Short days and long nights can actually expand our waistline and cause us to gain up to 5 -10 pounds this season, but here’s a few suggestions on how to stay fit and slim as the cold months approach us.

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Fergie the assistance dog visits Milestone a few days a week, with member Meryl Kasdan.  Fergie helps Meryl with many things, including handing her a towel, picking up paperwork and cards off the floor, handing her keys, giving her the medicine dispenser, and much more!  Fergie is a beloved member of Milestone and we appreciate her service!

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Joseph has been attending Milestone since 2012 and working out with Personal Trainer Alison Cardoza since 2013.  He expressed that self-starting is not a strength of his and that he does better with someone to nudge him.  Alison has been the one to push him to exercise consistently.  Joseph says of Alison, “She’s so bright and cheerful all the time, and also knowledgeable.”

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Handicap-Accessible Homes

Designing an area that’s inviting and comfortable for everyone is a fulfilling experience. Decor options are limitless so long as they are pleasing to the eye and practical for the safety and convenience of all. Plush armchairs, beautiful storage chests and contemporary sofas can all work well in a handicap-accessible home.

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From observing Brenna, I felt she was a trainer who would challenge me. When I began working with her, I was looking for some new ideas to add into my workout routine.  I did not anticipate what a huge positive effect she would make not only to my fitness regimen, but also to my overall health.  She has provided lots of new, interesting exercises that I have incorporated into my workouts. In addition, she educated me on how to construct workouts that are impactful and time-efficient.  I have always been dedicated to working out.  With Brenna’s help, I am now more organized and productive.

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June is here and we are excited to celebrate Men’s Health Month. We all know that men are not the first to suggest a doctor’s visit. From flu-like symptoms to a bad back, it seems they always push through no matter what their bodies are dealing with. We applaud them for being so tough, but ultimately, we want them to stay as healthy as possible. As time goes on, it may be important to make sure they pay a visit to their doctor. Here are four simple things that they can do each day to improve their health. 

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Feeling stressed, anxious, or blue? Struggling with bad habits or feel like you're living in a mental fog? Exercise can help.

Exercise has a wide range of benefits, but most people focus on the physical. While there's nothing wrong with using exercise to lose weight, build muscle, or maintain flexibility and stability — in fact, those are great reasons to work out — physical benefits are hardly the only reason to lead an active lifestyle.

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When you go to the gym to work out or are working with a trainer, you think about all the muscles you want to improve, the "look" you may want; how you want to get stronger or rehabilitate a certain part of your body.  Physical activity- whether it be cardio, strength training, yoga, Pilates or group classes, are all great for overall health. Some specific benefits of these activities are: improving cardiovascular fitness, decreasing body fat, increasing bone density and muscle mass, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, increasing your overall mood and productivity.  Exercise can even lead to a longer life!  What is not to love about all of that.

When you are doing physical training, you are training more than your body and your muscles and your heart and your lungs. To me, the most important thing to not forget to train is your brain.... I call it, "Mind over muscle". I have recently read a book called How Bad Do You Want It and it specifically talks about how people can overcome their physical challenges by mental training.

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Jennie has exercised regularly since she was 18 years old. She was always known by her friends and family as a healthy and fit person, exercising 5-6 days per week and eating lots of fruits and veggies.  However, she never did weight training.  

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Milestone personal trainer Alison Cardoza gives you some simple exercises to do on your own at the gym or at home.  Incorporate these exercises into your fitness routine to spice things up as you get Derby-ready and summer-ready!

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