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“Can you touch your toes?” at the 2012 Book ExpoAmerica New Title Show


What an exciting opportunity to be part of this great book expo in New York City! Lulu is presenting my book ” Can you touch your toes” which is under the category of health, fitness and exercise. If you are in NYC and if you love to read don’t miss this great occasion to find new exciting titles.

Lulu publishers booth is #3476

http://newtitleshowcase.com/book_details.php?bookid=132554

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Work out video of the Day: Shaving the Head – Pilates


Pilates Training – Shaving the Head exercise

Level: It depends on how much tension you can have in the springs. The more tension the harder.

Targets: your arms, your back and your core as you keep your torso stable. You will feel the most effort in the back of your arms (triceps).

Repetitions and sets:Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions each.

This exercise is one of my favorite Pilates routine, because it targets one of the most important body part in a women’s body : the back of the arms.

Work Out video of the Day: Core Training – Part 3.


Level: intermediate if you roll half way down. More advanced if you roll all the way down. Keep your chin close to your chest, lengthening your neck.

Targets:core muscles, abdominal and back muscles. Also stretches the back side of your thigh and your back.

Reps and sets: do 2 to 3 sets of 10 repetitions in both sides.

Tips: if you have a sensitive tailbone use pads to cushion the area of your back. If you feel any discomfort in your back do not roll back too much, always avoid lower back pain.

Five time saver tips for the busy women


Okay busy women  no more excuses I will give you some tips on how to organize your daily workouts.  I gave  you this week the most important tip to begin your journey to health and fitness: reprogram your mind.  Put your wellbeing first, you need to understand that exercise has to become one of your first priorities. Once you have understood how important is to keep your body strong and flexible you will be mentally ready to start.

Tips:

  1. 1-Plan ahead of time the menu for the week. I usually do it on Thursdays and I go grocery shopping on Fridays to get everything that I need.

2-Pre-cook your meals to save time. Be aware of the size of the portions and always choose healthy meals.

3-Choose the best time of the day to exercise. It  may vary, I workout when I have the time during the day. As soon as you set up the time for your workouts you can’t  miss your exercise routines.

4-Pick your favorite pair of pants, skirt or dress. Put it on, see how it looks on you. Take a picture and save it.  After a month of exercising regularly try it on and see the difference. I don’t  waste my time using the scale. This is the reason I always use a pair of jeans as a reference to see if I have gained some extra pounds!

5-In case that you can not exercise on a certain day, make it up any other day. Stay motivated, remember that you are worth the effort!

Why is Jane Fonda my all-time exercise role model?


I was reading the last issue of Newsweek ( August 22 & 29, 2011 ) when on page 42 I had the great surprise of finding a great article on Jane Fonda.  She has been my exercise icon since she started back in the 90’s with her videos, teaching great aerobic  exercises with or without the step. Before her, I used to go to the gym where I had a great personal trainer; I did yoga for the mind and body connection, and I also used to meditate daily. Throughout  the years  I was doing the same fitness routines until I discovered The method! In this interview of Jane Fonda you can see how beautiful she looks, perfect posture and vibrant. She gives brief tips on how to feel, look and enjoy your life after 60.  As a baby-boomer myself I can totally relate to that need of self-reinvention. 

One tip that called my attention: For fitness she recommends The Pilates Method,  I was not surprised because I know that the best bodies at any age are the Pilates bodies. The secret  for a supple and strong body.

She also believes in keeping your entire body flexible.  For her sense of well-being she practices Zen meditation. I never thought that I had so many thing is common with my exercise icon!  I have found the fountain of youth in Pilates and  stretching.  Meditating daily is also a very important part of my day, keeps me centered and balanced. Now, I feel better both physically and mentally than when I was in my thirties and forties. Thank you Jane for inspiring all of us!

Work out video of the Day: Cordination – Pilates


coordination Work Out – Core Strength

Level: basic if you keep your legs half way down, intermediate if you lower your legs at eye level.

Targets:  abdominal wall, core muscles,  legs and arms.

Reps and sets: 4 sets, 5 repetitions each. The first: open and close your legs. The second : tap your heels. The third: criss-cross your legs. The fourth: scissors kicks.

First tip for the busy women: start to get the habit of working out.


  1. This first tip is the most important one, because it makes you think about how vital is the habit of exercising. Whenever I feel like skipping my Pilates, cardio or stretching routines, I immediately think about how happy I feel when I don’t have to struggle to put my tight jeans on.  Not only that I have experienced the sense of well-being by exercising,  but I have inspired busy women like me that they are worth the effort to hit the gym. All my clients are busy hard-working women; they had managed to include Pilates in their hectic schedules! When they can’t make it for whatever reason, they re-schedule their sessions. They can’ live without Pilates! 
  2. Things to remember: you need to exercise at least three times a week.  After forty, your metabolism changes so you need to eat less and move more. Strive to achieve your fitness goals!
  3. Never say that you are too old, too tired, too stiff or too out of shape to start exercising! There is always room for improvement, our bodies  always react to exercising and stretching.
  4. Give yourself a chance to become healthier, fitter and happier, repeat this sentence over and over, the message will get to your brain.
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