The Eagle Has Landed

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One thing you learn very quickly about summers in Maine — take full advantage of the day when the temperature rises above 70 degrees!  Yesterday was one such day.  Mark and I carved out some time between meetings and phone calls to hit the lake near our home.  After dodging a few ominous clouds and several powerboats, we managed to get in a nice paddle with our SUPs (stand up paddle boards).  Just as we were rounding the last inlet, we caught site of a Bald Eagle circling above our boards.  A few minutes later, it swooped down to the water’s edge and effortlessly scooped up a sizable fish.  It was an extraordinary sight to not only catch a glimpse of this majestic bird but also to see it in action!  That got me thinking about nature and how it maintains its balance even in the midst of chaos.  Nowhere is that more true than in our own bodies and in our health habits.  

#Fitnessfail to #Nikkifitnessfave Trends and Seasonal Fit Fixes!

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Whether they are new trends or seasonal fitness problems, you can turn these #Fitnessfails into #FitnessFaves

Sunglasses: the Over“looked” Workout Equipment!

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National Sunglasses Day is Saturday, June 27!

Rock and movie stars have the right idea after all! You should be wearing your sunglasses more often, and not just after a rough night out or to hide that you didn’t have time for makeup before school drop off… they should be a critical part of your outdoor workout ensemble!

Walk Your Workout: June 19th is National Flip Flop Day!

Flip flops and Anti-Aging Walking Workout DVD

You’ve heard the saying, “Sitting is the new smoking” and that “sitting disease” can make you sick in many ways. Recent fitness studies even show that skipping a scheduled sweat session, and instead, walking and standing for most of your day (yes, without a workout), is better than making time for a tough workout and then sitting at a desk, car or couch the rest of the day.

Anti-​​Aging or Injury Recovery: Walking Workout

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If the thought of workouts make you want to cry, cheer up, because walking might be all the exercise you need to combat obesity, diabetes, perimenopause, menopause, hypothyroidism, and even osteoporosis.

Tame the Flame

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Today is one of those glorious days that every Mainer pines for after a very brutal winter.  Azure blue sky, a light breeze and balmy temps make it easier to forget frigid wind chills and frosty windows.  Of course, you can’t have warm days without a few pesky annoyances like biting bugs, blankets of pollen and an occasional skirmish with other nasty irritants.  While my healthy lifestyle has slain my seasonal allergies, I still seem to battle with poison ivy and oak.  After a weekend of gardening, mowing and brush hauling, a nice itchy rash has developed on my calf.  Maddening to say the least as it has been inching its way up my leg despite my best efforts to keep it at bay.  While I apply the calamine lotion, it reminds me of how our bodies adapt and overcome all sorts of inflammation. 

Spring Fitness Product Review: Work your way from winter to summer with these healthy products that are NikkiFitnessFaves!

Kiss My Face 2n1 Tropical Coconut Light Moisturizing Air Powered Spray

Dress, walk, eat, cook, and moisturize your way from winter to summer with my Spring Products that pass the #NikkiFitnessFaves review! They make you look good, feel good and are all-​​natural to put spring in your step for many years to come!

Grillin’ and Chillin’

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This weekend we Mainers were able to enjoy a glimpse of summer with warm temps leading to lots of outdoor time.  A long awaited change as it was less than a month ago that our last patch of snow melted off the front lawn.  It’s also a time when I get to shut down the kitchen and swap indoor cooking for outdoor grilling.  My husband, Mark, takes command of our meals for the better part of the summer.  From beefy burgers to savory shish kabobs, there’s something about cooking outdoors that just makes everything taste better.  And, no, it’s not because he’s a better cook than I am — at least not that I will ever admit!  While the array of cuisine that can be concocted from al fresco cooking ranges runs the gambit, the core of most grilling centers around meat, pork, poultry or fish.  Maybe for good reason. 

Will Inflammation Knock You Out?

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It’s a well-​​known fact that grandfathers do no wrong.  They can fix anything and know everything, at least in the eyes of their grandchildren.  I was certainly no exception.  My grandpas were as tough as nails and always pushed me to be the best I could be.  “Grandpa T” was a police officer and a former boxer.  He had a speed bag in the basement and I remember watching with wide-​​eyed fascination as he pummeled away on that bag, not missing a single shot.  Apparently, that wasn’t the case for Manny Pacquiao in his bout against Floyd Mayweather.  Rumor has it that inflammation from a shoulder injury may have knocked Manny out before he even entered the ring.  Is inflammation keeping you from your best shot?

5 May Moves for Muscles Before Memorial Day

5 May Moves for Muscles Before Memorial Day

My 5 May Moves for getting the beach body before Memorial Day are here! Follow these steps with 5-​​10lb weights and you manage to sculpt your triceps, biceps, shoulders, chest, upper back, lower back, glutes, inner thighs, calves, quads and abs!

Butter Me Up!

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Growing up in the “Dairy State” of Wisconsin, cows reign supreme and dairy products are mandatory staples: a fact I had forgotten when I left home and began my professional career.  The memories came flooding back, however, when I attended one of my dad’s Rotary meetings.  Here sat 40+ local business, academic and government leaders appropriately dressed in suits and ties.  It seemed like a typical business luncheon until the waitstaff brought out beverage trays loaded with tall glasses of whole milk and bowls stacked with creamy pads of butter.  Each leader studiously drank his or her glass and generously slathered butter onto warm rolls without a bit of concern over the inevitable milk mustaches and extra calories.  That experience got me thinking about how we often give up things in our lives that may be pretty good for us after all.  

Warriors Healing and Wellness Event

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April is National Stress Awareness Month and May is National Military Appreciation Month as well as National Meditation Month; making it the perfect time for some expert tips on ways to manage stress and the powerful benefits of meditation and yoga.

Clean Plate Club

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When I was a child, I was a very finicky eater.  I remember sitting at the kitchen table staring at an uneaten sandwich and a bowl of chicken soup for what seemed like an eternity.  My siblings had long since cleaned their plates and were outside playing while I felt imprisoned by slimy noodles and sandwich meat.  I pleaded with my mother that I was full and showed evidence of my compliance by the empty glass of milk on the table.  Later, she caught onto my little ploy by keeping the milk out of reach until my meal was consumed to her satisfaction.  Even as adults, we all have foods we choose to avoid for one reason or another — even those foods that are really good for our health.  Maybe it’s time to rethink your “no” list.

Eye Got This

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I guess I am a self-​​confessed safety freak.  Whether its mowing the lawn, wielding a hammer, or riding my bike, I always protect my eyes with an assortment of safety glasses, shields, or googles.  Of course, that opens me up to a more than my share of teasing from family and friends as a simple task takes on the preparation of a NASA astronaut heading out on a space-​​walk!  Hey, I’ll take the heat if it means that my windows to the world are fully protected from every seen and unseen threat.  While protecting your eyes from the outside in is wise, have you ever thought about how to protect them in the other direction?

Invest in Rest

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After a very long day of appointments, phone calls, presentations and emails yesterday, I finished my last meeting at 8pm only to be met with a 90 minute drive home.  Now, I’m not complaining since my work is devoted to veterans especially the Travis Mills Foundation.  A long day worth every minute when it positively impacts veteran families.  Even with purpose and passion, full schedules can still take their toll on our health.  If you find yourself overworked and overloaded, your best Rx may be a prescription for rest.

RockMyRun: Free App to Rock Your Workout World!

Rock My Run app

This March, you can run to the beat of your own drummer. Literally.

RockMyRun is a fantastic new app that not only blends music to a set workout-​​paced BPM (beats per minute), it also gives you the option of sensing your own beat – how fast your feet like to run, jump or do cardio in general – and pacing the music to your very own speed! (See below for a free offer!)

It’s All In Your Head

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Did you ever have one of those aggravating days when things seemed to conspire against you?  I had that day yesterday when everything from email to both printers to my phone stopped functioning simultaneously. It was as if they had formed some sort of electronic coupe against me to halt my productivity in its track.  In that moment of sheer frustration, my mother called.  Amazing, isn’t it, how mothers call at the very moment you need them most?  She talked me down from the ceiling and shared the “good old days” when you went to a printer to run off copies and sat by the phone because the cord was so short.  It made me wonder how we can truly wrap our brains around technology’s role in the future of our health.

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The Top 13 Reasons Why You Need to Start Doing Bodyweight Exercises

I’ll admit it; I am hooked on bodyweight exercises. I have been working out for 2 decades, rotating through dozens of different workout fads, but one aspect to my workout programs that have always been consistent are the use of bodyweight exercises.

This article was authored by Sergeant Michael Volkin, inventor of HIIT the Game now on Kickstarter –the most fun way to get fit!

Unstoppable

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Have you ever gotten yourself into a really good habit?  A habit or a routine that was so good, it made you feel unstoppable — like nothing and no one could get in your way?  Maybe you crushed basic training, aced your college finals, completed a marathon, or landed a huge account at work.  You felt driven, focused, determined and king kong!  Then, for whatever reason, you slipped, lost all of your gains and went back to old, destructive habits.  Isn’t it funny how we quickly we forget our potential?  Maybe it’s time to recalibrate, reload and refresh your efforts to achieve your goals.  An easy place to start is with a simple secret weapon especially if you are ready to stay on track with your weight loss goals!

Listen to Science, HIIT Will Transform Your Body

HIIT the Game

Fitness fads come and go, but this new fad called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) might be here to stay.

HIIT uses a combination of quick intervals of intense exercise and short recovery periods to increase your heart rate, burn fat and work muscles in a short amount of time. In fact, HIIT is becoming the go-​​to training method for many professional fitness instructors. The allure lies in the ability to complete an entire workout in less than 20 minutes and burn fat. In fact, this type of training burns more fat than a regular 45 minute cardio session since it keeps your heart rate up and gives your metabolic rate a boost.