Fitness Friday Video: Hula Hooping 101

We’ve seen a resurgence of hula hooping since it caught on in the 1950s. Today, it’s generally known as just “hooping” or “hoopdance,” and it’s a great way to socialize while reaping the benefits of exercise. I interviewed Green Mountain fitness intern Melissa about her hooping skills. You’ll see a bit of them in the […]

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 […]

Fitness Friday: How’s Your Posture?

I had my first appointment ever with a chiropractor yesterday. The jury is still out on whether or not she will help my back feel better, but it got me thinking about how my posture could be contributing to my back woes. Lo and behold, we wrote a blog post about this very topic a […]

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 […]

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 Book Review: The Fat Chick Works Out!

A book review by Green Mountain alum, Jill C. “The Fat Chick Works Out” Author Jeanette DePatie is a Health at Every Size (HAES) advocate and exercise instructor who wants you to rediscover movement and the powerful benefits it can bring to you at your current size. Those immediate benefits can include a lower risk […]

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: Getting More from Your Core

Many women have the misconception that working the core = abdominal exercises. While abs are a major component of the core, so are the back and the muscles around the pelvis. And the stronger all of them are, the better your balance, stability and posture will be. As a result, activities become easier, from mundane […]

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 […]

Fitness Friday Video: Should I Use Ice or Heat?

The fitness team at Green Mountain hears this question a lot: How do I know when to ice or heat an injury? Whether you’re treating shin splints, trying to alleviate plantar fasciitis pain, or nursing other common injuries that affect your exercise routine, using ice and heat properly can make a big difference in getting […]

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, […]

Fitness Friday Video: The Right Way to Breathe During Exercise

Does this happen to you, too? During strength training classes, when the instructor tells the class to inhale, I find myself exhaling and vice versa. I knew that there had to be a trick to remembering how to breathe properly during exercise, so I asked Green Mountain at Fox Run senior fitness specialist LynnAnn Covell […]

Fitness Friday Video: Am I Drinking Enough Water?

What do all of these symptoms below have in common? Memory issues Bad breath Muscle weakness Fatigue Low back pain Headache The answer is they can all be caused by not drinking enough water. Proper hydration, especially if you’re starting a new exercise program, cannot be emphasized enough. Drinking fluids helps optimize your workouts, which […]