Youthful Hearts in Northbay BIZ Magazine

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April 1, 2016


I am delighted to have an article about my Youthful Hearts Fitness Program in this month's issue of Northbay Biz Magazine. Thanks Bonnie Durrance for a lovely interview and write-up. :-) They have just posted the online version...

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Neuroplastic Brain at Every Age

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May 27, 2015


What do you think would happen if you tried to ride a bicycle that had been designed to go right when you steer left, and go left when you steer right?  This awesome video demonstrates so effectively why I am passionate about including brain health exercises in my 50+ fitness programs. We humans can get very set in our ways and be on autopilot as we get older.

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Youthful Hearts Line Dancing Video

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June 12, 2014


Here's a video snippet of one of my  line dance classes held at the Margaret Todd Center on June 12, 2014. The dance we're doing in this video is a beginner level dance called Sunshine Express. Line Dancing is still one of my favorite ways to exercise. It works the mind and body and is uplifting for the heart and spirit.

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Dance Around the World

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August 24, 2013


I LOVE to dance. How about you? Dance is one of my favorite art forms, and it's my #1 preferred way to exercise. Just put on some great music and start moving. Anyone can do it-- no choreographed steps required! Dance is a universal language and one of the best ways we can express ourselves. It's a great stress reliever and burns calories while we're having fun. Ever wonder what people around the world look like when they dance? Well Matt Harding did, and he traveled to the far corners of the globe to find out and dance with many different people. This awesome video follows his moves.  

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What is the Ancient Art of Qigong? (Pronounced Chi-Gung)

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July 1, 2013 |

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Support active aging, inner peace and vibrant longevity through the practice of Qigong, a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China. Qi means energy and Gong means skill. Qigong (also spelled Chi-Kung) is the art and science of using rhythmic breathing techniques, gentle, slow repetition of movement and and a calm mindful state to circulate life energy, or Qi, throughout the body's energy pathways called meridians. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is thought that if the flow of qi is blocked or unbalanced at any point on a pathway, we may become ill. When the qi flows freely in a balanced fashion, health is restored, and disease prevented. 

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Video: Fitness After Fifty #12, Low Impact Aerobics

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November 13, 2012 |

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This low impact aerobics practice segment is a fun way to warm up (and wake-up!) the mind and body. It's great to do before more vigorous exercise or if you've been sitting for awhile and your body needs to MOVE! Even short periods of exercise can boost the metabolism and support heart and brain health.  If you have limited mobility then you can modify and follow along while sitting in an armless chair. (This episode is a bit longer than the usual 5 minutes because it includes an encore "performance" for those who want to go through the routine a 2nd time.)

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When Exercise Is Fun, We WANT To Do It! Here’s Proof.

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March 30, 2012 |

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This post includes a video of a set of stairs, adjacent to a moving escalator next to it .... both of which lead to the same spot on the floor of the upper level. At first no one took the stairs, almost 97% of the people took the escalator. Okay. I think that could be a normal expected result.

Then a group of engineers got together, and decided they wanted to change the percentage around.

Watch this cool video to notice what these scientists did. Clever. And now they have reversed the percentages, as a whopping 66% more people take the stairs, than ride the escalator.  This study of exercise psychology is amazing!

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Fitness After 50 Video, Episode #10: Leg and Core Strength

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February 3, 2012 |

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Seniors & Boomers: These moderate leg and core strength training exercises are safe and easy to learn.  They will help you with your balance and with chores that require lifting. Even 5 minutes of fitness done now and then can make a noticeable difference in how you feel. You can enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle, no matter what your age! Remember, that even with certain limitations, it is possible to exercise for better health. Two out of three of the boomer and senior strength training exercises in this video are demonstrated in a chair. Whether you're standing or sitting, have fun and work at a level that is right for you!

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Strength Training: The Older We Get the More Important it is To Do!

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November 1, 2011 |

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As we grow older, we expect certain changes to occur. We may notice that we have less energy, gain weight, and are not as strong as we used to be. Aging may contribute to these symptoms however inactivity is the major cause--and that's something that we can address. Strength training is the most crucial step we can take to slow down our aging.  If we don't engage in a strength training program on a regular basis then we'll lose 40-50% of our muscle mass and 50% of our muscle strength by age 65 and, sadly, even more by age 80. When this happens, we can become so debilitated that we'll depend on others to help us with simple daily activities.

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Energy Medicine: Five Minutes after 50, Fitness Video #8

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August 21, 2011 |

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Seniors and boomers after fifty, help yourself feel better instantly while reclaiming your natural healing capabilities. These gentle, holistic energy medicine exercises decrease anxiety and enhance your sense of well being. Practice this easy routine to develop positive habits in your body's amazing energy systems. Great way to start the day!

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Getting Up From the Floor

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July 13, 2011 |

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Older bodies are prone to loss of strength and muscle (sarcopenia). Fast-twitch muscle fibers are especially prone to atrophy which is why many older adults lose their ability to push the body up to a standing position. Also, proprioception, the ability to balance while standing and moving, declines.  But, it doesn't have to be this way!

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Five Minutes of Fitness After Fifty, Episode #7, Chair Stretch 2

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June 9, 2011 |

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When I created my Five Minutes of Fitness After 50, episode #6, I ended up with almost 10 minutes of chair stretching. So I divided it into two workouts. Consider this part two. This is ideal for when you need a soothing break from work or you'd like a natural energy boost

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Senior Line Dance Demo

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May 14, 2011 |

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Today I gave a demo line dance class at the "Let's Move, Novato! event that was put on by the Novato Parks, Recreation and Community Services. It was a fun day of activities and interactive informational booths related to health and exercise. I was happy to be a part of it. This health fair was inspired by the President's Challenge: America's move to raise a healthier generation of kids. This post includes a video clip of our demo class which gives a good taste of what my Youthful Hearts line dance classes are like.

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Five Minutes of Fitness After Fifty, Episode #4

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April 11, 2011 |

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Ready for some energizing exercise? Let's get moving! Baby boomers and seniors, follow along with me to help improve your leg strength, flexibility and balance. This functional body weight exercise also helps to build stronger bones. Get your blood flowing and your mind turned on!

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Five Minutes of Fitness After Fifty, Episode #5

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April 9, 2011 |

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If you need a good workout for your legs, but have trouble standing for too long, then join me for this modified seated workout.  

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Five Minutes of Fitness After Fifty, Video Episode #2

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February 8, 2011 |

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Falling is a major cause of injury to seniors. When we were younger, our brain, muscles, nerves, ears and eyes worked really well together to keep us upright and steady on our feet. However, as we age our equilibrium and balance decline, mostly due to reduced physical activity. We need to consciously work our balance skills to keep them functioning well for us. The good news is that with ongoing practice, you can dramatically improve your balance. So let's get moving! Follow along with me in this 5 minute video for a fantastic balance workout, made especially for baby boomers and seniors

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Balance Training While Sitting, Workout #3

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February 5, 2011 |

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I made this 5-minute, seated balance training video for my Youthful Hearts subscribers who are not able to stand for prolonged periods of time. Balance is like any other skill....if you practice it little by little, you'll notice improvement over time. Here are three basic balance exercises for you to practice at home. (Not a subscriber? Sign up in blue form on top right of this page. It's free.)

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Five Minutes of Fitness After Fifty Video #1

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December 9, 2010 |

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This is a fun 5-minute health boost, especially useful if you've been sitting for a long period of time. Follow along with me to help improve your brain fitness with this coordination exercise. It's ideal for baby boomers and seniors who want a little zap of energy added to their day! It may be done standing or sitting, depending on your balance. Get your blood flowing and your mind turned on!

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Stretch Yourself To Better Health

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October 1, 2010 |

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Daily stretching can be a natural health tonic. Even 5 -10 minutes can have a dramatic effect on our flexibility and help create more ease in movement. Anyone can stretch! You don't need special clothes or equipment to stretch your body, just a small area of space and a desire for less stress and better health.

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