Be Strong, Go Long

What if I told you there is something you could do every day, that brings increased mobility, energy, and youthfulness…it’s free and easy, requires zero equipment, and could take as little as 10 seconds? Well, that something is elongate your glorious spine! I know,  I know…this might seem too good to be true, and you may assume I’m greatly exaggerating its effectiveness, but seriously, have you elongated your spine today?  Sitting, at a desk or in a car...

The Three Beliefs of the Very Well

I just spent an afternoon with human resource directors from some of the biggest companies in the world. I listened in on parts of their conversation concerning their employees. The primary conundrum that each of these HR directors faced was how can they keep employees healthy and strong, and thus productive? Many of their employees work long hours and when their workday ends, family responsibilities begin. Basically, everyone’s busy and exhausted, so how does anyone...

All Knees Are Not Created Equal

There are two major differences between the male and female knee: 1. the female’s ligaments are softer and thinner, and 2.  a female’s femur bone connects at the knee at a more pronounced slant. There are other physiological differences too, from lower bone density to higher percentage of body fat, but the two I mention above makes the female knee especially vulnerable to excessive high-impact activity and to reactive/sudden pivot-action, a.k.a., masculine training.  Over the years, I...

Ellen Barrett

Empowerment Is Inevitable

Empowerment Is InevitableBecause it is so easy to feel disempowered today, I am obsessed with helping you stay empowered. I actually obsess over it! I’ve complied the five big ways we can use exercise to boost our sense of empowerment. These five things help us look, feel and function great, and the best part? We’re in charge. Yes, you and I can work on them ourselves, nothing standing in our way. Here they are: Almost all kinds...

Zoom Out

Way back in 2000, I was living in Los Angeles and driving all over the city for work. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time in my car. My car was littered with coffee cups, takeout containers and granola bar wrappers. I think I consumed 80percent of my meals in that Jeep Cherokee! For my resolution that year, I averred: I’m not going to eat in the car. I was disgusted with myself and I thought this...

New Video Workout: Pilates Fusion

Time to take mat Pilates to new heights with this 45minute, choreographed floor routine that delivers an energetic, effective and efficient total body sculpt. All you’ll need is a “sticky” mat. Barefoot is best. This video will appear on Let’s Move! by 9amEST.

New Video Workout: Good Bones

All-star bone strengthening exercises are rolled out in this time-saving, osteo-focused class which begins standing and finished on the mat. You’ll need a light set of handheld weights (1-3lbs each) and a “sticky” yoga mat. Barefoot is highly recommended. This 20minute video will appear on Let’s Move! by 9am EST.

Cozy-Up Your Workout

I’m a sun worshiping, barefoot-loving, garden-growing gal, so winter is not my favorite! I grew up with long dark winters, and they were always depressing, but when I heard about this Danish concept called Hygge, which is synonymous with cozy and warm, and love and comfort, especially in the winter months, I was all over it. If there is a way to make winter more bearable, I’m in.  The Hygge vibe can be seen in...

Habit Stacking

Things really start to ramp up this time of year, don’t they? I feel like there’s something extra tacked onto every day, either a chore, a decision, or some sort of outing. It is easy for our daily workouts to get put on the back burner. What’s a girl to do? Well, I just got hip to the term “habit stacking” and it’s definitely something to embrace. Habit stacking is when you layer in good...

Crushing Candy Crush

There’s a very popular video game called Candy Crush. That was me – I had a candy crush. I was infatuated with candy, and the more colorful and sugary, the better. My Dad said that the very first time I went trick or treating, I’d receive a piece of candy, and proceed to sit down and eat it right then and there, at the door. I didn’t need a bag – nothing made it back home.  From...