It’s all about balance…

When most people start an exercise program their “goal” hardly ever includes improving one’s balance.  As a matter of fact, we rarely think about our balance.  Balance is something most of us take for granted until we experience challenges.  Yet balance is crucial to our well-being—it prevents falls, helps us navigate uneven terrain, keeps us upright and helps us to be more sure-footed. For example, common tasks like walking, taking the stairs and even bringing the body to a standing from a sitting position require balance. Good balance also equals good posture. Balance tasks are owed to proprioception; the ability to sense the position, location and orientation of each body part in relation to other parts.  Watch this video for some good balance techniques that you can do every day that exemplify proprioception.

Balance exercises are also important for reducing injury risk. For example, if you sprain your ankle, you could be at risk for re-injury if you don’t retrain your balance.  If you do balance exercises after the injury, it retrains the muscles to contract together, which better stabilizes the joint during movements and prevents re-injury.  As we improve our balance we strengthen our stabilizer muscles, improve our range of motion and solidify our core.

Examples of a few simple balance exercises include:

  • Standing with your weight on one leg and raising the other leg to the side or behind you.
  • Putting your heel right in front of your toe, like walking a tightrope.
  • Standing up and sitting down from a chair without using your hands.
  • Walking while alternating knee lifts with each step.

So consider adding balance exercises to your workout.  You’ll see improvements in coordination, posture and your activities of daily living.  Adding balance exercises to your exercise regime can be fun.  Often you don’t even realize you are exercising because your mind is so focused.  The best news is that you can do balance exercises right now because balance exercises require absolutely no special equipment.

And if you are not working out regularly, let’s talk.  My favorite workout is one that last no longer than 30 minutes done in the privacy of my studio.  If you are interested I would love to teach you these workouts.  Click here for more information.  No special equipment is needed, and working out in the privacy of my studio and your own home gives autonomy and freedom. There’s no one to judge and no one to compare yourself to.

That’s it for today….

Have a sparkling day,

Patti

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Twists ‘n Thyme

Thyme PestoI love using fresh herbs when I am cooking.  This winter I was blessed with an abundance of fresh herbs growing in my Tower Garden.  So much so that I had to get creative with Thyme.

That brought me to create Thyme Pesto.

Thyme Pesto

This is so delicious.  I would like to encourage you all to try it.  I used this pesto in my Sunday chicken dinner.  I slipped it under the skin of the chicken, added in some potatoes that were cut in quarters and tossed with the pesto, then roasted the bird and the potatoes together in the oven.  The house smelled amazing and the chicken tasted great.  I served that with a freshly picked green salad and oh what a lovely meal we had.

I then used my Thyme Pesto another night on zoodles…. yum! And I have a jar of it left.  Lucky me!

I think I might purchase some fish and maybe use a little of the Thyme Pesto on the fish when I bake it.

How would you use it?  I would love your ideas.

I hope you enjoy your day.  Thanks so much for inviting me in.

Xxo,

Patti

 

 

Lunch is on me!

Recipes

IMG_4294 (2)Good morning,

I have two questions:

  • Do you ever look for something different to make for lunch or dinner?
  • Have you ever DREADED working out?

If you answered yes to one or both questions, today’s blog might benefit you.

I am sharing a delightful recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Sauce with White Beans.  It might be just the thing to make for lunch or dinner.  I literally made this in 15 minutes and I have extra sauce to spare.  If you make this recipe and have extra sauce…please share how you creatively used it.  In  the photo below I served it on a bed of sauteed greens.  Delicious!

Do you find you have good intentions to workout but find so many other things come first?  Well there are easy ways to overcome that.  Consider one of my fitness coaching programs.  We can design results-oriented workouts that go beyond walking on a treadmill while binge watching Netflix that are fun and DO NOT TAKE UP LOTS OF TIME.

Food and fitness….they just go together.  We all deserve to have a positive relationship with food, our body, and our health.

I hope the information shared today is helpful.

Ta-ta for today!  I hope you have a joyously filled day.

Until next time,

Patti

Patti

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