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 […]

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 […]

Fitness Friday: Your Weekend Motivation

If fitness has been a challenge for you lately and you just aren’t “feeling it,” what if you readjusted your expectations? Instead of “I have to get a cardio workout in,” what if your goal is to just rake the front yard? Or instead of feeling as though you have to take at least a […]

40 Ways to Add More Movement to Your Life

Today’s blog post was written by Monica Preisig, Green Mountain fitness intern, and is part of our top-40 series to mark Green Mountain’s 40th anniversary. Opportunistic Exercise Whether you are feeling stuck and unmotivated with your fitness routine, or are struggling with being active at all, one of the things we recommend at Green Mountain […]

Fitness Friday: My Summer Workout Playlist

Ah, other than blue skies and warmer weather, one of the other things that makes me look forward to working out is a brand spankin’ new playlist. Good music makes every class more fun, every walk feel shorter, and every set of repetitions feel more doable. Don’t you agree? Earlier this year I posted one […]

Fitness Friday: Your Outdoor Gym

As I was hustling to get out of work yesterday to run an errand, I stepped out into the beautiful  60 degree night and almost ran smack into our fitness specialist, Masha, who was doing “repeater knees” on a step. She had her earbuds in and was working up a sweat, so I decided to […]

Move Like a Kid for Weight Management

Skipping, running, jumping, twirling, dancing… sounds like the typical 6-year-old, doesn’t it? How many of us had weight management problems when we were 6? I’m not trying overgeneralize, but I’m going to do just that: Most of us didn’t have a hard time managing our weight when we were kids. True, true – there are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Creating and Maintaining Sacred Space within Your Life

Today’s guest post is from Self-Love Body Coach, Mara Glatzel, who will be hosting a workshop at Green Mountain from Sept. 9-15 called “Stop Waiting, Stop Hating and Start Living” on creating the life you were meant to lead. Nearly ten years ago, I began facing my emotional eating head-on. I made the necessary changes. […]

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 […]

Guest Post: Learning to Listen to My Body

Today we present a guest post by Green Mountain alum, Julia Newman, on letting go of rules around exercise and learning to listen to her body. At one point, Julia only used exercise as another diet, her activities guided by rules and mired in measurements. Needless to say, it wasn’t enjoyable or sustainable. Today, Julia has […]

How I Stopped Using Exercise as Another Diet

As a follow-up to last week’s FitBriefing about using exercise as just another diet, Green Mountain alum Jill C discusses how she was able to stop using exercise as a means to burn calories and start using it as a way of living better in her body. As a result, she has reaped more benefits […]

When Exercise Is Just Another Diet

Do you remember the last time you woke up determined to go for a walk, head to the gym, or do some sort of physical activity in order to burn calories and lose weight, but didn’t make it out of bed until it was too late to do anything? What’s that you say?  That describes […]

Fitness Friday: Exercise at Your Desk

‘Tis the season of family gatherings, office parties and out-of-town guests. Add those to the requisite baking, shopping and decorating and it’s no wonder it’s difficult to make time for everything. Women at Green Mountain often tell us they have a lot of anxiety around making self care a priority during the holidays. First, we want […]