Conference Blogs

Incorporating Cardio and Resistance Training into One Workout

Is it best to do cardio before resistance training or resistance training before cardio? This question is common from many gym members that I talk to. Overall, the decision is based on the person. I always include, the warm up is more important than the order of cardio and resistance training. A good 5-10 minute warm up will ready the body for what the workout has in store. In regarding to the person, some people dread resistance exercise and enjoy cardio, or vice versa. In this case, I would consider doing resistance training first in the workout before cardio.

Water --- Water --- Water

Water is great for a number of reasons. I will discus 3 of them here with you today.1) Water is the best way to keep you hydrated. Staying hydrated is very important for several different reasons. Staying hydrated keeps you healthy and helps with weight loss. Which leads us to reason 2. 

Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Mind Body Exercise

Arthritis and osteoporosis affect millions of Americans. These diseases continue to rise at alarming rates in America. In fact, researchers have found a direct correlation between affluent cultures and an increase in osteoporosis. This is due, in part, to a lack of weight bearing activities and poor nutritional habits. 

Share your favorite nutrition or fitness tips

Many of you have good ideas regarding fitness, nutrition and other health tips that have worked well for you. Some may have helped you overcome challenges like breaking fitness or weight plateus, increasing energy or helped you stay motivated.  Please take a minute and share some of your favorite tips and ideas with my newsletter readers.They would love to hear from you!  Don't be shy!

Zumba Experience continues

I finished working on the "Pause" Zumba song and have started putting finishing touches on other songs for my Zumba classes.  The transition from Hi/Lo and Step to Zumba is a challenge.  The key is putting moves to the music and no focus on 8 counts or 32 count phrasing.  This reminds me when I was in Middle School taking Mondern Dance.  I worked for weeks on one song (Moon River in case you wondered),  Then when I performed it for my teacher it was seamless.  

Two Thumbs Up for This Curtis Stone – Recipe

Two Thumbs Up for This Curtis Stone – Recipe                                                                          He is on TV, there is a life-sized cut out of him in the Owatonna Hy-Vee floral depa

The Shakespeare Moment

  All day, everyday we make decisions that affect who and what we are.  In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the prince states “To be or not to be, that is the question”.  Most of the personal decisions we make answer that question for the moment in which the decision is made.  When we are in a moment where we must choose a specific action, these moments can be referred to as “Shakespeare Moments”. 

My response to the "High Fructose Corn Syrup" article

If you are a client of mine or someone knowledgeable about nutrition, then you know that the article on high fructose corn syrup in my newsletter is not completely true! It only gives some of the details about the makeup and process of HFCS. Be sure to read the comments from other fitness professionals at the end of the article. High fructose corn syrup is not a GMO (genetically modified organism), but it is made using "genetically modified corn". I found some interesting information that I would like to share with you.

Healthy Kids are Happy Kids

Did you know that nearly 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese?Does reading this disturb you as much as me?My daughter always said: "Mom nobody eat's like we do". Which was always confusion to me because I did not understand what she meant.Here is how we eat and exercise in my house:


I haven't blogged about much lately.   It's just not my style.   I've had a million and one things going on in my life (like most people).  The biggie for me is that our family is moving from Great Bend, KS to the KC area.  Scary and exciting all wrapped up into one, plus too many other emotions to mention.