• crop woman massaging neck with balls by leaning on wall
    Exercises,  Mobility,  Stretching

    A Beginner’s Guide to Foam Rolling

    If you belonged to a gym in the last 10 years, you’ve probably seen foam rollers lying around the stretching area—long, cylindrical tubes, usually in blue, black or white.   Initially, foam rollers struck me as mysterious and slightly frightening objects.  I observed their users rolling uncomfortably about, at times wincing with discomfort.  Giving the tool some side eye, I’d move on with my runners lunge or butterfly stretch. I came to reconsider foam rollers when my husband and I took up running again during the pandemic.  After taking our 347th walk around Brussels, running seemed a nice change of pace (literally).  We signed up for a virtual race called the…

  • woman meditating in the outdoors
    Exercises,  Full Body,  SF30,  Stretching

    SF30 Day 27— Restorative Yoga Rest Day (35 minutes)

    After yesterday’s epic workout, we’re slowing things way down with a restorative yoga routine.  This video is the perfect rest day activity after a week of tough workout challenges, including the Push-Up Challenge, the Squat Challenge, the Burpee Challenge, the Core Challenge, the Animal Walk Challenge, and 1000 Calorie Workout Challenge.  Wow, what a week!  Only three days left of the Simple Fitness 30-Day Challenge. You deserve to take it nice and slow today.  Savor this routine, and we’ll be back at it again tomorrow. Till tomorrow, Kim

  • woman stretching on ground
    Exercises,  Full Body,  SF30,  Stretching

    SF30 Day 13 — Flexibility (30 minutes) or Rest Day

    Today, take a well-deserved rest from your hectic week.  If you really want to do something, here’s a super yummy stretch session that anyone can do.  Today’s video is from MadFit, a YouTube channel created by Maddie Lymburner.  Maddie is a Canadian food and fitness influencer with a 3+ million follower YouTube channel.  Maddie danced competitively for 17 years and came to YouTube fame when she started posting daily food videos after becoming a vegan.  She started MadFit as an add-on to her food channel, and this fitness channel has blown up during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a dancer, she started creating choreographed workouts to specific songs, giving her workouts…

  • Exercises,  Full Body,  SF30,  Stretching

    SF30 Day 4 — Yoga (20 minute flow)

    Now that you’ve worked your abs, arms, and legs , let’s slow it down a bit and enjoy a yoga flow.  As discussed in my interviews with Ally Templeton and Orsi Nagyistok, yoga is a perfect complement to strength training, allowing you to elongate the muscles that strength training causes you to contract and shorten.  Yoga also teaches you to breathe through discomfort — something that comes in handy when you’re maxing out on your reps.   Our instructor for today, Adriene Mishler, is the online guru of yoga.  Adriene hails from Austin, Texas, and has a wildly popular YouTube channel with free yoga and mindfulness videos, as well as a…