Lauren Higgins

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Posted by Lauren Higgins on Tuesday, April 16, 2024

What is your main health and wellness goal? I'm 70 years old. My mother will soon be 90. If I'm going to live that long, I want to be strong, flexible and independent, and able to pick myself up off the floor when I fall.

What do you love about Milestone? How much time do you have? I love absolutely everything about Milestone!! I was in love from the moment I walked in the door for the week-long open house. I came everyday and actually took 5 water classes in one day. At the time, I already had two free memberships (Silver Sneakers) to other gyms, but I never went back! I told everyone that I felt like a rich person with a country club membership. Milestone provides absolutely everything I need for water aerobics. I don't have to lug my equipment, wet towels, or dripping swimsuit home. I love the variety of classes, the staff, instructors, and members. Everyone is so friendly and supportive. It's like we are all family and friends. I'm really disappointed when something prevents me from making it to the gym.

How long have you been a member of Milestone? About 15 months.

What is something we would be surprised to know about you? I went back to college at 56 years of age and earned a second degree in occupational therapy because it was something I had wanted since I was 14 years old. The first time I went to college, occupational therapy was not taught in Kentucky and I could not afford out-of-state tuition, so I had taken a different career path.

What is a piece of advice you would give to others getting started on their fitness journey? Check out Milestone! I wish someone had told me about it sooner!

What are your guilty pleasures or indulgences? Because I have high blood pressure and kidney disease, I have to avoid sodium so I seldom eat food that I have not prepared myself. I also try to eat whole food, plant-based and avoid animal products. But occasionally I do like to grab lunch at the Milestone Café. I enjoy their vegetable soup, veggie wrap, and black bean burgers. And, occasionally, I do have to break down and have a real veggie pizza. I just haven't been able to find a non-dairy pizza cheese that works for me.

How has working out with your daughter and grand-daughter enhanced your workout routine? It's great. We are moral support for one another even though we often do different things. I'm a big fan of water aerobics; they, not so much. Shannon encouraged Cidney and me to take the Interval Inferno class and we both love it. I NEVER would have taken that class on my own. I have to modify a lot of the exercises and use lighter weights than most participants, but my goal is to eventually be able to do the entire class without modifications.

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Topics: Fitness, Member Spotlight, Members of Milestone

Importance of Walking (a short story)

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Monday, March 18, 2024


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Topics: Health, exercise, Wellness, Body Fat, Low Impact Workouts

Member Spotlight- Shannon Jacobs-Valdes

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Friday, March 15, 2024

Milestone member Shannon Jacobs-Valdes has a complete support system here at the Club. She, her mother Sonia, and her daughter Cidney are all members! We met them while they were taking Interval Inferno with Rebecca Wine. Here is Shannon's fitness story!

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Topics: Member Spotlight

HMR Success Story-Paula

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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Topics: weight loss, hmr, HMR Success Stories

Weight Loss Works Better Together!

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Thursday, December 07, 2023

Couples who join HMR together and lose weight together, get healthier together! Keep reading for Melanie and Steve's weight loss story! 

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Topics: weight loss, HMR Success Stories, Healthy Eating


Posted by Lauren Higgins on Tuesday, September 26, 2023


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Topics: Nutrition, Healthy Eating

Member Spotlight- Matt Morris

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Friday, September 01, 2023
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Topics: Health, Fitness, Body Fat, HMR Success Stories, Healthy Eating

Taking a Holistic Approach to your New Year's Resolution

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Tuesday, December 27, 2022

It's that time again... time to make our New Year's Resolutions. While many people may say they are over-rated, New Year's resolutions can help you set your intentions and goals for the upcoming season. They may be big lofty goals, or they may be small changes, but either way goal setting is essential for improving any aspect of your life. 

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Posted by Lauren Higgins on Thursday, July 14, 2022

Water’s Role in Your Body

  • Water makes up 75% of the body and 85% of the brain.
  • Water is necessary for the body to digest, transport, and absorb the nutrients in food.
  • Water is required for breathing and for proper functioning of the cardiovascular system.
  • Water is the main component of sweat. When sweat evaporates from the skin it takes with it some of the body’s heat; thus, it serves as an important regulator of body temperature.

 How Much Water Do I Need?

Bet you already know this one- at least 64 ounces of water daily for optimal hydration!

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Topics: Health, Fitness, Water, hydration

5 Steps to A Healthier Heart

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Friday, February 11, 2022
  1. Live smoke-free. For a person who smokes, quitting can seem like an insurmountable task, but it is the number one thing you can do to improve your heart health. Smoking is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and according to the CDC, causes one of every four deaths from the disease. Smoking can…
  • Raise triglycerides (a type of fat in your blood)
  • Lower “good” cholesterol (HDL)
  • Make blood sticky and more likely to clot, which can block blood flow to the heart and brain
  • Damage cells that line the blood vessels
  • Increase the buildup of plaque (fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances) in blood vessels
  • Cause thickening and narrowing of blood vessels
  1. Monitor your blood pressure. Aiming for a blood pressure under 120/80 mm Hg can decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease. Continuous high blood pressure can damage your arteries by making them less elastic, which decreases the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart. Following a heart-healthy diet and exercising regularly can help maintain a healthy blood pressure. Talk to your doctor if you think your blood pressure is concerning.
  2. Maintain a healthy body weight. Having a high body weight can be a contributing factor to cardiovascular disease. Being overweight can lead to fatty material building up in your arteries. When those arteries get clogged, it can lead to a heart attack. A healthy diet and regular cardiovascular exercises, as well as strength training, can help maintain a healthy weight.
  3. Get active! The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity (like brisk walking) per week. Another great goal would be to strive for 10,000 steps per day. Even simple activities like walking can have a tremendous positive impact on your health. Your heart is a muscle, and like any other muscle, needs exercise to get stronger!
  4. Eat a heart-healthy diet. Make vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, and lean protein mealtime staples. Instead of focusing too much on what you must limit, focus on adding more of those heart-healthy foods into your everyday diet. Limiting sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar can also help maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.
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Topics: Health, healthy, resolutions, fitness, exercise, Heart Disease, Men's Health, heart health