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Hot Hot Hot

By Susan Howard

Temperatures have risen to 116 degrees here in LA, even the desert succulents are drooping in our front yard.  It’s challenging for me, the fitness guru, to want to get in the gym and work up a sweat seeing as all I have to do is dip my head outside and I am dripping.  What to do when all you want to do is squeezing into a ball in your refrigerator or watch a double feature in the blasting AC?

Here are a few ideas to stay on track when it’s boiling out.

First off, if you have a POOL or access to a public one by all means get in that thing!!!  You could buy some of those webbed gloves to get some extra strength training in, but honestly swimming laps is great too.

Next you could find an iceskating ring and join in on one of their public sessions.  If you’ve been reading my blogs you’ll know I have ..read more

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Dark Daze

By Susan Howard

It’s a rough time right now, and all of us are being taken down by the political animosity in one way of another. Let’s face it, it’s stressful! We can pretend not to pay attention, but it’s impossible not to notice the frenzy around us. Even Tibetan monks are struggling on mountain tops, Namaste.

The only way around the craziness is through. Get sweaty, take action, walk in nature, write letters, wave flags, take a knee. You do you. Don’t let the dark cloud leave you lethargic and lame. Don’t let this time be an excuse to get lazy or be overwhelmed with anxiety. It’s time to stand up and be on the go.

I don’t mean this metaphorically, I actually want you to get to the gym, jump on your bike or go swim laps. Positive energy in your body creates positive thoughts in your head which in turn leads to calm focused decisions.

We all want change, but what ..read more

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Nobody Walks In Los Angeles

By Susan Howard

Every time we head to New York or San Francisco my wife and I walk our asses off.  Grabbing coffees in the AM we head straight for the streets and walk until dinner.  We shop, buy new jeans, coats and running shoes.  We peak in little art galleries and grab a specialty scone along the way.  In the afternoon we likely  do cocktails and a cheese plate or something small.  By dinner we are starving and carrying multiple shopping bags.

The next day we repeat the whole thing again.  We share a vigor for checking out a city and seeing it beyond the touristy spots and the best way to do that we have found is by foot.

This is not true for Los Angeles as it is too vast a place to walk.  You simply must drive.  We drive so much in LA my clients complain about tight hip flexors and right achilles tendons from sitting ..read more

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Find out if using a scale is the right move for you.

The Scale: To Use or Not to Use?

By Susan Howard

Riddle:  What tells you things you don’t want to hear without speaking a word?

Answer: The scale.

Okay, I just made that one up.

Some of my clients that have had a large weight loss and in the wake of this massive success have taken to weighing themselves on a daily or at least weekly basis.  For this category of person, I say good on ya.  It keeps you honest and keeps the pounds from secretly creeping back on.  You are fighting the 50 plus pounds you lost last year.

For the rest of us, let’s decide what is the best fit.

Answer these questions:

How do you feel after getting off the scale?:

Freaked out?

Hopeless?

Inspired?

Depressed?

Motivated?

For some of you the scale can mean many things.  It could be used as a reward or a punishment.  If it sends you into a fit of over or under eating then it’s not for you.  If, on the other hand, it keeps you in check and focused on your ..read more

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Find out which fats are okay for your diet.

FAT is FAT is FAT

By Susan Howard

Okay guys so what’s the story with fat?  Well, you should have some in your diet. Are all fats equal? Yes and no. Some fats are better for you than others.

Recommended fats are those from olive oil, avocado, fish and nuts.

So, the question is, what about all the other fats?  Can we have butter, or coconut oil, or trans fats?

The word on trans fats is still a no-go.  Most packaged foods have removed trans fats so you don’t have to worry as much about that, but be mindful of fried foods like french fries or doughnuts as they may have trans fats in them.  Continuing on with butter and coconut oil… Both have come back into favor over the last decade.  Yes, these fats are okay to consume, but don’t go crazy.  It’s still recommended that about 10 to 20 percent of your diet comes from fat.  So, good or bad, it’s still fat.

Which brings me to my ..read more

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Some healthy foods might not be good for everyone. Learn to eat what's good for your body.

What’s Good For Ya

By Susan Howard

Recently I was talking to a new client and she said, “I know salad is good for me, but every time I eat it, I get a huge stomach ache.”

“Well, it seems, salad isn’t good for you.”

Nothing is right for everyone.  Yes, fruits and veggies are generally good for fiber and nutrients, but if you have major stomach cramps after eating something you have to think about whether it’s a match for your system or not.

“Try warm vegetables instead of raw salad,” I suggested.

Healthy fats, lean proteins, vegan, carb free diets are all fine for some of you.  If you find yourself bloated or tired after a meal you need to question that.

Some of the mean intruders are the acid levels of citrus foods, coffee, and raw vegetables.

Other people have issues with diary or gluten.  Be mindful, take care of yourself.

You are you, honor that.  You deserve to feel good in your body.

Stay Ready.

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Fight laziness by moving more!

Lazy Daze

By Susan Howard

In Indian sanskrit, there are certain steps to Nirvana.  Practicing the asanas, meditating, becoming selfless, overcoming the ego, and so it goes.  There is also a list of things that prevent you from reaching Nirvana.  One of those is, yes, you guessed it, laziness.

Before I get into this, it doesn’t mean you should push yourself around full steam ahead leaving this moment in the dust.  No, some of you reading this likely need to slow down and be a bit more chill.  But then there are the others of you that are, for lack of a better word, lazy.  You don’t want to be.  You are fuzzy in your mind, tired and perhaps a bit depressed.  Lazy is never just lazy, it signifies a hopelessness and a dimness that can’t be moved past.

How, I ask, can you reach your potential?

Well, you must move.  No surprise there.  Action begets more action.  Be in motion. Now I am here, now ..read more

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Working out can produce results a lot more quickly than you think. Here's how.

Get a Massage

By Susan Howard

I recently started with a new client that had been fairly sedentary, with the exception of a few random hikes.  We were a mere 5 sessions in when she went to the massage therapist that she had been seeing for years.

“You exercise now?” asked the large Russian women.

“Yes…how did you know?” my client replied.

“From no exercise to exercise the body, totally different.”

Personally, I was surprised that such a change could occur after a super short time, but there it was.  An expert on bodies and musculature, unprompted, could tell the difference.

So hell, it’s not that hard to redefine your self (pun intended) and it happens fast.  When we are on the journey, it’s impossible to tell where we land because we see ourselves everyday.

“Yep, still me.”

Like when Auntie Steph comes to visit my little kids and is shocked they look so much bigger than they were last time, but they look the same to me.

That’s where the leap ..read more

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Abstain from sugar this holiday season.

Sugar, You Devil

 

By Susan Howard

If you are a parent (or a person in the U.S.), come Oct 31st, we begin a Sugar-fest that starts with Trick or Treating and continues on through April with the Easter Bunny.  That’s 5 months of the year that one is tempted with chocolate-covered whatevers and frosted bunny heads.

STOP the insanity.

Don’t get on the holiday dessert train.  Once you get on, you can’t get off.  It’s addictive.  Make no bones.

Sugar is addictive like nicotine or caffeine and, if you are like me, it’s tough to just have a little.  Sugar turns to fat on your tummy.

This is the first year I am going to try abstinence from sugar and I implore you to jump in with me.

I am skipping out on all the sweets.  This does not include a cocktail or two, just the sweets.

Who is with me???

Comment below.

Stay Ready.

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The Light

By Susan Howard

Let’s face it, it’s tough to be alive.  There is a lot of shit to deal with and at times it feels as though it just keeps coming.  Some deal with these stresses by over eating, drug use (prescription and illegal), drinking, or zoning out in front of a cable TV.

In the storm, through the wins and failures, we must find the light.  The light is not a momentary flash of good feeling, it is true bright light that shines from within out.  The real light takes thought and intention, dedication to making a life change.  It is grown out of a self confidence that you are worth it, you deserve an incredible life.  You can inspire others and make the world a better more peaceful place.

I have a rule, I don’t listen to NPR news in my car before 8 am, only classical music.  I don’t want my day to start out with the worries of the ..read more

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