Meet Hidden Meadows Personal Trainer Amy Van Liew

Meet Hidden Meadows Personal Trainer Amy VanLiew By Debra Lee Baldwin Five weeks ago, as I drove the roller coaster that is Lotus Pond Lane (arguably Hidden Meadows’ most up-and-down road), I hoped that finding a competent and affordable…

Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating It’s about 11:30 AM and I am sitting in front of the computer, getting a lot accomplished on a project that I am working on, when I am stirred from my computer induced trance by the grumbling of my stomach. Oh shoot, I am hungry.…
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Why do my muscles cramp during exercise (or at other times)?

Why do my muscles cramp during exercise (or at other times)? Several of my clients and students have complained about muscle cramps during certain exercise,  at night while sleeping  or while doing day to day activities.   I am lucky…

No Pain, No Gain?

NO PAIN NO GAIN? We've all heard the adage "no pain, no gain," but is it really true?   Unfortunately the answer is YES and NO.   It just depends on the type of pain you are feeling. When you stretch and challenge your muscles by trying…

Spring Cleaning - It's NOT just for your cabinets and closets

Spring Cleaning – It’s NOT just for your cabinets and closets. I love Spring Time!  The Mountain Lilac burst and our hills come alive in an amazing shade of purple.   The Gazania on our hills smile and open wide in the spring sun. …

The 3 Things I worried about when giving up alcohol in January

The 3 things I worried about when giving up alcohol in January 2016 will be another year of experimenting with food, exercise and self-care in order to tear down MY roadblocks to better health My First Experiment in 2016 was to abstain from…

The One Thing you MUST do in 2016

The one thing you MUST do in 2016 The one thing I am begging all of you to do in 2016 is EXERCISE!!!   As a personal trainer and fitness coach (for over 2 years now) I have seen what happens if you don’t keep moving your body.  You gain…

The Sunscreen Debate - Chemical vs. Mineral

The Sunscreen Debate - Chemical vs. Mineral It’s summer and although you should wear sunscreen all year round, with the heat you typically have more skin exposed.  This sparked a conversation about sunscreen in my Aqua Fitness class last…
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Two Simple Strategies to Look and Feel Fabulous in 2015

Two simple strategies to Look and Feel Fabulous in 2015 “I work out and eat right so why do I still have this layer of fat around my stomach?” “What is up with this sagging under my arms – I’ve been exercising?” “I really…

What's Your Excuse for NOT Strength Training?

What's your Excuse for not Strength Training? What’s your excuse for not strength training? As a personal trainer and fitness instructor, I've heard almost every excuse why people aren’t exercising and even more why they can’t lift…