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You Really Can Feel Less Old! It’s Simple!

Our interest in mobility has a positive correlation to our lack of it!  In other words, we become interested in how our joints and body move when we begin to feel stiff and old. Fortunately, it is not too late to regain our mobility.  It just takes making it a priority and then spending some […]

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What you need to know to keep your shoulders healthy

Our shoulders are the most mobile joint in our bodies and because of that, they are also the most unstable. This combination leads to shoulder issues for many people. In fact, I read recently that 67% of the adult population has some sort of shoulder injury.  Strengthening and stretching our shoulders is important to their […]

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Your Ankles Are Important, Too! Who Knew?

When you think about stretching, how often to you think about stretching your ankles? If you’re like me, probably, um… never! Occasionally, I will stretch my calves. But even when I stretch that part of my leg, I am thinking about my calf muscle and not what’s going on in my ankle. I am not […]

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Have Strength and Hope for the Future

In reflecting upon my 14 years as a personal trainer, the most significant memories are those about people sharing their stories with me.  I am always humbled when people invite me into the most vulnerable areas of their lives. And I am always amazed at their courage to do so.  The stories of others can […]

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My Favorite Activities to Keep My Body (and Mind) Moving

The Quieter Side of Fitness While I love my workouts – challenging my muscles and cardiovascular system- lately I have spent a great deal of time exploring the quieter side of fitness and wellness. This quieter side takes me on a path to discover the benefits of massage, deep relaxation, stretching, and soft tissue work. […]

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The Times They Are a Changing and So Are Our Bodies!

Thanks to Grace Schwanda for contributing to our blog and writing this post. Grace Schwanda has her personal trainer certificate from W.I.T.S (World Instructors Training Schools). She is actively exercising and working on her own fitness level at this ‘slightly older’ time of life. Grace is the soccer referee trainer for the  Wheaton Park District and […]

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Feel Energized by Learning to do Nothing

Nothing but Shavasana! One of my favorite ways of improving my mobility and reducing my everyday aches and pains is to do nothing! Yep, nothing, nada! Well, actually, I am doing something – I am laying on the floor relaxing my body and my mind. It’s a perfect way to release pent up tension and […]

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Plank Away!

Move Better with More Core Strength! I love the plank! Every time I do one, I am challenged. Even if my body is shaking at the end, boy do I feel strong! The plank is one of those exercises that you hate in the moment, but when it is over, it is very gratifying! The […]

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Move it, Or Lose it!

Thanks to Gail O’Connell for contributing to our blog and writing this post. Gail is a fitness enthusiast and a role model for healthy and fit living. It’s hard to keep up with Gail. She’s always on the go – hiking, meeting up with friends, hosting book clubs, traveling here and abroad. She attributes her […]

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Strand Fitness Announces: New Mobility and Movement Solutions

As we get older, doesn’t it feel like we wake up one day and suddenly our bodies are creaky and our joints don’t move like they used to? If you are like me, this seems to happens overnight. But in reality, that is the aging process. As we get older the saying – “use it […]

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