Starting July 2nd, we will be offering a new class at Sunset Hill Community Center. Titled Fitness for 50+, this class will move you! Literally. Our goal is to teach people how to work out smartly. Bring your hand weights, a mat, and water. Wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes. Join us to learn what to do to improve your stamina, strength, bone density, posture, even your mood! Class will start at 8:30 am. Visit our website or contact us for details. And the best part is your tryout class is FREE!
This past year has been busy!
In February 2018, I started contributing to The Parkinson’s Fitness Project.
Here is their mission:
“The Parkinson’s Fitness Project’s mission is developing physical and online training centers to promote ongoing neurologic health in those with Parkinson’s Disease.”
Live classes started in February at their newest location on First Hill in Seattle. Every Monday and Wednesday, we offer a bootcamp style AMP (Amplitude + Mental Agility + Power) class and a ChairFit class. Added to this schedule are one-on-one sessions and taping of classes for TPFP’s Daily Dose™ program. The Daily Dose provides videos on demand so people with Parkinson’s Disease can have access to PD specific exercises from anywhere in the world.
The workouts we film are short and doable. The menu is varied so people can find a class for their level.
I feel that I can finally use what I studied years ago in college. Mix movement to humor to get people motivated. More than working at Swedish Hospital and at Microsoft in the early 90s. More than voiceover work and IT translation. This work is so close to my heart. Every day, it is like writing a love letter to my husband who has Parkinson’s.
Be consistent and resilient. It is ok to carve time to take care of yourself. Remember that in order to give (energy, time) to others you have to keep your own "bucket" full. That attitude is not being selfish. It is simply self-care. It is very important to put your name on your list of things to do. And do it! Early morning workouts are great for this reason. Nothing gets in the way. You prepare for a nice day, knowing you took time for you. You are also calmer and in control all day. If you are not a morning person, find a fitness group that you enjoy. It will make going to class exciting and something you look forward to all day. Adapt for you. Fitness can be fun and still be challenging. See you soon!
At Remix Workouts, we are in planning mode! Spring has arrived and the flowers are coming out. We are working on our new spring/summer programs. They have to be engaging and easy to adhere to. Like always, we should enjoy ourselves and see results. Here is a New York Times article discussing the best exercise for aging muscles. It explains why our classes work. Take note. Happy Spring!!!
We started 2017 with new offerings! I'm very pleased with our new class: MATWORK SERIES (new series will start on 2/3/17). Remix Workouts also started to work with the Brian Grant Foundation, teaching high intensity fitness classes to people in the early stages of Parkinson's disease.
I had the pleasure to meet with the big man himself, Brian Grant, and we had to take a photo!
When we took this photo, I was not sure how we could both appear in the picture!?!
The Holidays are coming. Can we mention the New Year yet? Remix Workouts will be adding classes to its "menu" in January! On Fridays, we will have a MATWORK series: full-body conditioning featuring controlled, no-impact movement and incorporating mind-body connection. See more details on our Series page.
We will also expand our offerings to include specialized classes aimed at people in the early stage of Parkinson's disease. The Power Forward Boot Camp series, developed by the Brian Grant Foundation, will deliver high intensity fitness classes that will also challenge the cognitive agility of the participants. More details coming soon.
We are very excited to be part of big purposeful projects!
This is it! Fall is at our doors and with it comes the smell of back to school, back to routine and back to exercise for many who took a break during the summer. How do you go back to the discipline that working out requires?
Change your mindset!
Think of exercising as ME time and not as a slog. Believe that you can expect the best and make it happen. Each exercise session brings its own rewards: working your brain as you learn new moves, lowering your stress level, preparing yourself for a better night's sleep, gaining muscle mass, strengthening your bones, fighting depression and anxiety, leaving you rejuvenated and feeling accomplished.
This is how I feel after working out. I love it so much that even on vacation I do not stop exercising. I see and feel the benefits of working out and look forward to my sweat sessions. For me working out equals vacation time that leaves me refreshed and full of new ideas. It is an ongoing renewal of my fitness vows!
The nice weather is here. During that time many folks start skipping their workouts to enjoy the weather. There is an inner fight between "Should I exercise" and "oh, I should enjoy this sooooo short summer."
Take the time to listen to the linked podcast, but mostly take the time to implement these ten tricks.
Small changes add up to create big changes. Only you can do this. Can't delegate or postpone.
Enjoy! 10 Tricks to Exercise for Longevity
February (also called “resolution quitting time”) is at our doors! Resist the temptation to give up. It’s time to keep your promise. Keep showing up.
Here is how to keep going with your fitness program. Buy one of our apps. See description here to find the one that best fits your needs. Our apps are cheaper than a coffee.
Every other day, start the app at your dedicated fitness time. Look at the first circuit made of 3 exercises. Change the moves and intervals if you want to. Select warm-up. Click Begin.
Follow the warm-up and ONLY DO THE FIRST CIRCUIT, 3 times. You simply have to follow the instructor. When you have completed the 3 rounds of the first circuit, click your way to the end of the workout using the Skip button. Reach the screen that says GOOD WORK! This will allow you to unlock new moves.
That's it. Do not think up excuses. Just show up. The apps will bring you variety and intensity. When you feel the need for a better “afterburner zen feeling” increase to one circuit and a half, then to two circuits, then to three. Your brain will soon crave the rewards you get from exercise. And February will be over!
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