Physical Fitness: Working Around Pitfalls

How Do You Rate? When it comes to physical fitness, it’s very much a use it or lose it situation.  A lot of us are losing it. CDC Infographic:  Physically Inactive Adults Take a look at this map from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, plotting Physically Inactive Adults for the year 2008. This […]

Fitness Friday: Choosing the Right FitBall

Those of you who have been to Green Mountain at Fox Run know that a big program focus for us is to help you take what you’ve learned home for continued progress towards healthy weight management. From our “Dazzling Dressings” cooking class to our Aerobic Circuit Blast cardio class, we aim to provide strategies and solutions for […]

Q&A and Giveaway with The Great Fitness Experiment

Charlotte Hilton On Fitness and Life 7 Years After Starting “The Great Fitness Experiment” Blog Today’s Q&A is with Charlotte Hilton of the blog, “The Great Fitness Experiment,” an honest and often hilarious blog that she founded to talk about fitness but has morphed into so much more. — FREE BOOK GIVAWAY — We’ll also […]

Fitness Friday: Foam Rollers for Beginners

Foam Rollers Massage, Loosen Tight Muscles You don’t have to be a marathon runner or even a frequent exerciser to have tight knots and sore quads, hamstrings, calves, IT bands, or even backs. Starting a new exercise routine can do it, and being inactive can actually be a culprit. One of our favorite fitness bloggers, […]

Fitness Friday Video: Chair Yoga Demonstration

So, you want to try yoga? But, something is holding you back. Maybe you’re concerned everyone else might be more advanced. Or you just don’t think you’ll be able to do the poses. Or your instructor won’t accommodate any limitations you might have. Have you considered starting with chair yoga? According to Arthritis Today, a […]

How to Keep Your Exercise Going

A Q&A with Green Mountain’s Program Director Erin Risius, MA, joined Green Mountain at Fox Run at the end of 2013 as program director. She brings a dual background in fitness and counseling and discusses how Green Mountain’s fitness program helps women make liveable, doable lifestyle changes.  How does Green Mountain help women make fitness […]

Winter Fitness & Fun for Healthy Weights

A Texas girl finds winter fun in Vermont Up here in Vermont, you might say that we have no choice but to look with fondness at winter sports. Winter lasts a while here, and if you’re going to be stuck inside the whole time, it becomes interminable. But as a girl from Texas, I could […]

Why an Exercise Ball Belongs on Your Holiday Wish List

An Exercise Ball – My Best Discovery Ever? Not quite, but almost. Other than my first iPod, which I got back in 2005 or so, I’m pretty sure the exercise ball is my 2nd best discovery ever. I had never used an exercise ball before coming to Green Mountain. I saw people in my office […]

Can You Be Fat and Healthy?

According to the latest headlines, you can’t be fat and healthy. I imagine you’ve seen/heard those headlines in recent days. They’re about a study that was just published looking at the question of whether a person can be healthy at higher weights. “Fat and healthy is a myth” (LA Times) “New research disputes fat but […]

Amber Riley: Dancing Queen and Trail Blazer

Waltzing Her Way to A Win I don’t watch “Dancing with the Stars.” But clearly many, many Americans do because the finale of Season 17 was blowing up my Facebook newsfeed the other night when Amber Riley, the “Glee” actress, and her partner Derek Hough, samba-ed, quickstepped and waltzed their way to victory. Amber said […]

7 Keys to Success When Choosing a Trainer or Fitness Facility

Today’s guest blogger is Rochelle Rice, a New York City-based professional dedicated to empowering women of size by connecting the body, the mind, and the heart through focus, movement, and breath. She offers 7 tips on choosing a trainer or fitness facility that supports your needs and offers a size-friendly environment, which can be important […]

The Biggest Loser: The Case of the Caffeine Pills

If it wasn’t clear already, after this week it should be. “The Biggest Loser” is not about health. It’s not about fitness. It’s not about long-lasting, long-term strategies for weight management. It’s about losing weight at all costs. I don’t watch the show, but paid some attention to it this week because of First Lady […]

Fitness Friday: When Your Fitness Motivation Takes a Hike

How do we reclaim our fitness motivation when it disappears or goes for a long hike? I’m writing today’s blog post as much for myself as anyone else. I had a few injuries this year that caused me to temporarily give up some of my favorite ways to exercise – most notably Zumba and hiking. […]

Fitness Friday: Your Fall Workout Playlist

It’s been a few months since our last workout playlist, which means there is lots of new music out there (and old) that is great for working out. I asked some of our staff members what their favorite workout songs of the moment are, so their recommendations are intermingled with mine*: Avicii, Wake Me Up […]

A Note of Encouragement to lululemon

There’s a story making its way around the Internet this week about a former lululemon employee who disclosed that shunning plus-size shoppers is part of the company’s business strategy (plus-size apparently is anything over size 12). Sadly, the news is reminiscent of the recent Abercrombie & Fitch fiasco, in which the CEO unapologetically admitted that […]

Fitness Friday: Hiking Plymouth Vista Then and Now

So, here’s the thing… I live in Illinois. We don’t have mountains. We barely have hills. The only incline you are going to find is on a treadmill or the steps to the 94th floor of the John Hancock building. I first visited Green Mountain at Fox Run the summer of 2011. I was out […]

Don’t Want to Exercise? Is Pink Luggage the Answer?

Summer break for me started three weeks ago. Every morning I would get up at 8:30, eat breakfast and attend a 9:15 exercise class. My friend, also on break, marveled at my ability to get up at a decent hour and be out the door by 9:00. She said, “How do you do it? Do […]

Walking Meetings: A New Kind of Conference Room

Who doesn’t love to kill two birds with one stone? The best bird-killing idea I’ve heard all week came from a TED Talk (see video below) and I knew immediately I needed to share it on the blog. Business innovator Nilofer Merchant discusses on the TED stage the benefits of doing walking meetings. Yes, getting […]

Tennis Life Lessons

I’m a bit of a tennis fanatic (isn’t that like being a little bit pregnant?). Not a surprising declaration for those who know me. I started watching tennis, quite by accident, when I was around 12 years old. On a lazy Sunday afternoon (in lieu of watching “The Big Valley,” or “Love, American Style”), I […]

Fitness Friday: Happy Hiking

It’s that time of year again when hiking in Vermont becomes a regular weekend activity. Nothing makes me happier. Except being uncomfortable or not bringing what I need. Then I am not a happy hiker. You can find a lot of hiking essentials articles and videos on the Internet, including our own hiking video at […]