I’ve always been a big fan of science, and exercise. Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, there was not much of a fitness industry. So, it didn’t occur to me until much later to combine my two loves and get going as a personal trainer. Oh yes…there’s one other thing I am a big fan of. That is learning. So, I quickly realized that just being a Certified Personal Trainer was not enough for me. I quickly continued on and got a graduate degree in Exercise Physiology.
This opened lots of doors for me.
I was able to get involved with weight loss programs and an exercise program brought to people around the state of Pennsylvania. Also I became involved with a research program through the Philadelphia Department of Aging.
Research is another area that has always interested me, and I have been able to get involved with it in various ways. These experiences and my own observations lead me to get certified in Lifestyle Management and Weight Control, and Health Coaching.
Along the way I spent many years working in a Physical Therapy Clinic, assisting with physical therapy and working with people on their fitness after rehabilitating an injury. This was a great opportunity to learn more and more about how our bodies work, or sometimes don’t work! I added in a Titleist Golf Fitness Certification, which also focused on how our bodies move and how to correct errant movement patterns.
Meanwhile, the statistics on how many people are overweight, obese, and sedentary has been growing and growing. As of this writing, it is estimated that 80% of Americans do not get the recommended amount of exercise to get the health benefits that movement can bring.
What this means is that, clearly, we need to re-examine the tools that we are using to help people lead healthier lives. Sometimes we are up against images put out by the fitness industry, commercialism in gyms, and those selling the latest fad. We are up against body/brain chemistry, human nature, the lure of our current convenient lifestyles, and fast food. We are up against busy lives, procrastination, and frequent failed attempts.
I have created this website based on 3 thoroughly tested principles.
- Exercise needs to be convenient. How many of you have joined a gym, only to quit after a few weeks or months because it takes too much time and may be too expensive?
- Exercise needs to feel good. Many studies have discovered that it is not the health benefits of exercise that keeps people coming back, but how good it feels. Fitness often has an image of pain, drudge, and beating yourself up. Why would anyone sign up for that or keep doing it? The best-laid plans are fun, feel good, and are rewarding.
- Exercise needs to fit you. If you are going to have it in your life, you need to make room for it. Again and again. It is the long haul that matters. This means that you may need to do some rearranging of how you think about fitness in order to get it to work for you. That means an adjustment in mindset. It also means being open and willing to learn something new.
I bring you suggestions for how to do that, informative blogs, and a free library with exercises and short workouts that you can do just about anywhere with little or no equipment. The emphasis is on convenience, but also how and why you do each exercise so that you know exactly what it is doing for you.
This web site will be evolving, continuously adding new things for you. I hope you find the ideas and exercises useful in your quest to develop a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Check out “Start Here” for particulars and how to best use this site.
I am glad you are here!