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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

Pilates Day!


Pilates Day!

Today is Pilates Day!

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What a wonderful day for all those who are experiencing the many benefits from the best fitness routine the Pilates Method. Joseph Pilates was ahead of his time in terms of physical fitness. Inspired by oriental disciplines he devised his exercises so that all energy and effort originated from the center of the body. He called it the “powerhouse”. I consider my clients and even myself living testimonies of the amazing rewards that we enjoy from this revolutionary method.

What other fitness program can help you with posture, body mechanics, spinal flexibility, breathing and balance? None other than Pilates. As I explain to my new clients it is never too late to embrace this discipline because it offers levels to choose from to suit every person needs and goals. There are not limitations to this program of exercises. I have had great results among people affected with cancer, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, back and neck surgeries.

Start today and experiment the advantages of practicing Pilates regularly. Feel good, rejuvenated and restored after every session.

Empower yourself with Pilates!

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!

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.

What do you do to prevent the bad effects from sitting all day long?


Since computers and remote controls for every item in the house have become part of our lives, we are more sedentary. We sit for at least eight to nine hours everyday. Think about all the activities that you do in the sitting position. Your neck, your shoulders, your lower back, your hips and knees suffer in this position. What can you do to prevent the cascade of muscular-skeletal misalignment? Very simple,take frequent breaks throughout the day,at least every hour and a half. Walk around, move your arms doing circles, move your head from side to side, breathing deeply, do it for at least two minutes. Ideally you should plan a five minutes stretching session at least three times a day, and get yourself a good lumbar support for your car and for your desk chair.
Education and dedication means prevention!

Have you tested your balance lately?


The aging process affects not only your external appearance but also your brain function. Balance and coordination diminish as we age. In order to keep your brain alert you need to practice everyday drills to maintain your balance and coordination. How do you train your brain ? I instruct my clients to do simple and easy tasks on one leg always alternating sides. For example: brush your teeth on one leg and switch, brush your hair on one leg and switch,and so on. Another simple exercise is: standing in front of a mirror raising one foot off the ground (either with your leg straight or bent) keeping your back straight and your hips stable. It is very important to understand that balance is the correlation between your brain, your core and your feet. Always begin by paying attention to your feet. If your foot begins to wabble as you are standing on one foot, try to control your foot. Plant your foot on the floor from your toes to your heel, and keep your whole foot grounded. Just by doing this you will keep your balance better. Then pay attention to your core. Keep your stomach in at all times, this will help you keep your back and your hips stable. And last but not least, is to concentrate in keeping everything stable. Focusing on your balance keeps your brain alert and aware. I invite you to begin today to do simple and safe tasks on one foot everyday so you can experience how your balance improves in less time that you can imagine.

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