Smart Bite: The Pandemic Made Me Eat It

We are so excited to share a guest blog from Sally Duplantier at The Smart Bite from the Healthy Series on Zing! Learn more about Zing on their website.

 

People who know me know that I am a disciplined eater.  I can slice off the top of a muffin, eat half, and save the rest for later.  So they would have been surprised to see me stuffing myself with heavily buttered sourdough bread shortly after the shelter-in-place edict came out.  My husband and I had both gone to separate grocery stores searching for produce.  I came home with a limp head of romaine and two apples.  He came home with a crusty loaf of slightly warm, fresh-baked bread.  I tore off huge chunks and put them in my mouth, stopping only to butter, until my husband pulled the remaining loaf from my outstretched hands.

 

The next day I put on my researcher hat to understand why this happened.

 

Why Stress Makes Us Eat More

 

The hormone cortisol is released when we are under stress.  It increases the amount of glucose in the bloodstream so our muscles are equipped to fight off the next lion.  Unfortunately if we are under chronic stress, the blood sugar levels stay high, about six times longer than on a stress-free day.  This plays havoc with our metabolic system which releases insulin to bring down blood sugar. This combination of high insulin and falling blood sugar makes us crave sugary carbs.  In addition, cortisol is also a powerful appetite stimulant.

 

Stress and Sleep

 

To make matters worse, high levels of stress can interfere greatly with our sleep.  Poor sleep, in turn, releases two more hormones:  one makes you hungrier and the other tells you that you aren’t full.  It’s no wonder that researchers at Kings College in Cambridge found sleep-deprived people ate about 385 calories more per day – the equivalent of a large muffin.

 

Taking Control of Stress Eating

 

To ensure that the COVID-19 isn’t synonymous with the Freshman 15, here are a few tips:

  1. Commit to a healthy weight during the next 30 days.  The first step is always the right mindset.

  2. Re-enlist regular routines. For example, stick to a schedule for showering, dressing, exercise, meal time, bedtime, and wake up time.  If you’ve tracked your food in the past or weighed yourself regularly, re-enlist those habits.

  3. Choose your treats wisely.  It’s human nature to want some treats in the house, but make sure they are ones that you can control, and they don’t control you.  Also be aware of what foods your family can’t say no to, so you don’t set them up for disaster.

  4. Work somewhere besides the kitchen.  Trust me, foods will call to you from the refrigerator and pantry if you are sitting there.

  5. If all else fails, go negative.  A friend in San Diego lost 84 pounds in a year, but has now found herself at home with too much time on her hands.  When temptation is at its peak she watches past episodes of My 600 pound Life.

 

Top Takeaway

 

There are many things we can’t control right now, but eating isn’t one of them.  Recommit to healthy habits now. It will make the summer months so much sweeter.

Purpose & Passion — The Antidotes to Uncertainty

Our current situation presents us with a good opportunity to reset, re-evaluate, and re-prioritize what it means to BE — to Live Present and with purpose, to do something each and every day that we are passionate about. 

 

Some of you will read this and nod your heads in agreement. Perhaps you already know how good it feels to do something in life that you are passionate about. Some of you are shaking your heads or rolling your eyes and thinking: “Does she have any idea how much I have going on? I have bills to pay, mouths to feed, and enough daily stressors to manage. The last thing I need to worry about is purpose and passion.”

 

Do you know that to be true?  I challenge you to think again.

 

Is it possible that purpose and passion can make all that other “stuff” seem less stressful?

 

For me, the answer is yes. I found my purpose by chance. Helping people via teaching fitness classes wasn’t part of my “plan.” And trust me, as a Type A+ extra double-stuffed Virgo, I had a plan for everything. I certainly didn’t go to Georgetown thinking I’d leverage that education to become a fitness instructor. It’s something that unfolded organically, and I’m grateful every day that I followed my heart versus my head. 

 

It’s interesting to hear all the financial comparisons between what is happening now and the 2008 crash. I remember it well. In July 2008, Tony and I signed the lease and the personal guarantee for our first studio in Menlo Park, CA. In September, I went to the bank and drew down 100% of our home equity line of credit. A week later, the market tanked, and the bank pulled back funding though it was too late to pull ours. We were in uncharted territory, unprecedented times. Honestly, the present is all a little deja vu-ish, with the added anxiety of an airborne virus that could sicken people and cripple the economy. 

 

The one thing that keeps me going every day is purpose. I have a mission in life — help people feel better. After some trial and error, I’ve realized that I have to find balance in helping others while also taking care of myself. Alkalign has been the perfect blend. It’s a place where I get as much as I give. Being with clients and experiencing those a-ha moments is the highlight of my day. Teaching has gotten me through many highs and lows including 2 stressful pregnancies, postpartum depression, a husband who travels for a living, and 2 amazing girls who also need to “get” as much as they give in the love and energy departments. 

 

If you have thought about doing something different to supplement your current life scenario, I highly recommend teaching at Alkalign. Now, more than ever, I appreciate the power of connection. I feel it so deeply when I’m teaching, even with everyone on the other side of a screen. I am thankful to be part of an amazing community and for the opportunity to both teach and learn, to give and to grow. Life is too short to have it any other way. 

FEATURED PODCAST: A TANTALIZING TALE OF MOBILITY & MORE

Rolling. Self-massage. Myofascial release. There are various terms for what we do in our Recharge format: use Yoga Tune Up Therapy balls to release tension from muscles, work out knots or sticky spots, and help the body move better.

 

As part of our celebration of mobility this March, Alkalign Unplugged interviews Jill Miller, co-founder of Tune Up Fitness Worldwide and creator of the self-care fitness formats Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model® Method.  Listen to the podcast, and consider these reasons you should incorporate rolling into your life:

 

MOBILITY: Research shows that mobility is as fundamental to your fitness as strength and cardiovascular health. Rolling allows you to access and release almost every part of your body, which will increase your mobility, blood flow, circulation, and joint function.

 

MINDFULNESS: Learning by doing is HUGE, so follow these 3 simple steps to increase your mind–body connection: place the ball, mobilize the joint, and pay attention to how things are connected.

 

PAIN MANAGEMENT & PREVENTION: Putting a ball somewhere on the body is eye-opening because you very often highlight a “blind spot,” or an area that you had no idea was tight or stiff. This is your chance to work on it before it becomes a bigger issue that adversely impacts your life.

 

Are you ready to experience the life-changing magic of rolling? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

March is Mobility Month

The body is like a 3-legged stool composed of strength, flexibility, and mobility. Without 1 leg, the integrity of the structure is compromised. The reality is that mobility is the most important leg of the stool. You cannot build strength or improve flexibility without it. Yet it’s the one thing that we most often take for granted.

 

This month, we are focusing on the importance of mobility. We incorporate mobility into every class and in multiple ways. This month we will be more intentional about our cuing so you can better tune into your mobility, noticing where it is good vs. where it may be lacking. Rolling is a method by which you can restore mobility or prevent loss of mobility. Stay tuned for extra opportunities to roll this month with pop-up classes and an online mobility challenge. Follow us on Instagram @alkalignstudios to participate!
Alkaligned With Love

To know thyself is to love thyself. In a season when we think about love and affection for others, it’s also important to remember that we can’t pour from an empty cup. Showing up for yourself and prioritizing self-care in your exercise practice is essential for well-being. But again, a lot of myths stand in our way. “I don’t have time.” “I don’t deserve it.” “Everyone and everything is more important than little old me.” Or we fall into the self-punishment trap. “It has to hurt to work”, “More is more when it comes to exercise and less is more when it comes to rest” or “How I look is who I am.”

 

In order to dispel these myths, we have to first acknowledge they are there, seek to understand why and to educate ourselves on how to overcome them. Knowledge is power and the more you pay attention and invest in self-care and self-discovery, the more fulfilled you will feel. Look back without dwelling on the past. Leap forward without obsessing about the outcome. Take a chance on yourself. There is no one with better odds. And in the unlikely event that you fall, your Alkalign community is there to pick you back up.

 

We look forward to seeing you and your loved ones for a month of fun, function, and connection.

Xo,
Erin

Testimonial: From Struggling to Confident!

Prior to starting class, I had been struggling with my weight and how I felt and looked about myself. I tried many different workouts ranging from high-intensity circuit training and classes at gyms, to hot sauna yoga and my own take on “home workouts.” I felt like I couldn’t get into a routine that was sustainable and functional enough. I felt like I just didn’t love working out. It wasn’t until my sweet husband decided to look outside of the box to find a cross between something I’ve loved to do growing up (dance) with a community feel that he knew I was craving.

 

My first impressions about general barre classes were that they were too “dancy” but when my husband called Kate to inquire about Alkalign Studios, Kate was warm and welcoming and invited me to come and try a class to see how I liked it. The first thing I really appreciated about Kate and her staff of highly-trained and well-equipped teachers, is that they are knowledgeable about the body and wanted to share their love for functional and fun workouts with everyone. Each teacher is sure to set you up in class with the best position for an accurate and wholesome experience. I started Alkalign in July 2017. Well over two years later, I have yet to experience the same workout twice! Keeping each workout fresh and new has kept me coming back for more!

 

If you’re ready to experience wholesome health and wellness, then you have to come to Alkalign! Get ready to experience the joy of working out and the peace of knowing that you’re doing something great for yourself.

Angie Carman

Busting 3 Myths About Alkalign

At Alkalign, we focus on movement patterns, not muscle groups, when exercising to develop a functionally strong body. At its core, exercise is all about movement. Alkalign is a workout that always builds you up and never breaks you down. You only get one body; start taking care of it like it’s the only one you get.

 

In 2020, we are setting our sights on busting health and wellness myths. Here are 3 myths about Alkalign that we need to clear up. #alkalignmythbusters #alkalign2020

 

MYTH 1: ALKALIGN IS BARRE
Yes, we have a barre. We use it as a prop in the room but we are so much more than a barre studio. Alkalign is built on the 7 functional movements needed in your everyday life – squat, lunge, push, pull, rotate, hinge, gait/walk. Sure, if you love barre, you’ll love us, but we go beyond the barre to create a balanced workout that never gets boring and always leaves you feeling the “good sore”.

 

MYTH 2: ALKALIGN IS ONLY FOR ________ (WOMEN, ‘FIT’ PEOPLE, FILL IN THE BLANK)
Have an injury? Get Alkalign! Are you a cross-fitter or performance athlete? We will show you how to move better to make you stronger. Feeling aches and pains? We can help. We recognize that we are all on different paths. No matter your gender, age or fitness level, there is a place for you at Alkalign.

 

MYTH 3: I NEED TO DO OTHER EXERCISES IN ADDITION TO ALKALIGN
Yes, it’s true…what you do in our studio helps you do all the other things in life, but we are a one-stop shop for all your fitness needs. We will build your strength from the inside out in a way that is both smart and sustainable. We have a format for everything you need: strength (full body for every body), cardio (no risk, high-intensity for that endorphin high), and mobility (rolling/recovery). We also have a holistic health coaching program called Nourish that educates you on food, sleep, stress and other aspects of your overall health.

Why I Alkalign: From Pain to Enjoying Life!

The reasons people walk in the doors of our studio vary from person to person, but the reasons they stay are powerful. We love hearing about the reasons our clients choose to keep coming back and how it has impacted their life. Our client and friend, Champa, recently connected with us to share her journey to Alkalign and how it has changed her life. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

 

I’ve suffered multiple knee and back injuries over the past 8 years, constant pain with no relief in sight and physicians have been unable to pinpoint the exact source of my pain. I was missing out on playing with my young daughter, had to give up cycling and running and I was dreading the quality of my life looking to the years ahead.

 

I happened to drive past Alkalign this past summer and decided to sign up for a month. Nothing else had worked and I had absolutely nothing to lose!  I was immediately taken by the friendly staff, immaculate space, and positive vibes. It was the first time I had heard an instructor say it’s okay to listen to your body, to work with its current abilities and to modify any exercise.

 

The first “rolling” (Recharge) class with Erin was transformational for me – I was almost in tears as the pain I had once lived with was GONE! I felt a glimmer of hope, for the first time in many years, that I could actually live pain-free.

 

Today, almost 3 months after that first month of classes, I am pain-free and back to enjoying time outdoors and loving every minute that I hike, ride and play with my daughter. Every single day since that first class, I am so thankful and grateful for Alkalign. Strength-training and rolling helped me get my life back!

Testimonial: Growth Mindset, Thanks to Alkalign!

Joining the Alkalign family has been a life-altering experience for me. I have always been an active person and a member at a few health clubs. I’ve taken yoga and pilates classes and had a personal trainer in the past. However, my experience with Alkalign has been so unique and special.

 

From the first class, I knew that this place possesses a different energy. It was warm, welcoming and gave me a sense of belonging that I had never experienced before. After a few months of attending 6am classes, I started to realize that I can walk outside of my comfort zone and it gave me the courage to take on new challenges. Some of the new challenges I took on were playing the piano and ballroom dancing!

 

I want to thank all the fabulous staff at Alkalign for being here and I hope that by sharing this, maybe someone else is tempted to push outside their comfort zone and discover a whole new outlook on life!

 

Fariba Nabavi

 

3 Fitness Lies You Are Telling Yourself

As a product of our ‘hardcore’ society, we’ve been conditioned to believe ‘No Pain, No Gain.’ This could not be further from the truth, but moving past that mindset requires you to re-evaluate the way you’ve been trained to think about fitness. Here are 3 lies you’ve been telling yourself about your workouts.

  1. MORE IS MORE – False! Quality over quantity is best. For example, you could do 100 push-ups, but if you are doing them wrong you put your shoulders, elbows, etc. at risk of injury. You are better off doing 10 quality push-ups in correct alignment than pounding it out to the detriment of your joints. At Alkalign, we want you to work smarter without sacrificing your future self.
  2. HARDER & FASTER IS BETTER – False! Would you run more miles, lift heavier weights and do everything harder and faster if it was bad for you? Turns out, it is. Increasing the speed, load and frequency of such activities accelerates the wear and tear on your body and can result in both short term injuries and longer-term damage. The fitness industry preys on the next flashy fad to stay relevant. Trends come and go but your body is here to stay. How will you take care of it? Make a long-term investment in your body. The actions you take now will impact you for years to come.
  3. IT HAS TO HURT TO WORK – False! If you had the power to prevent an injury before it happens, would you? We all possess the power. It’s the mindset that is the hardest to shift. Hardcore is not healthy and extremes are not sustainable. Alkalign is all of the reward with none of the risk, provided you are accountable to yourself to focus on alignment, modify when needed and accept coaching and feedback from our well-trained team of instructors. From our slow-burn Align 101 to our sweaty fast-paced Cardio Align, we work you to your core in a variety of different ways.

Check your local Alkalign Studios class schedule and start making the shift in your mindset today to ensure a healthy, functional body tomorrow.

Testimonial: Isabella Montoya – Gratitude, Growth and Community

 

When I reflect on my time working at Alkalign, I am filled with gratitude. One of the main reasons Alkalign is special is the communal environment created by Erin, the instructors, and the clients. As part of the staff, you become a part of the community that fosters a healthy mind-body connection in everything that you do. Every task is built with intention and detail, so you quickly develop leadership skills and a sense of pride with each duty. This is perfect for high schoolers especially because the purpose behind everything really guides the work you do. Suddenly, making sure that every client is accounted for in class becomes: Is Julie in class today? How is her puppy doing? Have her kids started school yet?

 

Alkalign is a home away from home, and the friendly faces you see day to day become a part of your life. In a time where technology is so prevalent and people lack real face to face communication, working the front desk and talking to clients or playroom staff pushes you out of your comfort zone and broadens your network. I was also very busy in high school applying to college, leading my school’s dance team and volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, but working at Alkalign allowed me to slow things down, focus on engaging with the people around me and complete tasks with full attention and diligence. You put the cell phone down and organize the space, really making sure that everything is as it should be. Over time, this creates a high standard for which you hold yourself accountable: sloppily getting things done just to move on to the next doesn’t cut it anymore.

 

Working at Alkalign did so much for me as a growing individual and it gave me back everything I put into it. With most things, the more dedicated you are, the better the results will be. This is incredibly important for everyone to learn first hand, but especially high schoolers. I encourage anyone looking to work for Alkalign to evaluate what you want out of the job and how you will contribute to the community. What strengths can I bring to the team? What skills should I focus on improving? With that mindset, working at Alkalign will become a key learning experience and will transform the way you view organization, leadership, and community.

Best,

Isabella Montoya

Here’s What Happened When I Stopped Tracking Every Workout and Started Listening to my Body

Long ago, before the days of fitness apps and trackers, in a land without SmartPhones or Siri, there were Excel Spreadsheets. And I loved them.

 

Part of it was my banking profession; the other part was my super-charged, Type A+ personality. By day, I lived in a world of financial models and revenue projections. By night, I meticulously tracked every metric of my seven to 10 workouts per week, believing that if my calories out exceeded my calories in, I’d lose weight and perform better.

 

Cardio consumed me. I recorded the length, time and pace of every swim, run and bike ride. I monitored average, high and median heart rate, as well as calories, burned. Every. Single. Day.

 

This went on until the morning I woke up and realized I wasn’t having fun anymore. Excessive training and obsessive tracking were proving exhausting. The constant focus on external metrics and the search for extrinsic validation was making me miserable.

 

So I stopped. Cold turkey. No more heart rate monitor. No more spreadsheets. No more overanalyzing every meal. Here’s what happened.

 

When I Stopped Tracking My Workouts…

 

I started tuning in.
Instead of obsessing about what the heart rate monitor said, I listened to my body. Instead of paying attention to my watch, I paid attention to my form. Instead of believing that my workout was a time to “check out”, I took advantage of the opportunity to pay attention and to be present in mind and body.

 

I lost weight and gained strength.
I used to believe that if I wasn’t burning 1,000 calories per hour and sweating profusely, a workout wasn’t legitimate. When I stopped obsessing about the data, I started eating and exercising intuitively. I cut the cardio in favor of strengthening practices that increased muscle and revved my metabolism.

 

I exercised less and ate better.
I stopped over-exercising and replaced intense workouts with more strength- and stretching-based exercises. I took days off and embraced things like mobility and meditation, which challenged me on a whole new level. Less output helped me curb carb cravings and fuel with healthy fats and protein versus sugar.

 

I was less stressed.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but the constant feeling that I had to achieve something quantitative was stressful. Even when I wasn’t competing in a race, I was competing with myself. A number on the scale or the readout of a monitor could make or break my day, a reaction so deeply ingrained but so counterproductive to my wellness. Once I stopped tracking, I stopped worrying.

 

I realized that the metrics don’t paint the whole picture.
A lot of metrics aren’t as objective as we think. Just as a scale at the doctor’s office needs to be calibrated, so do machines and trackers. Readings can vary, as can what is recorded. For example, heart rate can be influenced by your hydration, sleep or how well you’ve recovered from a previous workout. The metrics aren’t fixed, which means relying on them as your sole source of information (and validation) may not lead you to the most accurate perception of your workouts.

 

I had more fun.
My relationship with exercise completely changed. It shifted from something I had to do something I got to do. It transformed from punishment to privilege and became more enjoyable on all levels.

 

The Challenges I Faced Along the Way

 

This shift in mindset wasn’t easy.

 

During the process of shedding my tracking obsession, I experienced waves of guilt, anxiety and data addiction detox. It was hard to put down the watch. I had a looming feeling that if a workout wasn’t recorded, it didn’t happen.

 

The transformation from imprisoned to empowered happened slowly and over time, like a dimmer versus a switch.

 

Gradually, there were glimpses of change: I noticed that I could go for a run and still feel great even if I didn’t measure the time, distance or speed. I recognized that the world continued to turn even when I forgot to record a workout. And somewhere along the way, I broke free of the self-imposed expectations and have never looked back.

 

Ultimately, this process taught me that information is important — but what we do with it is even more important.

 

Whether you choose to use every gadget available or you like to keep your workouts analog, be sure to check in with how you feel.

 

Remember, your worth is more than a number on a scale, dashboard or spreadsheet. And often, ignoring those numbers may be the key to greater health and happiness.

Motherhood, Self-Care and Being an Instructor

At Alkalign we are fortunate to have a diverse set of instructors who bring their real, raw and human experiences to our studio. Our instructors range from college students to empty nesters to professionals to moms of little ones. We pride ourselves on community and our instructors are a key part of what makes it so great. If you’ve ever wondered if you can make teaching a part of your life, keep reading. We are so happy that Emily Travis of our Grand Rapids, MI studio is sharing her story with us. If you are interested in being an instructor, please contact us! We’d love to set up a meeting to see if we are a good fit.

 

 

My name is Emily and I am an instructor at our Alkalign Grand Rapids location in Ada Village.  My husband and I are both West Michigan transplants and have fallen in love with the area, settling down with our daughter Madison, and our old boxer pup, Burton. We spend a lot of our time ‘up north’ and are truly Mitten mainstays! A few fun facts about me…I am a VERY passionate college football fan, I have two Bachelor degrees in Sports Medicine-Exercise Science & Nursing and I love a good thunderstorm.

 

When the opportunity to be an instructor came up, I wasn’t sure if I had the time to commit to teaching. I had been a loyal client since the day the Ada studio opened in 2017 while pregnant in my second trimester with Madison. I was passionate about the practice and knew from my own body how much healthier and stronger I felt (pregnant or not). I went back to work for 3 months as a nurse after Madison’s birth, but decided that stepping away from nursing for a while was the best decision for my family and I. This decision opened the door for me to seriously consider being an instructor at Alkalign. Becoming an instructor gave me the ability to continue to have a positive impact on people’s lives. It’s a  professional outlet for me as an Exercise Science/Nurse junkie, it helps me in my own Alkalign practice and I can still focus on being “Mom.” Most importantly, being an instructor helps me maintain “Me.”

 

Some days I miss the impact I had on people as a nurse – helping people and being the best part of their day. Alkalign allows me to keep that feeling, but in a manageable way so that I can still be an important presence at home for Madison.  Being an instructor and mom fits our lives!  As an added bonus, it has helped me be more present when I am taking class. I’ve noticed as a mom that having true mind-body connection and focusing on myself for 45 minutes to an hour is so important. I am so much more present in my practice now than I was before becoming an instructor.

 

When I teach or attend class during the day, it’s nice to have the ability to bring Madie with me. Our playroom and staff are caring and attentive. It allows Madie to grow up with an awareness that self-care and exercise are vital to overall good health and that helping other people be the best versions of themselves has a far-reaching positive impact. I hope she looks back at her Mom one day and understands that I made the best decisions for myself and our family and she can too.

 

My advice for anyone with children who is considering teaching is to look in the mirror and realize that you truly are capable of things you might not think you are. Alkalign is a family, a great team to be a part of, and we all support each other. Some of the best parts of my day are in our studio in Ada. Madison cracks me up when she helps put my weights away after class — She watches everything, soaks it all in and by taking care of myself and others, I am teaching her to do the same someday.

 

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Testimonial: 5 Years, 100 Alkalign Classes

Thank you to Lizzie, Katherine, Cathy, Pauline, Erin, and the entire team for creating a place where I felt like I could really fit in. I never played a sport and had no athletic experience of any kind. Aside from a year with a personal trainer getting ready for Half Dome in 2011, I had little formal exercise instruction. I have tendonitis and am pre-carpal tunnel, so I have issues with making sure exercises are safe. I also have perfectionist disordered thinking, so I want to give up when I fail (yes, therapy).

 

Alkalign was the first group workout that I felt I could actually do. They’re super focused on form and offer lots of modification options, so I learned safe ways to exercise without pissing off my elbows and wrists. I learned  “less is more” – do the best form with whatever movement that results in, and maybe it’s very little movement, or maybe no weights – and that’s ok!  During class, they’re constantly checking my form and cueing me to check myself. Some of the teachers and regular class attendees are ripped AF for inspiration!

 

Alkalign took in my non-exercising self,  my pregnant self (there are often pregnant, even very pregnant, women in class), and my postpartum post C-section self. After all my life stages, they also took in my working way too much self for several rounds! Each time I fell off the Alkalign wagon (because life happens), I came back in a different phase in my life, with a different body and Alkalign was always the right place.

 

Now that I’m moving, I’m going to be hunting people willing and worthy of opening an Alkalign franchise in the East Bay area so that I can keep taking classes there.

 

Thank you, Alkalign.

Diana Maltzer

 

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Testimonial: Why I Alkalign

After umpteen years of pounding the pavement and flirting with every new exercise trend – and having just received a “gnarly MRI” on my knee – the stars aligned and Elise Fiechtner brought Alkalign to Ada, Michigan. I quickly learned that “low impact” doesn’t mean “low challenge.” Alkalign workouts kick my butt! They work every single fiber in my body and awaken my core and muscle groups that I’d unknowingly ignored for decades. I now understand proper alignment and functional movement and have learned how to recover through Recharge (rolling). Beyond all the health benefits, I’ve become part of this uber-supportive, humble, fun, come-as-you-are community.

 

The movement/practice both feeds my body and quiets my mind. I’ve entered my 60’s with new-found health and gusto, and I credit Alkalign. I Alkalign so I can do everything else in my life.

 

Being active outside in nature is everything to me. It’s my happy, healing, and creative place. I’m hiking long distances with zero knee pain. My dogs, Obie and Emmie, love our adventures at Seidman Park and along the Lake Michigan shoreline and dunes. I can tackle my favorite mountain bike course with joy and relative ease. I call Riley Trails “extreme for seniors” but it thrills me to no end to fly through the forest and handle nature’s obstacles as they come. I catch myself smiling when I’m biking 🙂

 

With the knee diagnosis, I’d wondered whether I’d ever ski again – but on a recent trip to Montana, I not only skied for five days, but I received the ultimate compliment from my ski coach son, Peter. “You’ve never skied better, Mom!” Last year I took up Paddleboarding. Talk about recruiting your core!

 

Most important of all…I’m able to be an active Nana to sweet “Oh Henry,” who’s almost three. He’s also a nature lover and, like his dad was as a toddler, he’s loaded with energy and eager for everything. There’s so darn much to discover. I’m up for his cries of “One more time” and “Let’s do it again.” Put a price on that! Henry’s new brother will arrive in August. I can’t wait.

 

Grateful,

Marti