How Fragrances Are Harming Your Health

Detox Your Life in a Year: December Tis the season for holiday scented candles, buying gifts of perfume and cologne, and febrezing everything before the family comes over. These may seem harmless, but today we’ll learn why the fragrance in your favorite candle and perfume could be causing health problems. Before we jump into the […]

Holiday Travel Tips from a Personal Trainer

We are quickly approaching the most traveled time of the year! Having whiplash has made me a trial and error expert in pain-free and healthy travel. These holiday travel tips take work and a little preparation (and sometimes some $$) but it’s totally worth it to be able to enjoy your time with family and friends […]

The #1 Reason to Exercise During the Holidays

It’s time to throw off the stigma that exercise is a waste of time during the holidays. I’m here to tell you an extremely important reason why you should start your exercise routine today! Don’t wait until 2015 rolls around. I’m OK with splurging around this time of year. However, I’m not OK with splurging […]

Fish Buying Guide: Detox Your Life in a Year

Overfishing. High mercury levels. Toxic fish farms. Healthy protein. Good Omega-3 content… There’s so much information to sift through when trying to choose healthy seafood. It can be overwhelming. Don’t give up- fish can be a healthy option when chosen correctly. And this choice matters for your health and for our oceans! This Detox Your Life […]

Handling Setbacks: In Fitness and in Life

I’m excited to share with you some of my journey learning to handle setbacks. I’m focusing mainly on my health and my fitness routine, but the coping strategies span across all aspects of life! I’ve helped lots of clients through various types of setbacks, and have learned the mental battle is often the toughest! My Story My biggest setback […]

Why You Need a Fitness Accountability Partner

What’s the one best piece of fitness advice I give out, you might ask? Well, people don’t usually like my answer. I think they might be hoping for me to confirm that carbs are the devil, that squats really will get you a guy like Channing Tatum, or that morning workouts will make you burn […]

Your Guide to Green Cleaning

Detox Your Life In A Year: October Friends, I’m so excited to have my friend Stephanie Shrock guest post for this month’s detox blog! She runs her own green cleaning company, Squeaky Green, in Indianapolis, IN . Her passion for green living and yoga was birthed out of her Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis in 2008 and […]

Read This Before You Buy Deodorant

This month’s Detox Your Life in a Year post is an important one! Your deodorant may contain lots of harmful chemicals, and you’re putting it on an area of your body that absorbs up to 100% of what you put on it. If you’ve been thinking about switching up your deodorant or wanted to try […]

5 Tips for Back to School Fitness!

Whether you are the mom who cried by the bus on the first day of school or the mom who opened a bottle of bubbly to celebrate, one thing is certain: it’s Back to School time. The start of a school year brings a flurry of activities and emotions, any of which can help or hurt your fitness goals. […]

The Top 10 Toxic Chemicals In Your Beauty Products

Detox Your Life In A Year: August Toxic Chemicals In Your Beauty Products Could Be Harming Your Health Did you know that there are known carcinogens, animal placenta, and endocrine disruptors in your cosmetics, lotions, and hair products? Before you subscribe to the notion ignorance is bliss, hear me out. Detoxing your personal care products can be daunting, […]

20 Tips to Break Your Sugar Addiction

I’m so excited you are trying to learn more about kicking that sugar habit! Read on for tips on how, and join us for a sugar detox when you’re ready! Last week we discussed all of the crazy-terrible things sugar does to your body. If you’re just joining us, read this post! It has 11 reasons to […]

11 Reasons to Ditch Sugar: July’s Detox

Detox Your Life in a Year: July One of the biggest things I’ve been preaching lately to friends and family is ditching sugar. I see people’s eyes glaze over at the thought of giving up soda, desserts, sugar in their coffee, and know they are instantly discounting everything I say. Most immediately decide it’s impossible to […]

10 Exercises To Correct “Mom Posture”

What if your aches and pains could go away and you could look five pounds lighter? For many of us, our posture and muscular imbalances create those aches and pains and force our guts to stick out, creating the loathed “Thanksgiving-belly” year-round. We allow our lives and habits to wreck our postural alignment, and then wonder […]

Is BPA Causing Weight Gain?: Detox Your Life in a Year [June]

This Detox Your Life in a Year topic is one I’m extremely excited about! Ridding your lives of this chemical will help you to not only detox your bodies, but decrease your risk of many cancers, improve the health and behavior of your children, and help you lose weight! The chemical is BPA, and unfortunately it’s found in […]

The Fix One Thing Rule: Healthy Eating Simplified.

The idea of fix one thing is how I live my life. You will rarely ever see me jump on a bandwagon and drastically transform my life in any way.  By making small changes in different areas of your life, you will be able to experience more success on your journey to healthy living. Today […]

Buy Better Beef: Detox Your Life in a Year [May]

How to Buy Better Beef: Do you know how to buy the best beef? We’re not talking the best cuts or perfect prime rib- we’re talking about meat without strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, without food made in a lab, and from cows who were able to live like actual cows. If you aren’t sure what […]

How To Evaluate Your Relationship With Food

How often do you think about what you eat? I’m pleased as punch to see more people being health conscious, learning what’s really in their food, and learning to make healthier choices. Here’s the zinger though: how often do you analyze your relationship with food? Probably not enough. We have to get the kids to […]

Detox Your Life in a Year: April

Greetings, Friends! First off- HOW is it April already?! I’m excited for April-like weather, but c’mon 2014, let me catch my breath! ;) This month’s detox will focus on buying better poultry. If you want to detox your life, you want to avoid consuming chemicals. These chemicals not only can contribute to cancer or other […]

When Should I Increase the Weight I’m Lifting?

If you have ever wondered when you should increase how much weight you lift, then you’ve come to the right place. This post is tailored to women performing dumbbell workouts at home, so bodybuilders, I’m sorry but I’ve got nothing for ya! This article should help you know when to increase and by how much, […]

A Few of My Favorite Things!

This week I am so excited to share a fun, lighthearted post with you and give you a little sneak peak into my world. I want to share with you a few of my favorite things- simple, everyday fitness/health-related things that help make my life better, however trivial they may seem! In the comments, I […]

Detox Your Life in a Year: March

I’m really excited for this post of “Detox your life in a year!” This month’s topic of consuming chemical-free dairy has been one of THE hardest things to condense and simplify. I love information, but I want this to be like a Detox 101 and just cover the basics. WOWZA that was hard for this […]

Your Protein Needs, Simplified!

Many people have misconceptions on protein. Let’s face it, living in this information age is totally awesome and completely overwhelming. I know the stats about protein consumption, but even my head was spinning as I went through all of the resources out there. There are so many conflicting theories (plus the aforementioned information overload), so […]

Keeping it Real: Confessions of a Personal Trainer

I think it’s safe to say that almost every woman is insecure about her body. Some are not, and honestly, I’m a little jealous of them. Insecurity is something I’ve been dealing with since I was a teen and realized what a woman’s body is theoretically supposed to look like (Thanks, Seventeen and YM Magazines….), […]

What Every Woman Needs To Know About Heart Disease

February is Heart Disease Awareness month, and I’m so excited to be able to share with you some important statistics and preventative methods, and hopefully it will hit home that YOU, my friend, need to start exercising! If you are already exercising, then you will be armed with important facts to help encourage friends and […]

Detox Your Life In A Year: February

Welcome back to this exciting series! I’m pumped you are taking this time to learn how to detoxify your body. This is a gift to yourself as well as your loved ones! How did January’s detox tip go for you? Are you drinking your lemon water? I do it every day! Don’t skip out on […]

Detox Your Life In A Year: January

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the amount of health and wellness information that’s out there? In this age of information I know many of us have a desire to know as much as we can, but once we start searching, we quickly get overwhelmed and retreat back into the perceived safety of “ignorance is […]

Posture Correction: Always the Bridesmaid Never the Bride

Dear reader: I must warn you the content of this blog post is incredibly important to your health! I must also warn you that its charisma-factor is probably the equivalent to your dentist telling you that you need to floss more.  Still reading? Good for you. Let’s proceed. This isn’t the glamorous side of personal training, […]

You are NOT Too Busy to Exercise. Here’s Why:

Oct 21, 2013 Gasp! She did NOT just say that… She doesn’t know my schedule! She doesn’t know me or my life or what’s on my plate! —-> I’m just trying to guess what’s going through your head now…. Please don’t hate me for trying to call you out! ;) Think of things that are […]

Tabatas: The 4 minute workout

One of the biggest reasons that trainers hear about why people don’t workout is they lack time. If you’ve read my past posts, you know I think that people can prioritize and be creative to incorporate exercise into their lives! Lately, the buzz in the fitness scene is all about the tabata protocol. I have tried it, and […]

Comparison is a Four-Letter Word

We are from all walks of life, have different genes and varying body fat percentages; we have different careers and levels of education, but I bet we can agree on one thing: Looking up workouts on Pinterest (or any website, really) makes us feel inadequate. I feel flabby, pale, like I’m a fashion disaster at the gym, […]

Fact: Rest Days are Crucial to Getting in Shape!

What if I told you that you should NOT workout every day? That rest is VITAL to your weight-loss, your health, and your ability to build muscle? Would you believe me? Would you jump for joy? ;) (Remember: jumping burns calories!) Rest = Muscle Growth. It’s unfortunate that many people who are consistently working out […]

How to Set Goals You Can (Actually) Achieve

I’m sure by now you have all heard of SMART goals. I 100% believe in their effectiveness, and this is not the only blog I will mention them in ;) However, today they are not our focus! Today I want to focus on process and product goals, and how setting both will help keep you successful AND encouraged! Most […]

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips! (Part One)

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips There are a bazillion calories waiting for you at your next holiday party- but good news!- there are also a bazillion tips on how to stay healthy! I’ve listed my top three tried and true ways that I use to stay healthy and fit during the holidays, but this is by […]

7 [Realistic] Healthy Holiday Eating Tips! (Part 2)

I know you have been anxiously awaiting Part 2 of my Healthy Holiday Eating Tips blog post! :) Well, here it is! These are my tried-and-true ways to fit into the same pair of jeans YEAR ROUND! ;) Pick out the ones you think would help YOU in your lifestyle! 1. Drink WATER. I know I mentioned this […]

The One Resolution Everyone Should Make!

‘Tis the season for resolutions, goals, crowded gyms, and inspired people! I love this time of year (minus not being able to get an eliptical machine when I want one), and I love ANY excuse to set a goal and attempt to improve myself and my life! :) I’ve already seen a lot of tweets and facebook statuses about […]

Why You Should Lift Weights

Posted Oct 7, 2013 Lifting weights is by far my favorite way to exercise. There are so many health benefits to it, and it’s good for those of us who need instant gratification. It’s much faster for me to see my biceps tone up than it is for my saddlebags to decrease ;) It reminds […]

4 Awesome Reasons to Modify Exercises

  Have you ever tried an exercise that was too challenging for you? There are many reasons why we may need to change an exercise to suit our body and needs, and I’m here to tell you why modifications are AWESOME. Like an ice cream sundae! While discussing a fitness challenge with a group of ladies, the topic […]