-spirit within us to be authentically ourselves. We are constantly interacting with people who either approve or disapprove of who and what we are.

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