Fashion Friday: Inspirational Jewelry for Exercise Motivation!

Fitspiration: Wearable Motivation One of my friends tattooed her wrist with the letters M-O-V-E. What a great idea, I thought! Body art as fitness inspiration and exercise motivation! But for those of us less bold or afraid of needles, I think inspirational jewelry can serve as a continuous reminder to take care of ourselves in […]

Fitness Friday: Experiencing My First Nia Class

Today’s post is by Green Mountain fitness intern Melissa on experiencing her first Nia class. During my first week as a fitness intern at Green Mountain, I was fortunate to be able to go through the Green Mountain program with our participants. Looking at the schedule, one of the classes that intrigued me the most […]

Fitness Friday: Embarrassing Fitness Stories

One goal of our program is to help participants see that fitness can be fun by trying all kinds of activities – hooping, swimming, hiking, dance, you name it. But, did you know fitness can also be funny? Today, we’re sharing our most embarrassing and funny fitness stories for your amusement, starting with one of […]

Biggest Loser, Big Turnoff?

Far from being the motivational boost it’s touted to be, The Biggest Loser’s depictions of exercise may make people less likely to get up off the couch.  According to a new study, after watching a seven-minute clip of a show from The Biggest Loser’s ninth season, study participants had more negative attitudes about being active […]

Fitness Friday: I Found My Fitness Soul Mate

We talk a lot in this blog about a fitness soul search – finding an exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise to you. Moving because it feels good. It’s not necessarily an easy journey, but an important one if you want to make fitness a constant in your life. I can finally say that I […]

Weight Stigma Awareness Week: How I Recommitted to My Body

How I Recommitted to My Body This has been a long road inward, to reconnect to the joy of moving my body, and has taken every minute up until now. In my late teens, I started working in the health and fitness industry, teaching aerobics. Like most young women, I was unhappy with my body. […]

Fitness Friday Video: How to Pack a Gym Bag

Frustrated that you just can’t get your exercise mojo working? That you always seem to be full of excuses for not getting a fitness routine down? One exercise obstacle can be not being ready when the mood strikes! To help, Green Mountain at Fox Run has put together a gym bag checklist so you’re always […]

Fitness Friday: Cardio Soul Search

This article was written by Green Mountain senior fitness specialist LynnAnn Covell for Already Pretty, in response to a reader question about finding the right fitness routine when you have time and mobility issues (in this case scoliosis and knee tenderness). It is an exciting and hopeful moment when you find a physical activity that […]

Fitness Friday: My Fitness Inspiration

Following the Olympics, I saw dozens of athletes who inspire me. Missy Franklin – what a phenom! Gabby Douglas – did you see her on the balance beam? Usain Bolt – do I even need to say anything? But my real fitness inspiration, or fit-spiration, is someone just like you and me. In fact, you […]

Fitness Friday: Five Reasons to “Go Take a Hike”

Many women who come to Green Mountain reconnect to exercise and rediscover their joy of movement by just being more active outdoors again. Volleyball games, walking the logging trail, and shorter hikes are among the most popular activities here. I personally love hiking – you can take in the beauty of nature and the health […]

Fitness Friday Video: Upper Body Travel Workout

Are you away from home this weekend and looking for an easy travel workout? Green Mountain at Fox Run fitness intern Shannon shows how you can strength train your upper body on the go this summer. Last week we featured a lower body travel workout for women using a Dyna-Band. All you need for the […]

Fitness Friday Video: Lower Body Travel Workout

No gym? No equipment? No problem! If you plan to travel this summer, Green Mountain at Fox Run has a few lower body workout moves you can do anywhere. Fitness intern Lindsey shows how you can strength train without equipment on the beach, from your hotel room, even in the backyard – all you need is this […]

Fitness Friday: I Love Hiking in Vermont

Hands down, one of the best parts of being a participant at Green Mountain (definitely not a typical weight loss camp) for me was hiking in Vermont and all of the “Vermontings” (usually long walks through forests, picturesque country roads, etc) we did. These excursions helped me discover that I do like to exercise and enjoy being active, […]

Fitness Friday Video: The Only Power Moves You Need

We all know there are major benefits to strength training: to build muscle strength and endurance, develop strong bones, aid healthy weight management, reduce risk of energy, and help manage some chronic conditions. But sometimes life gets in the way and strength training falls down the list of priorities. It happens to us, too. At […]

Fitness Friday Video: Relax with a Neck Roll

What a pain in the neck! It’s the end of the week, and chances are you might be carrying stress in your neck and shoulders. Neck tension is uncomfortable and relaxing with a neck roll can feel like the next best thing to a massage, but it’s important to do it the right way to […]

Too Fat For Yoga? Think Again!

There are more resources than ever about yoga for plus-size women. Green Mountain at Fox Run interviews Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy Yoga, about why it’s great for every shape, size and ability. Namaste! Anna, why did you start practicing yoga? I think some kind of bodily discomfort (pain, injury, inflexibility, etc.) brings many people […]

Start Exercising Outdoors with these Online Resources

Here at Green Mountain, we encourage intrinsic exercise, being active because it is something you want to do, not something you should do. Both of our fitness interns, Shannon and Lindsey, are Georgia natives and are psyched for the warmer weather. Not surprisingly, they find it a lot more enjoyable to exercise outdoors when the […]

Fitness Friday Video: How to Treat Shin Splints

You don’t have to be a serious runner to experience shin splints or other chronic lower-leg injuries, such as plantar fasciitis. Any exercise that requires a heel-to-toe movement, such as hiking or walking (these are popular activities at Green Mountain), can overwork the anterior tibialis and leave you with nagging shin pain. Other common causes […]

Moving without Exercising

This past weekend I spent at least 5 hours in my garden shoveling and raking.  I would have kept going since I love it so much, but at a certain point in the evening you’ve just got to go inside.  I was rewarded with sore muscles all over my ribs, one of those areas were […]

Fitness Friday Video: The Do’s and Don’ts of Treating Plantar Fasciitis

It happened to me during my fourth week as a participant at Green Mountain. The sudden increase in activity through Green Mountain’s fitness classes — including aerobics and hill climbing after being relatively sedentary for years — caused my right foot to surrender to plantar fasciitis. A frustrating and often chronic condition of the heel, […]