The Fit Traveler

Nov 24

A letter to my Dad

I live more than a thousand miles away from my pop but we might not have been this close had I not moved away. I guess distance does make the heart grow.
Dad and I communicate via email through my mom and shout at each other on the phone (his hearing is dwindling). I send him books for Christmas, cookies on his birthday and New Balance running sneaks for Father’s…

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Nov 15

Happy Birthday, Poppers!

Today is my dad’s 86th birthday. For as long as I can remember, Poppers has always been a steadfast rock in my life. He’s raised 9 of us with hard work and discipline and in his retirement years, my dad makes things with his bare hands: things like rocking chairs, wooden mirrors, benches, desks and cribs. (My office is furnished with his handiwork.)…

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Oct 12

10-Minute Ways to Better Health

By now, most of us know that 30 minutes daily of moderate exercise is essential for good health. But not all of us has a solid 30-minute window to devote to ourselves. Studies show that breaking up those 30 minutes is just as effective. Below are 6, 10-minute ways to get those 30 minutes in, and all you need is your determination to get through!
Workout 1: Calisthenics…

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Oct 06

Fitness Freedom

For the last 10 years, my fitness has been institutionalized, in turn imprisoning me in some ways.  Every single week since moving to NYC, I have done at least one workout at Equinox, my home away from home. In fact, I loved it so much, I got a job there for nearly 4 of those years! But, after a transitional summer, I’m ready for a serious shake-up.
So as of November…

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Aug 30

TRX Travel Workout!

When I leave town, without fail, my suspension training TRX comes with. If I can’t find a gym, I still get a proper workout anywhere, no excuses. After all, it’s super lightweight and can be strung up anywhere, like a tree, monkey bars or, in this case, a support beam on the house. This type of resistance training uses bodyweight against gravity…

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Aug 29

No Gym, No Problem

Today is my scheduled leg day. Despite not having access to a gym on vacation, mission accomplished.
Here’s what I did, with little to no rest:

5 hill sprints
45 step-up-to-reverse-lunge each leg on picnic table bench
150 stair sprints
lateral run, 24 deck lengths
50 side lunges each leg
5 hill sprints

The air up here is so fresh and clean, I feel energized…

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Aug 29

Fitness on Vacation

After a seemingly endless roadtrip from New York City to Lake Placid yesterday, my body feels rusty – sitting for 6 hours, my hip flexors, calves, low back and posture muscles feel tight, sore and in need of manipulation. Some people skip working out while on vacation, but I can’t imagine more sedentary behavior after that sloth-like ride! Travel…

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Aug 08

Strength for Life

Today I travelled from NYC to Chicago with my husband, our dog and 5 heavy pieces of luggage. Since Annie requires both hands, one of us was left to juggle all of the suitcases. So, we kept trading places…and as it turns out, whomever had the bags got the better end of the bargain.
But it got me thinking about why I lift so heavy in the gym – not only does it…

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Apr 25

New!

Spring! Best time of year award! Finally, after what seems like the longest winter on record, we can stow away the layers of fleece, gloom and fat.
This spring brings goodness galore. As you can see, I have sprinkled pixie dust on my brand – thanks to JPD Studio, my website is sparkly-fresh. And, thanks to Snow Day Works, I have more than a book in the works: friends,…

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Feb 05

Fight Against Mediocrity. Win.

While waiting my turn to zipline across the dry desert Cabo canyon, I struck up a conversation with the super fit, confident, attractive 48-year-old in front of me. Her teeny tiny outfit exposed tanned, muscular legs, washboard stomach and zero-jiggle arms: I was sure she worked in the fitness world. With admiration and envy, I picked her brain: how had she…

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