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Why Massage Therapists Make My Job Tough

November 3rd, 2013

Why Massage Therapists Make My Job Tough  By Lisa Byrne, B.S. Exercise Sciences | Certified Pilates Instructor NABBW’s Boomer Women’s Fitness Expert Massage therapists make my job really challenging. Some. Not all. I’m using this particular profession as the first I pick on. Chiropractors and physical therapists are next. Every one of these professionals does something to the person they’re treating. You know what that is? It’s the doing. They do to the person. The person in front of them has a passive experience. It’s the being done to I’m referring to. Like my hair dresser. She... Read More

Park Once, Gain Immeasurably

September 17th, 2013

Park Once, Gain Immeasurably By Lisa Byrne, B.S Exercise Sciences | Certified Pilates Instructor NABBW’s Boomer Women’s Fitness Expert  One Stop Shopping. Do you have in your nearby town one of these grand shopping centers/complexes that offer ‘one stop shopping’? It’s like a self-contained outlet that can provide everything you need. Seems obvious the idea is to provide an efficient convenience for you as a shopper. Of  course the idea is also to sell more products if it’s all in one place. Simple shopping centers of old with a supermarket, drugstore, dry cleaners, and a bank have... Read More

Food shopping: Everyone’s Delight

August 1st, 2013

Food shopping: Everyone’s Delight. By Lisa Byrne, B.S Exercise Sciences | Certified Pilates Instructor NABBW’s Boomer Women’s Fitness Expert I like to go food shopping between 5:30 – 6am on the weekdays. This way I can do my business, avoid crowds, and return ready for the day.  As you can imagine at that hour there aren’t a lot of shoppers.  It’s quite a delight for me. But this past Sunday, I decided to swing by at about 1pm. It was crowded but Wegman’s had plenty of manpower to handle it. When done, I like to load ALL my bags on me so I can leave my cart at the entrance. With... Read More

Sure, You May Be Able to Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time, BUT Can You Walk Backwards? It\’s More Challenging Than You Might Think…

March 3rd, 2013

By Lisa Byrne, B.S Exercise Sciences | Certified Pilates Instructor NABBW’s Boomer Women’s Fitness Expert Recently, the New York Times Magazine featured a great article about running in reverse. I\’ve noodled this post to reflect something we can all relate to better: walking in reverse. Walking is one of the simplest ways to get movement in anywhere. Actually, it\’s one of the best things you can do for your body. Walking as movement, as exercise, as a sport even, doesn\’t need to get in your way. So get out of its way. Let\’s flip all this walk-a-thon talk and go... Read More

“Oh and By The Way I Want To Strengthen My Core”

September 15th, 2012

“Oh and By The Way I Want To Strengthen My Core” By Lisa Byrne, B.S Exercise Sciences | Certified Pilates Instructor NABBW’s Boomer Women\’s Fitness Expert “Really?” I say. Rarely do I run into a person whether new in the studio or someone I meet that doesn\’t include that statement in our conversation. I\’ve learned that following up with a question tells me more about what they think they know verses what they say. “So, what does that mean to you?” The answers usually pertain to them hand gesturing or even patting their belly, responding... Read More

Are You Sitting Yourself to Bad Health?

July 29th, 2012

Are You Sitting Yourself to Bad Health? By Lisa Byrne, B.S Exercise Sciences | Certified Pilates Instructor NABBW’s Boomer Women\’s Fitness Expert We have something in common right off the bat. Chances are you\’re sitting down while reading this just like I\’m sitting here at my laptop while writing this article. How long you been sitting? If it\’s more than 55 minutes, get up. Yep, get up. Blood is getting stuck in your legs, and pooled at your feet. If your knees are bent you\’re further impeding the return flow back to your heart. That sitting position... Read More

Reduce Arthritis Pain With These 5 Exercises

February 21st, 2012

Reduce Arthritis Pain With These 5 Exercises By Lisa Byrne, B.S Exercise Sciences | Certified Pilates Instructor NABBW’s Boomer Women\’s Fitness Expert All this talk about functional fitness, but first, what\’s even functional living? Functional living is being able to move how you want, when you want. You don\’t want to be limited to one direction, or avoiding this move or that move. Stiff and achey joints can slow you down so much that you don\’t even want to exercise. But remember, the health of every joint matters. That means your large joints like hips and... Read More

Dump The Gym, Here’s Your Affordable Fitness Alternative

January 31st, 2012

Dump The Gym, Here\’s Your Affordable Fitness Alternative By Lisa Byrne, B.S Exercise Sciences | Certified Pilates Instructor NABBW’s Boomer Women\’s Fitness Expert You really hate the gym. It\’s crowded, annoying, and you\’re unsure you can actually keep those resolutions. Old thinking in a new year will sink you by Leap Day. Sounds like this: you join a gym, commit to a M,W,F meet up at 6am with girlfriend MaryBeth, or buddy Joe. Get in your cardio, pump some weights, sneak in some abs, and pretend to stretch. Shower and you\’re out the door. This ends... Read More

Hold On! Your Core is More Than You Think

May 10th, 2011

Hold on! Your Core is More Than You Think By Lisa Byrne, B.S Exercise Sciences  |  Certified Pilates Instructor NABBW’s Boomer Women\’s Fitness Expert It’s a hard to teach someone how to hold onto themselves. I’m not talking about giving yourself a hug, although surely we could all use that daily. Holding onto yourself is core stability. Or is it core strength? Both? Before you move next time try this: Stop, look, and listen to your body, your mind, and your task. Do you brace yourself first? Yes, I\’m talking even if it is taking your cereal bowl to the kitchen table. Think... Read More

Gangbusters in the Garden

March 28th, 2011

Gangbusters in the Garden By Lisa Byrne, B.S Exercise Sciences  |  Certified Pilates Instructor NABBW’s Boomer Women\’s Fitness Expert Boomers and gardening, they go well together. Too well sometimes. Every year it’s a similar scene: you’re going to get it all done. Today. Well, maybe this weekend. You’ve got fantastic visions of transforming the yard, the beds, and the new transplants in addition to seeding, weeding and watering. How many times have you overdone it hauling mulch, raking leaves, spreading soil or planting those 200 bulbs? Your love affair with the land, yard... Read More