getting ready   Spring rituals.  Proms, reunions, weddings…and the prep for summer clothes.  Many moons ago, an ad for a popular health club put it this way. “The competition is ready. Are you?”  Well in an effort to get you ready, enter the boot camp….


In my initial assessment, one of my first questions for clients is “When is the last time you have worked out–consistently?”  Adding the latter term is very telling.  This person may have tried to get into the swing of things, only a few days ago.  While I’m happy they’re with me and made an early attempt, I need to know what their body has been doing–consistently.  If it’s been at rest most of the time, then I realize there’s not only a change in activity level that must take place.  There has to be a change in mind.  You may believe as I once did.  Something’s better than nothing.  Well yes and no.  True enough, we all have to start somewhere.  Yet no one builds a house on a half-finished foundation.  It would compromise the structural integrity.

So why begin a program geared towards a finished foundation?  The answer–you really shouldn’t.


Last year, I invested in a seminar titled “PUMPED–Building a better brain through exercise and movement.”  One of the opening statements confounded me.  According to the lecturer, an hour of exercise a day–if you spend the rest of the day sedentary, may do more harm than good.  While this sounded shocking at first, when you consider this carefully, it makes sense.

If your daily routine is spent sitting at a desk, your body believes this is its lot.  With the exception of kicking it up a notch in the morning, it says “this is my life.”  If you decide to really “go hard” one AM, here’s the kicker.  At the milder end of possibilities, you will eat more that day–while sitting at your desk.  At the opposite end of the spectrum, is a plethora of scenarios–which may or may not play out.  Angina pain (pain in chest), joint issues, and rotational injuries name only a few.

The better alternative?  I believe in consistency, with slow but steady pace.  Again you build a foundation which stands firm.  Once that is established, you take it a little further–depending upon time, effort, and progression.  Working up a sweat in the morning is great–a great start that is.  What about the rest of the day?  Can you take a 10 minute walk at lunchtime?  Possibly carve out a little more time after work?  What about a 10 minute walk, a five-minute jog, and a few yoga stretches to complete your work day?  Now you’ve combined fitness with a little relaxation.  If you were to add this to your routine, your body would switch modes–from mostly sedentary to mostly active.  Risk of injury would decline, while your overall fitness level would improve.

With these ideas in mind, now ask yourself…is boot camp for me?  If those orange hot pants are still calling your name, I believe ace bandages, duck tape, and some hospital gowns come in a wide array of colors.  Well maybe not the gowns.

All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.

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red butterfly   Yes…spring is in the air.   And even though the Windy City hasn’t felt its consistency, we’re hoping the snow & ice have departed.

First, I apologize to my followers.  While my excuse doesn’t excuse me, I’ve been taking classes to better prepare me for what I’ve chosen to do.  That is–full-time nurse personal training consultant.  It’s a mouthful.  However, as stated before, I see a need that goes generally unfulfilled.  I want to fill that void; putting my skills as a nurse to work, in the personal training & nutrition arena.   Courses in Clinical Neurology, Exercise Physiology, and Nutrition for Disease Prevention, as well as the upkeep of continuing education to maintain my RN licensure, proved more time-consuming than previously thought.  Throw in my son’s track schedule, family life, and–well, you get the idea.

Anyway, I’m back.


Most of us who run and live in climates where temperatures dip to 20 degrees and below, may not always brave these frigid conditions, to keep step outside.  I know I don’t.  And while this may border on sacrilege to some, I actually enjoy running on the treadmill.  When outside, I never run with music.  On a treadmill I can relax; secure in my surroundings–and can get going to my eclectic taste of the day.

However when I do get outside this time of year, I’ve noticed a few things.  First, many of us seem to share that same pained look, running outside the first few times.  Second, I see a lot of “boot camps” promising to whip you into shape–just in time for bikini season.

I’d like to address the latter first.

I enjoy exercise; and for the most part, heart pumping, work up a great sweat, exhausting exercise.  That doesn’t mean that this type of conditioning is for everyone.  If you haven’t worked out for a while, be prepared.  How? Ease into a fitness regime.

Just like those of us returning to our favorite trail, it takes time.  Starting off slow, will ensure you keep to your routine and avoid injury.  Yes I know, you’re longing to wear those orange hot pants the first day of June.  But slipping them over an ace bandage or leg cast kind of negates the look.

What are my tips for getting back into the swing of things?  What should you look for in a boot camp?  What should you avoid?  Stay tuned boys and girls, I’ll cover that next post.  As I said before, I’m back.

All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.