Lifestyle Fitness

October 1st, 2014 by Joan Maiden

The streets of San Francisco make working out easy.  Visiting my daughter last week made me realize that where we live can have a huge impact on our fitness level. A few month ago I bought the BodyMedia Fitness Tracker.  It has been a great tool.  Researching the different trackers available, I opted for the […]

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Never Too Old

September 8th, 2014 by Joan Maiden

I’m often asked can frail elderly people really get strong again and how old is too old to start a strength training program.  A study* of people over the age of 90 who where put on a strength training program had the following results.  They:  replaced about four pounds of lean (muscle) weight reduced about […]

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7 Strategies to Breaking Free of Diet Addiction

August 6th, 2014 by Joan Maiden

Did you discover in the last blog that you are a diet-oholic?   There are strategies that we can implement to help us overcome the “Diet Addiction”. 1.  Eat mindfully.  Be aware of what you are eating and make each selection you “choice”.  Don’t beat yourself up if some days the selection is better than […]

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7 Symptoms of a Diet-aholic

June 4th, 2014 by Joan Maiden

Are you addicted to diets?  Are you always looking for the next “miracle”?  Here are 7 symptoms that you may be a diet-aholic. 1.  You find yourself turning on Dr. Oz or other shows whenever the latest diet is featured or the newest diet/fitness guru is the guest. 2.  You pick up the magazines at the […]

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My Knees are Killing Me

April 2nd, 2014 by Joan Maiden

I spent the weekend moving boxes and furniture up a flight of stairs.  Since I stay active, run and am up and down stairs all day, I was unprepared for the pain I felt in my knees that night?  What happened?  Then it dawned on my I had been carrying a lot of extra weight. […]

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The lies your scale tells

March 3rd, 2014 by Joan Maiden

Do you ever get on the scale and feel like it’s yelling at you?  Does how your day go depend on the number on the scale?  But what does that number on the scale really mean?  The scale is not a good way to measure your fitness progress even though so much emphasis is put […]

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Love Your Fat

February 9th, 2014 by Joan Maiden

When was the last time you looked in the mirror and loved all of you–even the excess fat. Probably never. You may have cursed it, hated it and vilified it. How has that worked for you? Did it help boost your self-esteem? Did it motivate you to make long-term change? Did it help you love […]

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The Secret to Being a Warrior Not a Wimp

November 25th, 2013 by Joan Maiden

I told myself I was crazy to do this again.  After all, I’d proven that I could do it, so why did I feel the need to run the Big Sur Half Marathon for a second time?   At least when clients tried to give me the excuses of  “I’m too old.”  “I just can’t […]

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The Diet in Shining Armor

October 18th, 2013 by Joan Maiden

“Maybe he’s the one!  Maybe he will be my knight in shining armor who will make my life wonderful.”  Virtually every woman who grew up on fairy tales has sought their knight in shining armor only to find when they think they’ve found the one, that their knight turns out to be a normal man […]

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No Cheating–Ever!

September 15th, 2013 by Joan Maiden

We’ve all seen them—“The Cheaters Diet”, “How to cheat on your diet and still lose weight”, “diet cheat day”.  Can you really “cheat” on a diet? The dictionary definition of cheat is:  “1.  to deceive by trickery, swindle ; 2.  to act dishonestly; 3.  to be sexually unfaithful.    After all, the definition for diet is […]

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