Fitness Tip Video: Beginner Yoga Modifications

December 13, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! Our all-women’s healthy weight loss spa program would not be complete without a yoga and meditative practice component. At Green Mountain at Fox Run, we work hard to develop a yoga program that can be achieved by every body, regardless of age, shape, size, or flexibility. Yoga is just one element of our integrated mindfulness approach to healthy weight loss through intuitive eating, exercise and behavior modification for women with obesity.

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Fitness Tip Video: Stretching Routine at Weight Loss and Fitness Retreat

December 12, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! Come join Jennifer Ricupero at Green Mountain at Fox Run, a women-only residential weight loss program in Vermont for a taste of stretching exercises at their fitness spa. Jen will take you through the stretches that allow out of shape women begin to exercise without injuries and begin to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Vermont makes it special.

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My Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

December 1, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Here are my tips for a healthier lifestyle…if you adopt just ONE of these tips in your life, I promise it will be worth it! 1. Drink one ounce of water per pound that you weigh every day. Eliminate (or minimize) sugary drinks and soda from your diet; they are just unnecessary calories! 2. Keep track of what you eat! You will be surprised how well this works for making you aware of your diet. Online calorie tracking resources are best, because they provide you with accurate calorie counts and calories burned vs. intake reports. Online calorie tracking resources: – 3. Use supplements, but use them wisely. Only take supplements that you cannot achieve through your normal diet. “Overdosing” on vitamins does not have any additional health benefits. My recommendations for vitamins: -Origins; Hair, Skin and Nails -One-A-Day; Womens Active Metabolism -Flinstones (or any generic brand) Chewable Daily Vitamins (YUM!) 4. Exercise at least 30 minutes every day! Get your heart rate elevated; cardio is key. You will have so much energy after you start exercising regularly. You don’t need to join a gym in order to “work out”- you can run up and down a flight of stairs, jog around the block, or do jumping jacks in your living room and get the same benefits as a treadmill or elliptical machine. Let me know if you have any questions!! I wish you the best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! My Formspring Account:

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5 Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

September 11, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! Follow me on twitter! LETS BE FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK ADD ME ON GOOGLE + Follow Me on TUMBLR!

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Cardio Sucks But Deadlifts Are Cool – Fitness Vlog 1

August 6, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

If you liked this video thumbs it up, if you didn’t then let me know why! One of my first vlogs and I am going to be doing a few fitness ones. Just show you guys some of the things I do in the gym. Todays workout was: Bench Press work then WOD (Workout of the Day): 10 Deadlifts @ 275lbs 25 Push Release Pushups (Stupid) 400m run (subbed a 500m row since it was raining hard) 4 Rounds Good workout, minus all the rowing. I was actually in the mood to run but the rain put a stop to that. ************************************************ Get your OFFICIAL FURIOUS PETE Merchandise! ********************************************************** Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more eats! Supplements and Fitness Tips at: The place I train at ************THIS IS THE ORIGINAL YOUTUBE EATING CHANNEL**********

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Great Grow Your Hair, Diet, Food, Exercise, Love and Luck Resolutions Tips

March 14, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Happy New Year Everyone! In this video I give you eight great new years resolution tips on diet, exercise, stress reduction, healthy foods, hair, and romance. I hope you enjoy this video and make some of these tips your new years change. I think youll be very happy if you do. Please subscribe because I have a lot more to come; something for everyone. Thanks so much for viewing! To purchase a YouTips4U custom-designed T-Shirt please click here: To visit me at my blogspot, please click here:

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The crazy yet healthy things we do in wintertime

December 16, 2010 by  

We are having a real cold spell in Europe this year. But that doesn’t mean we put our health on freeze mode. Sometimes we do seemingly crazy things (at least for others) to keep a healthy lifestyle. For us, it’s just natural.

Run in the cold

It is -8°C outside at 8:30 am this morning. The sky is overcast, promising more snow later in the day. This is on top of the 15 cm we had last night. I just came back from my morning jogging run in the fields behind our house. I know that this may sound crazy to some people. At a school party yesterday, some moms were talking about all those seemingly crazy people walking their dogs in this weather. When I told them about my evening run the day before, they looked at me and said “Now, that is crazy.” (Or is she just bragging?).

Run in darkness

Now, those who know me very well or those who read this blog regularly know that I am an avid runner and I do run even in the wintertime. But running in the dark sounds crazy indeed. Well, I usually don’t like running in the darkness but after working onsite at the client last Tuesday from 8 to 3.30, then spending another 1.5 hours in front of my own computer to take care of other projects, I decided I needed a well-deserved “me” time. So I jogged my way to pick my kids from the after-school care (which is just 5 minutes away on foot) but taking a long detour to get there after 30 minutes. And for those who live down south, it gets dark here at 4 pm in the winter time so that jogging at 5:30 pm is practically night jogging. I did remember to put a green reflector band around my arm though so the motorists could see me.

Run with the baby

Now, back to my jogging run this morning. Here is something even crazier. I saw a lady jogging – pushing a jogger-stroller in front of her. Boy, some people would think she is a lunatic. I think she’s great. I did run pushing a twin jogger in front of me when my kids were little but never in the snow. The funny thing is that I never saw her before and after years of jogging this stretch I know most of the joggers and the dog walkers in the area by sight. Or maybe I’ve seen her before but without the baby. Anyway, whoever you are, hats off to you, jogger mom.

Open the windows wide open

For 10 minutes every morning in the winter time, the windows of the 3 bedrooms of our house are wide open. The bathroom windows are open more often, usually after showers. For many people, this is a crazy practice, not to mention expensive, worse, non-ecofriendly and wasteful in terms of energy. You see, most houses in Switzerland have centralized floor heating so you just can’t turn it off during the airing session. But for health reasons, we do need to air our houses to get some fresh air in and get some toxic air out. Our windows are usually wide open the whole day in summer. Wintertime is another story. 10 minutes is, I believe, the middle ground, where we can air our domicile without wasting too much energy.

Ten reasons why I run

June 7, 2010 by  

I love running. People ask why I do it. I answer “because it’s good for the health.” But staying healthy is a very general reason that rarely motivates people. So I sat down and wrote down what are the specific situations wherein I want to or have to run. Here they are.

I run when…

  1. …I am feeling out of sorts. I did have this feeling this morning, a feeling one sometimes cannot explain. My first instinct was to crawl back into bed as soon as the kids walked out the door. Instead, I forced myself to put on my running shoes and go running. The funny feeling did not completely go away but it didn’t worsen either.
  2. …I am having sleeping problems. Suffering from insomnia? Before you reach for that bottle of sleeping pills, try a short run. The fresh air and the physical exertion can help you get a good night’s rest.
  3. …I need “me time.” As a mom of twin boys, wife to a busy husband and a freelance writer, there is nothing much in between in terms of time for myself. Except when I go running. Out there in the fields and the forests, it’s just me and my running shoes, my pumping heart, and my labored breathing. And for a short time, I can forget my family and responsibilities and concentrate on ME!
  4. ……I am feeling stressed. Everybody knows it. Physical exercise helps burn off all those stress hormones!
  5. …I want to burn calories. There were a couple of parties last weekend and I did eat a lot and imbibed some alcohol. That was definitely a calorie-rich weekend. I really needed that jog today and everyday for the rest of the week.
  6. ……I am experiencing a “mental block.” There is nothing like a jogging run to unblock the mind and blow away the cobwebs in the brain. I go running when I run out of fresh ideas. Once I’m out there, the spring starts to flow again and I come back inspired and creative.
  7. ……I am feeling sad or depressed. The Canadian singer Alanis Morisette found the best way to fight depression is not by taking any drugs or drinking alcohol but by putting on her sports shoes and going for a run. I do that too when I am feeling down and out. Out there, with my heart pumping and my legs moving, I feel glad and thankful that I am alive and can move. There are others out there who can’t.
  8. ……I am feeling lazy. You just don’t feel like getting up and going to work in the morning? Everybody feels like that from time to time. There’s nothing like a run to rev you up for the day.
  9. …I have the sniffles. As long as it’s just a simple cold and nothing worse, a run out there in the open can do wonders in clearing up the nose. I remember when my kids were still little babies. Our pediatrician, just like many doctors in Europe, never prescribed any cold medicine for their sniffles. His advice is always to dress them up warmly and give them some fresh air.
  10. ……I am feeling great or have something to celebrate. I do not run only to get rid of negative feelings. Sometimes there’s one of those days when I feel I am the greatest. There is nothing like a good run to calm down the excitement without diminishing that great feeling. A birthday, a new project, a happy client, a triumph or milestone to be celebrated. I top it up with a wonderful run with my best speed ever. Run and shout to the world how happy you are!

So what are the reasons why you go running? Share them with us!

Walk, Jog, or Run : Get Movin’ for a Cause in 2010

January 16, 2010 by  
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It is still cold, I know, but we had a bit of sun today. And in a couple of weeks, it might be warm enough to start jogging again. Mind you, I don’t let Jack Frost stop me from going running. Unfortunately, workload does. But as I said, fingers crossed (and groundhog willing), it will get warmer pretty soon and then it’s time for everyone to take the sneakers/trainers out for some airing. It’s time to start training for that long walk or that run again. And as usual, I bring you a list of charity walks and runs coming up.

Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure is the signature charity run for breast cancer. Organized by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, there are runs in different cities all over the world. I was able to take part in the Race for the Cure in Frankfurt twice way back when I was still living in Germany.  Their biggest event ever is the 3-Day for the Cure lasting for 3 days and covering 60 miles. There is also a Marathon for the Cure for the very fit among us. Check out for events in your area at

Race for Life 2010

In the UK, it’s the Race for Life for the benefit of Cancer Research UK. It is a distance of 5 km and it’s for you to choose: walk, jog, or run. And don’t forget to have fun.

March of Dimes Walk America

Now this is one of my favourite events, being a mother of preemies. March of Dimes Walk America is a charity event to benefit research on premature birth. It is organized in different cities all over the US and the distances can vary so even though it’s called a walk, you can jog or run, whichever you prefer. You can even set up your own team. Check out the scheduled walk in your city at

Challenge Walk MS

This is a rather long walk scheduled in September in Southern California. It lasts for 3 days and covers 50 miles from Carlsbad to San Diego. It is a personal journey of spirit and stamina, and makes an important difference in the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis. United for one cause, we will take over 100,000 steps in one of the most rewarding journeys of our lives, filled with friendship, unforgettable moments and most of all, hope. You can make it possible.  But you can participate in shorter walks from 5 km to 15 km in other parts of the US.

The MS Challenge Walk aims to raising $1.2 million for the benefit of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society towards a world free of multiple sclerosis.

American Heart Walk

The American Heart Walk is the trademark fund-raising event for the American Heart Association (AHA). It is not only a fund raising event, it also aims to promote physical activity and heart health. Check out your local heart walk even at the AHA site.

Now, big events by big charity orgs are great but small events have their advantage of being, well, smaller, more intimate, and maybe more fun. Small charity groups which cannot organize an event by themselves may participate as a small team in big racing events.

NYC 1/2 Marathon for the Fresh Air Fund

Now, here is a charity wherein New Yorkers can help fellow New Yorkers. The Fresh Air Fund invites runner to join their fund-raising team and run at the New York Half Marathon this March 21. Run, and help raise funds so that New York City children can have a great summer holiday, breathe fresh air, and commune with nature at the Fresh Air Fund summer camps.

Other site where you can look up charity walks and runs:

Walk, Run or Cycle Charity Events: Get Movin’ for a Cause

Remember, running for a cause, big and small, keeps you fit, and makes a difference in people’s lives.

Walk, Run or Cycle Charity Events: Get Movin’ for a Cause

July 21, 2009 by  

marathonAs you know, I’m an avid walker and runner and it gives me so much pleasure to do my hobby in connection with a cause, be it for charity, health, or environment and social issues I believe in. And I am sure many of you out there would also enjoy being on the move, not only for you’re the sake of your health and for others as well.

One runner I once interviewed said:

Running is a vehicle towards achieving goals that are larger than life. Who would’ve thought such a basic motion can take you so far? “

Which is why I have compiled a list of worthy upcoming walking or running events you might want to participate in. Check them out!

For short distance running events in the US, check out Charity Mile

For a list of running events for charity in the UK, check out Runners Web

Now is the perfect time to start and train. It doesn’t have to be that far or too long. Just do what you can

You don’t have to be fast. You don’t have to be perfectly fit and trim. All you need is the spirit to move and give and have fun.

And it works out best if you don’t do it alone! Ask your friends to join you. To join us. The more, the merrier.

Running for a cause, running for the cure

June 8, 2009 by  
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race-for-the-cureIt’s running season again. Nowadays, I go for family-oriented runs. I have to because I run with my two six-year old boys. Yet, there was a time when I used to run for charity. For a cause.

I used to regularly participate in the Susan Komen Run for the Cure held annually in Frankfurt, Germany. I remember the first time I participated in 2001. The guest of honor was no other than the Kenyan marathon runner Tegla Loroupe. Somewhere along the way, I had to take a break from running due to pregnancy and motherhood but had the chance to run again in 2005. This time the German long jumper Olympic winner Heike Drechsler was the guest of honor. I still have the T-shirt from that event.

Unfortunately, we had to leave Frankfurt and move to Switzerland the following year. And here in Zurich where I now live with my family, there are no cancer-oriented runs. Or maybe there is actually, but I haven’t been looking hard enough.

Anyway, I was sure envious when fellow runner Kate (“SwissKate”) flew back to London a few weeks ago to “Walk the Walk” – the London Moon Walk on May 15.

 Walk the Walk came into being 12 years ago when just 13 women Power Walked the New York City Marathon in their bras to raise money  and awareness for breast cancer. What started out as a one-off fundraising event, has blossomed into a thriving multi-million pound charity, raising to date in excess of £48 million for vital breast cancer causes.

Despite its US origins, Walk the Walk is very popular in the UK. There are basically 2 types of walks, the nightime walk (MoonWalks) and the daytime walk (SunWalk). Here are some of the upcoming walks:

The walkers are also participating in major runner events in Germany and the US:

It’s not that I am a fast runner – I’m not. I simply like running or walking. And running or walking for a cause makes it even better.

So if ever you have the chance to run or walk for a cause, do it. It doesn’t have to be for cancer. It could be a run for the benefit of AIDS or the environment, or any cause that you believe in.

Someday, when my kids are bigger, I’ll do such runs again. Promise.

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