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Maria Brilaki, the founder of Fitness Reloaded, writes about living a gratifying life with a vibrant body & an open heart. She has been featured in MindBodyGreen, Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, Women 2.0, and Think Traffic.
She is a Stanford Engineering graduate, an MBA, and a certified personal trainer. Learn more.
Woo hoo! I’m interviewing Kathryn Budig in today’s episode. If you haven’t yet heard about Kathryn, then I must tell you: Kathryn is an internationally known Yoga teacher, author and founder of Aim True Yoga. She is the Women’s Health Magazine yoga expert and a contributor for The Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, Gaiam, The Daily Love and MindBodyGreen. SheRead More
Even though I usually advise avoiding exercises that target your abs specifically, I do think that if there is one abs exercise you should include in your home or gym workout, then it’s the Star Crunch. I hadn’t really discovered this exercise, until I did 6 sets of it a few weeks ago. The result?Read More
Fitness Reloaded episodes are usually kind of fancy…but today is different. This “take a moment for you” episode is super-simple. No fancy DSLR camera, audio recording devices, expensive backdrops, and photographer lights used. Just me taking a moment for myself…with you…using my computer’s webcam. It’s very easy to let life keep us busy. Now isRead More
[Shh...There is a dirty secret below. But I cannot tell right now.] “Inhale through the nose, expand your lungs, exhale as you push your body back in the starting position….Now repeat again. Inhale though the nose…” I could never understand the emphasis on breathing during exercise. Why all those different breathing techniques? Wasn’t it enoughRead More
A few weeks ago I would have responded to this question with a big YES! But then I learned this simple kyphosis check, and to my disappointment, I discovered that I too have a rounded upper back. You see all those hours of daily slouching, sitting in front of my computer, take their toll. InRead More
“Take that worry!” [worry vanishes] [ahhh...you feel relief...and happiness] Boy, does it feel good…to feel good? Why don’t we do it more often? I mean, our natural state is to feel good. When we don’t, it’s because we have negative thoughts distracting us. The queen of negative thoughts? Her name is “worry”. But we canRead More
So you are spending the whole day sitting? You are not alone. Me too. With the way our lives are structured we can hardly escape sitting too much. And reversing those slouching habits is just hard! So what do you do? Are you doomed to bad posture? No! I learned this upper back release techniqueRead More
Can’t lose weight with just diet and exercise? According to Dean Dwyer, author of “Make shift happen”, there is a good reason for that. Weight loss is indeed not just about diet and exercise. Now you might be wondering… But if weight loss is not just about diet and exercise, then WHAT ELSE is itRead More
I always loved the idea of being flexible but it just didn’t seem possible for me. Even though I could so splits when I was still in school, a thigh injury took my flexibility away. I went from flexible to stiff in an instant! For years even the idea of splits caused me pain. EveryRead More
Sometimes, I just have to stop and praise the sweet heavens above that science has evolved and one of the most common exercise myths…is finally busted. This myth holds people back. Even though they want to feel empowered, they want more energy and vitality, they want to live longer, enjoy themselves more, look good…this mythRead More