What's Hot about Hot Yoga

What’s Hot About Hot Yoga?

It’s clear...yoga is hot! In almost every city you can find a multitude of yoga studios; many of them are offering hot yoga. Hot yoga is basically the practice of yoga in a hot, humid room; generally between 80-95 degrees. The twist on this centuries’ old practice is intended to help warm your muscles so that you can more easily stretch and hold postures that you might otherwise have difficulty holding. I personally think the trend is particularly hot because we are moving into an era of extreme sports. Whether pushing ourselves to extremes through programs like Insanity, participating … [Read More...]

Creamy Squash and Carrot Ribbons

Meatless Lent {including recipe: Creamy Squash and Carrot Ribbons

  Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent which is the 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter.  Lent is supposed to be a time of reflection and preparation for Catholics, but for my entire life it has always meant answering the dreaded question “what are you giving up?” While I prefer the idea of doing something good in preparation of Easter, and that is still something I promote with my children, my Catholic guilt always brings me back to picking some kind of sacrifice. So, my dear readers, I’ve picked something this year that I think might benefit you in … [Read More...]

Are Your Workouts Intense Enough to Get Results

Are Your Workouts Intense Enough to See Results?

When it comes to the secret of getting REAL results from your workout, I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. The good news is that you can get amazing results in a short amount of time! That’s great for all of you who are time-strapped with the demands of life…that’s pretty much everyone reading this, right? The bad news is that you are going to have to step up your effort. Wait…don’t stop reading yet! This doesn’t mean you have to quit your day job and become a gym rat to have any kind of muscle definition. Hear me out… We’ve all heard the recommendations for physical activity and … [Read More...]

Is the Weather Making You Fat

Is the Weather Making You Fat? 10-Minute Fitness Solution

The East coast just got get hit with yet another. ruthless. winter. storm. Newscasters say this is the 15th storm this winter leaving many of you longing for the days when that grey snow melts away and you can enjoy being outdoors again. 60% of the country is dealing with snow, which means that many of us are struggling to stay fit. (if you agree - Share on Twitter!) Having recently experienced a weekend limited by snowy and icy conditions in the Pacific Northwest, I can sympathize with the limitations the weather puts on your attempts to be physically fit. Aside from trying to entertain … [Read More...]

Be Happy for your Heart

Happiness Does Your Heart Good

We finally got snow in the Portland area - I know that many of you want to throw a snowball at your computer at that statement, having suffered a brutal winter! As I was sledding with my son yesterday, I was reminded of how important it is to be happy! And not just because I saw this heart-shaped patch of roadway showing through the snow last night...you see it, right? Today is also Wear Red Day, a national awareness campaign to remind everyone that heart disease is the #1 killer of women - not breast cancer...heart disease! Having had two loved ones close to me suffering strokes and a … [Read More...]