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The Benefits of Foam Rolling

The Problem – CHRONIC PAIN When I retired from my 26 year career at HP I had dreams of helping everyone get “healthy”.   Easy enough…I started teaching group fitness, doing personal training and advising clients on the healthiest…
Amy Van Liew Personal Trainer

The Number One Thing We MUST Improve as we AGE

OUR BALANCE Let's FACE it, our world is filled with things conspiring to trip us. Uneven walkways, slippery floors, rocks we don't see and that ever dreaded banana peel.  OK has anyone you know ever tripped on a banana peel? Tripping is…
Amy Van Liew Personal Trainer

Motion Is Lotion

“Motion is Lotion” is a direct quote from an orthopedic surgeon.  It’s as simple as that, he said, movement will increase the lubricating fluid (synovial fluid) that transports nutrients to the joint cartilage which is essential to keep…
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David Hoover's Success Story!

I am bursting with pride over my client and Hidden Meadows neighbor, David Hoover.   David has an amazing transformation story that I just have to share with you. David had been in a horrific car accident when he was in his 20's resulting…

Simple Exercises to Strengthen your Core (and avoid Back Pain)

Do the ones you can, 3 times a week.  Keep track and keep progressing! Warm up Low back with Pelvic Tilts Lie on your back with your knees bent.  Press your low back into the floor and tilt your pelvis forward.  Squeeze everything…
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Don't Hurt Your Back Raking Leaves this Fall

Last Fall I pulled by back right before we were about to host our monthly social group party. I was in a rush to get things done, lifting heavy objects, not using good form and then went to sweep my steps and "OWWWW".   I threw the broom down…
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Can Exercise Cause Weight Gain?

You are motivated to lose weight and jump right into an amazing exercise program that leaves you feeling GREAT.  After a few days or weeks you notice that the scale is heading in the wrong direction?  YIKES.  What now?   I see it all time…
Amy Van Liew - Personal Training
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What is YOUR definition of Health?

What is YOUR definition of HEALTH? Merriam-Webster’s definition of health is - “the condition of being well or free from disease” The World Health Organization (WHO) expands this definition to “a state of complete physical, mental…
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Give the Gift of Good Posture!

Give the Gift of Good Posture! Stop right now and notice your posture.  I bet you are slouched over reading this article.   Now look over at your loved one or friend – see the same thing? We are becoming a nation of SLOUCHERS. I see…
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Exercise Offers an Unexpected Bonus

Exercise Offers an Unexpected Bonus If you’ve ever felt that “ahhhh” feeling after an exercise session or a nice walk around the neighborhood, you probably already know—exercise doesn’t just make you look and feel great, it also…